Regular maintenance is important to ensuring that your computer continues to run smoothly. Unfortunately, many people forget to or simply choose not to run maintenance tasks — even though you can schedule most to run automatically.

Part of your regular computer maintenance routine should include deleting files you no longer need. By running the Disk Cleanup utility in Windows 7, you can get rid of those old files on your computer to free up hard disk space. Furthermore, by scheduling Disk Cleanup to run regularly, you can save yourself the trouble of having to remember to run it.

To schedule Disk Cleanup in Windows 7:

  1. Click Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and click Task Scheduler.?
  2. Click Create Basic Task.
  3. Type a name for the task and an optional description.
  4. Click Next.
  5. To select a schedule based on the calendar, click Daily, Weekly, Monthly, or One time.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Select the date and time for which you want the task to run. Click Next.
  8. Click Start a program and click Next.
  9. Click Browse.
  10. Type cleanmgr.exe in the File name box and click Open.
  11. Click Next.
  12. Click Finish.