Is your computer lagging? Have you gotten an error message about the lack of free disk space on your computer? It might be time to clean up your computer. Follow these simple steps to improve your computer's performance.
Click "Start," then "Control Panel," then "Performance and Maintenance."
This will open up the menu to the programs you need to get started.
Follow these steps to delete old files.
There will be 2 things in this same screen that will free up space. First, click "Free up space on your hard disk." A dialog box will tell you it needs a few minutes to process. Next, it will give you a list of things you have the option of deleting. I recommend you delete the default checked boxes. Unless you are sure of others, leave them on your computer.
Credit: Amberdawn 2011Shift files to create more space.
In the same "Performance and Maintenance" window as before, click "rearrange items on your hard disk to make programs run faster." This is going to basically move little bits of related files closer together, freeing up larger continuous space for newer files and programs. Click "Analyze" to see if your computer recommends running this program. If it does, click "Defragment."
See if there are any programs you do not want or need anymore.
Click "Start," then "Control Panel," then "Add or Remove Programs." If you see a program that you do not use, click "Add or Remove Programs" then follow the prompts to uninstall. Please only do this if you know what the program is, and you are certain you do not want or need it. Sorry if I'm stating the obvious here, but this step DELETES the program. If you aren't sure what the program does, KEEP IT. You don't want to delete something important by mistake.
Check your desktop and "My Documents" for files you don't access often.
If you have files that you want to keep, but don't need to access daily, back them up on CD, or on a portable drive.
Run anti-virus software.
Viruses can do any number of things, one of which is to take up space. Be sure to run your anti-virus software regularly.
See how much free space you created.
Click "My Computer." Highlight your C drive. On the left side, it should say "Details" and tell you how much free space and total space your computer has. Hopefully you now have enough free space after making all those changed.