The Steps to Keeping Your Computer Clean!! For Windows 8.1

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 > 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.       On the Start (Metro) Screen, type disk, then click on Free up disk space by deleting unnecessary files. Or....

On the Start (Metro) screen, Swipe your cursor to the right of the screen to access your Charms Bar, Click Search, type disk, then click on Settings and finally click on Free up disk space by deleting unnecessary files.

2.       Wait for Disk Cleanup to locate files....

3.       Put a check in each box.  Scroll down until every box is checked, then click OK.

4.       Click Delete Files

5.       A small window will appear with the status of the cleanup.  Once it is finished, it will close on it's own.  Do not click the red X, as this will cancel the deletion process.

Step 3 - Disk Defragmenter 

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

1.       On the Start (Metro) Screen, type defrag, then click on Defragment and Optimize your drives.

2.       From the list of drives, choose Drive C: and Click Optimize.

Note:  If you have multiple hard drives on your computer you will need to defragment them one at a time.

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.       On the Start (Metro) Screen, type defrag, then click on Defragment and Optimize your drives. OR

On the Start (Metro) screen, Swipe your cursor to the right of the screen to access your Charms Bar, Click Search, type defrag, then click on Settings and finally click on Defragment and Optimize your drives.

2.       Click on Change Settings.

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

4.       Next to Drives, click Choose.

5.       Make sure the box is checked for the C: drive and any other drives you would like to defrag automatically and then click OK.

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.  

6.       Click OK.

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