Sunday, 3 March 2013

Tips for Using and Handling a Laptop

laptop-and-chargerIn this article I am going to give you some tips regarding the usage and handling of a laptop. The tips are very basic. Some of the points given below might fit for desktops too.

Operating Systems:

You may install more than one operating system. But for higher performance installing only two operating systems is appreciated. A higher version operating system and a lower version operating system are the great combination. For example, Windows 7 (higher version) and Windows XP (lower version) or Windows 7 and Linux OS (like Ubuntu). According to me the second one is the best combination. Because it is good to learn an open source OS like Ubuntu. Windows OS is very easy to use. So this combination will make you enjoy working with your laptop.


This is another aspect to be considered. We install OS in C drive. For your system to be responding faster there should be enough space in C drive. So accordingly do partition your hard disk. Suppose your hard disk is 500 GB, partition shall be like this. C drive 100 GB and D Drive 400 GB (only two partitions are enough to maintain easily). Install all your operating systems and software in C drive. So use a software to partition or seek the help of an expert.

User Accounts:

Have more than one user account in your system including only one administrator account. Limit permissions to other users except administrator. You can protect files and folders from users and assign less privilege to them.

Installing Software:

Never install too much of software in your system. Even though your system has higher configuration, installing too much of software will spoil its performance. So before installing a software think thrice and read reviews about it and then install if it is very important and virus free. Avoid installing a software which performs the same function as the other software. Also never install unnecessary software. For example, in Windows 7 there is no need to install DVD burner. Because we can directly burn a DVD just like copy pasting in Windows 7.

Increase System Performance:

When software is uninstalled it leaves some registry in your system. Also browsers will have cookies and histories. Surely, these will slow down your system performance. To boost your system performance use registry cleaner like CCleaner.

Never store files in desktop or C dive (Where OS is installed). Always have enough free space in the hard disk.

Adaptor and Battery:

Always using your laptop while the adaptor is connected to the battery will spoil your battery lifetime. So at least for once in 15 days dry your battery completely and then charge it. Don’t use compatible battery for your laptop. Because the voltage of the compatible battery will not fit to the voltage of some parts in your laptop. So, surely there is a chance of hardware failure. Use the original battery only.

Hard Disk:

Formatting your hard disk many times will slow down its performance. So, when you copy something the copying speed will decrease.

Touch-pad and Mouse:

The tough-pad is one of the hardware differentiating a laptop from a desktop. So handling it carefully is very important. Never use wet fingers on it. Because the wetness may cause a short circuit and damage the tough-pad.


While closing the lid place your fingers on the centre of the frame of the display and close slowly. This will prevent the display from damaging. If you close it by placing your fingers on the corner, the hinch may get loosened and a gap will be created between the bottom and the display of the laptop and the display will not seat properly.


You should have one anti-virus. Remember, only one. Because having more than one anti-virus will slow down your system. If you have very important files in your system and use internet you should not rely on free anti-virus. Because, there may possibility for your system to get affected by viruses from the internet. But, free anti-virus may not protect your system from these types of threats. Buy a professional anti-virus like McAfee. If you mostly purchase things online and use credit cards you should have internet security too to protect your information from thieves.

Mass Storage:

If you have mass storages like pen drive and external hard disk, handle them properly. Do not directly remove them from the system while they are in use. Use “safely remove hardware and eject media” icon in the tray to eject them as in the image.system-tray

Always scan and use mass storages to avoid your system from affecting by viruses. If your mass storage is affected by shortcut virus you can retrieve your files using the script given in this article.

Data Transfer between Two Laptops:

If you want to copy large files from the other’s laptop you shall connect it to your laptop using LAN cable and use window easy transfer software to copy files from it.

Other Tips:

1. Never use the button on the DVD drive to eject the DVD in use.

2. Having a warranty for your laptop will save you more money.

3. Please ensure your safety while connecting the adaptor to the plug-point.

4. Use laptop pouch to prevent the laptop from scratch and dust.

5. Clean your laptop frequently using only laptop cleaner and the special wiping cloth (never use water and normal cloths).

Meet you in the next article.

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  1. Very useful tips! I'm already on my 3rd laptop, the first two had broken LCD screens and it's due to reckless

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