How To Open Desktop
If it is your first time, you may not know how to open desktop. It is important to carefully follow these steps when opening a desktop as it can be dangerous if not done properly. Most PC computers have a standard for opening the desktop. In most cases there are screws along the side which hold the side panel in place. Some desktops are not built this way, and may have latches or other devices which help hold the side panel together. It may take time to discover how exactly a computer is properly opened. This guide follows the standard method.
- First, always make sure the computer is off before attempting to open a desktop. Shut the computer down from Windows or whatever operating system it is in. Then Look on the back of the computer for a switch along the top. Turn this off and it will cut the power fully from the computer. Then unplug the power cable which should be near the power switch. After you have fully cut power to the computer, look along the back side of the computer on the left side facing you. There should be screws that hold the side panel into place. Take a Philips screw driver and unscrew the screws from their places and put them aside. Then try and slide off the side panel. It should un-slide easily and in one motion. You can then take it off and look inside the desktop.
- When you open a desktop always be sure to work on a hardwood floor or tile surface. Do not work over a carpet as this can produce electrostatic shock that can damage sensitive computer parts. Always touch the computer firmly with one hand before touching any parts inside the computer. This will discharge any static electricity in your body. There are also special grounding bracelets you can wear when working on computers to keep you grounded and from accumulating static electricity.
Tip: If you do open a computer when it is running, never touch the fans that spin over the CPU, GPU, and graphics cards. These must maintain constant and consistent cooling in order to function properly. If they are disturbed it can damage your computer severely.