As you use your computer time to time you will begin noticed that the performance become slower compare to the time you begin to use it. It will take some time in saving, copy, paste, and delete some files, even a bit smaller size files . It will also become slower in opening some programs and applications. This is the effect of some temporary files that the system saves during the operations, such as internet temporary files, windows temporary files, prefetch, application set-up logs, and even the deleted files in your recycle bin affects the operation of the whole system.
Windows XP have a simple application to clean these temporary files. It is a easy to use tools, such as disk clean-up and disk defragmenter.
First, Disk Cleanup is a feature of Windows that enables a user to delete system / junk files safely. For example, by using the disk cleanup feature, you can free up a considerable amount of space on your pc, like getting rid of Temporary Internet Files and other ‘useless’, and not required, files.
You can use disk clean-up by Browsing in your to:
START >PROGRAMS >ACCESSORIES >SYSTEM TOOLS >DISK CLEANUP.
If you have multiple hard disk installed or a partition select the Drive you want to clean and first alnalyze it.
After analyzing select the files you want to delete by checking the checkboxes. You can check the following checkboxes.
- Temporary Internet files
- Windows temporary files
- Empty the Recycle Bin
- Unused Windows components
- Setup Log files
Click Clean-up system files.
Click OK once the program finished cleaning. I recommend to run disk clean-up every 30-60 days.
Second, Disk Defragmenter, Rearrange Files So Programs Run Faster or simply called, “Defragment”. When your computer saves a new file, it first needs to find space to store the files. That sometimes requires that the Operating System split up the files into sections so, that they fit. For instance, a large file may be partially in Sectors 301-499, partially in Sectors 1024-2048, and partially in Sectors 4096-8124. The user may not realize the file has been split up in this way, except that as these file splits occur over and over again, they then notice a slow-down in the computer’s performance. By defragmenting your hard drive, the computer works to rearrange the files to bring the various pieces of file together in consecutive sectors. The result is that the computer can read, load, and save files in less time, improving the user experience.
To access the Disk Defragmenter in Windows XP, simply go to:
CONTROL PANEL > PERFORMANCE AND MAINTENANCE > REARRANGE ITEMS ON YOUR HARD DISK TO…
Once the control window appears, select the appropriate drive and click “Defragment” to begin.
This process will take a while – in many cases several hours.
You will receive a window when the process completes allowing you to view a report or close the program.