10 Great Ways to Clean Up PC Errors FastAugust 16, 2013 by Erin
If you’ve just made yourself a sandwich, walked around the block, and even took a nap while your computer boots up, you have issues. If you have a clean registry, starting it up won’t take so long. You also could play video without interruption and work on Word projects without the program shutting down on you mid-sentence.
Here are ten different ways to clean up PC errors fast:
- Get rid of files you don’t need. You may need a maximum of two copies of a document on your hard drive, one copy saved online, and one copy on your Flash USB drive. However, you don’t need dozens of variations of drafts stored in multiple folders on your primary and back-up drives. Get rid of the excess.
- Delete programs you no longer use. If you use it less than once every 90 days, chances are you won’t need it any time soon—with very few exceptions. Maybe it’s a program you just wanted to try, but no longer have a use for it. Get rid of all of these by deleting the folders from your “Program Files” or go to your “Uninstall Programs” screen and remove them. (It’s better to officially “Uninstall a Program” from your “Control Panel,” by the way.)
- Check for security updates daily. In fact, you would benefit from scheduled Automatic Updates on your Windows computer. However, you have to keep your computer turned on during the scheduled upgrade times. Otherwise, you won’t receive them. You could also make sure your Windows Updates are scheduled to run when you start up your computer.
- Stop running so many programs at once. Seriously, give your poor computer a break. If you need to watch Netlix or Hulu while doing your work, maybe get a second device you can use for that purpose. Furthermore, if you haven’t used a website page in over 30 minutes, close the browser tab. Don’t try to run your photo editor, a game, Skype and dozens of other programs simultaneously—unless you have enough memory.
- Remove programs from your Start-Up list. Do you really need every single program to automatically run when you turn on your computer? If so, good luck with that. The more programs you have set to run upon booting up your PC, the slower your PC will load. It could take minutes for you to begin a project or pull up an Internet page.
- Get rid of your browsing history. Any time you visit a website, information from that site remains on your computer. These are called “cookies,” which sometimes seems such a random word to use to describe them. Anyway, the information websites store on your PC tracks when you first visit and again return to that site. Usually, this helps advertisers tailor their promotions to your interests. You don’t need to keep that “junk” on your device, though. Learn how to go to your “Internet Options” or “Tools menu to delete all information including name, e-mail, usernames and passwords you entered.
- Erase your download list. You can find all your recent downloads stored somewhere on your favorite browser. Click on “downloads,” and find the button that deletes all the files you recently acquired online. You can still locate these files in your “downloads” folder (or wherever else you store them). However, they will no longer appear in your temporary Internet files folder once you eliminate them.
- Defrag (or optimize) your hard drive. On Windows 7 and earlier, you usually can search for “defrag” to pull up the disk defragmenter. You can do similar on Windows 8, only you’d be better off searching for “optimize” or “optimize drive.” Either way, when you click on the appropriate option after searching, you can follow the prompts to complete the defrag/optimize process. This helps pull all your like files together instead of letting them remain scattered all over your hard drive.
- Physically clean out the insides. Get a screwdriver, and find out how to take the back plate off your laptop or how to remove the side wall from your desktop tower. Then, use a spray air cleaner to push air out of your CPU and front (or side) cooling fans. Remove as much of the dust from it as you can.
- Run a program to clean up PC registry errors. This works best if you already take care of your computer like you should. However, even if you haven’t updated it in weeks, you can use this to repair most simple errors fast. After you download and run a program to clean up PC errors, you can scan your machine and allow appropriate fixes. The scan usually takes a few minutes, and most of the time not more than 30 minutes. Likewise you can execute the repairs in about the same amount of time.
When You Clean Up PC Errors Regularly, It Preserves Your Computer
Maintaining your computer helps keep your machine running at its best. However, you also can preserve it when you clean up PC errors as soon as they occur.