If your computer is struggling, or anything like that, to revive it, that a good spring cleaning. In this tutorial, we’ll show you the different ways to free up storage space on your PC.
Before you begin, be aware that there is a very good software which can automatically make the majority of the steps described below. This is CCleaner, it’s free and easy to use.
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Note that from the January 14, 2020, Windows 7 will no longer benefit from updates or fixes, we recommend that you move to later versions of Windows.
Delete duplicate and other unnecessary files .
The more a computer gets older, the more it accumulates files.
Over time, they hinder the performance of your PC because it needs to dig deeper to find the programs and files you need.
Erase unnecessary files stored on your computer is a vital step to make your device faster.
For this, you can either use a third-party application such as Easy Duplicate Finder, either use disk Cleanup, a utility pre-installed on all Windows.
Disk cleanup will allow you to know which files you should be able to delete it without regret, and the space that this will free up on your hard drive.
Remove the programs superfluous .
Continue on the same trend, this time targeting the programs to be superfluous and unused.
Windows has its own tool to uninstall programs. To view it, just do a search in your Start menu, type Add or remove a program) or you to go to your Settings → Applications and features.
Browse through the list of programs and locate those which you don’t use it. To remove them, press on their icon and then click Uninstall.
You can also use an application like Revo Uninstaller Pro in order to be sure that all traces of these programs have been removed.
Take a look at our comparison of the best cleanup software for PC (free and paid).
Defragment the hard disk .
Now that your computer is liberated of everything that was superfluous, you can compact the data that is left on the hard drive, this will allow you to access it more quickly.
For this, you have to start the defragmentation of your disk.
On Windows 7, click the Start menu, and then click All programs → Accessories → System Tools, and finally disk Defragmentation.
On Windows 8 and 10, the defragmentation is supposed to do this automatically every week.
To verify that this is the case, you can type in Defragment and optimize drives, in the search bar of the Start menu.
The window that opens displays the different drives of your computer. If you see that one of them is fragmented 10% or more, you can click on it and then click Analyze. Confirm your choice.
Disable programs at startup .
If your computer is slow at startup, it is probably because it is loading too many programs at the same time.
On Windows 7, type msconfig in the search bar of the Start menu. In the window that opens, click the Startup tab and then deselect programs that you do not want to start the launch of your PC.
On Windows 10, and 8 type task Manager in the search bar of the Start menu and click on More details.
Go to the Startup tab, select a program you want to disable and then click Disable.
For more details, see our detailed tutorial.
Organize the Office .
Now that your computer is “cleaned up”, there has to organise it.
Your Desktop should show only a few necessary records and adequately appointed.
To create a folder, right-click anywhere on your Desktop and select New → Folder. From the same menu (right-click), you can organize your icons, choose their size, their alignment on the Desktop ..
The other files can just be stored in the folder “Documents” of your PC. To access, click on file Explorer in your task bar, and then click Documents in the left menu.
Here, too, you can create folders, sub-folders and so on, by simply making a right click and then choose New → Folder.
Windows has a search tool of the system to be very effective. Thus, when you are unable to locate a document, you simply type its name in the search bar of the Start menu (hence the importance of properly naming all of your files).