Free up disk space

Have you ever wondered why is your computer working slowly? If you did, you have certainly tried to fix this problem. Although you might have succeeded, it was only a temporary success. Computers tend to start working slowly after a few weeks, or even days, depending on how much they are used. However, this is not a major problem and can be quickly fixed.

One of the main causes is the disk space. You probably have movies, audio files, and other data on your hard drive. Simply by deleting some of this data you can restore some resources. But there are many other hidden places where you must not tamper with data unless you are an IT specialist.

To free up disk space and keep your computer’s performance at high standards, you should use Microsoft Windows’s Disk Cleanup utility. This handy little tool identifies files that you can safely delete, and then enables you to choose whether you want to delete some or all of the identified files. This enables you to delete data without concern. Here is a list of what Disk Cleanup can do for you:

Now that we have seen what it does, let’s see how to find and use it. To start the Disk Cleanup tool, go to Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup. You will be presented with a “Files to delete” list. Check or uncheck items, as you see fit. Always read before you check, because once the data is deleted, it will remain deleted! After you have selected what to clean up, click OK. The program will prompt you to confirm that you want to delete the specified files. If you are sure, click YES.

It will take a few minutes before the Disk Cleanup tool finishes. It is best to let it finish before you start working on the computer because you might cause some errors. After the tool finishes, your computer will be cleaner and performing better. The tool must be used periodically, not just once. Try to maintain you computer’s performance at all times to reduce errors.

Of course, deleting the files manually is an alternative. It will work when you empty the recycle bin, remove installed programs that you no longer use, or even when you remove the temporary Internet files. However, it is dangerous to start deleting Windows temporary files, optional Windows components, or downloaded program files. One wrong file deleted and you could end up with your Windows crashed and severely damaged. If you want to free up disk space manually and increase your computer’s speed, ask an IT expert for opinions and advices!

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