Two of the first things you should do if your Windows desktop is running slow is to clean up the hard drive and free up some disk space. One of the best ways to do this is to use the Disk Cleanup tool. It’s a program for conveniently weeding out old files that are no longer needed but are likely hindering your hard disk. Disk Cleanup also has the innovative capability of determining which files can be removed safely from your hard disk.
How to operate the Disk Cleanup tool
Disk Cleanup can easily be accessed through the start menu or by searching Disk Cleanup. Once opened, this tool automatically selects Drive C (though you can switch to other drives) and shows a list of file locations containing files that can be removed. Next to each file location is information about how much space it is taking up in your hard disk.
Each file location has a corresponding checkbox that needs to be selected in order to delete the unnecessary files it contains. Upon clicking a file location, a description of the files it contains will appear at the bottom of the window so that you’ll know exactly the types of files you’ll be removing.
When Disk Cleanup is finished, you’ll need to restart your system to remove unnecessary Windows Update files. Remember, the Disk Cleanup tool only removes those Update files that are no longer needed, hence usually very few are deleted.
The benefits of Disk Cleanup
- Maximizes your drive’s memory – The ultimate benefits of cleaning up your disk are maximized computer storage space, increased speed, and improved functionality. These enable you to use your device to run at peak performance levels.
- Makes your computer more reliable – Some programs that are downloaded through the internet are often infected with viruses that can decrease your computer’s reliability. The Disk Cleanup tool can clean your computer and rid it of unwanted programs as well.
- Saves time and increases efficiency – The traditional way of opening folders to find old files to delete may be enough for some, but not for those who prioritize productivity. Although files can be deleted manually, Disk Cleanup is simply much faster at it.
The Disk Cleanup tool is as handy to launch and operate as any basic program. If you are looking to further improve the speed of your systems, contact us today to learn more about our IT services.