It’s like the good old saying “A stitch in time, saves nine!” Small things you do at regular intervals, go a long way in keeping your computer running smoothly, so that your computer does not crash when you need it most.
I would suggest you do the following, at least once every week (weekends are ideal for this kind of activity) :
- Update your Windows Operating System regularly – that is, if you do not have Windows Auto Update enabled.
- Update your anti-virus and anti-spyware programs and run a full system scan on your computer.
- Run the Disk Cleanup utility which you can find in your computer. Go to Start button => All Programs => Accessories => System Tools => Disk Cleanup. It would look something as shown in the images below. Cleaning up your hard-disk drive will also free up more space for you. For your computer to function efficiently, you should try to have at least 20 – 25% of free disk space in your hard-disk drive.
- After you have run the disk-cleanup utility, defragment your hard-disk drive. You can do it from here: Start button => All Programs => Accessories => System Tools => Disk Defragmenter.