Very much like your car your PC performs more efficiently if you give it a periodical clean up.
We are going to look at two basic tasks that form part of a standard PC Health check and which can easily be carried out by all computer users. The first is to remove data that is no longer used or required by the system and the second to analyse and clean an area known as the Windows registry, an area that contains various settings and files that windows needs to perform certain tasks.
The first thing to do is download the free application, CCleaner via the web address http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner click the Download button and when prompted select either the Piriform.com or Filehippo.com link (see right). Your web browser will next prompt you to save/run the download. This process varies slightly dependent on which browser you are using but essentially download and install the CCleaner application by running it.
During install you will be asked to accept the terms and then prompted to complete the settings show in the screen shot. Click to select your options (recommendation is to have only the top and bottom options ticked (as shown).
Once installed double click the CCleaner icon to open.
The two clean up tools are listed on the left; Cleaner & Registry. the program. You will now see the main interface.
When running the cleaner you have the option to run it directly or to analyse first. The process is identical but Analyse will show you changes before they are implemented. Run Cleaner carries out the clean-up.
Click on Run Cleaner now.
During the cleanup the tool will show the progress being made followed by a list of items addressed. When it has finished it will also show you the amount of disk space that has been recovered, almost 2Gb in the example shown. The initial clean up is now complete.
Running the Registry Analyser:
Click on the Registry icon on the left
Click on Scan for Issues
As before the application will now analyse your system and display progress. However there is an extra step to carry out due to the sensitivity of the Windows registry.
You will next be asked if you want to backup the registry. Click on Yes
You will then be asked where you want to save your registry settings. Your Documents folder is the default and this is fine so Click on Save
Finally you will be prompted to show each fix individually or to Fix All. Click on Fix All
CCleaner will now step through all the issues and address each one. When complete Click the Close button.
You are now all done with these basic clean up actions and can close CCleaner. Well done! You’ve not only carried out a basic maintenance but also saved yourself the cost of getting someone to do this for you.
Space does not allow more information to be published here but note too that CCleaner provides additional tools via the Tools icon. These include an Uninstaller, a list of Startup programs, a tool to remove data from your disk drive and access to the Windows restore feature.