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Step 7: Disk Cleanup

Disk Cleanup (cleanmgr.exe) is a computer maintenance utility included in Microsoft Windows. It’s designed to free up disk space on computer users' hard drive. The cleanup process firstly involves searching and analyzing the hard drive for files that are no longer of any use. It then proceeds to remove the unnecessary files, freeing up disk space on the hard drive. There are a number of different file categories that Disk Cleanup targets when performing the initial disk analysis:
• Compression of old files
• Temporary Internet files
• Temporary Windows file
• Downloaded Program files
• Recycle Bin
• Removal of unused applications or optional Windows components
• Setup Log files
• Offline files
• And more…

Aside from removing unnecessary files, users also have the option of compressing files that have not been accessed over a set time period of time. This option provides a systematic compression scheme. Infrequently accessed files are compressed to free up disk space while leaving the frequently used files uncompressed for faster read/write access times. If after file compression, a user wishes to access a compressed file, the access times may be increased and vary from system to system. In addition to the categories that appear on the Disk Cleanup tab, the More Options tab offers additional options for freeing up hard drive space through removal of optional Windows components, installed programs, and all but the most recent System Restore point or Shadow Copy data in some versions of Microsoft Windows.
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Once you have CCleaner, you may find that there is no need to use this.

As with all cleanups, try not to be doing anything on your computer while it is working.

It can be found at:
Start Menu
All Programs
Accessories
System Tools
Disk Cleanup

<p>The situation could be frustrating and can go a long way to slowing down your system&rsquo;s speed. What do you do at this time? There is need to delete those unnecessary files.</p>
<p>I got a lot of info about enhance my PC speed, It is so nice and useful info for us.Thats why i have recently switched to a new registry optimizer named &lt;a href=&quot;http://softwareswin.com/clash-clans-hackmod-unlimited-v8-332-14/&quot;&gt;Softwareswin&lt;/a&gt; which for me is quite an excellent registry optimizing software.</p>
<p>Dont use a disk defragmenter if you have an SSD.. it will kill the SSD drive</p>
Step 26: Ram Booster (No known free solution...)<p>I have free software that I'm using in the form of </p><p>&quot;FreeRAM XP PRO&quot; Link &gt; <a href="http://download.cnet.com/FreeRAM-XP-Pro/3000-2086_4-10070530.html" rel="nofollow">http://download.cnet.com/FreeRAM-XP-Pro/3000-2086_...</a></p><p>Download from cnet hope this helps.</p><p>#Nice blog thanks it's helped alot :)</p>
<br> Those <br> temporary and messy files slow down computer and it affects the overall PC <br> performance so we need to clear those messy files in order to get back the <br> earlier speed of a system and there are so many tools like CCleaner and Ninja <br> TuneUp which we can utilize as defragmentation tool. You can download trial <br> version from <a href="http://www.ninjatuneup.com/" rel="nofollow">http://www.ninjatuneup.com/</a>
DO not get the windows (&quot;updates&quot;) they will kill your computers speed!!!<br /> instead, get a security system like norton or kapersky security. i'm pretty sure they will do the same think protecting wise as window updates&nbsp;(please correct me if im wrong, from past exp. i have found the windows updates will slow down your comp.)<br />
I would have to say yes and no. Microsoft released a SP1 that increased speed and disk space quite a bit for all users of Vista a while ago. I would have to say that the risk of a security breach is too great for the minuscule amount of slowing that comes with an update. I haven't noticed any in my experience.<br />
Also, don't use kasperkey or norton. <br><br>instead use:<br><br>Spybot search and destroy<br><br>and <br><br>malwarebytes <br><br><br>With those two you can get rid of virus.
i use avast, it is light unless play games 4 10 hours cuz it to scan temp files,play bf4 it on no frame drop
the reason your computer down is unsufficient harddrive space because system tasks on ram flush to harddrive at shutdown, get a ssd drive or a faster harddrive, or the middle sshd
System updates are what help keep your computer safe. No antivirus can do it alone. ALWAYS update your computer if you have the option to.
<p>Very nice post thanks &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.softrainy.blogspot.com/2014/09/how-to-increase-ram-speed.html&quot;&gt;How to Increase Ram Speed&lt;/a&gt;</p>
<p>How to Speed up Your Computer? 18/08/20140 Comments Friends, many of us may not be aware why our computer or laptop get slower with passage of time. Why the machines do not run as fast as they did when initially bought? The reasons for slow running of the computer can be many. Common causes could be inadequate memory, malwares/virus infection, too many programmes running in the .....- http://goo.gl/BGWThu</p>
Link to &quot;sys.info.org&quot; is dead. Can you repost a current link to this list? Thanks!
got the same mobo ... Dell Dimension 1100 ... Socket 478 3.4ghz Single core... Happy to see that there's still someone using those kind of computer except me xD
Though CC Cleaner is good choice to get your registry cleaned, but sometimes it either takes too long or stuck while optimizing cleaning. Therefore, i have recently switched to a new registry optimizer named <a href="http://www.registryrecycler.com" rel="nofollow">Registry Recycler</a> which for me is quite an excellent registry optimizing software. It is fast and free. <br> <br>
Advanced System Care comes with a ram booster. (it is in the toolbox, under optimize)
for some reason turning off extrenal hard drives speeds mine up :D
I don't know if it's possible to replace the processor in my laptop... it's a bit old, but I can replace the RAM and I'm planning to do so soon... I'm using a Dell - Latitude D600
to late, i already vacumed mine ! &gt;.&lt; it still works but thank you soooooo much for warning me! i wouldnt want to break ma pc! =(
I've done about 5-6 of these steps, and already I'm noticing it's speed. Thanks a million.
Very detailed and helpful guide! You must have spent a lot of time putting all this information together well done! Also learned about some software i never heard of before, thanks!
Could someone on instructables make a Mac or Linux edition? That would be AWESOME for all of us Macintosh users! Thanks! (Not trying to sound annoying here!)
cant you reinstall windows without your freeware programs as well?
So what would happen if i plugged my 500 GB external drive in???
Your forgetting who found the holes, hackers!!!!<br />
He also refers to all hackers as being bad. In fact, hackers are the ones that fix the problems. Crackers, are the ones you should look out for.
also go to services and abolish themes service.
Defragging makes no noticeable improvement on SATA hard drives. It helps a lot on older PATA drives, especially the 33 and 66 class PATAs.<br><br>NEVER defrag an SSD. I have 6 of these. The manufacturer states that the flash technology will access any data in any location at the same speed. Repeatedly writing data (as happens in defrag movements) will decrease the life expectancy of the solid state itself.<br><br>I believe this step should be removed due to the PROBABILITY of readers misapplying the instructions to the wrong media. It should only be for PATA drives.
Their was another Tip that would help all these Step and it was missed or ignored. How about keeping the Computer itself Cold/Cool? Im looking for affordable options to that. everything else mention in your guide get done Bi-weekly. so great work man.
actualy it does not matter if the bits from the ram are cleared or not the only thing thats important is if the operating system thinks that part of the rams is filled. it sees every thing else as meaningless noise until it puts something there. how ever turning off the computer is helpful because off a bug called memory leak. this happens when a program does not tell the operating system that it is done with its data. causing the operating system to keep that space reserved for the program. over time this can take up massive amounts of space. oh course proper memory management will mitigate this problem. but that require part of the operating system to be rewritten which is out side the scope of the user. so basically if the developers did there jobs right your would not need to restart your computer to free ram. for example my computer (running ubuntu) only needs restarting to install certain updates. i never have to restart my computer to free up space in my ram. however i do have to restart my dads windows machine once a week due to memory fragmentation, but not because of memory leakage.
While deleting user accounts may increase speed, it can also pose a security threat. I would recommend at least 1 extra user account with non-administrator privileges. Malicious programs will not be able to access and make changes to your computer without your permission on this new account. Do consider the advice of the commenter below me and disable multi-user logins.
Nice job!<br>will help a lot specially for my old laptop here.. :)<br><br>owh, this link is not working: http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php.<br>there's a point in the end of the link.. it should be http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php<br><br>cheers..
I never knew about this! Thanks a ton - it really helped me out. :3
The cause of the slow computer is the virus, add spy-ware, hardware problem, OS failure, if lot of folders are stored at the desktop, or due to the temp files on the disk. Remove the unnecessary start-up programs which are not in use. Format your hard-disk after particular time span. You can also buy the <a href="http://www.pcartisan.com/refurbished-desktop-computers-can-they-be-trusted.html">Refurbished Desktop Computers</a> which are available in market at cheap rate and gives better performance compared to the old PC's.<br>
There are definitely some great cleaning methods here, but I think that you could have ordered them better and perhaps even omitted some information. A few things were also really for specific problems rather than general speed increase, such as the paging file. You also nearly skipped the most important part of speeding up a windows computer, which is described here: <a href="http://a-how.com/archives/52">a-how.com/archives/52</a>
Personally I have it on the lowest power setting, my screen is the dimmest, but I keep my processor at 90%. <br> <br>I've heard that keeping the processer speed constant (i.e. min and max are the same) is the best option. <br> <br>Unplugged laptop = 45% processor <br>Plugged in = 90% (for gaming) <br> <br>Be green and fast!
its actually on the left not right
lol who cares
The best way to not get viruses is to not be a fool. Go into internet options for I.E. and in advanced options with cookies do the following: <br>First party cookies: Prompt <br>Third party cookies: Deny <br> <br>This way, when you go to a website that you don't fully trust, or get redirected to, you have the option to completely block all the cookies the website wants to send you. <br> <br>I have gotten a virus once in my 12 years of computing, and that was due to downloading a file on a website that I should not have, a &quot;Cracked version of photoshop!&quot;. <br> <br>Just don't be naive.
That's scary, There's a flash drive that has more capacity than my integrated internal hard drive.
And I think I have 100GB
yea, recently Kingston came out with a 512GB flash drive. It isn't available in the US yet as far as I'm aware, though.
i like the last step very cool!
excellent guide, i can tell that A LOT of work went into this. keep it up!!
Thanks so much! I hope it helped.
You should never open your case without being correctly Earthed with a conductive strap and bonding point. Touching the case does absolutely nothing unless the computer is plugged into a mains point (switched off) with an Earthing connection and you maintain constant contact with an unpainted part of the chassis. The problem is that your body generates a huge amount of static electricity for you to discharge into your computer, just by sitting still. Far more than is required to cause damage to the internal components. A bonding plug and wrist strap are invaluable tools. For instance: (UK) http://www.amazon.co.uk/COBA-Europe-Earth-Bonding-Plug/dp/B00104XGK6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;s=kitchen&amp;qid=1278277382&amp;sr=8-1 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Skytronic-710-131-ANTI-STATIC-WRIST-BAND/dp/B000RMPE3E/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&amp;s=garden&amp;qid=1278277365&amp;sr=8-18 (US) http://www.amazon.com/Syba-SY-ACC65030-Anti-Static-Velcro-Wrist/dp/B003I4FESI/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&amp;s=electronics&amp;qid=1278277483&amp;sr=8-4 (Sorry, can't see a bonding plug on Amazon.com - but if you look at the one on the UK site you should be able to find something like it in RadioShack or WalMart etc). Spending that small amount of money will protection your computer from the damage you WILL cause without the equipment.
DamionLee, having both you and the system chassis at the same voltage will indeed ensure that there is no spark present. Touching the chassis even without a grounding plug is fine.<br><br>Conductor A at x volts touching conductor B at x volts results in no current exchange at all. The actual *presence* of electrons is not the damaging part. It's the movement of electrons.<br>
If you and the chassis are not grounded to the same bonding point to ground you will have a potential difference. Because of this, the components will become damaged when handling. Touching the chassis shares the charge across you, as soon as you release that contact charges return to their normal. This means that as I stated above - 1. both you and the chassis must be grounded and 2. you must maintain constant contact with the chassis.<br><br>Additionally, contact with components is not needed to cause damage. Depending upon the materials in the vicinity, it is possible to damage the components through proximity. It has been demonstrated that a polystyrene cup placed within 10&quot; of an IC will cause ESD damage. The same is true if you are wearing clothing which generates a charge - nylon being an example.<br><br>ESD is commonly ignored by the amateur computer enthusiast as they are not made aware of the serious damage it causes. And because in most cases it causes latent failures rather than catastrophic failures, many believe that they have not caused any damage at all - when in fact there is absolutely no doubt that they have caused damage.
I added a blurp to the step, along with a picture from those amazon links.

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