Windows 10: Best Practices for Regular PC Maintenance Solved

  1.    14 May 2018 #1

    Best Practices for Regular PC Maintenance


    I'm surprised there's not a sticky for this, but can anyone recommend any software or a checklist to clean up junk on a PC on a regular basis besides cookies and cache? I'm referring to things like registry and defrag. I also feel like there's space and/or resources being used in the nooks and crannies of my machine unbeknownst to me that I can take care of.
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  2. Posts : 8,143
    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       14 May 2018 #2

    By default an automatic weekly defrag is part of the scheduled maintenance and takes place without you having to do anything.

    I regularly use Disk Clean-up and its 'clean up system files' option. This can free up a lot of space used by update backups.

    Registry cleaners should be avoided at all costs, they can often cause more problems than they 'cure'. In fact, registry cleaning is unnecessary and provides little if any benefit.
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  3.    15 May 2018 #3

    1. Review your installed programs and uninstall those you don't need.
    2. Use Autoruns to disable unwanted startup programs / Tasks / Services. This doesn't free space but makes the PC more responsive and indicates stuff you may want to uninstall.
    3. Disk Cleanup after monthly updates
    4. Use CCleaner to remove unwanted restore points
    5. Clean up files with Wise Disk Cleaner - use with care
    6. Clean up orphaned update files with Patch Cleaner - backup the orphaned files
    7. Delete old driver files using Drive Store Explorer - use with care
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    Win10 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Win10 Pro Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       15 May 2018 #4

    Best Practices for Regular PC Maintenance


    Let Windows take care of Windows
    Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Security and Maintenance

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  5. Posts : 386
    Windows 10 Home April 2018 Update 64-bit
       15 May 2018 #5

    I agree. Let Windows do whatever it needs to do. A security scan and maintenance for disk drives will be performed regurarly and automatically. There's really no need to run a bunch of other stuff to make it more clean or better.
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  6.    15 May 2018 #6

    Not necessary but once a week I do the following:

    Check apps for updates. Quick look on Ninite, bookmarked update pages, MS Store or within app itself makes this simple.
    Run Disk Clean-Up
    Run Defrag & Optimize Drives though I now leave the SSD to maintain itself here.
    Run Quick Scan with Defender and Malwarebytes
    Run Macrium Reflect, create full or differential image.
    Run a Robocopy bat file to backup certain folders and files to external drives

    I'd also stay clear of registry cleaners.
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  7.    15 May 2018 #7

    Thank you guys! :)
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