Laptops are small and light (well, they can be huge and heavy) computers that you can carry anywhere to get your work done on the go. They are as powerful as your custom desktop yet so small and compact. That’s why laptops are in demand nowadays and are one of the most consumed products of this decade.
Well, so you might be owning one or maybe planning to buy one in the future ( that’s why you are here, I guess). For a lot of people including me, laptops are a big part of the daily routines, and they tend to take a lot of care for it. I am gonna tell you seven ways of keeping your laptop healthy for a prolonged lifespan. Read this article to find out how to keep your laptop healthy!
1. TRY TO KEEP THE BATTERIES COOL
Laptop batteries are made of lithium polymer, and these batteries eventually die. You can’t expect them to run for ages, and you can’t do anything about it. This is the way they work. But you can delay the inevitable by occasionally removing them and using the laptop without them if possible, or just give them a break. You can put them to rest in between your work time. Get someone to check them once in two to three months. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY AVOID WORKING ON IT WHEN IT IS PLUGGED IN. This may reduce the life of the batteries. The ideal charge for a laptop is 80 percent before you should unplug and let it drain to 40 percent. Remember this.
2. CHECK THE COOLING FAN
Laptops generate a lot of heat while running some heavy applications. However powerful your laptop maybe, one of the programs you use might be demanding the CPU’s maximum potential. In such cases check whether your CPUS’s COOLING FAN IS WORKING PROPERLY. With the help of a technically qualified person, get the dust around the cooling fan cleaned. This accumulation of the dust around the fan leads to overheating of the processor which in turn damages the processor components.
3. PARTITION YOUR HARD DRIVE
Partitioning is the practice of dividing your drive into multiple segments, much like sections of a library. They belong to the same library, but different types of books are stored in each section. You have one section for fiction, one section for science, and another for history, as well as others for different subjects. Partitioning a hard disk creates different areas in which you can store data, much like a directory.
Your computer could benefit in multiple ways from a multi-partition system, perhaps more ways than you think. You can turn your computer into a more secure environment for your most important files and folders with a combination of partitioning your computer and syncing your files through an online storage service.
4. KEEP YOUR LAPTOP UPDATED WITH THE LATEST SOFTWARE VERSIONS.
SOFTWARE UPDATES ARE IMPORTANT. Updates usually provide patches to security loopholes. In addition to security fixes, software updates can also include new or enhanced features or better compatibility with different devices or applications. They can also improve the stability of your software, and remove outdated features. Select the auto-update feature for the software you regularly use and make a habit of updating manually the software for which this feature is not available. Sometimes updated versions of the software turns out to be faulty, in such cases you should make sure that you read reviews online about the updates and see if they are safer and better. So next time you see that update alert don’t ‘ignore’.
5. REINSTALL YOUR OPERATING SYSTEM
If you are using an old laptop and you have a lot of files and documents along with some accumulated junk, and you feel that your laptop has become slow, you can try a fresh install of your O.S.A clean install will return your computer to pretty much the same state it was in the day you first turned it on. Doing a fresh install of Windows once in a while makes your laptop clean and better to work with. By starting over with a clean copy of the operating system, you can remove bloatware, wipe out malware, and fix other system problems. This may be a very tiring and a long process but it helps a lot in the long run. But before that don’t forget to create a backup of your important data on a hard drive or the cloud.