Windows 10: clean up the PC properly
**The PC should also be cleaned up from time to time to avoid problems in advance. And before a major system update, cleaning up and making a backup should be mandatory. However, when cleaning up, the following order should be followed
... By Markus Fleschutz 📅 Sept 22, 2018
1️⃣ Clean hardware.
First, clean the keyboard and mouse from crumbs and dust. Then unplug the PC, open the case and vacuum any dust (important before summer season to avoid overheating).
2️⃣ Check hardware
All of today's hard drives and SSD's support the S.M.A.R.T standard ("Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology"). With a free software like CrystalDiskInfo (see Download-Link) the condition of the device can be checked and evaluated. If errors come to light here, you should think about a backup and buying a replacement device now at the latest.
3️⃣ Check file system
Open the Explorer (e.g. with the key combination WINDOWS + E), then select This PC and then right-click on the drive to be examined and select Properties in the menu that opens. Now select the Tools tab and click Check.
4️⃣ Delete unnecessary software/apps.
Right-click on the Windows tile at the bottom left corner and select Apps and Features. Now go through the program list, click on unnecessary programs and click on Uninstall.
5️⃣ Delete unnecessary files.
Again open Explorer, select This PC and then right click the C: drive and select Properties in the menu that opens and click Cleanup. Now the Disk Cleanup* opens, which can be used to find and delete unnecessary files.
6️⃣ Defragment file system
Defragmenting fills the gaps in the file system again to speed up accesses. To do this, open Explorer again, then select This PC and then right-click on the C: drive and select Properties in the menu that opens. Now select the Tools tab and click on Optimize.
All steps done? Congratulations 👍, your PC is now thoroughly cleaned up!