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National Clean Out You Computer Day, Tips and Tricks

Staff
Staff
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Happy national clean out your PC day! Our gift to you? Four simple, performance boosting tips for a clean PC!

Disabling Startup Items

We can see it now: you turn on your PC, and upon boot a litany of programs open. So many pop up that you can’t do anything with your PC for a few minutes. By having all these programs load at startup, you’re overloading your CPU, and in turn slowing down the entire PC.

Sometimes, these programs aren’t front facing, so you don’t have the ability to just close them like a window. Now, we’ll walk you through how to disable these programs.

First, right click on your task bar, and select “Task Manager.”

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Second, click on “More Details” at the bottom of the Task Manager.

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Third, click on the “Startup” tab, and it will display all programs set to boot at you PC’s start.

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Lastly, you’ll want to disable any non-important programs. Windows is great in that it gives you the level of impact the program has on your computer. You can disable all without serious adverse effect on your system. Some “Low” programs can be left on, such as Java and Defender.

Just like that, you’ve sped up your boot time, and prevented your CPU from being crippled when you first turn it on.

Disk Cleanup

Disk Cleanup is a simple tool that Microsoft has been included on Windows for quite some time now. To access Disk Cleanup, simply search for it via the Start Menu or Cortana. Once you run the cleanup, it will run through your system and delete unnecessary things like temporary or cache files. This will free up space on your hard drive, and increase performance.

First, search for “Disk Cleanup” on your laptop or PC. (It may begin with a quick calculation of what it can clear up for you.)

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Second, you will select what drive you wish to purge. If you have multiple drives, you can select the ones you want to clean.

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Third, after you have selected the drives, click “OK”

The tool will then do the work for you. It’s that simple! Once this finishes you'll be rid of the necessary files slowing your computer’s performance down.

Uninstalling Applications

We all have unused applications, it happens. In a moment’s notice, you download a random program, install it, use it, and never touch it again. Uninstalling unused application can also improve performance of your PC.

As with the Disk Cleanup, this is easy to do. All you need to do is search for “Control Panel" in your Start Menu, or with Cortana. (Side note on Windows 8.X or 10, you can right click the start menu and select Programs and Features.)

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When you first open your Control Panel, you’ll want to select “Programs and Features.”

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Once that panel is open, you are free to go in and uninstall anything you don’t use. (Don’t uninstall Microsoft programs, as they may be necessary for your computer to run.)

Not only have you just cleaned up your hard drive, you may have uninstalled the background functions of these programs. That allows your PC to increase real time computes, and work at a faster pace.

Remove the Dust

Much like everything else in your home, your laptop or PC will collect dust. Fans are a magnet for dust and, if clogged, could drastically impact the performance of your PC. Cleaning the inside and outside of your computer on a regular basis can prevent major issues.

There are two options to cleaning the dust from your PC, compressed air or a vacuum. This is hotly debated in the PC world, so we’ll let you choose which you use. Compressed air is one of the easiest ways to clear the dust, but tends to go everywhere else in the room. While vacuuming is also effective, trying to manage the vacuum in the confines of a PC can be frustrating.

Cleaning your PC is necessary to increasing the longevity of your computer. If you follow these steps 1-3 times a year, you’ll see improvements in the way your computer functions. As always, you can find us on Twitter at @AMDLaptop, we’re here to help you with any questions you may have!

5 Comments
Challenger
Challenger

A soft bristle brush or small hobby paintbrush can come in handy to loosen up stubborn dirt on fan blades and between heatsink fins. Dust mask also helps

Adept III
Adept III

You can also get to your startup window by typing msconfig into the search and hit enter or select it with the mouse. You can also disable certain services that take up cpu and ram in the services tab. Such as firewalls/antivirus/3rd party update services etc.

Forerunner
Forerunner

If you are using Windows 10, use at your own risk. always make a restore point or a full backup before cleaning your PC.

English - Home - W10Privacy​  Win10privacy automates a lot of task to stop microsoft from collecting data from your PC and to disable unwanted windows 10 services.

https://www.safer-networking.org/spybot-anti-beacon/  sdantibeacon automates task to stop MS from collecting data from your PC

And to maintain your PC with less clutter.

CCleaner - Free Download or try CCleaner Professional - Piriform  cccleaner automates tasks to clean leftovers from a lot fo software like browser caches.

Revo Uninstaller Pro - Uninstall Software, Remove Programs easily, Forced Uninstall, Leftovers Unins...  The best uninstaller, checks for file and registry leftovers.

How to make a full backup in windows 10

http://www.windowscentral.com/how-make-full-backup-windows-pc

Miniboss
Miniboss

Here are some other useful tools that I personally use and recommend to my friends and family.

O&O ShutUp10 O&O ShutUp10: download free antispy tool for Windows 10

turn off windows 10 telemetry and protect your privacy

Steam Cleaner Releases · Codeusa/SteamCleaner · GitHub

Removes data left behind by Steam, Origin, UPlay and GOG

Classic Shell Classic Shell - Start menu and other Windows enhancements

Use Windows 7 / 8.1 menu / explorer on Windows 10

BleachBit https://www.bleachbit.org/

Similar to CCleaner, cleans up your system and free disk space

System Ninja https://singularlabs.com/software/system-ninja/

Similar to CCleaner and Bleachbit

GlassWire Firewall Software by GlassWire

Firewall software and network monitor

Lightshot https://app.prntscr.com/en/index.html

Screenshot and upload tool, really easy to use

Core Temp Core Temp

Monitors processor temps and other vital info

Playnite Playnite - video game library manager

Open source video game library manager with support for 3rd party libraries like Steam, GOG, Origin, Battle.net and Uplay. Including game emulation support, providing one unified interface for your games.

Esteemed Contributor III

Playnite is a good unified game launcher and is a decent alternative to the AMD Gaming Evolved Raptr game launcher.
The AMD Adrenalin 2019 Game launcher is still far to slow and cumbersome to use as game library size increases.