So first off, you guys should know that I’m not a computer tech, or the geekiest person alive, BUT, I was clued in to a really good tool that cleans up your hard drive far better than the Disk Cleanup tool supplied with Windows. One of the tech guys here at my office, whose job it is to take care of people’s computers told me about this and downloaded it to my work computer (and with all the firewalls and other stuff we have loaded on our computer and as draconian as they are about blocking anything potentially harmful, I am perfectly confident in recommending this to you).
From the first screen (pictured below), just click on “Run Cleaner” at the bottom right and it will do its thing. As a comparison, generally when I run the Windows utility, it finds a couple megabytes of crap (on a good day), but most of the time it only finds a few kilobytes. When I run CCleaner, it gets as much as 83 megabytes of old cached temporary files, cookies, internet garbage and so on.
I don’t do much with the other screens (Registry, Tools, Options), but you’ll find tools to install/uninstall programs, choose what loads at Startup and more.
There is a similarly better defragmenting utility than Windows comes with, Smart Defrag, which can also be found at CNET.
Defragmenting your hard drive compacts files that have become scattered as the computer searches for open space to store the bits and bytes of everything you do all day. Seriously, it’s a mess. Defragging, as it’s commonly called, can take awhile, especially if you’ve never done it and your computer is getting a little long in the tooth, but it can really improve performance and speed it up.
I love these two utilities, I even installed them on my home computer. They’re both really easy to use, no matter how little tech inclination you may have. Even if you’d rather have someone turn your computer on and off for you, YOU CAN DO THIS. Hope these help.