How can I clean up my hard drive and improve my PC’s performance?

1. Run disk cleanup: This can be done by typing ‘disk cleanup’ in the Windows search bar and running the program. Disk cleanup eliminates unnecessary temporary files, system log files, and other junk data cluttering up your hard drive.

2. Uninstall programs you don’t need: If you’re like most people, you have applications on your computer that you don’t use anymore. Uninstalling them will not only free up space but also improve performance. You can uninstall programs from the Control Panel.

3. Delete large or seldom-used files: Old photos, videos, downloads, and other large files can take up a lot of space on your hard drive and slow down your PC’s performance. Consider deleting them or using an external storage device to store them.

4. Defragment your hard drive: When files on your hard drive become fragmented, it takes longer for the PC to access them. To defragment your hard drive, type ‘defragment’ in the Windows search bar and run the program.

5. Disable startup items: Some applications automatically start when you boot up, which can slow down your computer. To disable these, type ‘msconfig’ in the Windows search bar, open System Configuration, and go to the Startup tab. Here you can disable any unwanted applications.