Is your Windows Desktop dotted with files? Have you noticed that your fast computer has been running slower and slower? Do you see the hard drive light often flashing while you wait for the computer to respond to an action? To speed up your computer, clean your Windows Desktop.

How Many Files are on Your Desktop?

Each time Windows starts, operating memory is used for all files on the Desktop. If those files are Shortcuts, the total amount of memory used will be small. If however, there are several or dozens of files on the Desktop, those will use lots of operating memory, essentially for no purpose or gain.

With less memory available, the computer runs slower because it has to swap out information from operating memory to the hard drive. It does this process (called memory paging) to keep everything the user wants to do, running at the same time.

Clean Your Desktop

Put your files in the “My Documents” folder. If you have a lot of files, you can put them in separate folders. Create shortcuts on your Desktop for the folders or files you frequently use. In doing this, you will free up operating memory, reduce the time and frequency the hard drive is used and improve the response of your computer to programs you open and things you do. The simple action of cleaning the Desktop will make your computer run faster.

For more ways to optimize your Windows computer, also read Five ways to speed up your PC.

1 Comment

  1. Mike says:

    I have a lot on my desktop typically. That is why, I typically use my desktop as a staging ground for all of my files. However after watching my desktop icons bogging down my system every time. They are reloaded I decided to something about it. The first part of my plan was to install CleanDesk. The second part is to install Iconoid. Iconoid hides desktop icons when you don’t need them and see them when you do. Iconoid is a small program that helps reduce the clutter and confusion of the Windows(r) desktop. With Iconoid you can: Automatically hide and display desktop icons,remove the colored box behind icon text automatically set the colored box behind the text to an optimal color for your desktop picture and more…

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