Built-in Windows XP Cleaning Utilities
Bet you didn’t know that Windows XP can clean itself. Well, actually, you have to do the heavy lifting as in running the programs, but at least the cleaning programs are there for you to run. The following table lists the five most helpful cleaning utilities:
|Utility||What It Does||How to Use It|
|Disk Cleanup||Allows you to identify and remove the most common forms of
clutter on your hard drive.
|Choose Start→All Programs→Accessories→System
|Msconfig||Modifies how your system starts.||Choose Start→Run, type msconfig, and click OK.|
|Check Disk||Checks for hard-drive errors and corrects simple ones.||Display the My Computer window, right-click a drive, and choose
Properties; on the Tools tab, click Check Now.
|Defragmenter||Analyzes disk drives for fragmentation and removes it as much
|Display the My Computer window, right-click a drive, and choose
Properties; on the Tools tab, click Defragment Now.
|Registry Editor||Allows you to examine the contents of the Registry, back it up,
and make changes if necessary. Use with extreme
|Choose Start→Run, type regedit, and click OK.|