It is a good idea to think of your PC as an office. Stores files, programs, images. This can be compared to files, machines and decorations in a real office. The operating system is the boss. With this image in mind, think of an office you’ve visited that is slow and inefficient. There were probably many different reasons for the inefficiency. The same goes for a computer. There can be many elements that slow down your computer. Perhaps the most overlooked is disorganization and clutter.
An office can accumulate many unnecessary files, machines and decorations. The same goes for your computer. One of the best ways to keep this mess under control is to do regular cleaning. In Windows, this cleaning utility will be called “disk cleaning”. Delete a variety of unnecessary files based on the options you have selected.
To perform a disk cleanup in Windows XP, simply click on “my computer” in the start menu. Then right click on your “c drive” or “hard drive” and choose properties. Then click on “disk cleanup” and follow the instructions. When you select files to clean or delete, Windows will give you information to help you decide. When looking at the list of file types, simply click on the file type name and read the description below in the description area. This will let you know if the files can be safely deleted. To select the group of files, simply check the box next to the group name. When you finish selecting press “OK” to finish.
Now, doing a disk cleanup doesn’t take much time, just a couple of minutes, and you can save more time in the end by making your computer run faster. However, a disk cleanup should be run periodically rather than just once in a while. One way to make this run periodically is to make it a scheduled task. This will allow your computer to run it automatically at the intervals and time of day that you determine. However, you can always run it yourself periodically without creating a scheduled task.
Add or remove programs
The information provided above can help you get rid of some unnecessary files, but you may also need to clean up some unnecessary programs. This can be done using the “add or remove programs” utility in Windows. This is located in the control panel and lists all currently installed programs along with an option to uninstall them. It is a good idea to browse through the utility to add or remove programs from time to time just to make sure that all programs are useful.
If there are programs in the list that are no longer used, you can simply highlight the program and click the uninstall button. Windows will begin the process to uninstall the program. In most cases, to finish uninstalling a program, it is advisable to restart the computer. This will dump and the files will be kept temporarily.
The Add / Remove Programs utility is very useful, but not all programs are listed at the beginning. Programs that come pre-installed on your computer and the Windows operating system can also be uninstalled. For example, Outlook Express is a default email program that comes with the Windows XP operating system. If you are not using this email program, you can uninstall it. Click “Add / Remove Windows Components” found in the Add / Remove Programs utility and just follow the instructions.
Many offices contain a large number of files and programs that are valuable and cannot be thrown away. In fact, they may contain files that are not even used, but still need to be kept for some reason. Although these files must remain in the office, they must be organized. This is why we create file folders that contain groups of related files. Then we store them in cabinets that are arranged alphabetically.
On a computer, the files that are saved are placed on the hard drive. However, they are placed according to the time they were saved. So if you open a Word document and save the file as “file A” and then open another document and save it as “file B”, you have a “file A” next to “file B”. This is fine, but if you open “file A” later and save it again, the added information is saved next to “file B”.
When files are divided in this way, it is called a fragmented file. This means that the computer must find the first part of the file and then search for the second part of the file to open.