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How to Free up space on the hard disk

Often you find that a substantial portion of your disk space is taken up by temporary and backup files. Windows offers a cleanup tool that you can use to search and delete unnecessary files. To run the Disk Cleanup tool:

  • Click on Start and select All Programs. Now go to Accessories and select System Tools.
  • Select the Disk Cleanup option. On the drop-down list, select the hard drive on which you want to free up space. Click the OK button.
  • After the Disk Cleanup has finished scanning your drive, it gives you a list of categories for files it has found. Next to each category, Windows shows you how much drive space files in that category take up. Select the categories you want to delete by selecting the check box next to them.
  • Categories that have already been checked are always safe to delete. If you are not sure, click on the category and click on the View Files option to figure out what are the files that are stored under that category.
  • Once you have selected all the categories of files to be deleted, click OK.

Remember that deleting files and sending them to the Recycle Bin doesn't actually remove them from the disk. So using the Disk Cleanup tool periodically is a good idea to recover your storage space. Also make sure to Empty the Recycle Bin.

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How to Schedule a task to occur automatically

Windows XP enables you to set up a schedule of programs that can be run by Windows automatically. This is a feature that you could use to schedule routine tasks like your Disk Cleanup or Backing up your files. To set up your task scheduler:

  • Click on Start and go to Programs. Select Accessories and go to System tools.
  • Click on Scheduled Tasks. In the window that opens up, Double-click on Add Scheduled Task to start the Scheduled Task Wizard.
  • Click on Next on the Welcome Page to continue.
  • Click on the program you want to schedule .You can use the Browse option to find the program. Click on Next.
  • You can even change the name of the task by typing the new name in the text-box. Now enable the option relevant to the time-frame you want the task performed in. Click on Next.
  • You can choose to run the program according to your requirements i.e. daily, weekly or monthly .You must also key in the time or use the scroll buttons to specify the time of day to run the program .Also click on the boxes corresponding to the day or days you want to run the program. Click on the Next button.
  • In order to run your program, you must enter a username and password for your Task Scheduler. Now click on Next.
  • You can now schedule your new task by clicking on Finish.

Note: If you want your program to use any other settings other than the default, verify with the Help file for the program to see if it supports changing settings in a scheduled task.

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How to Defragment your hard disk

Files deleted from your computer free up disk space. The new files being saved onto your hard disk will not always get stored in one place. Parts of the files get stored in different sections of the disk whichever are available. This is a process called Fragmentation, which Windows normally uses to store your information.

Too much fragmentation is not good too. It tends to slow down your drive as Windows takes longer to find the information it is looking for. To increase the speed of your drive access you must Defragment your drives periodically. Here’s how you can go about running your disk defragmenter:

  • Click on Start, select All Programs and go to Accessories.
  • Now select System Tools and go to Disk Defragmenter.
  • Select the drive you want to Defragment by clicking on it once
  • Click the Analyze button to have disk Defragmenter analyze the selected drive for the amount of fragmentation.
  • Once the analysis is completed click on the View Report button.
  • If the analysis reports prove that the drive needs to be defragmented, click on the Defragment button.

The process may take a while depending upon the size of your Hard disk and also on the amount of fragmentation in it. Setting up a schedule for defragmenting your hard disk periodically is a good practice.

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How to Get system information

To fix the problems you encounter with your computer, you need to have enough information about your system. The System Information tool in Windows helps you get to the technical information you require to troubleshoot.

  • Click on Start and go to Programs. Now click on Accessories and select System Tools. Now click on System Information.
  • The right side of the Help and Support Services windows that opens contains brief summary of the system.
  • Click on the + sign next to the Hardware Resources option in the left window. Click on any of the resources listed to get details on that resource.
  • In the list of hardware components you see on expanding the Components option, you can click on any one of them to get their details.

Many useful tools are available on the tools menu in the help and support services window. You could use these tools to diagnose many problems you face with your computer.

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How to Clean up the System Tray

The System tray shows the set of icons you see on the bottom right of your task bar. These icons represent the programs that are loaded into your system’s memory on bootup. Closing down a System tray icon can free up memory. This in turn helps speed up your system’s performance.

  • To see all the icons of the programs in the system tray, click on the left arrow and expand the tray.
  • To locate a particular program move the mouse over each icon. This will enable you to see the program it represents.
  • Right click on the program to open the Option Panel.
  • Click the Quit or Close or Exit Option if it appears or open the program and look under Tools. Go to options for any option to disable the System tray.
  • Make sure that the icon is cleared from the System Tray.
  • To recheck, run the program again from the start menu and ensure that the icon is not automatically generated in the System Tray.

Note: System Tray icons can be temporarily disabled with this method. In order to clear them permanently from the System tray you will have to troubleshoot it in the startup routine of Windows.

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How to Clear temporary files

Every time you surf the internet, temporary files get created and stored on your system. Any information on sites you’ve visited gets stored as cookies on your system. These temporary files facilitate bringing up that site faster when you try accessing it the next time around. These temporary files get stored on your hard disk, so over a period of time, if you don’t clear them, they tend to occupy a large portion of your hard disk space and tend to slow down your system. Here’s how you go about clear your temporary files. 

  • Click on Start and go to Control Panel . Now double-click on Internet Options .
  • Select the General tab and select the Delete Files option under Temporary Internet Files.
  • In the Delete Files dialog box select the Delete all offline content check box, and then click OK .
  • OR

  • Click on Start and go to Run . Now type %temp% and hit OK.
  • Now select all the files and delete.

Remember deleting temporary files from your internet explorer doesn’t always get rid of the cookies. Read our segment on How to get rid of cookies in your Browser to know more about them.

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How to Compress Files and Folders

Find that your files and folders are occupying too much space on your hard disk, just compress them. The compression tool in Windows helps you compress files to free up disk space. 

  • Click on Start and click on the My Computer icon.
  • In the window that opens up right click the file or folder that you want to compress.
  • Click on Properties. The Properties window opens. In the General tab click the Advanced button.
  • Advanced Attributes screen opens. Select the Compress contents to save disk space option and then click on the OK button.
  • Click the OK button on the General tabof the folder properties dialog box to close it.
  • A dialog box (Confirm Attribute Changes) appears that gives you two options 
  • Choose “Apply changes to this folder, subfolders and files”  then click the OKbutton. Your folder or file will be compressed.

To decompress a file or folder, do the above steps and disable the Compress contents to save disk space option in the Advanced Attributes screen.

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