All the physical components of the computer are hardware. This will include your keyboard, hard drives, internal CD or DVD drive, fans, etc.
Most people believe that preventative maintenance programs are only for the visible components of the computer. That is not true. Computer hardware maintenance also includes the not-so-visible components of the computer
Typically, you perform preventative maintenance at the system level and physical level.
This is where you clean the physical components of the computer. Clean the keyboard to ensure that you remove the dust sitting between the keys. It’s important to remove and clean the fans that help maintain CPU temperature. Also, wipe off the monitor and blow out the dust sitting inside the CPU.
Make sure you complete this entire cleaning process carefully. Using any type of liquid or solvent can cause damage to the physical parts. Instead, it is important to use a soft cloth and right type of solvent. During the maintenance process, do not expose the physical components to extreme temperature changes.
System level maintenance ensures that your operating system runs in an optimized manner. Check your hardware drivers and download and install their latest versions. If you’re using any software, then it is best to have the upgraded and latest versions. There are also a lot of programs in your system that you do not use. Remove these programs and clean up the disk space so you can install more useful programs.
Most of the computers today have anti-virus and anti-malware protection installed. However,these are often outdated and do not have the updated security patches.