Category: Windows Tutorials

How to use CHKDSK to help with computer maintenance

Troubleshooting computer problems can be a tedious task without the proper tools. Luckily, Microsoft includes multiple useful utilities to help with computer problems.

PC troubleshooting is a breeze when using the CHKDSK (check disk) utility in Windows. Troubleshooting disk errors can be done in the command prompt, however a much more user-friendly option is available. Use CHKDSK to review damaged files, disk errors, and much more.

Ensure that you backup your important files and documents before beginning any PC troubleshooting. After saving important files and documents the next safety step to take is to make sure your computer will have …

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How to Detect and Repair Disk Errors on your Windows PC

While many Windows users have only heard of the Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter tools to optimize computer performance, there is still yet another tool built-in to the Windows operating system that you can use.

Microsoft’s Error Checking utility checks the integrity of the files stored on your hard drive and will attempt to automatically fix file system errors and recover bad drive sectors.

To explain, as you use your computer and hard drive, over time the drive can develop bad sectors (a section of the drive that can no longer be successfully accessed by Windows, usually due to permanent …

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How to use ReadyBoost in Windows 7 to speed up your PC

If you are running Windows 7 on your PC, and you have an unused USB flash drive, then you can use ReadyBoost to speed up your system.  Using a fairly new concept, ReadyBoost, allows you to use flash memory—like a USB flash drive or a memory card—to virtually add system memory and improve performance without having to physically open your computer to add standard memory modules.

Check out this short video from Mike Agerbo of GetConnectedTV to get a better understanding of how ReadyBoost works in Windows 7.

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to turn ReadyBoost on or off …

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How to free up disk space with Disk Cleanup in Windows 7

The Disk Cleanup tool helps you to free up space on your hard disk to improve the performance of your computer. The tool identifies files that you can safely delete and then enables you to choose whether you want to delete some or all of the identified files.

Among the tasks the Disk Cleanup tool can provide are removing temporary files, emptying the recycle bin,  and deleting installed programs and downloaded files that you no longer use.

For example, each time you visit a web page your browser stores temporary internet files related to that page in order to access …

How to Use Disk Defragmenter in Windows 7 to Speed Up Your PC

When the data that is stored on your computer hard drive becomes fragmented, it slows the overall performance of your computer system. This is because when files are fragmented, the computer must search the hard disk as a file is opened (to piece it back together), which can result in significantly longer load and response times.

The Disk Defragmenter utility built into Windows 7 is designed to consolidate fragmented files and folders on your computer’s hard disk so that each occupies a single space on the disk. Having your files stored neatly end to end in this manner greatly increases …

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