How Often Should PC Be Cleaned?

Most PC users know that cleaning their PC is important, but only a few of them know how often should PC be cleaned. So in this post, we will provide you the answer and 2 easy ways to clean your PC.


By Tina / Updated on May 12, 2023

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Why should I clean my PC?


" I've had my computer for several years and it's been working fine before. But recently I don't know why, whether it is booting or opening programs are very slow. I checked Disk Management and found that the C drive is full. How can I clean my computer? How frequently should I clean my PC?"

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As mentioned in the above example, a common problem that puzzles many Windows users is that over time, more and more junk files are stored on the PC without realizing them. Their existence causes the computer to run lower, and in severe cases, users will encounter the dilemma of computer freezes. Therefore, we need to clean the computer regularly.

Normally, cleaning a computer is divided into internal cleaning and external cleaning:

★ Internal: Delete unnecessary data in the computer hard drive, such as program installation files, temporary files, log files, junk files, etc.
★ External: Remove dust from computers and hard drives in computers to prevent physical damage to hardware.

How often to clean a PC?

How often should PC be cleaned? Whether cleaning the computer internally or externally, you’d better clean it regularly, or the performance of the computer will be affected. Home computers can be cleaned once a year on average due to infrequent use. On the contrary, due to the high frequency of use, it is recommended to clean office computers every 1 to 3 months.

Step by Step: 2 ways to clean up the PC

Now we have a general understanding of how often should PC be cleaned, but how should you properly clean the files inside your PC? Here, we are going to share two simple and practical methods.

Method 1. Clean the PC via Storage Sense

When your C drive is full, you may first think of the PC file cleaner that comes with Microsoft Windows - Storage Sense. This practical tool can help you find out and delete junk files such as temporary files and files left by the installation system hidden in your computer. Please refer to the following content:

Step 1. Open the "Windows Settings" and click "System".

open storage sense

Step 2. Select "Storage" in the left taskbar and turn on "Storage Sense", then click "Configure Storage Sense or run it now" to set when you plan to run the Storage Sense.

configure storage sense or run it now

Step 3. How often do you clean PC? In the window of "Configure Storage Sense or run it now", you can set the proper time to run Storage Sense according to your needs.

set proper time

Method 2. Clean up PC with a free PC clenaer

If you still feel that the computer's running speed has not improved after turning on Storage Sense, you might as well try AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, an efficient disk cleanup expert can help you completely remove junk files and improve the running speed of your computer.

This freeware has a user-friendly interface, so even if you are not familiar with computers, you can clean up your PC safely with careful guidance. You can choose to clean up Recycle Bin, temporary files, log files, Traces of System Activity, etc. Of course, clicking "Select All" will clean up all files on your computer.

Of course, if you just want to extend the usable space of the system drive, you can use it to merge partitions, resize partition or wipe hard drive according to the actual situation.

Please download this freeware to clean up your PC.

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Step 1. Download and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, click "Free up" in the top taskbar and "PC Cleaner".

click pc cleaner

Step 2. In the new window, Click "Start Scan" to scan junk files hidden in the PC.

start scan

Step 3. Wait for a while to scan the junk files, if you want to stop this operation, you can click "Cancel Scan".

wait for scan

Step 4. After scanning the hard drive, you can see that some junk files will be selected to delete automatically, you can directly click "Clean All". You can also tick other unneeded files according to your requirement.

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Step 5. When you see the cleaning PC is finished, you can click "Back" to turn to the main interface.



In this tutorial, you may have learned how often should PC be cleaned and 2 effective ways to clean your PC. Through comparison, I believe you have also found that AOMEI Partition Assistant can help you solve computer problems comprehensively.

By the way, in its Professional version, you are authorized to Convert dynamic disk to basic, Migrate OS to SSD, Allocate free space, etc. Besides, if you're a user of Windows Server, please don't miss the Server Version.

Tina · Staff Editor
Tina is an English editor of AOMEI Technology. She has a positive attitude and full of energy. On her work, she always keeps thinking to figure out the solutions for users' problems, and writes the answers so that can help someone. In her daily life, she likes to sing, watch TV and sleep. She always being grateful and happy to all the things happened and all the people encountered.