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University of Missouri-Columbia   Extension Technology and Computer Services—ETCS

 
November 1999
  Vol. 16, No. 9



A Technology Newsletter for Extension Specialists

 

 

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Computer House Cleaning
by Joe K. Lear

Just like your home your computer needs cleaning and rearranging on a regular basis. You should plan on doing this once per week. Performing the weekly cleanup procedure that follows will help to keep your computer running as efficiently as possible.

Deleting Temporary Files

Temporary files must be deleted from two locations on your hard drive.

  1. First Close all active programs
  2. Open Windows Explorer
  3. Find the Temp Folder under the C: drive on the left hand side of the Screen. Click once to open the folder.
  4. Hold down the CTRL key and Press A to select all the files and folders.
  5. Hold Down the SHIFT Key and Press Delete. Click Yes to Confirm the File Deletion
  6. If you are asked, answer Yes to All to remove files with the *.exe extension or files that are read-only.
  7. Click the "+" next to the Windows folder on the left side of Explorer
  8. Scroll down until you find the folder Temp and Click Once to Open.
  9. Hold down the CTRL key and Press A to select all the files and folders
  10. Hold down the CTRL and Click once on the folder Vbe to deselect it.
  11. Repeat Steps 5 & 6.

Delete Browser Cache Files

For Netscape Navigator 4.51 and up:

  1. Start Netscape Navigator (Icon may say Netscape Communicator)
  2. Click Edit on the Menu Bar and Click on Preferences.
  3. Click the "+" next to Advanced, then Click Cache. Click the Clear Disk Cache Button. Click OK.
  4. Click the word Navigator on the left side of the dialog box. Click the Clear History Button.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Exit Navigator

 For Older version of Netscape (3.0 and Older):

  1. Start Navigator.
  2. Click on Options on the Menu Bar. Click Network Preferences.
  3. Click the Cache Tab, and then click the Clear Disk Cache Button.
  4. Click OK to Confirm Removal and then Click OK to Close Dialog Box.
  5. Exit Navigator.

For Internet Explorer

  1. Start Internet Explorer.
  2. Click View on the Menu Bar then Click Internet Options. For IE 5.0, this option is located under the Tools Menu.
  3. Under the General Tab, Click the Delete Files Button. Click OK.
  4. Click the Clear History Button. Click OK.
  5. Exit Internet Explorer

Empty the Recycle Bin

Right Click on the Recycle Bin on the Desktop, and Click on Empty Recycle Bin. Click Yes at the Confirm File Delete.

Run Scan Disk and Defrag

  1. Click on the ScanDisk icon on your Windows Desktop or Click the Start Button, Go to Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and Click on ScanDisk.
  2. Click Start. The Dialog will have an indicator bar that will indicate progress.
  3. If you receive a message that ScanDisk has Restarted 10 times. Click No to discontinue the warnings, then Right Click on the V-shield icon next to the clock on the task bar and Click Exit.
  4. If you receive a message, that ScanDisk has found lost file fragments. Click discard file fragments and click Ok. Other messages that you receive, you can click repair the error or call ETCS for assistance.
  5. When ScanDisk is finished, click Close.
  6. Run Disk Defragmenter by clicking on the icon on your desktop or Click the Start Button, Go to Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and Click on Disk Defragmenter.
  7. A dialog box will appear and allow you to choose the drive to be defragmented. Choose C: (default) or All hard drives (if you have multiple hard drives).
  8. A dialog box will appear stating the percent a hard drive is fragmented. No matter what this says, Click Start.
  9. When Disk Defragmenter has completed, Click Yes to Close the Program.
  10. Restart your computer to restart the V-shield.

Performing these small tasks, which will take about 15-30 minutes of your time per week, will help to keep your computer running at its best.

 

 

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