Mar 06

Learn how to perform basic disk cleanup on Windows XP

The Disk Cleanup utility is a maintenance utility included in Microsoft Windows and is designed to free up disk space on a computer’s hard drive. The utility searches and analyses the hard drive for files that are no longer needed and then removes them. Disk cleanup has a number of categories that can be selected for clean-up.

Recommended Frequency – every 3 months
Time to run – 30mins – 2 Hours

Windows XP
1. Go to the start button and select My Computer
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2. Select the hard drive you want to clean, right click and select properties (Most cases drive C)
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3. The new window should open in the general tab and there should be a Disk Clean-up button
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4. The program will now scan your computer for files to delete this can take anything from a couple of minutes to 30 minutes in severe cases (The norm is about 5 minutes).

5. After the scan is finished you will be presented with the following screen. Ensure you tick all the boxes. Note: If you use hibernation do not tick the hibernation box. Then press OK.
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6. This process can take as little as 5 minutes and as long as 90 minutes. It depends on the amount of data to remove as well as the speed of the computer.