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Using the Disk Cleanup utility on Windows 7


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Speeding Up Your Home PC for Beginners

with Laura Bungarz

Video: Using the Disk Cleanup utility on Windows 7

Another way you can speed up your computer is through doing a disk cleanup. So we've already talked about cleaning up all your files and folders. But now we want to clean up the files we don't necessarily go looking for every day. So those are temporary files and things you don't even know exist. You probably aren't even aware they're there but they are and they're taking up space on your computer. So we're going to learn how to clean them up right now. Windows has a wonderful utility and it's called the disk cleanup utility. It's hiding in your start menu so what I want you to do is go to your start menu, go to all programs, to accessories, into the system tools, and disk cleanup.
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Is your computer sluggish? Cluttered? Bursting at the seams? In this course, created for those new to PC maintenance and utilities, author and computer teacher Laura Bungarz shares some of her favorite techniques to help you speed up your home PC. Learn about defragmenting, checking your RAM, sorting files, and using utilities you already have to clean up "behind the scenes." Laura will also provide tips on upgrading your computer and, if your budget permits, looking for a new PC.

Topics include:
  • Cleaning the desktop
  • Organizing files with folders
  • Using Disk Cleanup, msconfig, and Disk Defragmenter
  • Freeing up disk space
  • Buying and installing RAM
  • Upgrading your computer
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Business
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Laura Bungarz

Using the Disk Cleanup utility on Windows 7

Another way you can speed up your computer is through doing a disk cleanup. So we've already talked about cleaning up all your files and folders. But now we want to clean up the files we don't necessarily go looking for every day. So those are temporary files and things you don't even know exist. You probably aren't even aware they're there but they are and they're taking up space on your computer. So we're going to learn how to clean them up right now. Windows has a wonderful utility and it's called the disk cleanup utility. It's hiding in your start menu so what I want you to do is go to your start menu, go to all programs, to accessories, into the system tools, and disk cleanup.

And I want you to click on it. And it will calculate how much space that it can free up for you. This can take a couple of minutes. It shouldn't be a hugely long process. I wouldn't be doing this if you need to send an important email in the next couple of minutes, but certainly if you have 10 or 15 minutes free, you can run this. I would do this, probably, weekly and just sort of clean up your computer a little bit. So all of these extra files that your computer creates through normal usage will clutter up and take up space on your hard drive.

So this is something that you want to do fairly regularly. So once it figures out what's available here, it's going to have a look around and you'll see there's a whole lot of different types of files here. And don't be afraid of this. Go ahead and click on anything that has a number other than zero beside it, okay? This computer hasn't been used very much. So you would just clean up anything ... You might have a lot of stuff in here. I've only got three megabytes, that's not very much. But you may have a large quantity of stuff. Hundreds of megabytes or even gigabytes of files and folders in here that you could clean up, okay? Once you check off everything, you just click okay.

It'll run and do its thing and delete everything. Give your computer a reboot once you're done and you'll probably find it's a little bit faster. You also have the ability to clean up system files, which is just right here. So you click on clean up system files and then you let it figure it out again. And it can take a couple of minutes again so, you know, go get a glass of water and come back in a minute and it'll probably have done its thing. Depending on how cluttered up your hard drive is, this can take a while or it can be relatively quick.

So once it's run, again, you're just going go through these and tick off anything that has a number beside it, other than zero. And you can see there's a lot more stuff here. So once you get it all selected ... And you see what happens, there's 8.83 gigabytes of space that I could free up right now just by cleaning these files. So if you're cramming for space on your hard drive, this is a good way to get some extra space without deleting all your favorite software. So click okay and I hope that helps you.

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Q:  Can I defragment a solid-state hard drive?
A: It is not recommended to defragment a solid state drive (SSD). If you are confused about whether or not you have a solid state drive verses a standard hard drive there are a few ways to check. One way is to simply go into the Control Panel through your Start menu and go to the Device Manager. Look for the Disk Drive option, click the little plus (+) sign to the left of it and check the name of the hard drive listed. If it doesn't say outright one way or the other a simple Google search of the name of the hard drive will provide you with the information you need.
 
Another way to find it is by simply going into Computer or My Computer and right-clicking on your hard drive, probably C:. Under the Hardware tab it will tell you what type of hard drive you have. Again, if you're still unsure, do a simply Google search to find the information you need.
 
 
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