Does your computer seem sluggish? How long has it been since you did a disk cleanup?

As a best practice the IT team at CAL Business Solutions suggests that you run a disk cleanup at least once a month. This will delete temporary files, empty the Recycle Bin, and remove a variety of system files and other items that you no longer need. By reducing the number of unnecessary files on your hard disk to free up disk space, your computer can run faster. You will especially notice a different when searing for files.

Here are easy step by step instructions to run a disk cleanup:

Step 1: From Start menu/icon click Computer.

Step 2: Select your hard drive and right click. Select Properties.

Step 3: Select Disk Cleanup

Step 4: Go get a cup of coffee, or continue to work, while the system is scanned.


Step 5: When the results box pops up, select each check box. Of course you can review this list with your IT department, but we recommend that all are selected. Click OK.

Step 6: When asked “Do you want to delete these files”? Click Delete Files.

Continue to work, while the disk utility is running.

Step 7: Go back to the Disk Cleanup screen and click “Clean Up System Files”.

Step 8: Repeat Steps 4, 5 and 6. (Select all the files, click OK, Click Delete Files)

Step 9: Restart your machine and do these steps again just to be sure you got everything.

If you can set a reminder to this once a month you could greatly improve the speed of your computer.

Will this help your Dynamics GP system?

Anything done to keep your computer running bug-free is good for Dynamics GP. That includes disk cleaning, defragmentation and optimization. And of course being current on your Windows updates and anti-virus protection. These are all important and common IT practices that will ensure all programs, including Dynamics GP, run problem-free.

By Randy Reiss, Network Administrator, CAL Business Solutions,