Monday, June 8, 2009

Computer Spring Cleaning


The following computer maintenance instructions can help to speed up your Windows-based computer and should be done at least as often as you change the oil in your car! The instructions are for a Windows XP computer, but are fairly similar in other versions (Vista, 2000, ME).



To do a disk cleaning on your computer.
Click the Start button. Click All Programs.
In Programs menu find the Accessories folder and in that find the System Tools folder. Accessories>System Tools
Click on Disk Cleanup in the System Tools menu.
Click OK to clean the C: drive (or whatever letter is the main hard drive).
Click OK again and it should clean up temporary files and more. Be patient as the computer looks for what files it has to clean up and also for the actual cleanup. Both may take more than a few minutes.


To Defragment your hard disk drive.
Click the Start button. Click All Programs.
In Programs menu find the Accessories folder and in that find the System Tools folder. Accessories>System Tools
Click on Disk Defragmenter in the System Tools menu.
Click on the Defragment button.
Once you start defragmenting you should not do anything else on the computer since it is reorganizing files. Defragging is best to do before you go to bed, or when you are going out to the store as it may take a couple of hours.



Enjoy your faster computer!

1 comment:

  1. For diskcleanups I use CCleaner, run it once a week and ensure that the drive doesnt get cluttered with junk.
    Defragging is taken care of by Diskeeper09, runs automatically in the background and defrags much faster and more efficiently than the Windows defragger.

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