What Bruce's automatic servicing does at night (Weekly)
On Windows computers
When I first work on a computer, I usually set up some maintenance to run automatically at night, usually at 2:00 am on Thursdays (ie. Wednesday night). Please leave the computer on overnight Wednesday nights so the scheduled maintenance tasks can run. Turn off the computer at night all other nights. The computer does not have to be connected to the Internet for this to run.
I repeat: Once set up, this will run automatically, with no input from me.
Aside: Click here to see What Bruce does during his "Regular Servicing".
If you are using the computer when it starts this automatic servicing, whatever you are doing will be disrupted. If 2:00 am is not a good time for this to run, then let me know, and I can change it to another time.
* Defragmentation & optimization is skipped for SSDs (Sold State Drives). SSDs should not be defragmented. A SSD is very different from a traditional "hard drive", and is very fast. A computer with an SSD does not run faster if the SSD is defragmented, and regular defragmentation significantly reduces the life span of the SSD.
- Stop many processes, programs, and aps. This makes sure the rest of the maintenance goes well. Some of the things that will get stopped are: web browsers, file sharing programs (like utorrent, frostwire, etc.), e-mail programs, Microsoft Office, printer programs, and many, many others.
- Windows Disk Cleanup. It cleans up: Temporary Setup Files, Downloaded Program Files, Temporary Internet Files, Debug Dump Files, Old Chkdsk files, Previous Windows installation(s), Recycle Bin, Service Pack Backup Files, Setup Log Files, System error memory dump files, System error minidump files, Temporary files, Temporary Windows installation files, Thumbnails, Windows Update Cleanup, Files discarded by Windows upgrade, Windows Error Reporting Files, Windows upgrade log files.
- Empty Temp Folders. It empties temporary file folders that I previously configured.
- CCleaner. It cleans up: Web browser temporary files & caches, Recycle Bin, Temporary Files, Clipboard, Memory Dumps, Chkdsk File Fragments, Windows Log Files, Windows Error Reporting, DNS Cache, Font Cache, Start Menu Shortcuts, Desktop Shortcuts, Old Prefetch data, IIS Log Files
- Disk Defragment & Optimize*. I use Auslogics Disk Defrag to defragment & optimize the hard drive.
- What is "defrag" or "defragmentation"? As files on the computer shrink, enlarge, and are deleted, files will not fit properly in the space on the hard drive they once fit in. So the file system breaks up files into smaller pieces and puts those pieces into different spots on the hard drive. Over time, often-used files will get "fragmented" into more and more pieces. While the file system is smart, and gives Windows all those pieces in the right order so the file can be used, this will slow down the computer if the hard drive is a traditional (not solid state), hard drive. "Defragmenting" the hard drive means to rearrange all those file pieces on the hard drive so then each file is in just one piece each. A computer that never gets a "defrag", gets slower and slower.
- What the "Optimization" does:
- Free space consolidation (puts all the files into big blocks on the hard drive, thus leaving unused space in bigger blocks.) This makes creation of new files go faster.
- System files smart placement. Moves often-used Windows files to the front of the hard drive, which works faster than other parts of the hard drive.
- Moves regular files from the MFT Reserved Zone to the rest of the disk space. This makes accessing the MFT (Master File Table), go faster.
- Schedule Windows Check Disk to run on your hard drives the next time the computer reboots. Check Disk checks the file system on the hard drive for errors, and fixes them.
- Reboots the computer so Check Disk will run.
In the morning, you should see your computer waiting for you to log into Windows. If that is not the case, then something went wrong, and I ask that you please tell me.
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