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Fast Computer Clean-Up Tips: While you are working on your computer system, you will create a slew of old files you no longer
need, but which will contaminate and fill your computer hard drive. These old files will not only occupy
valuable hard drive space, but they will also contribute to the fragmentation of the volumes
and will slow down your computer and file lookups.Therefore, you need to clean up and clean out these
old unusable files.
To star to clean up your files, you will use Windows Disk Cleanup, which you can find in Windows. Start at the Start button, then All Programs, then Accessories, then System Tools.
Fast Computer Clean-Up Tips
By Raymond Garcia
Cleaning Up Files in Windows: To start Disk
Cleanup from Windows Explorer:
1. Right-click the hard drive volume you want to clean up and select Properties on the menu.
2. Click Disk Cleanup at the right of the Capacity pie. Click to enlarge -
1. Windows Disk Cleanup is a very simple tool. It will check all
the known places where these temporary and forgotten files hang out and determines
how much volume space they take up. It will present you with a list with
categorized dispensable files.The best way to understand the workings of this
tool is to take a walk through the execution of Disk Cleanup:
2. After selecting a hard drive volume, the Disk Cleanup dialog box - Click to enlarge -
will appear, showing the progress of the tool scanning the volume for all
kinds of redundant files.
3. After the scanning, the Cleanup tool will show the Disk Cleanup for <volume> dialog box -
This dialog box has two tabs: More
Options and Disk Cleanup.The latter is
shown by default.The Disk Cleanup tab consists of two list boxes. Files to
delete lists the different categories that contain redundant files that you
can delete without the system becoming corrupted.The Description
frame below it gives a description of the group/category you selected. It
also gives you the opportunity to browse to the files of that category, using
the View Files button.This option is not available for all categories.
4. If you browse through the category list and view the files, you will get a
better idea of where Windows XP is looking for redundant files. As you
use this option on different volumes or on the same volumes over time,
you will notice that the list can differ from volume to volume, and from
time to time.The reason is that it is only after you use a specific functionality
that such a category/group is created. An example is “Offline
Web Pages.”This category is created only after you add a Web page to
your Favorites list and make it available
5. You need to select the check box for the category you want to clean, or
deselect it if you do not want that category to be cleaned. For example
the category Temporary Internet files is your local cache of Web pages.
You may want to keep these files to speed up access to your favorite
6. After you have selected all categories of files you want to clean up,
7. A dialog box comes up that ask you “Are you sure you want to perform
these actions?” Click OK.
8. The Disk Cleanup dialog box appears and the physical
disk might start to rattle.The dialog box enables you to monitor the
progress of the cleanup.A small note:The green progress bar can reach
the end before the process is finished, in which case the bar empties and
starts over again.
9. If Disk Cleanup finishes, the dialog box disappears and no further
reporting is given. You are finished.
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