To keep your computer running well requires some routine maintenance. Spring often brings to mind thoughts of freshing up, cleaning, and revitalizating. As a result, I feel inclined to blog about PC upkeep. Keep in mind it is best to perform these tasks more often than once a year, monthly would be best for most users.
Windows includes a Disk Cleanup utility that will empty your recycle bin, clear your Internet cache, delete temporary files, etc.
- Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Disk Cleanup
- The application will start by scanning your hard drive. This may take a couple minute.
- When the next window is displayed, check the items you wish to delete.
- If you need a more information, click once on the item’s title and a description will appear below.
- After completing your selections, click OK, then Yes to confirm.
- It may take a few minutes to remove all those dust bunnies.
- Now it is time to Defrag. Go back to the System Tools and choose Disk Defragmenter.
- After it opens, you can click the Analyze button in the bottom left hand corner to see if your hard drive is significantly fragmented.
- Click the Defragment button if the service is needed, otherwise choose Close.
- It may take several minutes to defragment your hard drive.
Other User Practices to Keep Your Station Shiny
- Keep your antivirus software, AVG, up to date and scanning regularly.
- Keep at a minimum the programs set to start automatically when you turn on your computer. The task bar shows icons for such programs in the bottom right corner. Typically, you can look in the preferences of a program to turn this feature on or off.
- Keep 25% of your hard drive free. You can check this by opening My Computer>right click on the C: drive>choose Properties from the popup menu.
- Restart you computer occasionally.
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