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10 Tips to Extend Your Computer's Life

By Rachel Cericola
The author of "PCs for Dummies" provides practical tips for your PC investment.

If you're anything like me, you've had your fair share of computers. In fact, I think I've had more desktops and laptops in the past five years than I've had dogs over my entire lifetimeand I get just as attached!

Instead of swapping out hardware every few years (or months), there are ways to take care of your trusty PC. Of course, you don't want to give it to the monkey in that old American Tourister commercial. That seems pretty obvious. There are a few other tips that may not be so apparent.

PCLive.com asked Dan Gookin, author of the PCs for Dummies series, to provide a list of 10 things consumers can do to extend the life of their computers. Here's what he came up with:

1) Clean out the case. The fuzz, the dog fur, dust and other funk traps heat. Gookin just says to make sure you unplug the PC before you open the case. Then you can use one of those cans of air or a vacuum to clear out the crud.

2) Clean up the digital detritus. Know that Disk Cleanup tool that comes with Windows? There's a reason for ittry using it once in a while. Manually deleting old content works well too.

3) Add more memory. Unless your PC is packed, install more RAM. Your computer will love it, Gookin says. You will love it.

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