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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics, Third Edition by Michael Miller

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Chapter 9. Performing Routine Maintenance

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

That old adage might seem trite and clichéd, but it's also true—especially when it comes to your computer system. Spending a few minutes a week on preventive maintenance can save you from costly computer problems in the future.

To make this chore a little easier, Windows XP includes several utilities to help you keep your system running smoothly. You should use these tools as part of your regular maintenance routine—or if you experience specific problems with your computer ...

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