Clean Up: How to Defrag Windows 7

Computers store all kinds of files and information that, for the most part, we are not aware that it is storing. From time to time we need to clean out some of this stuff in order to keep things working efficiently. Defrag Windows 7 is one of the tools that most people are familar with but Microsoft has included utilities called Disk Check and Disk Cleanup along with Disk Defragmenter to help us with our cleaning chores. Using these tools can help your computer run faster and more trouble-free.

Run Disk Check

1. From the Start Menu, click My Computer.

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2. In the My Computer box, right-click the C:drive, and click Properties.

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3. From the Properties box choose the Tools tab. In the section called Error-Checking, click on Check Now, this opens the Check Disk dialog box.

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4. In the Check Disk box, check all the check boxes and click on start.

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5. Click on Yes to schedule a disk check the next time you restart your computer.

6. Then, restart you computer before you go to bed and Check Disk will work while you sleep.

Disk Cleanup

Run Disk Cleanup

1. Click the Start Button and then click My Computer.
2. In the My Computer box right-click the C:drive, and click Properties.

 

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3. In the Properties box click Disk Cleanup.

 

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4. After Disk Cleanup scans your hard drive, click view files to see what it thinks you can live without. You can select the categories of files it has chosen and click “View Files” to see the individual files it will remove. Uncheck boxes next to the types of files you think you should keep. When you are finished reviewing the files click OK.

Restore Points

Deleting all System Protection Points

1. Click Start, right-click (My) Computer and click Properties

2. Click System protection link in the left pane

3. In the System Protection options, select a drive-letter and click Configure

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4. Click Delete, and click Continue when prompted.

5. Click OK, OK.

Deleting all but the most recent System Protection point

1. Click Start, type Cleanmgr.exe and press ENTER

2. Select the drive-letter from the list and click OK

3. Click Clean up system files

This restarts Disk Cleanup to run in elevated mode.

4. Select the drive-letter from the list and click OK

5. Click the More Options tab

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4. Click Delete, and click Continue when prompted.

5. Click OK, OK.

4. Click Delete, and click Continue when prompted.

5. Click OK, OK.

Deleting all but the most recent System Protection point

1. Click Start, type Cleanmgr.exe and press ENTER

2. Select the drive-letter from the list and click OK

3. Click Clean up system files

This restarts Disk Cleanup to run in elevated mode.

4. Select the drive-letter from the list and click OK

5. Click the More Options tab

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6. Click the Clean up… button under System Restore and Shadow Copies.

7. Click OK.

 

Disk Defragmenter

 

Run Disk Defragmenter

1. From the Start menu, click My Computer.
2. In the My Computer box, right-click the C:drive, and click Properties.

 

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3. From the Properties box choose the Tools tab.

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4. Click on Defragment Now.

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5. Choose your hard drive by clicking on it, (for most of us this is the C:drive) and then click on Analyze.

6. When the analyzer is finished, it tells you whether you need to defragment or not.

7. Defragmenting your hard drive can take a while, so you might want to do it before you turn in for the night.