To do list

Ensure Windows Updates are set to update automatically. If you’re not sure, visit for more details. Microsoft generally roll out new updates for Windows once a week. Also, you should ensure that you have a firewall in place before connecting to the internet – see our firewalls section for more information.

Anti virus software often run automatic updates and apply them as soon as they come available. If the virus definitions do become more than a week old, the software will usually prompt you to update. You can configure your antivirus software to automatically run a full scan at a convenient time.

You can also run Windows Disk Cleanup Manager – select Start / Run… and type CLEANMGR, then press Enter. Follow the prompts to remove any temporary files. If you don’t see the Run… menu, you can simply press the Windows key & the R key simultaneously. This should be done once a month, or if your machine seems to be running slowly. If the problem persists, please call Tabard IT for a quote on a general cleanup, more RAM memory or a larger hard drive.

To improve overall performance and startup times, you should avoid placing large files on the desktop, or setting high resolution pictures for your wallpaper.

Email archiving can improve the performance of Outlook, and should be automatically prompted every once in a while. If you would like to perform this more frequently, then go into Outlook and select Tools / Options / Other / Auto Archive. From here you can change the frequency and location of the archive.

Finally, you should run some sort of adware/malware detection program about once a week. There are several available, often free for personal use. Ad-Aware, Spybot and Microsoft Anti Spyware aka Windows Defender are three – see our malware section for more information.

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