Computer Management

What Does Computer Management Mean?

Computer management is the process of managing, monitoring and optimizing a computer system for performance, availability, security and/or any base operational requirement.


It is broad term that includes manual and automated administrative processes in the operations of a computer.

Computer management is also known as PC management or desktop management.

Techopedia Explains Computer Management

Computer management includes various tasks such as:

  • Updating or patching a computer’s operating system with the latest updates and fixes
  • Installing, configuring and executing anti-virus/anti-malware software on a computer to identify, remove and provide protection against malicious attacks
  • Managing all components on the computer in relation to drivers, permissions and basic functioning
  • Creating and managing users
  • Troubleshooting hardware, software and/or network and Internet errors
  • Using disk defragmentation and disk cleanup services to remove unnecessary data and improve disk response
  • Enabling, disabling and optimizing startup and background applications to increase/maintain processing speed

Computer management is also a default system management feature within the Windows XP OS.


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