As your hard drive fills up, your computer will continue to take longer to find and access files and programs. This, in addition to basic processes like indexing taking longer, can be very annoying.
The good news is that this is an easy problem to solve. In fact, all that you need to effectively, and automatically, get rid of these unnecessary files is to take advantage of Windows’ own inbuilt clean-up solutions. Here is what you should know about improving PC performance through duplicate and junk file removal.
Remove duplicate photos and video files
You can go from folder to folder to get rid of any files that you don’t need. This includes duplicate files. While doing this manually, by right-clicking the given file and choosing the “delete” option, is time-consuming, it will go a long way towards speeding up your computer.
If going through all your files is too much to handle, you can choose to use software that is specifically designed to search for and then delete any duplicate files. There are free versions of this type of software online. The fact that most of them have easy-to-follow instructions makes them ideal for use.
Use Windows in-built cleanup functions
Windows usually comes with applications designed to create space in an overwhelmed computer. They do this by emptying out the recycle bin. They also get rid of any temporary files and rarely-used files and programs in the system. What’s even better is that instead of automatically deleting these files, something that can lead to some of your useful but rarely-used files getting deleted, these programs usually find the files and then give you the option of deciding which ones to keep and which ones to delete.
To activate the cleaning process, all you need is to find the disk cleanup function. The fastest way to get this done is by taking advantage of the search feature of Windows. Simply type disk cleanup and then select the “Clear Disk Space by deleting unnecessary files” option. This will launch a wizard that will search for files that are the best candidates for deletion. It will then display the results in a window. If you see any file that you would like to keep, simply uncheck the box that is in front of the file name. After you are done deciding on which files to keep, select the “Clean up system files” option. This will automatically delete all the unneeded files. It will create more space on your computer, something that will help to improve the overall performance of your system.