Computers must be maintained regularly or users will notice a decrease in performance. Below are some routine tips that can help speed up your computer and increase performance.
1.) Use Disk Cleanup to free up disk space
The hard disk can become bloated with unnecessary files which slow down the computer. Disk Cleanup is a good tool to free up disk space and help increase performance. Use Disk Cleanup to empty the Recycle Bin, remove temporary Internet files and other unnecessary files. For average users, Disk Cleanup should be performed once a week.
To launch Disk Cleanup:
Windows XP: Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup.
Windows Vista/Windows 7: Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, click System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup.
2.) Check the hard drive to see if Disk Defrag is needed