Sort through your Asus computer!
Has your computer slowed down suddenly? There are several reasons that can be the cause of this slowdown such as hardware problems, software update problems, viruses ... Or it could simply be because your computer needs a spring cleaning!
In previous articles, we have discussed why a laptop PC will not start, why it turns off by itself... We now invite you to review the many ways to better organize your PC and your work space. And in doing so boost the performance of your computer!
Sort the hard drive of your Asus computer
If you haven't diligently organized, sorted, or deleted your files as you go, chances are your hard drive is full of forgotten, scattered, or misplaced files. However, an overloaded system disk (the hard disk where Windows and all your software are installed) can slow the performance of your PC when it is approaching the limit of its capacity.
A triage becomes essential: look for download archives, unwanted images, temporary files, copies of files or other large files that you no longer use or that you can store on another hard drive (ex. external hard drive).
Thoroughly cleaning your computer and streamlining your file system can not only free up storage space, but more importantly, improve your computer's performance.
Boost your laptop PC: delete unnecessary files
Remove duplicate files
Make sure to delete any duplicate files; for example, the compressed archive of a folder that you downloaded and then unzipped ...
You can also check for these duplicate files with free software like DuplicateCleaner.
This software is very easy to use, you just have to select the disk you want to process, start the analysis and the software makes a report: it shows you the duplicate files and their location on the disk. All you have to do is delete these duplicates.
Delete temporary files
When you use software, it creates processes that your computer runs. This results in many small temporary files that help software to retrieve the information you need faster. These temporary files are stored on the system disk in the Windows folder under the name TEMP (for temporary).
As you use your computer, they accumulate to take up significant space on your disk. You can (and even should) delete these temporary files from time to time so that they don't get too large. Scheduling a monthly cleaning is strongly recommended.
Here is the path to access it: C: -> Windows -> Temp
Sort through your documents
Take a day to sort through your documents. We recommend that you organize your family photos and movies and store them on another disk (preferably external); these files take up available space, so moving them will save space. At the same time, this will prevent your most precious memories from disappearing if unfortunately you are robbed or a malicious virus blocks your computer.
Remove unused software
Take stock of the software you use often and the software you never use. By removing these, you will gain additional disk space.
For example, if you want to remove the Microsoft Solitaire Collection application.
1. Click on the “start” menu at the bottom left to see the list of software and applications
2. Right click on the Microsoft Solitaire Collection application, a floating window will appear
3. Click on “Uninstall” and confirm in the dialog box when it asks if you really want to delete.
Repeat the operation for all of the software you want to remove.
Clean your desktop
A cluttered desktop with a multitude of folders or files can be one of the reasons your laptop is slowing down. So it advised not to copy any folders or files to the Windows desktop, even if you want to access it quickly.
Instead, use shortcuts to these folders: you can still save time by accessing them from the desktop, but they will be stored on the hard drive.
Defragment your hard drive
System disk defragmentation (C) is the process of removing fragmentation from the file system. It physically rearranges the contents of the disc to put each element of that file together and in order, with the aim of increasing access speed.
Defragmentation is the act of bringing all of the scattered elements of a file into a physical proximity on the disk which in turn will free up space.
1. Right click on the drive you want to defragment (in this example the C drive)
2. Choose the “Properties” menu in the floating window
3. The “Properties” window opens, click on the “Tools” tab
4. Choose the "Optimize" action to start the disk defragmentation.
Be patient: the larger your disk, the longer the defragmentation will take.
After having carried out all these tasks, you will have gained a considerable number of Gigabytes, making your laptop more powerful, for a more fluid experience.
In conclusion, the more conscientious, organized and meticulous you are ... the more your computer will perform to save you time in your work and for your leisure.