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Windows® 7 Inside Out, Deluxe Edition by Carl Siechert Ed Bott and Craig Stinson

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Chapter 24. Performing Routine Maintenance

Introducing Action Center

Keeping Your System Secure with Windows Update

Checking Disks for Errors

Defragmenting Disks for Better Performance

Managing Disk Space

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 your hard disks to optimize ...

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