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Original Air Date: Jan 24, 2017



Computer Shutdown Tip


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A common pet peeve with our computers is when it takes forever to shut down, right?

Well, you may have the temptation to tap the power button to force a shutdown but it turns out to be a really bad idea.

Your computer generates lots of temp files as a normal course of business that generally get tagged for deletion when you go to shutdown your computer.

Windows in particular has an elaborate housekeeping procedure that it executes whenever you shutdown, which you can watch happening through the flashing hard drive indicator light on your system.

When you don’t allow this to be completed, you’re filling up your hard disc with unnecessary junk files.

Remember, a computer that gets low on hard disc space will be impacted by slower performance.

If you know that you’re guilty of doing this in the past, you can use the built-in Disk Cleanup utility to track down the errant files and delete them to free up that valuable space.

When it comes to shutting down your computer, patience is not only a virtue, but a benefit.

By the way, Mac users should also do the same to help keep things running smoothly too!