I recently had the opportunity to ask questions of a PC Expert and find out their take on making sure our PC’s are productive. I am always worried about my computer’s productivity. Here are the questions that I asked and their answers. What questions do you have about PC Productivity?
1. What is the most frequent issue people have with their PC Productivity?
Most people face productivity problems related to clutter accumulating on their PCs, so I recommend tackling this step-by-step. First, avoid saving files anywhere on your desktop, but instead maintain a folder structure that works for you. For instance, use Windows’ built-in folders, such as “Documents,” “Photos” and “Music,” creating subfolders within these for file storage. By organizing the information on your computer better, you should be able to delete what you no longer need, helping to keep your PC running smoothly.
But that’s not all – much of the junk that accumulates on PCs and slows them down is unknown to the average user. In a recent TuneUp experiment, we looked at 16 PCs that ran the gamut from relatively new to well-worn and found, in total, 126 gigabytes (GBs) of junk on these PCs! Of this junk, 65% was made up of temporary files, mostly created by third party programs. That’s not all, we also found:
- 30,000 megabytes (MBs) of useless, old Windows restore points and update backups;
- 96 MBs of outdated system protocols;
- 4,500 of stored webpages;
- 4,000 error reports.
In total, we found 103,000 worthless files on all 16 PCs. This averages out to more than 6,400 worthless files cluttering the typical PC. To learn more about this experiment and some tips to get rid of this, often hidden, clutter, check-out the TuneUp blog
2. What are your best tips for maintaining your PC?
To have a fast PC, it’s important to comb through your list of installed programs and delete – or at least turn-off – what you don’t need. I’ve explained how to do this on the TuneUp Blog . I’d like to stress, the more programs that are installed on your PC, the slower it eventually gets as these programs always run in the background of your computer – even if you’re not using them.
To remedy this, we at TuneUp developed a little helper called “TuneUp Program Deactivator” that completely turns off programs that aren’t being used, without deleting or changing the programs at all. In short, it’s like having a brand new PC, even though you’ve got 100, 150 or 200 programs installed.
3. How do you know what you can and can’t remove from your PC to help increase productivity?
Good question. First of all, run the program and see if you even use it. If you rarely or never use it, consider uninstalling it. If you don’t know what the name stands for, try using a search engine or – even easier – use our own tools such as TuneUp Program Deactivator, TuneUp Startup Manager or TuneUp Uninstall Manager to figure this out.
4. If you could offer 1 piece of advice to readers on maintaining their PC what would it be?
Try using a 1-Click-Maintenance tool, such as TuneUp Utilities 2012, which automatically runs in the background and cleans out your PC for you. With this maintenance tool, PC users can clean and defrag their registries – making their entire PCs run much more quickly. They can also remove broken shortcuts and delete temporary files. Another useful feature of this is, optimizing your computer’s startup and shut down time, so you can have the fastest speeds possible when booting up and closing down.
5. What tips would you suggest for readers going forward on keeping their PC’s productive?
There are many ways to keep a PC productive, so don’t get overwhelmed. The first, and perhaps the critical step, is simply running a software maintenance tool like TuneUp Utilities 2012, which has extensive and thorough cleaning features. Some other great tips are: clear out long-forgotten applications to decrease clutter, clean up dead shortcuts and invalid history entries, get rid of unwanted tool bars; and Windows features you’ll never use anyway. Again, for more information on how to do this, I’d recommend checking out the TuneUp Blog.