Why we keep our home clean? Why we spend more time to organize our stuffs at home and keep them at perfect places? Why we handle our home with so much care?
Because we like to live in a germ free home with a healthy environment. Because we would be happy if we finds stuffs from where it should be. And yes, because there is no other place just like home.
Unfortunately, we do not think about this way for our computer system. But if you consider a computer system similar to a home, you would realize that all above questions are also applicable to a computer system.
Now, it is a happiest moment when you install a fresh copy of Windows operating system in your computer. At the moment, it works like a rocket jet, that it will take you to a wonderland and you wonder if it always work with the same smooth. But mostly, may be within 1-2 months, this wonderland would be turned into a worse-land. The OS may not perform as fast as it was. It may take very long time to start up and take ages to complete even very basic functions. And then you may decide to reinstall the whole operating system or may seek for a highly configured hardware to boost up the system’s speed.
But why to spend more, when you can speed up the system with some very easy and basic tasks. You should perform all these tasks once in a month to maintain the Windows system and keep it stable for a long time.
This does not means that all files in you system should be deleted. No it’s not. By cleaning up the system it means removing all those files that were created by system itself just to perform tasks. And only those files will be deleted which are no more necessary for such tasks.
Note, do not run any other application or software while cleaning up.
1.1 Clean temporary files
- %temp%: – In Run command box, execute command %temp%. A temporary folder will get open. Delete all files from here. If it is saying that it cannot delete any specific file or folder just unselect it and delete the rest of the files and folders.
- temp: – In Run command box, execute command temp. Another temporary folder will get opened. Delete all files from here.
If, it alerts you that some files cannot be deleted because some program or another user are using them, skip those files from deletion and ignore it.
1.2 Using Disk Cleanup
- Open Computer -> C drive’s properties -> Disk Cleanup
- It will open another small window to calculate unnecessary files that to be deleted.
- In next window you can select which files should be deleted. (I would recommend to delete all of them.)
Do the same for all other drives.
1.3 Using CCleaner
- Download and install Piriform CCleaner.
- On Cleaner tab click Analyze.
- It will analyze for more files and then Run Cleaner to clean all shown files.
You can also click Run Cleaner directly without analyzing. From the left panel you can adjust which type of files should be cleaned and not.
1.4 Removing system restore points
1.4.1 The traditional way
- Open (System) Properties by right clicking on Computer.
- Open System Protection from left panel.
- Select C drive and click Configure.
- Click Delete to delete all system restore points.
Do the same for all drives.
1.4.2 The CCleaner way
- Open CCleaner.
- On Tools tab open System Restore.
- Select all restore points except the first one.
- And then click Remove.
CCleaner recommends to keep at least one system restore point.
Defragmentation is a process to reorganise all files in a regular order internally. The word internally emphasis on that this reorganising is understood only by the system.
This process does not replace your personal files from here and there. It replace the internal parts of all files from one address to another to reorganise them in an orderly manner. So next time the CPU can access those files very fast.
2.1 The traditional way
- Open Start->All Programs->Accessories->System Tools->Disk Defragmenter.
- Select C drive and click Defragment Disk.
This is should be done with all drives. Defragmentation process may take a long time for the first time. So please be calm and do not yell at computer.
2.2 The Defraggler way
- Download and install Piriform Defraggler.
- In Defraggler select the drive and click Defrag.
You can also choose to defrag very quickly, but only the system files would get defragmented, not the full drive.
Note that in both ways, when you click to defragment the disks, it will also analyze the disks first. So you do not have to analyze disks separately.
3. Some tips and tweaks
3.1 Disabling file indexing
Disabling indexing service will reduce the system’s CPU usage and while you create or cut/copy a new file or folder. But this will also slow down the searching process. I mean, it may be get slow when you search for a file or folder using searching tool.
Open Computer->any drive’s properties->and uncheck Allow files on this drive to have… check-box. This will take some more time so be patient. Do the same for all drives.
3.2 Adding more virtual memory
Virtual memory is a kind of secondary RAM. It uses the specified size from the hard disk as random access memory.
- Open (System) Properties by right clicking on Computer.
- From the left panel open Adavanced System Settings.
- Open Settings from Performance options.
- On Advanced tab click Change button from Virtual Memory.
- Here uncheck Automatically manage paging file size for all drives.
- Select C drive and then select Custom Size.
- In Initial size insert the recommended size that shown at below under Total paging file size for all drives.
- And click Set and OK.
It will ask to restart the system which can be done later. No need to set virtual memory for all drives if C drive have enough space. Do not set more memory than the recommended size because it is not necessary.
3.3 Optimising startup programs
- Open CCleaner.
- Here, open Tools->Startup.
- You can disable the automatic startup of unwanted applications and software.
This will help to reduce the time that system takes to startup.
4. Other tips & tweaks for better performance
- Update Windows and software regularly. Keep Automatic Update option turned on at Windows Updates in Control Panel. This will update your system files with latest one and it will make your system more secure from corruption.
- Do not let other software to check for updates automatically unless you have a faster internet connection and enough data usage plan. It will eat up the data usage and internet speed. I would recommend to check for updates manually once in a week or month.
You can disable automatic updates for any software within correspondent software’s settings or preferences or options, etc.
- Install a good anti-virus software to get protection from virus programs. An anti-spyware and anti-malware also should be installed to protect system from excessive spyware and malware threats.
Note that this kind of security software must be installed immediately after you install a fresh Windows so it can scan for threats from the start.
- Scan every usb flash drive that you connect using anti-virus software for threats.
At last do not forget to create a system checkpoint manually in System Restore. (Try out the steps mentioned at 1.4.1.)
I bet, there would be more good stuffs available. But you should maintain your Windows system at least with these steps and tools, once in every month to keep it stable and secure and mostly faster.
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