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The Greatest Checklist to Clean Your Windows Personal Computer

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Our Windows personal computers tend to slow down over the course of time. The biggest culprit for this is inadequate OS maintenance. However, by taking some time cleaning up Microsoft Windows, noteworthy results can be noticed.

Unused Software Deletion

To begin cleaning up your Windows personal computer, remove software no longer used. To accomplish this, head to Start>Settings>Apps>Apps and features. Anything you no longer need, click Uninstall. Be careful not to remove anything you are unsure of.

Antivirus Scan

A common culprit for a slow machine is viruses. Locate an option called or similar to Deep Scan or Full Scan on your antivirus. This option is more thorough and takes longer than the common scan.

Disk Cleanup

Next on the list is to run Disk Cleanup, a tool that has been a part of this OS for numerous years. Start by heading to Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Disk Cleanup. You can also reach it by entering Disk Cleanup in the Start Menu.

Once open, select Clean up system files to ensure a more thorough scan is ran. Normally, you would select OK after selecting each box next to the result type. However, it is important to note that while using Clean up system files, if you select the box next to Previous Windows Installation, you will no longer be able to roll back to Microsoft’s Windows previous version.

Hard Drive Defragment

The OS controls disk defragmentation in Windows 10 when it senses it is needed. But, to ensure a proper cleanup of your personal computer, it is best to run it manually. With a Windows personal computer, it can easily be defragged. 

Head to Control Panel>Administrative Tools to locate Defragment and Optimize Drives. Highlight the primary hard drive then select Optimize.

Old Program Files Removal

Small amounts of old app files can be found in folders of Program Files. These can be found at C:\Program Files as well as C:\Program Files (x86).

While carefully going down the list, remove any files and folders not used anymore on your personal computer.

Registry

Most people have heard terrifying stories in regard to registry cleaners, regardless how popular some are. However, maintaining a clean registry is important. If deciding on cleaning the registry yourself rather than using a third-party software, perform a search for regedit followed by hitting Enter. Head to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE as well as Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software. Locate and remove entries for software no longer in use on your computer. Be sure to read the warning below before removing any entries.

Warning: Profound consequences for your Windows system can occur by removing the wrong registry entry. Prior to proceeding, it is vital for you to create a complete backup of your registry data.

You are sure to see a significant increase in speed after completing this list and making sure you know the best Windows tips out there! Your Windows personal computer will thank you.

Managing Window 10 Hard Drive Partitions Without Third-Party Software

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There are numerous third-party software managers for Microsoft Windows partitions, but the with Windows included Disk Management wizard, none others are needed. You can create, resize, format, and delete partitions and volumes, including changing drive letters.

Disk Management Tool Access

Quickly access the Disk Management wizard by selecting Start and entering “partition”. In option list, select “Create and format hard disk partitions”.

The window pane for Disk Management is in two parts. A list of your computers volumes is shown in the top, while a graphical picture of the disks and volumes are shown on the bottom.

Resizing a Volume

In some cases, you may find it necessary for a volume to be resized. Perhaps, you have one large volume that you’ve decided to divide into two.

Shrink

In either window pane, right-click and choose Shrink Volume. Enough space much is available to shrink a volume. For example, the single volume containing 1 TB with nothing stored upon it, can be shrunk by almost the entire 1 TB.

So, enter the amount you want to be shrunk in the only option available. The current volumes new size after shrinking is also shown in the window. The new volume is now shown on the left side, with the amount of freed unallocated space shown on the right side.

Extend

A computer’s volume may only be extended if it contains unallocated space located to the right.

To open the Extend Volume Wizard, right-click the current volume and select Extend Volume. Then choose Next. The appropriate disk will already be displayed in the Select Disks and the volume size as well as maximum available space. After you choose to Select the amount of space in MB hit Next > Finish.

Creating a New Volume

Free space may be used to create an additional volume if you have unallocated space located on a disk. Begin by right-clicking on the pane with the unallocated space then hit New Simple Volume to open the New Simple Volume Wizard and hit Next. After specifying the volume size, you wish to create, hit Next. Accept the default drive letter in the box, or assign one and hit Next. Prior to using the volume, the partition must be formatted. You can choose to do this right away by choosing a file system and assigning a volume letter followed by Next > Finish.

Delete

It may be necessary at times to delete an existing volume. This space will then return to the unallocated pool. Keep in mind, all data in the volume is deleted when the volume is deleted. This frees up more space.

In either pane of the Disk Management tool window, right-click and hit Delete Volume. A warning window pops up where you must hit Yes to continue.

Managing Windows 10 partitions and volumes are simple with the Disk Management tool.