Check the condition of the cables, components, and peripherals. Clean components to reduce the likelihood of overheating. Repair or replace any component that shows signs of damage or excess wear.

Use these tasks as a guide to creating a hardware maintenance program:


Verify that installed software is current. Follow the policies of the organization when installing security updates, operating system updates, and program updates. Many organizations do not allow updates until extensive testing has been completed. This testing is done to confirm that the update will not cause problems with the operating system and software. The figure shows the Windows 7 Update screen.

Use these tasks as a guide to creating a software maintenance schedule that fits the needs of your computer: