The Steps to Keeping Your Computer Clean!! For Windows Vista

These steps must be done in this sequence to be effective.

Step 1 - Cleaning Internet Files in Internet Explorer 9.0, 10.0 and 11.0

The following will delete Internet Temporary Files, History and Cookies from your computer.

1.      Go to Internet Explorer

2.      Go to Tools then Internet Options

3.      Click Delete button

4.      Put a Check in all boxes and then click Delete

Note:  'Preserve Favorites website data'.  Internet Explorer 10.0 gives you an additional option in the Delete Browsing History window.   It is a personal preference to check this box or not.   However, it is recommended to not check this box every time you clear your browsing history.   It is always good to start fresh every now and then.

5.      Click OK to exit

Note:  A completion message bar will appear at the bottom of the browser.  It will go away on it's own or you can click the small X on the far right side of the bar.

Step 2 - Disk Cleanup

Your computer like your desk can get overrun with a lot of clutter that you cannot easily see or remove manually.  Occasionally you need to clean out your hard drive just as you would do with your desk.  It is a quick and easy process that will free up some valuable hard drive space.

1.       Click Start, then Programs, then Accessories, then System Tools and finally Disk Cleanup.

Or Click Start, then type Disk, then click on Disk Cleanup under Programs

2.       Click Files from all users on this computer

3.       Click Continue at the security warning

4.       Put a Check in front of every option.  Scroll down until every box is checked, then click OK.

5.       Click Delete Files

Step 3 - Disk Defragmenter

For optimal performance, perform defragmentation 1 to 3 times in a row.

1.      Click Start, then type Defrag, then click on Disk Defragmenter under Programs

2.      Click on Defragment Now

Modify Disk Defragmenter Schedule

You can change the schedule for the automatic defragmentation at any time.  Make sure that the time you choose will be a time the computer will be on and not in use.

1.       Click Start, then type Defrag, then click on Disk Defragmenter under Programs

2.       Click on Modify Schedule

3.       Click on the small arrow for How Often, and then choose how often you want the system to run the Defragmenter. (Weekly is the recommended option)

4.       Now click on the small arrow for What Day, click on a day.

5.       Click on the small arrow for What Time, click a time and now click OK.

6.       Click on Select Volumes...

7.       Put a check in front of each drive you want to schedule.  (C: is the default)

Note: If there are other drives listed, make sure they are physical drives (not a pen drive) and put a check in front of those as well.  The picture above gives an example of what a pen drive (also called thumb drives or memory sticks) would show up as in this window.  

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