Here are nine things that you can (and should do), regularly, to maintain your computer's health. Put it on your calendar now. Print this page. In the long run it will save you hours of time and aggravation.
1. Clean your temp
files & folders.
your c:\windows\temp file in your Explorer and delete everything
older than a couple of days.
Tip: click on the date column and it
will sort the files by the date they were last used. Highlight
all the old files and Delete.
If you also have a c:\temp file
repeat the same steps as in 1.
Also search in each of your drives for all *.tmp
files dated earlier than today and delete them.
Look for all files beginning with a tilde (~) and
older than today and delete them. These are the working files that
were left on your system during crashes.
2. Empty the Recycle Bin.
3. Run ScanDisk. From time to
time when your computer crashes (and we all know they do), it
can leave a corrupted file in your system that will bog things
down or make a "right proper" mess of things. Cleaning
up your system regularly (especially right after it crashes)
will save you many future headaches.