Jan 16, 2011

Speed up Windows XP: Clean Up Disk Errors

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Whenever a program crashes or you experience some power outage, your computer may create errors on its hard disk. Over time, the errors can slow down your computer. Luckily, the Windows operating system includes a Disk Check program to check and clean any errors on your computer and to help it running smoothly.

For Windows XP Users:

1. In the Start menu, click My Computer.

2. In My Computer dialog box, right-click the drive you wish to check for errors (for most of us, this is the C: drive, unless you have multiple drives on your computer), and then click Properties.

3. In the Properties dialog box, click the Tools tab. In the Error-Checking section, click the Check now button. A Check Disk dialog box displays, as seen below.

4. In the Check Disk dialog box, select all the check boxes. Click Start.

Disk Check dialog box

5. You will see a message box that says you can schedule the disk check to start the next time you restart your computer. Click Yes. The next time you restart your computer, it will automatically run through a disk check before displaying your login screen. After the disk check finishes, Windows will automatically bring you to your login screen.

Note: Check Disk can take more than an hour to check and clean errors on your computer


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