Clean your computer and recover disk space

Want to clean your computer?  While there are utilities such as CCleaner, you may be able to reclaim disk space by using the latest Microsoft update.  Right click on your hard drive and select properties.   If your computer is up-to-date, you can use the the Disk Cleanup utility that now includes an option to cleanup the update files on your computer.   Click Disk Cleanup.   Click System Files.   Select Service Pack Backup Files and Windows Update cleanup.

These options can clean between 2 and 6 gb of files.

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If you have downloaded a Service Pack from Microsoft and your computer is running well; you should open a command prompt as an administrator and run the following command to clean the service pack installation files.   Although the update above should clean the files, This is another option that can clean your computer.  Always defrag your computer to further optimize its performance.


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About TCAT Shelbyville IT Department

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - is one of 46 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents System, the seventh largest system of higher education in the nation. This system comprises six universities, fourteen community colleges, and twenty-six Applied Technology Colleges.
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2 Responses to Clean your computer and recover disk space

  1. Pingback: Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 10, 2013 | What's On My PC

  2. GLW says:

    ” Always defrag your computer to further optimize its performance.” is counterproductive in the age of SSDs. SSDs should NEVER be defragged, as this shortens their lifespan.


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