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Tech Tips for Non-Tech People!

Data Doctors Tech Tips | Ken Colburn & Brandon Disney
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Original Air Date: Nov 9, 2021

Shutdown Properly

When it comes to our computers, it’s easy to get impatient when it isn’t doing what we want it to do quickly, which can tempt some users to simply hit the power button to turn everything off.

If this is something you’ve done or are still doing, you should know about the residual issues that can become a problem as a result.

The standard operation for a computer includes the creation of lots of temporary files that are supposed to be thrown out when you decide to shut down or restart your device.

This removal of temporary files will be interrupted when you prematurely shut the computer down, which leads to junk files building up on your storage drive.

If done enough, it can lead to a shortage of necessary space on the hard drive for proper operations.

If you know you’ve done this in the past, it would be a good idea to track down the junk files and get rid of them via the Windows Disk Cleanup tool.

Both Windows and Mac computers have the same housekeeping process during shutdown, so do your best to always let the computer turn off by itself when you start the shutdown process.