This is especially true for desktop computers that are set on the floor. The dust can build up, making it difficult for heat to escape. Eventually, the computer overheats and fails. Dust out with canned air or blower (not an air compressor).
For laptops, Orange Computer offers a Thermal Cleaning service for $65
Apply Operating System Updates
The reminders about updates can be annoying, but they are important. Windows updates really do fix vulnerabilities and are worth doing. About once a month, check to make sure the critical updates for Windows are applied.
Remove Software You Don't Use
If you installed a game that you don't play or a trial of software that you decided not to buy, remove it using Programs and Features. Installed software can be slowing down your computer even if you are not actively using it.
Make Sure Your Documents Are In More Than One Place
Backup. An easy way to think of it is that anything important to you should be in at least two places, if not more. Use cloud storage or sync services.
Paid backup services
Cloud Storage like Dropbox or Google Drive
Sync services like Bittorrent Sync (if you don't want your data on the cloud)
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