Windows PC Maintenance Mistakes
Friends, while working on our Windows PC, we make many mistakes, but sometimes it happens unknowingly.
But over time a lot of junk accumulates in our PC while doing it on PC. Sometimes it is important to clean your Windows PC to clean up this junk and free up empty space, but sometimes some damage is possible with it. If you go beyond basic cleaning with the help of built-in tools in Windows, you run the risk of doing some breaks.
Windows PC Maintenance Mistakes
Let’s look at some of the dangers of going too far with Windows Cleaning, and what you should know about these functions.
1) Deleting Your Recovery Partition
Most of the time, when you install Windows 10 on disk, it creates a recovery partition. This allows you to easily reset or refresh Windows on your computer without using a separate installation disk or recovery USB drive.
If you have installed Windows on your own, this recovery partition is often negligible. But computer manufacturers often incorporate their own recovery partition with their customized version of Windows, which takes up a lot of space.
To see the size of your recovery partition, right-click the Start button or press Win + X to open the Power User Menu, then select Disk Management from the list. Next to Disk 0, which is the disk where you have installed Windows, you should see at least one section labeled as (Recovery Partition).
Using the Disk Management tool, you can delete this partition to free up space on your drive. However, if you do this, you will not be able to easily refresh Windows using the built-in tool. You can create a recovery drive on a different device, but if you lose it, you will not be able to reinstall Windows.
In those cases, you will need to download a Windows 10 image to access the recovery option, which is not very convenient. If you have separate recovery media, it is okay to delete your recovery partition. But otherwise, you should leave it, because it is a lifesaver when you need it.
2) Harming your Registry
The registry is a database where Windows keeps all kinds of settings for both OS and third-party apps. Generally, unless you want the same performance as an advance tweak, you don’t have to venture into the registry on your own.
It is common to see advertisements for online registry cleaners. They claim that they will fix thousands of “problems” in the registry and make your computer run faster. These can include non-work entries, such as information left over from uninstalled programs.
However, in almost all cases, there is no noticeable improvement in registry cleaning. Even fixing thousands of “errors” will only clean up a few kilobytes on your system, and the registry won’t really get “clogged” with unnecessary entries where it affects performance.
If you use a registry cleaner in any way, you can do more harm than good to your system. Registry is a complicated place, so even “good” registry-cleaning software can mess up and accidentally delete an important file. If this happens, you can corrupt Windows, damage a program, or cause other major issues.
Registry cleaners are simply not worth it. They provide no benefit and have the ability to brake your system. Stay away from them.
3) Delete system files or other important files
Windows has a lot of important files scattered around the file system. These include important system files, program settings, and tweaks you make. Windows will prevent you from deleting some of these files, but if you do this with the cleaning app, there is also the risk of erasing something important.
You should avoid deleting files in any important system directory, such as C: \ Windows. The OS hides a lot of these by default, so if you have chosen to show hidden files, it is even more important to double-check it.
But it is not just system files that can cause problems. For example, some games save data in your documents folder. Deleting everything in your document can cause you to accidentally lose game progress.
Familiarize yourself with Windows folders that you should never touch and stay away from them unless you have a specific reason to move around in them.
4) Driver Cleanup
Computer drivers are important because they connect all the hardware to your computer to work properly. While it is important to keep updates on key drivers such as your chipset and graphics drivers, most of the time, you should follow the “If it is not braked, then don’t fix it” rule.
Since drivers can be more tedious to update than regular software, you may be tempted to install a driver update utility. Unfortunately, these are usually more troublesome than they deserve. Driver updates are notorious for bundling a bunch of utility ads, installing the wrong drivers, or grabbing drivers from illegal sources.
Even valid driver utilities can cause problems. Driver cleanup tools such as Display Driver Uninstaller can be useful in harsh cases where you have no other option to get rid of the problematic driver. But you should avoid them.
5) Drive Wiping
The ultimate form of overzealous cleaning comes in the form of cleaning your drive. When you reset Windows 10, you can choose to keep your personal files intact or erase everything to start afresh.
Of course, if you’re just resetting to refresh Windows, you probably don’t want to erase everything. But if you are selling your computer, erasing everything prevents the new owner from recovering your data.
You can go one step further and use a tool like DBAN (Darik’s Boot and Nuke) to overwrite it with garbage data and erase everything on the drive. It takes a lot of time, but you will feel safe knowing that there are no traces of data on the drive.
If you do this, be careful. Using a tool like DBAN will make everything on your computer immutable, so don’t use it unless you have a full backup and make sure you want to destroy everything.
Be careful with Windows Cleaning
As we have seen, it is very easy to go in and get some breaks with the cleaning of windows. In most cases basic windows cleaning tools are fine; But if you go beyond them, make sure you know what you are doing.