Free Up Space on Your Hard Disk

Manually Archive/Compress Old Files

I highly recommend using 7-Zip. Use the 7-Zip format (.7z) with the “Ultra” compression setting: it will take longer, but it will save more disk space.


CCleaner will ask if you want to back up changes to the Registry. I have not had any problems with the registry cleaner, but it’s always a good idea to keep a backup.

Disk Cleanup

To open, right click on a Hard Drive in My Computer and click Properties. The Disk Cleanup option will be on the General tab next to the Disk Usage pie chart.

Be careful when using Windows Disk Cleanup that you don’t delete important files like the Hibernation file or the Office Setup Files

Remove Malware and Spyware

There are many free programs available around the internet to help with this task, but I highly recommend Spybot - Search & Destroy

Run a full scan and clean any issues that the program finds. (This may take a while depending on your computer).

Defragment your Hard Drive

Use either the built-in Windows defragmenter (Right-click on a drive in My Computer, go to Properties, and click on the Defragment option in the Tools tab) or a third-party program like Defraggler.