Creating a cleaning schedule...for a fast PC!

As we have said before, cleaning can take some time to accomplish, but you don’t need to do the cleaning all at once. You can break up the big job of cleaning into smaller, more manageable tasks. Do a little here and a little there until you’re done cleaning completely.

In reality, cleaning is never done completely — it should be done continuously. If you set up a schedule for your cleaning, your system can remain clean and you lower the chance of having a messed-up computer.

So what type of schedule should you set up for cleaning? In this article we have told you about things you can do once a week and once a month to keep your system clean.

Weekly Tasks!

Got some spare time on your hands today? The following list explains just five things that you can do in just 10 or 20 minutes to help make your system cleaner. Try to do these at least once every week:

Clean the trash: To empty your computer trash, right-click your Recycle Bin (on the Desktop) and choose Empty.

Eliminate unneeded e-mail messages: Go to your e-mail program and empty the e-mails from three areas: Sent Items, Deleted Items, and Junk E-mail. (These names are typical in Outlook; the folder names may be different in your e-mail program.)

Note: In some cases you may want to keep some of your e-mails in your “Sent Items” folder for example. Please do so. Do not delete things just because we tell you to do so!

Delete unused programs: Choose “Start >Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs” to open the Add/Remove Programs window. Examine the programs listed there and see if you can delete any. If you don’t use it any more, you should delete it.

It is important to be brave here. You might not want to delete any programs even if you have not used them for the last 3-4 months. But you must delete them. Many times you will find programs that you used many months ago for some particular task and do not use any more. Delete these programs. You can always re-install them. We know that takes time to re-install, but think of the time these installed programs take by slowing down your computer each day. So delete them. Be brave. 

Clean out the Web cache: The Web cache is your system’s storage of files downloaded from the Internet. Why are they downloaded? So that next time you visit the site, the site is completely stored on your system and everything goes faster! However, you must delete these files from time to time because if you don't the build up and eat a large part of your systems space.

Exactly how to remove your web cache depends on the type of browser you have. In Internet Explorer you choose “Tools>Internet Options” to display the Internet Options dialog box. Select the General tab and click Delete Files.

Clean out the root directory: Every drive has a root directory, the place at the top of the drive’s file hierarchy. For instance, the root directory for the C: drive is C:\. All paths for other files and folders start with the root directory.

You can clutter up your root directory, putting lots of files and folders there, but doing so can really slow down your system and make it much less organized. Periodically clearing out your root directory helps prevent this slowdown and disorganization.

Take a look at the files and folders stored there. If possible, move the files elsewhere or delete them. The only folders that should be in the root directory are those that represent major data divisions. Move folders of lesser importance further down in the hierarchy.

These are just some small tasks that you must do weekly to keep your systems performance up. However, there are some more important tasks that you must do at least once a month to keep your system from breaking down. They are explained in the next section. 

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Table Of Contents

  1. How to clean up your Windows XP? - Introduction
  2. Before you do anything! - Precautions!
  3. Creating a cleaning schedule..for a fast PC
  4. Monthly cleaning tasks..
  5.      >> Getting rid of all the "Spyware"!!
  6.      >> Defragmenting your drive???
  7. Improving the Windows Performance! 
  8. Speeding up your PC's startup speed!