Disk Cleanup can improve your surfing performance while using Internet Explorer. It also gives your operating system a mini tune-up by removing unneeded files that accumulate on your system over time. By removing these files, other programs such as Microsoft Word and Windows Media Player can run smoother.
Windows XP, Vista and 7 users, click on the “Start” button in the lower-left corner, click “All Programs,” click “Accessories,” click “System Tools,” and finally, click “Disk Cleanup.” If you are asked to select a drive, choose your local drive (usually “C”) and click “Yes” or “OK” to confirm if needed.
The Disk Cleanup dialog box will open. If you are using Windows 7, you can click the “Clean up system files” button. If asked, choose your local or “C” drive and click “OK.” It is safe to checkmark all boxes. You can see how much disk space you will gain after these areas are deleted. Before you click “OK,” there are two things to consider.
First, you should know your user names and passwords, especially if you rely on the fields to fill in automatically each time when you sign in to your accounts. Running Disk Cleanup will clean these fields so you must reenter your information the first time.
Second, open your “Recycle Bin” located on your desktop. Be sure that any files you have in your Recycle Bin are truly ones that you want deleted. Disk Cleanup is going to empty your Recycle Bin.
When you are ready, click “OK” and then click “Delete Files” to begin the process. You will see a bar graph moving to indicate its progress. If this is your first time to run Disk Cleanup, it may take some time for it to complete. Just let it run its course. Once it is completed, the window closes and I recommend you reboot your system.
You can easily put a shortcut to Disk Cleanup in your Start Menu so you can reach it in two clicks. Simply right-click “Disk Cleanup” when you reach it in the “System Tools” folder, and select “Pin to Start Menu.” Now, when you click on the “Start” button, you will see Disk Cleanup in the Start Menu and all you do is click it to open. Depending on the amount of time you use your computer and the Internet, Disk Cleanup can be run weekly or more often to keep your system running fast and smooth.
Scott Lindsay actively promotes learning the computer, regardless of age, to better one’s life and circumstances and has helped thousands of people over the past 10 years to become better computer users. He can be reached at Scott@HelpTooele.com.