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Recommended Computer Maintenance

Basic computer maintenance can help your computer and the programs on your computer, including ACI, function better. The following instructions are for Windows 10 and Higher.

Run Disk Cleanup

Disk Cleanup helps remove unnecessary files, like temporary files, from your computer. Use this tool often to keep your computer clean. To run disk cleanup on Windows 10 and Windows 11, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Start menu and type Disk Cleanup into the search bar.
  2. Click on the Disk Cleanup utility from the search results to open it.
  3. When prompted, select the drive you want to clean up (commonly the C: drive) and hit OK.
  4. Disk Cleanup will calculate how much space you can free up. Once the scan is complete, you’ll see a list of file types to clean up.
  5. Check the boxes next to the file types you want to remove. If you wish to clean system files, such as Windows update logs, click Clean up system files. This requires admin permissions.
  6. After selecting which files to delete, press OK.
  7. Confirm your decision by clicking Delete Files in the confirmation dialogue box.
  8. The cleanup process will start. Once it finishes, you’ll regain space on your hard drive.


Check for Microsoft Windows Updates

Microsoft provides software and security patches to authorized Windows users through the Microsoft Windows Update utility. Verify that your operating system’s patches are current.

  1. Open the Start menu by clicking on the Windows icon in the bottom-left corner of your screen.
  2. Type Settings into the search bar and open the Settings app. In the Settings window, scroll down and click on Update & Security.
  3. Select Windows Update from the list on the left-hand side.
  4. Click the Check for updates button. If there are any updates available, Windows will start downloading them automatically.
  5. After the updates have finished downloading, you may be prompted to restart your computer to complete the installation process.
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