The origin of the advice presented in this article is from TuneUp that puts at our disposal 5 advice for a professional cleaning of our system, coming safely to all the “corners” of the PC that often almost nobody cleans.
We invite all our readers to put into practice the basic advice offered in the article and to return the vitality of the PC, ultrabook, tablet or notebook of yesteryear.
The tips in question were applied to a gaming PC, the Alienware X51, which was used as Home Cinema to play Blu-ray movies, also a Samsung Series 7 Tablet with Windows 8 and a 2011 MacBook Air also running Windows 8 Because Tuneup recommendations are the best, it will be the installation of TuneUp Utilities.
- Delete old Windows folders if you have upgraded your operating system
If, for example, you upgraded Windows 7 to Windows 8, the backup folders from the previous Windows installation may be deleted. The “Windows.old” folder is located on the C: drive and should only be deleted if the system works correctly and you do not need to recover anything else from this backup.
On the Samsung Series 7 Tablet, which was upgraded to Windows 8, this procedure freed 1.82 GB from the disk. The other PCs had a clean installation of the operating system and there were no backup copies to delete.
- Find gigantic files and resource consumers that are hidden
In some cases, this board has more impact on disk space. A hard drive can have many large files and folders that have probably been forgotten, and contains HD movies, photos, series, including apps or smartphone backups, created automatically. Users should check these folders so they do not run out of disk space.
To do this, they can use Windows’s own search tool to find large files. However, in this specific case, TuneUp Utilities offers a function that shows the “100 largest files” in “Find and remove large data volume” in the “Organize System” tab of the program. All large files are shown automatically and instantly.
With this tip on the MacBook Air were eliminated 62.6GB, among 15GB videos, virtual machines Win XP and Windows Vista forgotten and several ZIP files and television series that were saved on an external hard drive.
- Clear Windows Search Cache
The Windows Search index maintains a database of shortcuts, emails, personal files, and more. Instead of scanning the entire hard disk in each search, use this index with instant results. However, the database grows rapidly and over time generates errors that may lead to incomplete or erroneous search results. It is recommended to clean the Windows Search index and re-create it periodically. To make this recommendation the user must open the Windows Control Panel and type “search” in the search bar, then select “Indexing Options”, “advanced options” and click “re-create”.
At this point it should be noted that the gaming PC, the Alienware X51, already had the search index deactivated, since it is an entertaining machine and there is no need to perform file searches, as it does on a working PC.
- Avoid corrupted shortcuts and invalid entries in history
Media Player, Office, Nero, Windows, … all have their own list of recently used files, which may contain bad links and which upon clicking show an error message. The same is true for the Start Menu and desktop shortcuts. TuneUp Shortcut Cleaner takes care of this by simply accessing the Organize System tab and, by clicking Remove corrupted shortcuts, TuneUp Utilities analyzes the PC and discards all invalid entries. This task is also performed during Auto Maintenance or in a Click maintenance, retrieving some KB in this process.
- Use the most hidden functions of the Windows cleanup tool
The disk space freezer does an effective cleanup, but most of its features are hidden by default. To activate them, the user must right-click on the desktop, choose New, shortcut and type the following command:
% SystemRoot% \ System32 \ Cmd.exe / c Cleanmgr / sageset: 65535 & Cleanmgr / sagerun: 65535
The user can give a name as “Final cleaning” and click Finish. This tip only freed about 100 MB on each device, since TuneUp Disk Cleaner had already performed a good cleanup on the systems. However, it is recommended to use this tool at least once a month to ensure the best possible optimization.
PC Cleanup Completed…
These tips along with the basic tips proposed by TuneUp take less than 30 minutes to put into practice.
As a result, the Samsumg Series 7 tablet that started testing at the limit of available disk space and having performance crashes, continuous error messages, breathed in again, recovering 32.56 GB more than half of the 65 GB SSD occupied. Were eliminated 95.3 GB of unnecessary data from the Alienware X51 PC, which are now available for games and movies. And finally, the most obvious effect was on the MacBook Air PC running Windows 8, from which a total of 104.8 GB of data was released. A real cleanup for this change of season.