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Original Air Date: Nov 21, 2016

Computer Shutdown Mistake

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Don’t you hate when your computer takes what seems like forever to shut down?

While you may be tempted to force it to shutdown by hitting the power button, it’s understandable but a really bad idea.

Your computer generates a lot of temporary files through its normal operation which are tagged for deletion when you shut your computer down.

Windows computers have an especially extensive housekeeping procedure that it needs to perform whenever you shut them down, which is reflected by the flashing hard drive light on your computer.

When you don’t allow this process to finish, you can fill your hard drive with junk files.

When your computer starts to get low on hard drive space, it will dramatically impact your performance.

So, if you’re guilty of impatience and have done shut your system down before it could finish, you can track down the unnecessary files and clear them out with the built in Disk Cleanup utility.

This is one of those many times that patience is both a virtue and a benefit.

By the way, if you’re a Mac user, you should heed this same advice to keep things running smooth.