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Clean up your PC

The following simple steps will help keep your computer in good order. Your computer's Help area will tell you what to do.

Keep your software and programs up to date. Installing software fixes will make sure that your computer runs well and avoids security problems.

Delete your temporary internet files. A copy of the content of every internet page you visit is kept in your computer until you delete it. Your browser help will tell you what to do to clear those files, which can take up a lot of space.

Empty your recycle bin / deleted files. Your deleted files will not be removed from your computer unless you go to the recycle bin and empty it. Do this regularly to make more space on your hard drive.

Sort out your desktop. If you keep lots of files and program shortcuts on your desktop they each need an icon, which slows down your computer's processing. Instead, organise your PC's filing system and put your documents, photos and programs away. (Photos or other complex desktop backgrounds can also slow down your computer.)

Defragment your computer files. Sections of your computer files are saved in small pieces across your computer system, and when they are fragmented in this way your computer can work more slowly. Defragmenting the files can speed up access to your files.

Clean up your computer disc. This frees up space on your hard drive by removing all sorts of unnecessary files at once, including temporary Internet files, software components or programs that you are not using, and the files in your recycle bin.

See below for a suggested maintenance timetable:

A suggested weekly and monthly computer maintenance timetable
Weekly Monthly
Keep your software and programs up to date Sort out your desktop
Delete your temporary internet files Defragment your computer files
Empty your recycle bin / deleted files Clean up your computer disc