Computer Maintenance for Vista
by Charlie Baerwald
This document describes maintenance procedures for Windows Vista.
Before performing these steps please close all programs, including Outlook
and Internet Explorer.
Click: Start » All Programs » Accessories »
You’ll be asked to choose which files to clean up – click: Files
all users on this computer.
Click Continue. The computer will search the hard drive
(for a couple
minutes sometimes) for files to be cleaned up then present disk cleanup
- You can check all boxes EXCEPT Office Setup Files
(these are needed for some Office Updates). Click OK.
- Click Delete Files
- Files will be deleted and the window will close.
- I would perform this task once a month or whenever you feel the
computer is not behaving.
CHECK FOR DISK ERRORS
Double click the desktop Computer icon.
Right click C: and choose Properties
Click the Tools tab
Under Error-checking click the Check Now button.
Click the Start button to “Automatically fix file system
errors”. If you have an older computer, or if you have the time
for a more thorough check (takes up to 40 minutes), click the second box.
- Click start. Choosing the
first option only takes about two minutes. The disk check occurs
the next time the computer reboots.
Click Schedule disk check
Click OK, and close the Computer window.
Restart the computer at your convenience.
The third procedure that will help speed up things on your computer is
to uninstall the Google and/or Yahoo toolbars. They embed themselves
in Internet Explorer and slow things down, send usage information to third
parties, and take up IE window real estate.
Whenever Adobe Reader, Java and many other programs install updates
they try to automatically install one or the other toolbar – if you don’t
uncheck the box to install, it gets installed automatically. Most
people don’t even notice that it’s there.
UNINSTALL 3RD. PARTY TOOLBARS
Close all open Internet Explorer windows.
Click Start, Control Panel.
Double click Programs and Features.
Look for Google and/or Yahoo Toolbar.
Right click and choose Uninstall.
Disk Defragmenter is now scheduled to occur automatically, at night,
if you leave the computer on. No other steps are necessary to defragment