The Ultimate App? CCleaner for Windows

June 8, 2011, By Christian Cawley

Many tools claim to be able to speed up Windows, repair problems with the registry, discard cookies and other temporary files and generally clean up your PC, but few do it with the style, efficiency and gusto of CCleaner, a free application that no Windows 7 user should be without.

Often these types of tool come with a fee attached, or are incorporated within an Internet security suite, but with CCleaner you can avoid both a fee and downloading software that you don’t need in favour of fast and efficient cleaning up of your computer’s clutter. The results of using this application really are impressive, and as you will see below CCleaner is also extremely easy to use.

You might have already tried CCleaner following a recommendation in our previous tutorial on speeding up Windows 7; if not, you can download your copy from www.piriform.com/ccleaner.

How to service Windows 7 with CCleaner

Clean Your PC with CCleaner

The first thing you should do after launching CCleaner is to use the Cleaner tab to analyze and tidy your PC.

There are two tabs, Windows and Applications; the first focuses on all Windows system apps including Internet Explorer, whereas any other software or browsers that you might can be found on the second tab.

Before cleaning, however, you should use the Analyze button to check the state of the various caches, temporary files, memory dumps and more. This will take a few moments to complete, but once it does CCleaner will present you with the current state of play on your Windows computer, and by clicking Run Cleaner you can tidy things up. If you spot entries in the analysis results that you don’t want to discard, simply run the analysis again after deselecting the appropriate items on the Windows or Applications tabs.

Fix Your Windows Registry with CCleaner!

In addition, CCleaner includes a useful Windows 7 registry cleaner, which can be used to sort out lags and other issues in Windows. While clearing up caches and other temporary data will speed up your hard disk drive, repairing issues in the registry can resolve issues with Windows as a whole, and this tool is accessible via the Registry tab.

With the registry cleaner you can check for missing DLLs, fonts, obsolete software, unassigned file extensions and much more, and using the Scan for Issues button you can paint a picture of exactly what needs resolving.

After a scan has completed you can check through the results to see what needs fixing, and deselect any that you would rather leave alone before clicking Fix selected issues…. CCleaner will ask you if would like to back-up the registry before proceeding, and it is always a good practice to agree to this.

As you can see, this is a great piece of software and a must-have utility that no Windows 7 user should be without!

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