Maintaining and Optimizing Windows 7

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Maintaining and Optimizing Windows 7

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Introduction

This study guide is intended to educate Windows 7 users on how to maintain and optimize their Windows 7 computer. Maintenance is important to keep the system running smoothly and perform at its best. Maintenance is the key to keeping an operating system running free from error and give the user the best possible performance. Most people do not think to take care of their system this way, so we made this guide to give you a few examples of simple things that can be done to optimize Windows performance. In this guide, we will cover the following procedures:

Examine the System Stability Chart

View Current Activity

Identify the Application that is Causing the Performance Issue

Enable Automatic Updates

Part 1. Examine the System Stability Chart

If there have been performance issues reported, then the best thing to do is to check the Reliability Monitor for issues. The most common issue reported would probably be a crash that can be identified by using the Reliability Monitor. From there, you will be able to take a look at the system Stability Chart to check for recent issues with system stability. The System Stability Chart collects data from the computer's entire lifetime and complies a list of failures and stability. There is a scale of 1-10 indicating the stability 1 being the least stable and 10 being the most stable. To access the System Stability Chart, you must follow the steps below:

Access the Control Panel by clicking the Windows icon in the left hand corner and selecting Control Panel on the right side of the pop up menu. Open the Action Center in the Control Panel
Scroll down in the Action Center window and expand the Maintenance section of the menu. Click on View Reliability History under the Check for Solutions and Problems Reports section. The System Stability Chart (shown below) will...
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