One of the most frustrating parts of owning a PC is keeping it in tip top shape, there’s no point having a lovely new computer if you aren’t going to look after it. With that in mind, we here at Techscheme have put together some solid tips on keeping your desktop or laptop in shape. We’ve also thrown in a few suggestions for what you might want to pick up if you think it’s time to upgrade, all with our Techscheme savings.

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Housekeeping

 

Windows desktops and laptop can succumb to several issues but what’ll affect you most comes from a lack of upkeep. The first thing you’re going to want to do is to create some space each month for housekeeping. Delete all the files and folders you no longer need, they’re just taking up space and they’ll slow you down. Organise your files properly and store them where you need them; try to take everything you don’t need off your desktop as your computer needs to load it every time you switch on.

Every now and again do a disk clean-up to get rid of all the unnecessary files you’ve missed. The recently updated clean-up also helps you clear out old windows files you don’t need after installing updates. After you’ve done that, defragment your drive. It doesn’t need to be done that often but you can set up a regular time for your computer to do it so you won’t even notice.

Security

Prepare for attacks, make sure you’ve got up to date anti-virus and anti-spyware software to screen for those nasty infections. Perhaps set up your PC to run these once a week when you know you won’t need it. At the same time, create System Restore Points. Doing this weekly will mean you’ll never lose much if the worst happens and something gets through. Of course, you should also backup any important data, either to an external drive or by creating a separate backup disk on your computer.

Try to regularly reset your internet browsers, delete your history and any saved sites you no longer need while also getting into the habit of clearing your cache every time you log off. You don’t need all that and it’s going to slow you down, especially as it mounts up over time. Also, this should be obvious, but try and steer clear of dodgy websites – we promise that click bait isn’t worth it.

Replacements:

 

Of course, If you fancy just doing away with your old kit and getting something shiny and new, we have options. If you fancy a new laptop you could go for a Surface Laptop. Microsoft’s own brand has really taken the market by storm and the laptop variety is simply superb. The top-spec 2.5GHz Intel Core i7 powered version is a beast. It’s super powerful so you’ll not sweat when doing any kind of work, has a brilliant, vivid touchscreen for streaming video and creating art and it also happens to very nice to look at.

You can pick up the Surface Laptop in a number of different specs from Techscheme, we’ll save you up to £257 and you can spread the cost over up to three years.

If you’re after something more work focused, then the Toshiba Satellite Pro is just the sort of laptop for you. It doesn’t have the bells and whistles of a top-tier laptop like the Surface, but it doesn’t need it. Hardy and hard-working, it has excellent battery life, will put up with any work-related task and has many proprietary security features and software to keep your files safe. We’ll save you up to £62 on it at Techscheme.

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If it’s a desktop PC you’re after then look no further than the Microsoft Surface Studio. It’s incredible for artists with perhaps the best digital drawing experience out there, it has a beautiful sleek design, is incredibly powerful and frankly, there isn’t a better all-in-one PC on the market. It’s not cheap, of course, but it shouldn’t be for all that you get and with Techscheme savings of up to £509 and spreading the cost over time, we assure you it’s worth it.

Model RRP Savings Techscheme Price
Surface Studio 32GB RAM £4,249.00 £509.88 £3,739.12
Surface Laptop £2,149.00 £257.88 £1,891.12
Toshiba Satellite Pro £519.00 £62.28 £456.72

So that’s how you keep your PC running fresh! At Techscheme we have an entire range of tech products available with up to 12% savings from RRP and you can spread the cost of those big-ticket items over up to three years. If you want to take advantage, check to make sure your employer is signed up to the scheme. If not, why not send them over to us? it won’t cost them.