Optimizing your Windows Computer for Better and Faster Performance

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If you are using Windows Operating System (OS) for your computer, like Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7, as you are using the computer over time, there is always a big tendency that your system have accumulated tons of unwanted files, temporary internet files, outdated cookies, orphaned files or leftovers when you uninstall a software, and registry errors.

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These stuffs by nature affects your computer performance. In effect, your computer will then begin to slow down and over time, this slowness can be noticeable.

Thus, it is only imperative that you do some housekeeping in your computer to keep it in good shape. The good housekeeping in this case shall eliminate all those unwanted files: deleted files stuck in the recycle bin, temporary internet files, outdated cookies and orphaned files, and most of all - the registry errors that certainly cause trouble since they affect your system behavior.

To do a system cleanup, I highly recommend using CCleaner. It is a FREE tool for home use. CCleaner Pro version is available.

To get started with CCleaner, click on this link to download the latest stable version of the cleanup tool:

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

You will then be prompted to download the installer like this:

ccleaner installer  download

Save the file named ccsetup401.exe (4.0.1 is the current version as of this writing) in any accessible location in your computer like My Downloads or even the desktop screen. After downloading, run the downloaded tool to install it.

Once installed, you shall get a shortcut icon in your screen/desktop. Double click on that icon to run CCleaner.

CCleaner icon

When the program opens, the default option selected is "Cleaner". This will allow you to cleanup all unwanted files mentioned above. I normally check ALL of the options listed under Windows and Applications EXCEPT for the "Saved Passwords" so that your "browser-remembered" passwords will NOT be removed. Otherwise, you will need to enter your password again for your online account. This is only good if you actually remember that stored passwords, if not, then you will have trouble signing in to your online accounts. If you forgot the passwords "remembered" by your web browser, read this article to recover or view them.

CCleaner interface

When the selections (check boxes) are made, click on the Analuze button. It will then scan your computer for files that will be recommended for removal. When the scan is 100% completed, click on the Run Cleaner button to perform the actual removal of the reported files.

Now, if this is the very first time of using CCleaner, or first time to cleanup your computer, please try to click on the Analyze button again for CCleaner to perform a scan for the second time. Then click on Run Cleaner. Do these steps until noting is found or listed after clicking on the Analyze button (or at least only few items are listed and kept appearing after the removal).

After the removal of all reported or listed files, please click on the Registry button on the left panel.

Registry cleaner

When Registry is selected, click on Acan for Issues button. Then all registry errors will be listed. When the scan for registry error is 100% done, click on the "Fix selected issues..." button. When prompted to backup or save the registry values, click NO and then continue to remove the registry errors found by CCleaner.

Then click on the Scan for Issues button again, then Fix the errors by removing them. Do this until nothing is listed when you click on the Scan for Issues button. Restart the computer and it shall be faster and optimized this time.