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As any PC or laptop ages, data will fill up the hard drive. This, in turn, slows performance, as your PC has to go further and work harder to find the files and programs it needs to access. Removing as much junk as possible will help to restore your PC- or laptop’s zip. We’ll start with duplicate files. Typically these will be music or photo files.
Now you can use Windows’ built-in cleanup functions to create more space: they do so by emptying the Recycle Bin, and removing temporary and other files you no longer need. Just type in Disk Cleanup in the search bar or in search charmbar and open up the application that comes up.
The wizard will identify the files it thinks you can delete, also telling you how much hard-drive space it will free up. Click ‘View files’ if you aren’t sure which files it’s pointing to. If it offers to delete a file you want to keep, simply remove the tick in the box beside it before clicking ‘Clean up system files’.
Next, remove any programs you don’t use – again Windows has its own tool for this. Go to Control Panel➤ Programs and features➤Uninstall
In each case, you can see a list of programs and the space they take up. Scroll down the list and select the program you want to remove, then click the Uninstall button at the top of the window. Delete those programs only that you don’t want to keep.
It isn’t always possible to completely remove all traces of a program using Windows’ utility. For this, you need a third-party tool such as Revo Uninstaller. In Revo’s interface, double-click a program’s icon to remove it. You can then scan for and remove leftover files or Registry entries.
Once you have removed unnecessary files and programs from your PC, a good next step is to compact the remaining data so that your PC can access data in an efficient manner as possible.
Defragging or defragmenting your hard drive is a way of speeding up your PC or laptop in Windows. The idea is that as data is saved and resaved to the spinning disc in your hard drive, small packets of information are deposited in random places all over the platter. This then takes longer to read, when Windows calls upon your hard drive to find out information.
By defragmenting or compacting that data the Operating System removes the gaps between packets of data, moving it all closer to the middle of the disc. This, in turn, makes each access of the hard drive quicker, by a tiny amount. It should improve the speed of your PC or laptop, even if it does so by only an imperceptible amount.
Search for Disk Defragment and Optimize Drives from the search bar to defrag the Drive.
You’ll probably have to put in your administrator password if you have any then hit Defragment Now. Usually, Windows defrags itself by default every week. So if you haven’t changed any settings, you shouldn’t need to defrag. But if you aren’t sure and you want to check the status of or manually defrag your drive open Search and type in ‘Defragment’. One of the results will be ‘Disk Defragment and Optimize Drives‘. Tap on it.
You’ll see a dialog featuring a list of the hard drives in your PC or laptop, their media type when they were last defragged, and how fragmented they are. You really need to defrag only if the drive is more than 10 percent fragmented.
If any of your drives are fragmented by 10 percent or more, select it and hit Optimize. Confirm your choice.
Many programs autoload at startup.You don’t always need all the programs that run at startup. You can run it later manually. Removing startup programs will help speed up booting.
Open a run window, type in msconfig and hit enter. Click the Startup tab in the System Configuration window and deselect any programs you don’t want to launch at startup and press Disable. Tap on Task Manager if there is an option for it and then follow the steps.
Now, some few more tips. Open up a run window and type in prefetch and hit enter. Press Ctrl+A to select it all and Delete those all. Don’t get afraid to delete it, it won’t delete any of your useful files. It will just delete the unnecessary files that slows down your PC.
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