Junk Temp File Cleaning

Video Covering Junk Temp File Cleaning – Part of our Fix Slow Computer tutorial found on  https://www.pctechguide.com/how-to-fix-your-slow-computer

Transcription From Video

Hi, this is Jacob with PCtechguide.com and this is the third installment of our video series of, “Why is your computer so slow?” And in the description below, you’re going to notice that we have the YouTube channel and what we’re doing here in this video series is we’re going through several different ways of speeding up your computer. We’re covering a way to do it in each and every video and in this particular video, we’re going to take a look at your hard disk space and freeing up some junk temp tiles and some options that you have for it. Ultimately, for a lot of people this isn’t going to help speed up their computer but like I said in my previous video, just because it’s not going to help you per se, it doesn’t mean that this isn’t your issue because there just isn’t any one issue of why your computer’s slow. It’s usually a multitude of issues, so that’s why we’re going through several different video tutorials here just showing you quick ways of how to speed it up.

So in this particular case, we’re looking at at our C drive and our C drive is where all of our programs are basically installed by default and because of this, you’re going to want at least 20% of that drive free and we’re going to see in this particular case that I do not have 20% of my hard drive free. So what I can do is I can actually go through here and I can manually delete files. I can go to the start-up menu and uninstall files or in this case is what I’m going to primarily do … and I’ll show you in another video how to uninstall files and some tips there. But in this one, I’m just going to type in, ‘Clean disk’ and it’s what’s going to pop up here and I don’t know if you can quite see it but it says, ‘Disk Clean-up’ on the very top. I’m going to go ahead and click it and this is going to go ahead and go through a disk clean-up.

And another option that you have out there and we link to an article on … in the description too, below, to our website, to PCtechguide.com, covering the written tutorial of this and it also shows you a few registry cleaners that are free. Now I’m not saying to go out and buy the registry cleaner or anything like that, but there is a few free ones out there that do a pretty good job of junk clean-up files and one in particular is going to be CCleaner. Now CCleaner is a free registry cleaner. I hate calling it a registry cleaner and most registry cleaners really aren’t even registry cleaners out there. There are free ones but this one offers yeah … We’ll just download it real quick and you can take a look at it. So I’m going to save it and install it real quick. My language is English. Now right here, I would make sure you look at this just to see what else they want to install on your computer because they usually do want to install other things on your system. Yeah, we’re good.

I’m not going to check for updates because I’m just going to uninstall this right when I’m done anyways. Now, this software might be bundled with other software programs like Yahoo toolbars or Ask toolbars so just keep that in mind that you might have to uninstall the other ones. I’m going to go ahead and hit the analyze button. Everything over here is checked right now and I’m just using the cleaner option. That’s all I’d recommend you use this tool for really is just the cleaner option. So I’m going to go ahead and hit analyze and then we’ll take a look at this while that one’s running.

Well I guess it didn’t take long, did it? So 3.79 seconds. So if we look here, this is the Windows one. So this one came up with 962 megabytes and it’s going to show … I can check whatever I want to delete. If I want to delete the temporary Internet files, which I don’t, I like my cookies, I do want to delete the recycling bin. Hey, offline webpages, sure, why not? And basically Service Pack files, there are none there. This one could be big for a lot of people. You could have gigs upon gigs in that one.

So the rest of this just kind of looks like junk so I’m going to go ahead and say, “Okay, delete the files.” What this is going to do is it’s going to clean up a little bit of those system files, those temp files on your system that just are of no use to you whatsoever so I’ll let that finish. Now that one’s done, let’s see if we can refresh this and nope, it hasn’t affected it yet so let me go ahead and reanalyze this right now. So it’s at 1.5 gigs basically, hit the analyze button, it’s going to go through it again real quick and it’s still saying it’s at 1.5 gigs and the reason is, is there’s different files in here that this will find than just using the Windows tool.

So some of these are overlapping but not necessarily in all cases so we’re going to see that out of this right here, we have empty recycling bin. Well there actually shouldn’t be anything in the recycle bin any more so maybe by reanalyzing, it actually didn’t recheck, my guess is it didn’t. So to decide what you want to delete, you can go through and say, “Okay, you know what? I want to keep my cookies. Let’s go ahead and reanalyze.” Cookies don’t take up that much space anyways as you can see so there’s different things that you can delete and you can look at this and say, “All right. I want to delete this stuff but not this stuff.” And just over here, you can just uncheck what you do not want it to delete and once you’re done with that, go ahead and just hit the ‘Run Cleaner’ button.

I would recommend you just briefly just take a look over everything just to see okay, this is where a lot of my files are using so you can tell that I am a Firefox user predominantly over a Chrome user and that I use Internet Explorer more than I use Chrome, as well. So now that I’m done with that, I unid my … personally I want my history, I want my cookies, I want my recently typed URLS, my last downloaded locations, so I’m just going to go ahead and hit the cleaner now and it’s going to go ahead and clean these files from my system and it shouldn’t take too, too long.

Now that that’s done, we’re going to see that I refreshed over here … have a little bit more free space there and this is something too that I should probably point out, just for CCleaners, for applications, you can actually just uncheck it for any particular application. So let’s say I want to keep everything for Firefox, just do that, uncheck it all and you’ll be good to go there.

In the next video, we’re going to be covering start-up manager and uninstalling programs which is probably where you’re going to actually get the biggest boost. So be sure and click on the channel URL and take a look at the other videos and we’ll just walk you through several more ways of speeding up your computers.

Virtual Memory

Video Covering Virtual Memory – Part of our Fix Slow Computer tutorial found on  https://www.pctechguide.com/how-to-fix-your-slow-computer

Transcription From Video

Hi, this is Jacob with pctechguide.com. In this video series, we’re covering how to speed up your slow computer and this is the actual first hands-on video. The other video just explains several reasons of why your computer could be slow. And in this video, we’re going to help by addressing one particular issue and that is called “virtual memory”.

Now the amount of memory you have installed in your computer is going to be called RAM and that’s “Random Access Memory” and it’s that memory that actually holds your programs as they’re currently open. And depending upon how much memory you have there, that can severely slow your computer down.

So we’ll go ahead and take a look. So I’m going to hit the “Windows Start” button and we do have our video link and the channel. . .I’m sorry, our channel link, in the description below. And what that’s going to do is, it’s going to link to the actual YouTube channel for our Slow Computer Series and you can go through all these videos. And if you go through five or six of the videos, then definitely, you’re going to end up with a faster computer. You know, it’s just this one issue might not be your issue.

So I’m going to go ahead and right-click on “Computer”. I’m going to go to “Properties”. In here, we’re going to see that I have a Windows 7 computer here with an i7 processor, Intel, and 6 GB of RAM. If you need more memory, this part would cost you money, if you were actually to go out and purchase more memory for your system.

If you’re unsure, you can go ahead and look at the model number on your computer and go to the manufacturer’s website. Or you can type in any search engine “memory configurator” and punch in your model number. It’ll tell you how many slots your computer has for memory and how much memory it’s capable of holding, as well as recommending memory for you.

And you might be surprised at the low cost that, you know, I had 12 GB in here, but one of the sticks actually died on me, and I have a. . .mine’s in a channel segment. So basically, I had to remove three memory sticks, because they were not longer working. But still, even at 6 GB, my computer’s still going really, really good. So you know, it has to do with the processor, it has to do with memory, it has to do with accessing the hard drive, but in this particular thing, we’re going to look at another instance, besides just RAM, that’s the biggest tip I can give you. Because RAM’s super cheap out there nowadays and that is your virtual memory.

So I’m going to go under the “Advanced Systems Settings” right here and then we’re going to make sure we’re under the “Advanced” tab, then go over to “Settings”. And what we’re going to do is, we’re going to look at the virtual memory. I’m over here, I’m going to go to the “Advanced” tab one more time and under the “Advanced” tab, right here it says, “Top page file size for all drives: 6133 MB”. I’m going to go ahead and hit “Change”.

And if we look here, you’re going to see that I already did a custom size. So by default, yours is probably looking something like this. It’s going to be automatic. The “Currently allocated” will be whatever it is there, right? So it’ll be there and then, it’ll give the recommended amount. If you uncheck this, you can go ahead and put in the recommended amount as the minimum. So I’ll do 9199 as my initial size and then the maximum size, right here, you’re going to see the space available on your drive that you can actually put in. You can put in, pretty much, really that whole space. Now I wouldn’t do it all. I’d do maybe half. This is a smaller drive that I have on this UDrive. So just depending upon how much space I want to use for that. And by increasing the size, what it’s going to do is, is you’re going to be able to open up more programs and have more things in active memory.

And it’s just going to help, especially if you’re, let’s say, watching Netflix, right? And you’re watching Netflix in your web browser and the video keeps pausing on you kind of, but the audio you can still hear and then all of a sudden, it catches and it speeds up a little bit later. Well, that’s probably because you don’t have enough memory on your system to handle it or the computer’s really hot. So there could be multiple issues there going on, but often times, if you increase the virtual memory, you’re going to find that it’s going to give you a nice little boost to your computer.

So to figure it out, like I said, you can go ahead and go with the recommended amount. Or another tip that you can do here is, I’m going to bring up the system calculator real quick and I have 6 GB installed on my computer. I’m going to go 6 times and 1 GB is actually 1024, so, 6*1024, because that’s the blocks that we’re doing it, equals. . .This would be the minimum I would set it to is 6144. And let me go ahead and I’m going to times that by two. And so, I have 12,288. That’s what you’ll see, actually, I ended up putting as the max. And that is going to be under what the space available is here.

So that’s generally my rule of thumb, is just times it by two. So again, that’s going to be 1024 times the number represented by the installed RAM, so if it was two, you times it by two. If it was four, times it by four. In my case, I’m multiplying it by six. And I am simply doubling it again, so times two. And so, that’s the number that you can enter in there.

This should give you a nice boost. Now will it give everybody a boost? No. If this isn’t your issue, then you’re not going to get the system performance that you’re looking for. But in the following videos, one of them will probably be partially what’s happening to you and it all adds up. This might give you a 3% boost, but you might not notice, but doing it a few times and doing a few of the other tricks is definitely going to help you out.

Now once you do make that change, you do have to restart your computer. You’ll be prompted to restart it. Feel free and just say, “Hey, restart later,” and continue on with the videos in the link below in the description for the video channel. Because you’re going to want to go through multiple videos and really integrate more of the tips. They’re not hard to do and everything we show you is pretty much free.

Feel free to like, share, comment. It all helps to move this video up in the rankings and that’s what I’m looking for. Thanks, appreciate it.

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