It’s Spring Cleaning time. Time to make sure your computer is running its best.
My computer has been a bit sluggish lately, so I guess it’s time to do a bit of housecleaning. (i.e., computer cleaning.)
I hate cleaning of all kinds.
Housework is boring as is optimizing my computer. But, like dirty dishes, dirty unused files/programs make a mess.
As a writer, I love finding new programs. Too bad many of these programs don’t work as I expected. As a result, unused programs can clog up my system.
So, what to do?
- Backup! Whether you use an external drive or an online service, backup your computer. I do this before I delete anything.
- Go to Programs & Features, find outdated/unused programs and uninstall.
- Update programs. Stop hitting update later when prompted to update programs you do use. Especially, the antivirus program.
- Organize documents and files. Just like my closet, this area gets cluttered with things that don’t fit. Time to throw out outdated and unused files.
- Defrag! This action will free up lots of space enabling your computer to work faster and more efficient.
- I understand this will take most of your afternoon. However, better to do a little housekeeping than lose that 55,000 word novel in progress.
Below is a detailed article checklist to help you get started.
Tell me, when was the last time you cleaned up your computer?
Do you have a set schedule for computer housekeeping?
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