Keep Your PC Fit and Healthy

It's a common-enough occurrence: You start out with a fast-moving, fresh computer but within months or years, you notice that it doesn't run or process data as quickly as it once did.

Part of the problem is simply data load: the more you put on your computer, the slower it runs. Debris, junk and clutter from the Internet make up another source of slow-down. Your computer can collect cookies, spyware and even viruses while online. And of course, with richer content comes larger file sizes. Together these factors can result in noticeable slow-downs.

What's the remedy? Basic maintenance, routine tune-ups and upgrades can all help keep your computer performing at top speeds.

PC Tune-Up Tip: Run Disk Cleanup

The Basics: Run Disk Cleanup to remove temporary files, get rid of optional components and empty the Recycle Bin.

Getting it Done: Launch Disk Cleanup from Start Menu > Accessories > System Tools.


Dell Automated PC TuneUp

For Dell PC owners, basic maintenance can be easy. All Dell Home PCs are available with Automated PC TuneUp, a tool that helps manage regular PC maintenance. Designate the tasks you need it to take care of, and choose how often you'd like these tasks to run. Out of the above tasks, Automated PC TuneUp can:

  • Update your OS
  • Defragment your hard drive
  • Run Disk Cleanup


Additionally, Automated PC TuneUp can:

  1. Update security settings: This setting keeps your security settings up-to-date and at an optimal level to balance security and performance.
  2. Activate firewall protection: This setting helps you manage the use of a firewall to help protect your computer from outside attacks.
  3. Create system restore points: This setting creates a snapshot of your computer's data that is safe to revert to in case of system failure.  

We recommend purchasing Dell Automated PC TuneUp if you'd like to take a hands-off approach to routine PC maintenance.

Upgrade Your System

Still experiencing speed issues? The next best option to buying a new PC is a system upgrade. The most common components to upgrade are hard drive, memory and video card. While it's easy to attach external storage to your computer, we recommend going to a professional for everything else.


Looking for more information on common upgrades? Here's a quick reference:

Upgrade Type

You need it if…

Get it by…


Hard Drive


You receive messages stating that you lack the free space to store the files you're trying to save.


Replacing your hard disk with a larger-capacity hard disk or attaching external storage to your computer. If you have a tower PC, you can often add additional hard drives to increase capacity.





You receive messages stating that you're having problems running certain programs due to low memory.



Increasing your RAM by adding physical RAM to your system.


Video Card


You're having trouble viewing 3D graphics, games or other rich media on your system. Graphics may appear slow or chunky.



Removing your old video card and installing a newer, faster model.

Bottom Line

Help extend the usefulness of your computer — and get more out of it on a daily basis — with basic maintenance, routine tune-ups and upgrades.