The Tech Commandments

Written
June 9, 2019
a sideways picture of a render depicting a Windows phone made in MS Paint
I've had some issues and missteps when it comes to troubleshooting my products, which are increasingly showing their age. I put together a list of yea's and nay's pertaining to personal device maintenance. I'm extremely proud of how long my stuff has lasted, but that means I must be extremely careful in how I address issues with them. Talk is cheap, but repairs are expensive.
Always create a restore point before and after making changes to your computer.
If BitLocker is enabled, disable it prior to making changes to your computer.
I you love your third-party antivirus, know when to fold it during important upgrades. I know I do.
Know when a tech add-on is not compatible with your current setup and put it aside for a future arrangement. Never force it on a setup that cannot support it.
If it can't be secured, it shouldn't be kept. But if it must be kept, it should be seldom used.
Never relent to an Ad-blocker whitelist request. Support them with money instead or leave their site. Some of them are right here on Medium.
If you plan to wipe your computer, make copies of the Driver File Repository, the AppData Local folder, and any installation files you'll need to re-run when you reinstall Windows.
If the app supports it, always back up your settings or tweaks to XML files once per week. Maintain a separate locale for settings and libraries.
If it doesn't seem right, assume it as fraud until the real McCoy reaches out to you.
Always seek background information about something you never thought of purchasing for your laptop. It might save you a headache.
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