We are living in a computer dominated society. At this point, even a 5-year-old child knows so much about operating computer system than some of us adult may not be aware of. But knowing how to operate a computer is not enough. Just like your vehicle, computer needs maintenance as well. You do not necessarily have to change any oil in computer but you have to take some steps and run some checkups in order to keep your system healthy and happy.
In this article, you will know more about how you can keep your system healthy.
The idea of startup applications
What are startups? It is not any business but technically business logic of computing. These are pieces of mini software getting started as soon as you turn on the computer, these are called services. Services start off in order to support your systems crucial functionality such as operating system. Things get added up as start to plug in more peripherals to your system, like keyboard, mouse, Wi-Fi dongle, controller etc. They add up and gets started as soon as you boot up your computer.
This is to confirm that those devices that you plugged in are working fine, because you want them to work. That is the whole idea of plugging them in the first place. The same goes for any applications as well. For instance, you install a third party anti-virus, this will get started as soon as you boot up as well.
All good until they kind of start to interfere with your system for some reason. This can lead to slow boot up, slow loading time or more serious issues in that case, they need to be stopped completely or temporarily from loading.
Startup applications on different systems
Good news is, every computer operating system gives you the ability to control these auto starting applications, services, processes. With the Windows ustilities you can go to either system configuration or task manager to deal with these pieces. As for the macOS users, Apple do not really encourage the whole auto starting of programs but with each user account a certain programs are load upon logging in. For Linux users, go to startup applications folder for various of automatic programs. Tweaking some adjustment here can significantly bring out some efficiency for your operating system.
One of the hottest place to look for when any techs needed to deal with any operating system issue in Windows 7 is the system configuration utility. There all of the troubleshooting for operating system issue and program startups and services lie. As for the Windows 8 and onwards, you can directly control them for the task manager.
Backing up tasks for Windows
We have covered some the key aspects in our other article of maintaining your computers but I cannot emphasise enough that how crucial it is for the users to really to keep an eye on this part. Most of the users get ignorant of this issue and take heavy measurement after a day full of disappointment by losing tons of important data.
There are several ways you can backup your critical files or every files depending on your need. You can use a cloud, pen drive, external hard drives, extra layers of mass storage like RAID system.
To give you a brief, RAID works as two or several of hard drives running and saving copy of your files at the same time. In that way, in case if one hard drive fails, you always have another hard drive got your back. But this is just a very brief to give you an idea of what RAID is. Still remember the hardware always will fail over time. It is best use cloud.
Every operating system comes in with this feature, for Windows it comes in as backup and restore for Windows 7 and file history for latter Windows version. For each of these backup tools, you need to do two primary things. First, choose your file you want to upload and second, when these files should be uploaded. This is where you implement this knowledge of creating a basic task with the task scheduler. As for Windows 10, this is way easier. You will find a scheduler in advanced settings inside the file history applet.