It's Time For Spring Cleaning

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It's Time For Spring Cleaning

  1. 1. Spring Cleaning Your PC
  2. 2. Dusting and Cleaning Your PC at Home (Every 3-6 Months) Clean/Check your Hardware <ul><li>Cable Management </li></ul><ul><li>Keyboard </li></ul><ul><li>Mouse </li></ul><ul><li>Printer </li></ul><ul><li>Possible Upgrades </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keyboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mouse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Memory </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Check Your Hard Disk For Errors You can help solve some computer problems and improve the performance of your computer by making sure that your hard disk has no errors. Open Computer by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Computer . Right-click the hard disk drive that you want to check, and then click Properties . Click the Tools tab, and then, under Error-checking , click Check Now .
  4. 4. To automatically repair problems with files and folders that the scan detects, select Automatically fix file system errors . Otherwise, the disk check will simply report problems but not fix them. To perform a thorough disk check, select Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors . This scan attempts to find and repair physical errors on the hard disk itself, and it can take much longer to complete. To check for both file errors and physical errors , select both Automatically fix file system errors and Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors. Check Your Hard Disk For Errors
  5. 5. Click Start . Depending upon the size of your hard disk, this may take several minutes. For best results, don't use your computer for any other tasks while it's checking for errors. Check Your Hard Disk For Errors
  6. 6. Permanently Delete Files from the Recycle Bin When you delete a file from your computer, it is temporarily stored in the Recycle Bin. This usually gives you an opportunity to restore the file to its original location if you discover that the file should not have been deleted.
  7. 7. Permanently Delete Files from the Recycle Bin <ul><li>To permanently remove files from the computer and reclaim any hard disk space they were using, you need to permanently delete files from the Recycle Bin. You can choose to delete individual files from the Recycle Bin or empty the entire Recycle Bin at once. </li></ul><ul><li>Open the Recycle Bin by double-clicking the Recycle Bin on the desktop. </li></ul><ul><li>Do one of the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To delete one file, click it, and then press DELETE . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To delete all of the files, on the toolbar, click Empty the Recycle Bin . </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Disk CleanUp Open Disk Cleanup by clicking the Start button, clicking All Programs , clicking Accessories , clicking System Tools , and then clicking Disk Cleanup. In the Disk Cleanup Options dialog box , choose whether you want to clean up your own files only or all of the files on the computer. Click to view movie http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Delete-files-using-Disk-Cleanup
  9. 9. Disk CleanUp If the Disk Cleanup Drive Selection dialog box appears, select the hard disk drive that you want to clean up then click OK . Click the Disk Cleanup tab , and then select the check boxes for the files you want to delete. When you finish selecting the files you want to delete, click OK then click Delete files to confirm the operation. Disk Cleanup proceeds to remove all unnecessary files from your computer.
  10. 10. Disk Defragmentation Disk defragmentation describes the process of consolidating fragmented files on your computer's hard disk. Fragmentation happens to a hard disk over time as you save, change, or delete files. The changes that you save to a file are often stored at a location on the hard disk that's different from the original file. Additional changes are saved to even more locations. Over time, both the file and the hard disk itself become fragmented, and your computer slows down as it has to look in many different places to open a file. Disk Defragmenter is a tool that rearranges the data on your hard disk and reunites fragmented files so your computer can run more efficiently.
  11. 11. Disk Defragmentation How to Perform a Disk Defragmentation Open Disk Defragmenter by clicking the Start button, clicking All Programs , clicking Accessories , clicking System Tools , and then clicking Disk . Click Defragment Now . Disk Defragmenter might take from several minutes to a few hours to finish, depending on the size and degree of fragmentation of your hard disk. You may still use your computer during the defragmentation process.
  12. 12. Clean up Internet Explorer's Cache/History From the Start Menu, go to Settings , Control Panel, Internet Options , and click the Delete button in the area titled &quot;Temporary Internet Files and Cookies&quot;
  13. 13. Get Into the Habit Maintain your computer on a regularly scheduled maintenance plan. Not only will this will ensure optimal performance from your system but a partnership between you and your computer!
  14. 14. REMEMBER… a CLEAN computer is a HAPPY computer!

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