My Process on Cleaning Windows Systems

When I get asked to “take a look at something”, in general I know what needs to be done.  The user hasn’t cleaned or maintained their PC.  So what do I do to clean and optimize?

  1. Install Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) or update paid subscription AV.  I will leave scanning for over night.
    1. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/security_essentials/default.aspx
  2. Install any/all Microsoft (Windows) Updates
    1. http://update.microsoft.com/
  3. Uninstall any old/no longer required programs
  4. Update Software
    1. Java http://www.java.com/en/
    2. Adobe Reader http://get.adobe.com/reader/
    3. Adobe Flash http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
    4. Firefox/Chrome
  5. Install/Run CCleaner to clean out any temporary files, or files no longer needed.
    1. http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download/standard
  6. Install Defraggler, run it on the primary drive or the worst fragmented.
    1. http://www.piriform.com/defraggler/download/standard
  7. Run WinDirStat to find the biggest files/folders in order to possibly delete them.
    1. http://sourceforge.net/projects/windirstat/files/windirstat/

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