The Thanksgiving PC Tech Support Checklist

Thanksgiving is approaching, and if you're the tech-savvy member of your family, you're likely to be the go-to person for tech support. To make your life easier, we've compiled a handy checklist of tasks to tackle during your visit.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and if you’re the tech-savvy member of the family, you know what that means: you’ll likely be enlisted to help with various tech support tasks.

To make your life easier, I’ve put together a checklist of essential tasks to tackle while you’re there. Not only will this ensure your family’s PC is up to date and running smoothly, but it’ll also give you a reason to zone out in front of the computer and avoid family for a bit.

1. Run System File Checker

Task: Run “sfc /scannow” from Command Prompt as an admin.

Why: Certain OS files can become corrupted over time. This utility will detect and repair them. It can really save you in a repair/recovery situation.

2. Take a Backup

Data loss is the only thing you can’t recover from and many people still ignore the need to backup their files. Personally, I recommend (and use) Backblaze. It’s set and forget.

If that isn’t an option download Uranium Backup and copy the backup file to USB.

At minimum, configure their important documents and pictures to sync via OneDrive or DropBox.

3. Windows Update

Task: Run wuauclt.exe /updatenow in the command prompt.
Why: This forces Windows to check for updates, ensuring that the operating system has the latest security patches and features. It’s a quick way to improve the security and functionality of the computer.

4. Microsoft Office Update

Task: Open any Office application, go to ‘File’ > ‘Account’ > ‘Update Options’ > ‘Update Now’.
Why: Keeping Microsoft Office updated is crucial for security and performance. This step ensures that your family has access to the latest tools and security enhancements for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

5. Windows Store App Updates

Task: Open the Microsoft Store, click on the three dots in the top-right corner, and select ‘Downloads and updates’ > ‘Get updates’.
Why: This will update all apps downloaded from the Windows Store, keeping them running smoothly and securely.

6. Third-Party App Updates using PatchMyPC Home Updater

Task: Download and run PatchMyPC Home Updater.
Why: This tool simplifies updating third-party applications. It scans for outdated software and offers a one-click solution to update multiple applications, reducing vulnerabilities.

7. Configure & Run Storage Sense

Task: Go to ‘Settings’ > ‘System’ > ‘Storage’ and turn on Storage Sense.
Why: Storage Sense automatically frees up space by getting rid of unnecessary files, like temporary files and items in the Recycle Bin, ensuring the disk space is maintained.

Remember, while these tasks are essential, always check with your family members before making changes to their devices. They might have specific preferences or requirements you should be aware of.

This Thanksgiving, be the tech hero your family needs, and enjoy their gratitude (and maybe an extra slice of pie) that comes your way! 🍁🥧

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