|I'm always very hesitant about using "free" programs that clean up my computer. In my experience, most are more trouble that they're worth and installing one will just use up more hard drive space and reduce the amount you have free that much more.|
One thing you can do is open "My Computer" on your desktop. Once that's opened right click on the "Local Disk (C:)" and select "Properties" from the pulldown menu that comes up.
Click on the "Disk Cleanup" button on the "General" tab in the window that appears.
This will free up some space on your hard drive.
Also, if you have a bunch of older software installed that you're no longer using anymore, you could uninstall some of that to free up more hard drive space. Open your Control Panel (Start >> Settings >> Control Panel) and run the "Add/Remove software" applet in it.
Once it's loaded, it will show a list of installed software. If you see any programs or games in there that you loaded once upon a time but no longer use, use the "Add/Remve" tool to uninstall them. You might need to go delete the application folder on the hard drive in some cases.
If you do go that route, be careful. If you're not sure about whether or not to uninstall a program, don't. Do not try to uninstall any microsoft updates or service packs.
If you do uninstall some software and free up some space on your hard drive, run "defrag" on your drive afterwards. That can be found in the same location as the "Disk Cleanup" I pointed out above. Once you've opened the Local Disk properties, click on the "Tools" tab and run the "Defragmentation" tool.
When in doubt, talk to friends and family who know their way around computers that can maybe come over and help you out. I'm always willing to fix my mom and dad's computer in exchange for a home cooked meal.......LOL
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How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
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