How to keep a new computer from getting bogged down over time
October 12, 2012 7:11 PM Subscribe
How can I set up a Windows 7 PC to be clean and stay clean? I don't want file bits and temporary files to clog it up, I don't want a million image files the size of a dot. I don't want this computer to run like molasses after a few years of web browsing and use. What is the best way to do that?
posted by cashman to computers & internet (20 answers total) 57 users marked this as a favorite
Should I get an external hard drive and make sure to run everything off that? I can obviously set the browser to delete all files when I close it, but are there other files that get stored that are problematic? What bloatware should be instantly taken off?
I also thought I remembered there being a file on a computer that just logs everything over time, and it gets bigger, and bigger, and bigger.
What are the best ways to keep a computer running fast, and keep it from accumulating files and bits and pieces of files, and other things that are useless on a day to day basis?
My aim is to mostly browse, and I am installing as few programs as possible (antivirus, itunes, printer, office software, and maybe one or two others).