Tips to maintain Windows in good running condition

Who does not want to maintain their Windows PC in good running condition? Everyone wants a well optimized, fast and a smooth computing experience, and a Windows 10 computer can offer you that. But there are a few tasks you will have to perform periodically, in order to maintain your Windows 10 system in good running condition.

Maintain Windows PC in good running condition

maintain Windows in good running condition

1] Set a time to clean up your PC junk files. Depending on your computer usage, you could decide to do it every week or every month. On this day, use your built-in Disk Cleanup Tool and clear up your junk files.

Junk files are files that remain on your computer after a task has been performed. Sometimes, Windows or some program needs to create temporary files while doing some task and then forgets to delete the temporary files it created. As time goes by, your computer is full of junk files in the form of temporary files, log files, downloaded files, and unwanted Windows registry entries.

While the Disk Cleanup Tool does a good job, some of you may prefer to use a third-party free junk file cleaner like CCleaner.

2] Then there is the question of Registry entries. Quite a few say, do not clean the registry, but then are many who do. I do! So before you decide, you may want to know – Are Registry Cleaners good or bad. Generally speaking, Microsoft does not support the use of Registry Cleaners in Windows.

Although Windows Rot may be a thing of the past, it is a fact, that Windows OS leaves several orphaned entries in the Registry – especially when you uninstall programs, and that is where a good safe free Registry Cleaner like CCleaner can be of help.

Using a Registry Cleaner or a Disk Cleaner, will not make your Windows PC run faster. It is just a matter of good housekeeping you should follow.

3] From time to time, open your Control Panel and then the Uninstall Programs applet. Check all the installed software there. Did you install all of them or do you something new there? If you have doubts about some of them, search for them by name on the Internet. Some of them could well be Potentially Unwanted Programs who may have got into your computer without your knowledge. Uninstall unwanted programs!

If you need to install and try out a new program, create a system restore point first, then install the program. See if you want to keep it. If not, uninstall it and then go back to the created system restore point. Practical if you can do it within say a day.  This way you wont have residual junk from the program remain on your system.

4] You should also check up the programs which set themselves to start every time Windows starts or boots. You must restrict the number of start-ups. Why have programs starting up when you don’t really use them. Even those you need can always be started manually by clicking on the programs icon. I personally prefer not to have ANY startups – except my antivirus software running. So decide for yourself which one’s you really need to start-up every time your Windows boots. You may use msconfig in Windows or Task Manager to manage startup programs. You can also delay Startup Programs or control the order in which they load when Windows starts.

5] If you have bought a new Windows computer you really will have to exorcise it of all the Crapware that sadly gets installed on OEM machines, thanks to their manufacturers – all for some quick bucks.

Most users, usually accept them as a part of Windows OS, cursing the operating system for being so darn’ irritating and slow. New users who buy such a computer, are usually inundated with plenty of pop-up’s every time they switch it on. Quite expecting their experience to a be a pleasant one, they are left with a bad taste in the mouth, when they find their new Windows PC  machine running slow, freezing or crashing frequently.

So take the help of some free crapware removal tools to remove crapware, the first thing you buy a new machine.

6] One needed to manually defragment the Disk, in order to get some improvement in performance. But now you need not. Firstly, Disk read-write speeds are really good and stacking files together can at most make a marginal difference plus CPUs are more powerful now. Windows 10 includes an improved Disk Defragmentation Tool that does all this

The Disk Defragmenter Tool runs as a low priority task in the background without affecting the performance of the computer. It runs only when the machine is idle ! It uses the Task Scheduler to automatically keep the hard disk defragmented. But the defrag tool only defragments files smaller than 64 MB, for according to Microsoft’s benchmarks, fragments of this size, which already consist of at least 16000 contiguous clusters, have a negligible impact on performance. So some of you, especially gamers, may want to consider using a third-party free Defragmentation Software.

7] It is a good practice to check your hard disk drive for errors using a tool built into Windows called CHKDSK or Check Disk. In Windows 10, Microsoft has redesigned the chkdsk utility. The disk is periodically checked for file system errors, bad sectors, lost clusters, etc, during Automatic Maintenance and you now no longer need to really go and run it if you are running Windows 10.

8] Lastly, keep your Windows operating system, your antivirus software, browser and your other installed software, always updated to their latest versions. You should also wipe your device externally and keep it clean and dust-free.

Do all this, and you could have a smooth optimized Windows computer on your hands, that will remain as good as new, even after years of use.

Let us know what you do to keep you PC running smooth.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

19 Comments

  1. Andrey

    I would include in this list the habit of viewing the Administrative Events in Event Viewer.

    For example, some errors, such as some specific or chronic drive errors are not always made clear when traditional check disk.

  2. Juan Figueroa

    Windows 10 seems to get slower and slower no matter what versus Windows 7.

  3. Breno Yuri

    And the Windows 10 Defrag Tool, defrag my ssd ? or it do other thing ? sorry my bad english

  4. MmeMoxie

    It is NOT recommended that a SSD be defragged. From what I have been able to understand – A SSD records data much differently and does not have magnetic platters like a regular Hard Drive does. As for the regular Hard Drive and Hybrid HD defragging can make a difference.

  5. MmeMoxie

    Andy – All of your suggestions are really a “must do” to keep your Windows 10 or any version of Windows running smoothly. I use Glary Utilities, Privazer, CCleaner and Revo Uninstaller Pro. I prefer to do monthly maintenance, if I can. I use Defraggler for my defragging.

    The only fast program is Glary Utilities, which is an awesome program coming from the UK. I love Glary Utilities. It is a “one click” maintenance program that is fast and continues to find small quantities of left overs after I have used CCleaner on my computer!

    I have CCleaner Pro which I have it set to clean out my Temporary Files after I close my Chrome browser. I must say, CCleaner Pro does a good job automatically, since I set up the rules. The free version can do the same thing, but it will only be manually. You have to do it, which I did for over 10 years, then I decided to purchase the Pro version, for my convenience.

    As for Privazer – This is a power program! For those who haven’t done maintenance before and do not know much about computers – I would advise that you do not use this program. I am very, very careful when I use this program. If used wrongly – You can easily mess up your computer, especially in the Registry and installed programs. I rarely use this program, but, I do want it available for my usage when the time comes to “clean up” a messy computer.

    I love Revo Uninstaller Pro!!! It works and rarely do I have any “left over” stuff when I uninstall a program. There’s not that much difference between the Free and Pro (paid) versions.

  6. MmeMoxie

    I forgot to mention the most important maintenance on your computer. Cleaning out the dust and stuff that accumulates inside the Tower. This tip is only for Desktop computers. I have seen dust bunnies almost kill a CPU, because it’s fan was so clogged with dust, it could not run properly!!! It really is simple to do and to maintain. Open up the tower case – Look inside – Take an Air Can – Start to blow the Air Can.

    The first time you do this you will see dust going everywhere! You wonder where has all this dust come from??? It’s very simple, your computer is electric using fans to cool it down. The rotating blades on the fans attract dust. It is the same concept as your home’s ceiling fans. Their blades also attract dust.

    Then you can “clean” out your keyboard. It still amazes me how much junk collects within the keys and below the keys. After cleaning the keyboard you just might find the keys that were not working as well, do now.

  7. Thank you MmeMoxie, for your helpful inputs. 🙂

  8. Alberto Gorin

    annad have t answer it.i understood from carey holzman type in carey holzman also in facebook
    that to defrag a SSD is t necessary

  9. Alberto Gorin

    have a mecnical hard drive and how old or a SSD ?
    this desktop is a 2009 core2 i installed a samsung 850 SSD.does t run as modern computer but it is t slow.could be your hard drive

  10. Alberto Gorin

    thank you and i have a Portable clean like Glary Utilities, Privazer, CCleaner
    also have
    http://appcleaner.en.softonic.com/

  11. Alberto Gorin

    correct

  12. Alberto Gorin

    yes

  13. Alberto Gorin

    if windows is doing it automatic but ssd does t have moving part than leave it to windows

  14. Juan Figueroa

    My laptop has a Seagate Momentus hybryd ST750LX003, 4 GB of ram, Intel Core Solo 1.4 Mhz. It was working fine, but since weeks ago the taskbar is taking time to load.

  15. MmeMoxie

    Thank you Andy for clearing up this issue. Letting Windows do the automatic defragging, but not a 3rd Party program do it, that makes sense. 🙂

  16. Wilson

    Add running an anti-malware program on a regular basis to keep your system running smooth..

    I use CC Cleaner and Iobit’s Advanced system Care to clear the junk out. Scary how much they seem to catch. I only clean the registry a couple times a month, though. All of that has worked very good for me for years.

  17. Light

    It’s a Seagate, you shouldn’t be concerned. Backup your data frequently because Seagate drives are infamous for failing spectacularly when you least expect it. While the 4GB of RAM is good, you might want to check your RAM speed. Your computer ultimately seems to be very old; consider that your Intel Solo is a VERY old and underpowered chip, thus I would not reccomend running anything modern on it.. This would also explain why the already bad quality hard drive is slowing down. Sadly things are prone to aging, and while you might be in luck enough to be able to run Windows 10 on such old hardware, after roughly 10 years it’s time to upgrade.

  18. Light

    iobit is shady, beware of them

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