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Here are the 5 steps to optimize your PC without spending anything.

If your computer is worth it, nothing like it, to reinvigorate it, that a good cleaning of spring. In this tutorial, we will show you the different ways to free up storage space on your PC.

Before you start, know that there is a very good software that can automatically do most of the steps described below. It's CCleaner, it's free and easy to use.

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Note that from January 14, 2020, Windows 7 will no longer benefit from updates or patches, we advise you to upgrade to later versions of Windows.

Delete duplicates and other unnecessary files

The more age a computer takes, the more files it accumulates.

Over time, these hamper the performance of your PC as it has to dig deeper and deeper to find the programs and folders you need.

Erasing junk files from your computer is a must to make your device faster.

To do this, you can either use a third-party application like Easy Duplicate Finder, or use Disk Cleanup, a utility prinstall on all Windows.

Disk Cleanup will let you know which files you should be able to delete without regret and the space it will free up on your hard drive.

Remove unnecessary programs

Continue on the same run, this time tackling unnecessary and unnecessary programs.

Windows has its own tool for uninstalling programs. To display it, simply do a search in your Start menu (tap Add or remove a program) Or go to your Application Settings and functionality.

Browse the list of programs and find the ones you don't use. To delete them, press their icon then press Uninstall.

You can also use an application like Revo Uninstaller Pro to make sure that all traces of these programs have been removed.

Take a look at our comparison of the best PC cleaning software (free and paid).

Defragment the hard drive

Now that your computer is free of everything that was unnecessary, you can compact the data that remains on the hard drive, this will allow you to access it faster.

To do this, just start defragmenting your disk.

On Windows 7, click on the menu Dmarrer, then on All the programs Accessories System Tools and finally Disk defragmentation.

On Windows 8 and 10, defragmentation is supposed to happen automatically every week.

To verify that this is the case, you can type Defragment and optimize readers in the search bar of the Start menu.

The window that opens then displays the different hard drives on your computer. If you see that one of them is fragment 10% or more, you can click on it then on Analyze. Confirm your choice.

Deactivate programs at startup

If your computer is slow to start, it is probably because it is loading too many programs simultaneously.

On Windows 7, type msconfig in the search bar of the Start menu. In the window that opens, click on tab Booting then deselect the programs that you do not want to launch when you launch your PC.

On Windows 10, and 8 type Task manager in the search bar of the Start menu and click on More details.

Go to the tab Booting, select a program you want to deactivate then click on disable.

For more details, see our detailed tutorial.

Organize the Office

Now that your computer is "cleaned", all you have to do is organize it.

Your Office should display only a few essential and appropriately named files.

To create a folder, right-click anywhere on your desktop, then select New Folder. from the same menu (right click), you can organize your icons, choose their size, their alignment on the desktop …

The other files can simply be stored in the Documents folder on your PC. To access it, click on File explorer in your task bar, then on Documents in the left menu.

Again, you can create folders, subfolders and so on, by simply right-clicking and then New Folder.

Windows has a very efficient system finder. So, when you cannot locate a document, you just have to type its name in the search bar of the Start menu (do not forget to name all your files correctly).

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