How to speed up your computer's performance
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Below, are some performance tips that will help keep your Windows system running smooth and error free.
Free Up Disk Space
By using the Disk Cleanup Tool you will increase the performance of your computer by removing unnecessary clutter on your hard drive.
This system tool compiles a listing of all files that can be safely deleted from your system and gives you the option of deleting them or not.
Here's how to use the Disk Cleanup Tool:
- Go to Start All Programs>> Accessories>> System Tools>> Disk Cleanup. In the event that you have several drives available, you will be prompted to choose a specific drive to be cleaned. Typically, the C:\ drive.
- On Windows 10, go to Start (Windows flag on the bottom left corner) >> Windows Administrative tools>> Disk Cleanup.
Disk Cleanup will now calculate the amount of space that you will be able to free up.
- Windows will now assemble a list of files that can be safely deleted.
- Once you have looked through this list, you can place a checkmark next to the item that you would like to delete. Unchecking the item will leave these files on your system.
- Once you have selected the files you wish to delete, click OK.
- You will be prompted to confirm your selections. Click Yes.
Windows will now clear all of the selected files from your computer system, leaving it cleaner and performing much better.
Speed Up Access to Data
When files are fragmented, the speed in which reading and writing of data to your hard drive can be effected.
By using the Disk Defragmenter, the fragmented files and folders will be consolidated and placed neatly on your hard drive.
Once the files are called upon, Windows will be able to access them much quicker and more efficiently.
It is recommended that you run the Disk Defragmenter tool once a month to keep your system running at peak performance.
This is how to access the Disk Defragmenter tool:
- Go to Start>> All Programs>> Accessories>> System Tools>> Disk Defragmenter. (windows 7 and XP)
- On Windows 10, go to Start (windows flag on the bottom left corner) >> Windows Administrative tools>> Defragment and Optimize Drives.
- Click the drives that you would like to defragment from the Disk Defragmenter dialog box, then click the Analyze button.
- Once the disk is analyzed, a dialog box will appear and you will be prompted whether you should defragment the drives that were analyzed.
- After the Analyzing process completes, click the Defragment button.
- Windows will now start defragmenting the selected drives. Once this process completes, it will display the results. You will be able to display a detailed report about the defragmented drive or partition by clicking "View Report".
- To close the View Report dialog box, click Close.
- Close the Disk Defragmenter utility by clicking the Close button on the title bar of the window.
Find and Repair Disk Errors
The Error Checking tool checks the integrity of the files stored on your hard disk.
Over time, it is possible that your hard disk can develop bad sectors that can lead to files being misplaced.
By using this tool, Windows can find these misplaced files and place them where they can be found when needed.
The Error Checking tool will repair hard disk errors whenever possible.
It is recommended that you run this tool weekly if you use your computer on a daily basis.
This is how you can run the Error Checking tool:
IT is important that all files folders and programs are closed before running the disk repair tool.
Windows 7 and XP
- Go to Start>> My Computer.
- Right click the hard disk that you would like to check.
- Click Properties from the resulting menu.
- Click the Tools tab.
- Click the "Check Now" button.
- Select the "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors" check box, then click Start.
- In the event that Windows finds bad sectors, choose to fix them.
- Go to Start (windows flag on the bottom left corner)
- Click on the file explorer icon on the left of the menu
- The file explorer window will now open.
- Click on “This PC”
- Right click the hard disk that you would like to check
- Click Properties from the resulting menu
- Click the Tools tab
- Under the “Error Checking” section, click “Check”
Using the above information, you will keep your computer system running at its peak performance for a very long time.
Should you need assistance, please feel free to contact our Support Team on 010 555 0650.
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