How can I most efficiently "spring clean" my laptop?
January 30, 2013 7:17 PM Subscribe
My computer is slowing down and I need to revive it!
posted by joyeuxamelie to computers & internet (13 answers total) 60 users marked this as a favorite
I have a laptop that is about 3 years old. It has decent specs (Lenovo g460, processor is an Intel i5, 2GB of RAM, Windows 7 Ultimate, 32bit) and has usually run Photoshop CS5 and some games without problems.
Lately however, I've noticed a lot of delays, increased loading times, random switching off when trying to wake it from sleep mode, etc. Some games that I had no problem running before no longer work. I'm guessing that it's time to do some intense spring cleaning on my system--delete old files (as a graphic designer and a grad student I have TONS of files), run a full anti-virus scan, update whatever needs updating, and so forth.
I'm pretty busy with coursework and my job and I need my computer very much for both, so I'd like to be able to do this as quickly and efficiently as possible--say if I set aside a day on the weekend. How can I accomplish this and what spring cleaning steps should I be sure not to skip? I don't have, like, IT level of expertise with computers, but I would consider myself pretty computer literate, so don't hesitate to suggest more advanced steps.
Also, I have a...problem with my file organization. My files are EVERYWHERE (very similar to the state of my irl files...) If anyone has good tips for how to keep files nice and orderly, please share!
One more thing: what are some good general maintenance habits I can adopt to keep my computer running smoothly longer?
Thank you in advance for your help!