Strategy #1 Remove Unneeded Files
When you log on to the Internet or use your computer, temporary files are created. After they are created they don’t disappear on their own. Consequently, they accumulate over time until they are cluttering up your computers file system and affecting its performance.
Strategy #2: Remove Unneeded Programs
You probably downloaded and tried out many different programs every now and then. How many of them do you actually end up using on a regular basis? Chances are, not very many of them. By getting into the habit of un-installing unused and unneeded programs, you can keep your computers file system a lot less cluttered. In turn, your PC’s performance will improve dramatically. Use your computer's Add/Remove Programs feature, you should be able to find it in the Control Panel.
Strategy #3: Perform a Disk Defragment
Windows splits files up on the hard drive, depositing them into whatever spaces are available. The more spaced apart the pieces of a file are, the harder your computer has to work to make them run. The Windows disk defragmentation utility works to piece all of those files back together again. The process is a long one and only needs to be done a few times per year. Set it up to run automatically once every three or four months. This process should not be done on a SSD drive! Unless your computer is quite new, chances are you don't have this type of drive. Call me if you need help. 256-539-1084.
I cannot stress enough, you need to backup your files and create a system image. Both are priceless! Let me first begin by giving an explanation of each.
A backup is a copy of all your files and folders. A system image is the whole machine including all files and folders. It is important to think of a system image as a way of putting your personal preferences back the way they were. A system image will even place the Icons where they were originally. In my opinion it is the single most important thing a user can do to protect themselves.