Tips for Cleaning Your Computer

Computers and laptops are a way of life around the globe. The thing is, not a lot of people know how to maintain their PC hardware and software. For everyone looking for simple guides and recommendations to help clean out your device, this article is for you.

Disclaimer: The software tips are specifically made for the Windows operating system only.

Accumulated Gunk?

Crumbs, dust, or other small debris will eventually clump up inside the vents, fans, and keyboard of your computer/laptop. A common mistake that most people make is vacuuming the ventilation shafts or their keyboards. DON’T do this! It will create static electricity inside your computer, causing sensitive components to break. Instead, use canned air. Yeah, I didn’t know canned air existed either. Basically it funnels and shoots out controlled air blasts that don’t damage your computer. They get rid of almost all the gunk trapped inside all the tough spots like the crevasses between your keys or in USB ports.

Computer Glitching?

Most PCs need to have their drivers updated. Drivers are basically a bunch of files that command your hardware to function properly. If you don’t upgrade these every once in a while, you may experience audio or visual glitches in your PC. There is an easy fix for this!

Navigate to the Device Manager application on your PC. You can find it by searching “Device Manager” in the search bar. When it pops up, it’ll look super complicated, but trust me, it’s really simple. Click on any of the tabs you see, like “Computer”, “Disk drives”, “Audio inputs and outputs”, and “Batteries” and click on any of the different drivers that pop up. Click on the driver you wish to upgrade and select the tab “Driver”. Scroll down and you’ll see the “Update Driver” button. It’ll open up a new tab, asking you how to search for your drivers. Click “Search automatically for drivers”. Let the computer do its thing, and boom! That driver’s good to go!

Need To Free Up Space?

Your disk is an important asset on any computer. If you find yourself needing more space, you may want to try cleaning out your disk. Search for “Disk Cleanup” on the search bar and click on the application. You can select any of the files, such as thumbnails, cache in your recycle bin, or temporary files, and clean them out. If unchecked, they can eat up GBs worth of space!

Getting A Lot of Lag?

Lag sucks. Unwarranted lag may be due to drainage on your CPU, Memory, Network or Disk. To clear these out, navigate to the Task Manager application. ALL of your programs (like browsers such as Chrome or Firefox, clients like Steam or Discord, etc.) will be listed and will show how much they eat up space on each category. They’re all sorted by color intensity, making it really easy to differentiate. Right click on a program that may be eating too much space and click “End Task” to wipe out its memory. You will need to relogin and re-enter all your tabs. This will NOT delete them.

Let me know if you’d like more helpful guides like these to help you properly manage your devices!


By Ezan Charo, Junior, ChiArts

Twitter: @digitalwarlock8

Written by Ezan Charo

Your friendly neighborhood Asian-African nerd! Avid Tetris player, Dungeon Master, and creative writer.

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