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Mitchy  (Level: 130.6 - Posts: 964)
Fri, 9th Oct '09 6:02 PM


Remove unused programs

Just because you aren't using a program doesn't mean it isn't consuming resources and affecting your PC's performance. Removing unused programs from your hard disk is an easy way to maintain your system and maximize your available hard disk space.

To remove programs you don't need anymore:

1. Click Start, then click Control Panel.

2. In Category View, click Add or Remove Programs, then click Remove a program.

3. Scroll through the list and examine each program. Windows XP lists how often you use a program and what day you last started it.
Note: Don't remove anything labeled "Update" or "Hotfix." These things improve the security of your computer.

4. Click a program you no longer need, click Change/Remove, and then follow the prompts to uninstall it. (In some cases, a program may be removed without prompting you further.)
You may have to restart your computer after removing a program. After your computer restarts, repeat this procedure to remove more programs.
*Disk Cleanup*

When running an operating system as complex as Windows, you may not always know the significance of all the files on your computer. Sometimes Windows uses files for a specific purpose and then retains them in a folder designated for temporary files. Alternatively, you may have previously installed Windows components that you are no longer using. For a variety of reasons, including running out of space on your hard drive, you may want to reduce the number of files on your disk, or create more free space, if it can be done without harming any of your programs.

To run Disk Cleanup:

1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup.
2. Select Drive (C) and click OK
3. Check all boxes, click OK.
You will see a pop up: Are you sure you want to perform these actions? click Yes.
Note: If you click on each of the files that you are going to delete, you will see a description of that particular file and how much space you gain.

Maurlin  (Level: 213.4 - Posts: 2671)
Sun, 11th Oct '09 9:17 PM I can find this easily when I'm ready to do Part 2.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 11th Oct '09 11:49 PM

Oh - I'm copying/pasting all of these into a document I can find easily....theoretically!

(These are the only keys I never lose - ha)

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