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Case Scenarios (Chapter 7-8)

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Maria is a busy freelance writer who uses her computer many hours a day to research and write articles for several national magazines and newspapers. Her computer, which runs Windows 7 Professional, must be running at peak performance with little downtime. Maria has little time to devote to computer maintenance tasks. She also uses Internet Explorer 9 and Microsoft Word 2010 every day and would like them to start automatically when Windows starts. Maria asks you for advice how to maintain her computer with relatively little effort, and how to configure her computer to start programs automatically. What do you tell her?

Tell Maria to ensure that Disk Defragmenter is scheduled to run at least once a month, that Windows Firewall is enabled and operating correctly, that she has real-time protection installed such as an antivirus program or Internet security suite, and that Windows Update is enabled to check for updates automatically. She should configure Task Scheduler to run Disk Cleanup weekly, and set Internet Explorer 9 and Microsoft Word 2010 to start when Windows starts.
To schedule Disk Cleanup to run weekly and the other programs to start when Windows starts, she should select the Create Basic Task in Task Scheduler. The wizard will guide her through the prompts. For the trigger, she should select Weekly. In the Weekly screen, she should select a start date, time, and the day of the week Disk Cleanup will run. In the Start a Program screen of the wizard, she should click Browse, click Disk Cleanup, navigate to the Disk Cleanup program, select it, and click Open. (Disk Cleanup is located in the Accessories/System Tools folder.) When she completes the wizard, Disk Cleanup will be added to her scheduled tasks list.
The same general steps apply to Internet Explorer 9 and Word 2010, but for each program, she will select When the computer starts as the trigger. She will need to browse to locate the Internet Explorer 9 executable file and the Word 2010 executable file