How to safely clean your Windows XP

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to safely clean your Windows XP

Over time, files that are no longer needed accumulate on a Windows XP, taking up valuable space on your hard disk. Temporary files and backups are generated by applications and the operating system. These are not always removed when not in use. Windows updates can also take up a lot of space. Once these changes have already been installed, the source files can be safely deleted. Use the "Disk Cleanup" tool to find and delete system files so they can be safely removed.

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Steps to follow:

Click the Windows "Start" button and click "All Programs." Click "Accessories" then "System Tools" and then "Disk Cleanup" to open the tool. The hard drive is then checked for all the system files that can be deleted safely.


Select the types of files to be deleted from the list of found files and click the appropriate check boxes. The amount of space on your hard drive you free up by deleting the selected file is displayed next to the file description. To compress old files that have not been recently used, click the check box "Compress old files." This can save large amounts of space, but the files will take a bit longer to open because they must be decompressed before accessing.


Click "OK" to start to delete the selected files. "Yes" in the dialog box that appears to confirm you want to continue. This process takes about 30 seconds to a minute. The selected files are removed and the tool automatically closes. If you chose to compress old files, the process can take several minutes to complete.

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  • Emptying your history in any web browser will also create extra space.
  • After removing files that are no longer needed, run the "Disk Defragmenter", also located in the "System Tools" folder, to re-organise the files on the computer hard drive and to speed up access to the file.

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Very educating, one must not go to school for all these!

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