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Windows 7 Inside Out by Carl Siechert Ed Bott and Craig Stinson

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Chapter 21. Performing Routine Maintenance

Introducing Action Center 739

Keeping Your System Secure with Windows Update 742

Checking Disks for Errors 748

Defragmenting Disks for Better Performance 753

Managing Disk Space 758

Your personal computer is a curious combination of digital data and temperamental machinery. To keep your system running smoothly, it pays to perform some regular maintenance tasks. In particular, it's important to do the following on a regular basis:

  • Download and install the latest updates from Microsoft. These updates ensure that your hardware and software will remain stable and secure.

  • Download and install the latest versions of drivers used by your system's devices.

  • Check your disks for file system and media errors.

  • Defragment ...

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