Windows Part 1 Un Install Programs Update Windows Defragment Hard Drives

Windows Part 1 Un Install Programs Update Windows Defragment Hard Drives



Windows Part 1: Un-Install Programs, Update Windows, Defragment Hard Drives
Take back control over your windows computer!
Part 1: un-install programs, update Windows, defragment hard drives
This is​ the​ first of​ many more articles to​ come .​
I​ will show you step by step how you can take back control over your windows computer .​
Just follow my instructions and​ soon you will be using your computer to​ work or​ play again instead of​ spending hours trying to​ just keep it​ running .​
Best of​ all, I​ won't try to​ sell you anything .​
I​ will show you ways to​ do many things on your computer for​ free .​
As with most instructions, please read the​ whole thing before doing anything.
Lets start with a​ little house cleaning .​
Close all programs on your computer .​
Click on the​ START button in​ the​ bottom left corner, select Settings, then Control Panel .​
a​ new window should have opened up .​
Double click on Add/Remove Programs .​
This will show you most of​ the​ programs installed on your computer .​
Go through the​ list and​ if​ you find any that you installed, but no longer need or​ use, just un-install them .​
This will free up disk space .​
Some un-install programs will ask you to​ restart your computer .​
When you are done go ahead and​ restart again .​
Windows loves to​ be restarted .​
Be careful that you do not un-install programs you are still using and​ also do not un-install any Windows updates .​
Basically, if​ you don't know what it​ is, don't touch it!
After a​ clean restart, we will now make sure your computer has the​ latest updates installed .​
Click on START, then on Windows Update .​
If you do not have Windows Update in​ the​ START menu, open Internet Explorer, then click on Tools, then on Windows Update .​
Follow instructions on the​ Microsoft Update website and​ install all available critical updates for​ your computer .​
Restart when prompted to​ do so .​
Also, select to​ automatically check for​ updates .​
But do not select to​ automatically download and​ install them .​
You always want to​ be asked before downloading and​ installing updates! This can take a​ long time and​ just let your computer do it's thing .​
You can do something else in​ the​ meantime .​
Restart when you are done.
Now that your computer is​ updated and​ we've also done a​ little house cleaning, it​ is​ time to​ de-fragment the​ hard drive .​
Windows is​ not very efficient in​ where it​ puts stuff on your hard drive .​
After a​ while it​ gets fragmented .​
But Windows includes a​ tool to​ clean that up .​
You should do this at​ least once a​ week if​ you use your computer on a​ daily basis .​
Double-click the​ My Computer icon on the​ desktop .​
a​ new window will open and​ show you all hard drive, CR ROM drives and​ other storage devices connected to​ your computer .​
In most cases your main hard drive will be labeled the​ C: drive .​
If it​ has any other letter, that's OK too .​
Right-click on it, then select Properties .​
Another window will open .​
At the​ bottom to​ the​ right click on disk cleanup, then select all check boxes .​
If you have off-line web pages, do not select them .​
If you don't know what they are, you probably have not used that feature and​ can select it .​
Then click on OK and​ on Yes in​ the​ confirmation box .​
Once this is​ cleaned up, click on the​ Tool tab and​ then on Defragment now .​
In the​ new window, click on Defragment again and​ let the​ computer defragment the​ hard drive .​
Depending on the​ size of​ your hard drive, this can take several hours, especially if​ it's the​ first time you do this .​
Just let it​ run until it​ is​ done .​
Repeat these steps for​ all other hard drives you have on your computer.
That's all .​
You have now deleted un-needed programs, updated Windows and​ de-fragmented your hard drive .​
Restart your computer and​ your computer will be more secure and​ run better than before .​
Check back for​ more articles on how to​ take back control over your computer.




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