Using Disk Cleanup
Disk Clean up is a program that comes with Microsoft Operating Systems. It is designed to reduce the amount of data on the hard disk by deleting files that were once used by programs but are no longer needed or compressing other files that have not been used recently. Disk cleanup performs operations such as deleting temporary internet files, emptying the recycling bin, deleting temporary program files, setup logs and other items. They appear and a list and you get the choice by way of a tick box to determine whether or not you wish the program to perform that operation.
To Run the Disk Cleanup program use the following step by step instructions.
- Double Click the My Computer icon (xp) Click windows icon then ‘Computer’ (windows vista)
- In the new window a list of the hard disks appears, right click on the disk named ‘C:’
- A drop down menu appears left click on properties and a new window should appear.
- Click the Disk ‘Cleanup button’
- Put ticks next to the items you wish the program to delete/clean. Note: a description of what they are is available by highlighting each item with one left click.
- When you have decided which items you want cleaning click ok. The program will then perform the clean.