Clean & Restore a Computer

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Cleaning and restoring a computer requires simply running a free download called CleanUp to delete unnecessary temporary files before running the System Restore found under the "System Tools" menu. Clean up and restore a computer for more efficient use with IT help from a software developer in this free video on computers.

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Hi, my name is Dave Andrews. Today I'm going to show you how to clean and restore a computer. Let's go to our desktop. And we're going to run a program called Clean Up. Let's click on your Start button, and go to Internet Explore. And on Google, let's just do a search for Clean Up.exe Clean Up is a free program that will scan your computer for temporary files, and anything that it finds that is not necessary, and it will delete it. It stays clear of your Documents folder, so you don't have to worry about that. It'll just clear out temporary files, and Cash files. So, I'm going to click here. And basically on the first site that comes up, you have the option to download at cleanup.exe. At it's this little hand holding a napkin that looks like it's cleaning up a desk or something. I've already got it on my desktop, and we're going to run this cleanup program. Basically this program is going to perform a standard cleanup, which means it'll delete temporary files in our Internet Explore files. So I'm just going to click 'cleanup', and it'll play a nice little sound for ya. (Flushing sound) But as you can see, it's scanning through my temporary Internet files, and any other temp files that it comes across, and it's clearing those out. Now I'm going to show you also how to restore your computer to an earlier date. Let's click on the Start button. Go to All Programs. And let's find Accessories and then go down to System Tools. And we want to run the System Restore. Now what the System Restore Program does, is it will take all of your registry settings and, basically, your computer settings, and it will allow you to restore them to an earlier time, where it set what is called a restore point. This program could take a little bit of time to come up. As you can see, this program is launched, and it wants to restore system files and settings. And I should mention that this won't...this won't restore any of your documents from your My Documents folder, or anything like that, it'll just restore the Window's System Files. It comes up with a recommended restore point, and it gives you a little description of it. As you can see, this restore point was set when I installed the Open Office.org. So I'm just going to go with the recommended date. And, then it wants you to confirm. And if you click Restore, down at the very bottom, it will go through the restore process. My name's Dave Andrews, and I've just showed you how to clean up and restore a computer.

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