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I don't agree.

by renedenhollander In reply to DOWNLOAD: 10 things you c ...

If you are really running a shop full of hundreds of PCs, I think this type of maintanance is too much.
Running Defrag and Disk Cleanup Tool sounds good to me. But why should you update firmware and drivers if the PC is running fine with the old ones? Changing firmware and drivers can introduce new problems in time if they are not tested propperly. (remember that you have to repair hundreds of PCs in case of a problem!) My advice would be: Don't fix it if it is not broken. Of course I agree with keeping Windows, your essential applications, your antivirus and antispyware up to date, but it should stop there!
It would be better to use more antispyware programs like Hitman Pro and Microsoft Antivirus to keep your software clean. Just using Ad-Aware, as suggested in item 4 is not enough to keep your computers clean.
Inspecting Services config and device manager is something that you should do during installation of the computer. Inspecting this during maintanance should only be done if problems occur.
#7 Check power Quality: Why didn't you check your UPS when you installed it? I don't see why you should check that in a maintanance session.
#8 cleaning tasks: I agree that you should keep your computers clean on the inside. You can use canned air to keep all the ventilation holes and your processor heatsink clean, but before you start cleaning keyboards and mouses you should compare your hourly rating against the costs of replacing these parts.
Conclusion:
It doesn't matter if you are working in a company or have your own company like I have, when you do your maintanance this way, one day someone (your boss, one of your clients or your accountant) will come and ask you why your maintanance is taking so much time.

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Strongly agree...with you

by ~rpb~ In reply to I don't agree.

I strongly agree that routine maintenance issues should not involve a number of things that many equipment suppliers and software publishers suggest.

Your point on drivers is confirmed in my own experience of maintaining hundreds of client's machines over years of time. This is especially true if you are maintaining systems running a vertical market application in a narrow environment.

I can't tell you how many times I've had to reinstall an older driver that insured compatibility just because another user/tech/whomever thought that a newer date is always better. As IT well knows, many (most?) driver updates are related to resolving a narrow need or sometimes quite minor incompatibility.

I think the original article, while well intentioned, just simply confuses installation (or perhaps, reinstallation) issues with routine maintenance issues.

I do believe in cleaning KBs and mice (mouses? meece? meeces?); a shot of compressed air every couple of months can sure reveal a lot of garbage that falls between the keys (actually, quite an amazing lot of garbage). This is especially true if you have a particular KB you like or depend on a particular KB (or one with vertical market or proprietary keycaps, etc.) for ancillary functions.

One disagreement: In all the years of owning my company and doing vertical market installation and maintenance, NEVER--not a single time--did a client ever ask why maintenance was taking so much time. Matter of fact, they were usually fussing at their employees about NOT doing even the small things that prevent major problems down the road. One of our upsell techniques was to point out how little maintenance is done in-house and what that ultimately costs in equipment replacement costs. We ~always~ sold 10-15% more KB/mouse/etc. than necessary, so that routine maintenance and/or replacement did not also involve downtime.

Otherwise...your reply was right on target!

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Use SafeSystem to keep your system config. unchanged and stable

by Van Morris In reply to DOWNLOAD: 10 things you c ...

Currently, I use (and recommend) a security tool called SafeSystem that help me keep my PC healthy at all times. Here are some of the benefits of this product taken directly from the product description:

- Prevent the change of configuration and the accidental (or even intentional) system files deletion or alteration, so your PC will be healthy and more stable.

- Keep your critical system files (e.g., programs, dynamic-link libraries, configuration files, drivers and system folders) from being altered, renamed or removed.

- Restrict access to some or all applets in Control Panel, thus preventing users from changing your system configuration (e.g., Dial-Up Networking and system Date/Time settings).

- Prevent users from running or installing unauthorized programs from floppy disk, CD-ROM and DVD-ROM drives.
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I found SafeSystem at: http://www.gemiscorp.com/english/safesystem/info.html

IMPORTANT: I want to clarify that I don't have any direct or indirect relation with the company that owns the product I'm suggesting, so my posts shouldn't be considered SPAM.

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Gross Waste...

by dicke In reply to DOWNLOAD: 10 things you c ...

The system you have setup to get these papers sucks.
After 10 minutes of trying to respond to your prompts, the result is still a gross waste of time.

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Good start!

by Madsmaddad In reply to DOWNLOAD: 10 things you c ...

I have been thinking of writing something like this. A lot of my neighbours are now running XP, without the knowledge of how to keep it healthy. And my wife is always complaining that my home system is running slowly.

As it is a home machine I would like to break down tasks into weekly, monthly and six monthly operations, like car maintenance.

As you mention - weekly:- Spybot, and Ad-aware, and some times System Mechanic from Iolo.

Monthly: XP cleanup and defrag. - in that order. No point defragging files that you are going to remove.

Six-Monthly- Look at programs like Ad-aware, spybot and Grisoft anti-virus, and clean out logfiles and downloaded updates:

I found that I had a years worth of updates in:

Documents and Settings\ All Users\ Application Data\ Grisoft\ Avg7Data \upd7bin.


And I had some other things that I need to sort out in my mind before I put them to print. I wait to hear what others do, before I print off something for my neighbours.

Thanks,

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Good start!

by unicorn In reply to Good start!

Hopefully you will post your stuff for us too! Sounded like one of the best suggestions for a home system that I have read yet. Thanks.

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Old, old, old...

by tp In reply to DOWNLOAD: 10 things you c ...

The first thing that caught my eye was the date: 3/28/2006. I was hoping for something new!

Tom Pasek, CEO
Shaggy Dog Solutions, LLC
www.shaggyd.com

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