How to Make My Computer Like New

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In order to make a computer like new, start by cleaning up the desktop by creating a folder to store desktop shortcuts. Empty a computer's recycling bin after deleting files with help from a Web designer in this free video on computer tips.

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Hi, I'm Noah and today we're going to make your computer like new. After using your computer for a while, especially after one or two years, you'll notice that it starts getting slower and slower, and that it doesn't look nearly as nice as it did the day you got it out of the box. So basically, there are a few things you can do from just cleaning up your desktop to removing old programs that will make your computer faster, and make it look nicer. To make your computer like new, you can start by cleaning up your desktop. A good way to do this is by creating a new folder to store your desktop shortcuts which you don't use very often. So to do this, simply right click anywhere on your desktop, and then select new and folder. Then you can name this folder something like "Desktop Shortcuts". Now once you have your folder, all you'll need to do is simply select all the shortcuts which you don't plan to be using very often, so in this case, let's take all these and simply drag them into the folder. There you go. Your desktop is already looking better. Another thing you can do is empty your recycle bin because as time goes by, and you delete lots of files, you may have forgotten to do this, resulting in the fact that all these files that you deleted are actually still on your computer taking up your hard drive space. So to empty your recycle bin, first make sure there's nothing valuable which you've deleted by accident and want to keep inside, by double-clicking it to open. Here for example, we just have a bunch of shortcuts. So we can feel comfortable deleting all those. So once we want to delete them, all we have to do is right-click on the recycle bin icon and then select "Empty Recycle Bin." Then we'll be asked to confirm, and just by clicking yes, we'll have emptied it. Now finally, another thing you can do which is more significant than the first two steps is go to your control panel, and remove programs which you aren't using anymore. To do this, just go to your start menu, and then select your control panel. Once it opens, select add or remove programs, which would have a an image of a disc box and it's CD. Once you double-click on it, a list of all your programs will load, which might take a while, depending on how many you have and how fast your computer is. Once the list is loaded, you can simply scroll down and take a careful look at all the programs until you find something which you're sure you're not using anymore. Once you've found the program, which you wish to delete, simply click on it, and then click on the "Change/Remove" icon. You'll then be prompted to make sure you want to uninstall the program, for which you can just confirm that your choice by clicking the "Uninstall" icon on the bottom right. Another thing you can do is download a free system optimization program on the Internet. For example, you can try CCleaner, which you'll find at www.ccleaner.com. Here on the website, you'll be able to download it absolutely for free, and if you wish, you can make a donation, but it's by no means, an obligation. So to download it, just click on the "Download CCLeaner now..." link on the homepage. Finally, if you want to clear up some space on your hard drive, you can transfer a lot of your big files like music and movies onto an external hard drive and erase the copy that you previously had on your hard drive from your from your actual computer. So by doing this, you'll still be able to keep the movies and music, or whatever other files on your external hard drive, but you'll free up the space on your computer so that you'll be able to download new things or put new files onto it, and it will also maybe increase your performance a bit. Finally, if despite all these measures, you're still not happy with the result, you can use the recovery disk that your came with your computer, or that you were asked to copy when you first turned your computer on. This is increasingly a solution that's used by new computer manufacturers meaning that the first time you turn your computer on, you'll be asked to make your own copy of the recovery disk. So anyhow, whichever was the correct one for you, you can use your recovery disk when you boot your computer to completely make your computer like the first day you had it. However, it will erase all your files because it will be formatting your drive. So make sure you back up anything you want to save. The good thing is though, that it will really be exactly the same way it was the day you took it out of the box, except if you've caused physical damage to it, of course.

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