Defragging, Cleanup, Error Check and Uninstalling Software

Just like a well oiled machine, you need to look after the software on your computer. One of the most common mistakes that causes issues on machines is when people delete a program rather than uninstalling.

When you delete a program or trash it, the computer registry thinks that it is still there, and this can cause issues even when the programs in question are just small ones. The best way to get rid of a program that you do not want to keep, is by opening the “Control Panel”, finding the name of the program, and then uninstalling it. Doing so will help keep your machine running a lot smoother and with little to no errors.

Another important thing do every now and again, is to perform the disk cleanup function. This is quite easy to do, and will keep your computer in good shape. All you have to do is double click “My Computer”. Once in that window, look for the hard disk you use, and then right click on it. Once there, look for the properties option and click it. This should open a mini window, and under the “general” tab, you will find the disk cleanup facility. It is a good idea to run this every few months and the best time to do it is at night, as it does take some time. The computer will give you the option to shut down once the cleanup is complete. The Defrag and Error Check functions are also found under the properties tab related to the disk you want to perform the functions on. This time, you must click on the tools tab, and you will find the two functions there. You do not need to run these as often, but if you want to make sure that your PC is in top order, you should do it every three to six months depending on how much you use your machine.

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