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V. Managing Your Computer > 19. Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Chapter 19. Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Most people don’t begin life as technophobes, but dealing with a poorly functioning computer on a regular basis would drive anyone to want to throw the whole thing out a window. Although Windows 2000 is extremely stable and reliable, it’s the product of very smart but imperfect humans, so it isn’t perfect. Sometimes it needs the intervention of another very smart but imperfect human—you—to keep it in tip-top shape.

Analyzing Your Maintenance Needs

If you want to keep your system healthy, you need to regularly maintain it. If your company enjoys the attention of a full-service network administrator, you may be spared many of these tasks; but if you’re in charge, here’s a maintenance schedule suggestion (see Chapter 18 for more on the backup tasks described here):


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