Spring Cleaning Tips

March 21, 2012 by staff 

Spring Cleaning Tips, All this week, we’re taking a look at “spring cleaning” your personal computer and other technological devices (see previous report: “Dust”). Today, it’s all about your hard drive. If you’re running at maximum capacity and minimum efficiency, it’s time for a speed boost.

“Not cleaning out the hard drive, not cleaning out the cookies, not cleaning out the cached files causes your computer to run slower,” says Shawn Simon, with Micro Center in St. Davids, Pa.

He says the best solution for Windows users is to run Microsoft’s “Disk Cleanup” program, which is included with the operating system.

“That pulls all the files that aren’t relevant, aren’t being used — temporary files, cookies — up to the surface, so you can delete and get rid of them,” he explains. “That makes your computer run faster and smoother.”

Then, take a look at what programs automatically open when Windows first starts up (see graphic). That “weather bug” program, for instance, is like a speed bump on your way to web browsing.

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