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Windows 7: Is it safe to take the side panel off to clean it?

29 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 
Is it safe to take the side panel off to clean it?

Well, I need to clean the side panel of my computer because it has holes and things like dust get stuck on them. Should I take the side panel off just because of this?



Yes I did build my PC, but I dont know if it is "safe".

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29 Jul 2012   #2

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Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Yes, providing you follow some common sense guidelines. And if there's dust on the side panel grill work there's probably dust inside the case as well.

How to Clean the Inside of a Computer: 11 steps - wikiHow

How to Clean the Inside of a Computer Case - Technibble
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29 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Yes - its a good idea to keep all the air vents clear of dust etc. While the side is off check the cpu cooling fins and fan for dust and if necessary use a can of compressed air to blow them clean. Don't use a vacuum cleaner due to possible static damage.
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29 Jul 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Windows7Privacy View Post
Well, I need to clean the side panel of my computer because it has holes and things like dust get stuck on them. Should I take the side panel off just because of this?



Yes I did build my PC, but I dont know if it is "safe".
I do mine on the first of each month. Make a schedule and clean your PC regularly.
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29 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It's a good idea to do so regularly if you know how to do it. It's safe as long as you take the appropriate measures and do it with care. Unplug everything beforehand, try not to touch the electronics printed boards directly and remember to get rid of electrostatic charges from your body.
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