Today we will review the built-in tools that are available for the system maintenance in Windows 7 and Windows 8. You can find plenty of free tools which perform system maintenance operations in Windows 7 / 8, but don’t under estimate the built-in Windows tools. Below we have covered few built-in system maintenance tools available in both Windows 7 and Windows 8.
The disk cleaner is a great windows tool which performs disk clean up operation. It basically finds and removes the temporary files, also empties the Recycle Bin, and detects and removes the files that are no longer needed. You can launch it from Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup. If you’re using Windows 8, go Start Screen, type disk cleanup and hit Enter.
Choose the disk on which you wish to perform the cleanup operation from the Drives
option and then click the OK
button to initiate the disk cleanup process.
The Disk Defragmenter was also available in the older versions of Microsoft Windows, but Windows 8 has enhanced it to a great extent. The most important feature of the Windows 7 / 8defragmenter is that it lets you safely terminate the defrag process at any time without any adverse effects and it can also defrag multiple volumes at the same time. Disk Defragmenter can be launched from Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter. You can find it in Windows 8 by initiating search from Start Screen.
Windows 7 Advanced Disk Defragmentation
Windows 7 lets you perform the defragmentation operation from the command line as well. This is called Advanced Windows 7 Disk Defragmentation and it was not available in the older versions of Windows. The command line disk defragmentation is performed with the help of the defrag command.
System Restore allows you to roll back(restore) system files, registry keys, installed programs, etc to a previous state in case of any disaster. Both Windows 7 and Windows 8 provide an enhanced and improved version of the System Restore feature.
Control Panel System Maintenance Tool
You can also perform many common system maintenance tasks from the Windows 7 Control Panel. Open the Control Panel and go to System and Security > Find and Fix Problem.
Now the Troubleshooting option will be displayed and you can troubleshoot any problem relevant to the system, network, internet etc.
Hopefully this article will provide some insight in to the built in tools for system maintenance in Windows 8 and Windows 7. Enjoy!