House keeping - Keep your Windows clean and tidy

After using Windows operating system for some times, you'll definitely install some third party programs such as multimedia software, database, office program, games and so on. You'll notice that Windows start menu has become crowded and unorganized. It takes longer to start a program (some people say it's heavy) and to boot the operating system.

Now it's time to do some house keeping for your Windows. In technical jargon, it's called preventive maintenance. Firstly, let's organize the start menu.

Right-click Start menu and choose 'Explore all users'.

explore all users

Double-click Programs folder in the Start Menu folder (directory).

Right-click and choose New folder.

Right click

Name it Adobe.

Create Adobe folder

Click any Adobe shortcut icon with mouse and press and hold keyboard Ctrl key.

Click all other Adobe shortcut icons, drag and place it on the Adobe folder that you created just now.

Drag icons into Adobe folder

Close pane. Let's check what we've done. Click Start menu and there we have Adobe menu and all adobe shortcut links in there.

All shortcut icons in their respective folder

That's it for the start menu.

Many users complaining that their Windows has become slower after some times. Normally, after using Windows for a while, users may have been installed new software, games, programs and removed some of them later on. This is somehow make Windows running slower than normal.

So, to make your Windows running better, you have to do the house keeping to make it clean and organized again. For this, we needs Windows Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter.

First, run Disk Cleanup:

Click start menu --> all Programs --> Accessories --> System Tools. Choose Disk Cleanup

After Disk Cleanup is finished, you can fragmenting all your drive with Disk Defragmenter:

Click start menu --> all Programs --> Accessories --> System Tools. Choose Disk Defragmenter.

One last tips to make your windows performs better is cleaning up registry and fragmenting registry.

When installing a new software, Windows create a registry for it. One registry for one software or program. Cleaning and fragmenting registry can greatly improve Windows performance. Windows provide a tool for registry which is Windows Registry Checker tool (Scanreg.exe).

However, if a user want a more user friendly registry maintenance software, they can always buy it from a third party company. Here's a good article links:

http://www.informationweek.com/langa-letter-testing-10-windows-registry-...

That's it for now.

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