Dump the junk
Wield the dust busters. - K. ANANTHAN
So, you have bought a brand new computer.
The dealer has told you it has the best
configuration on earth but within a few
months you feel the computer isn't as fast
as it was when it first came home.
A few more months pass. You realise the
new thing is now only as fast as the old one
you chucked out.
As the computer gets set to celebrate the
first birthday, it becomes so slow that you
start wondering whether the computer
dealer has cheated you. As a last resort, you
call an engineer. He tells you something you
didn't expect will happen with a computer
- that it is clogged with junk... and
fragmented files. He takes half-a-day to
clean up the system and charges you a hefty
fee. You realise it is the largest `cleaning
charge' you have ever paid.
You can avoid all this if you do a few
simple things every week or every ten days.
The first is to use the disc clean-up utility
that comes installed in all Windows
The next step is to defrag. Whenever you
open or close the file or install new
software, they don't get stored in one place.
They get divided into smaller chunks and
get stored in different `slots' in your drive.
Every time you open the file or program, the
computer has to get the file from the
different places it has stored the file
components and give them back to you as a
single unit. The more you open and close
files and programs, the more fragmented
You should make it a point to use the disk
defragmenter that comes pre-installed in
Windows. If you still want to have a better
job done, there are several third party
defrag programs available. There are also
the cache from the browsing you do. You
have to use the temporary files and cache
from the Options menu.
One more clean-up software that is a
must is CCleaner. Use it at least once in a
few days. It will delete all the temporary
files and cache from the system.
A regular clean-up of the system will
ensure you don't have to shell out anything
just for cleaning up the system... and keep
your computer running as new.
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