Computer Games nowadays are getting heavier and heavier, as developers give lay special emphasis on every minute amount of detail that can prove the difference between a “just another” kind of game and a “super popular” one. This also means, on the other hand, that game freaks need to have their computer systems high powered enough so they can cope well with all the graphics and sound effects. All of this can be handled pretty easily, if you you purchase a high end graphics card and back it up with good enough amount of RAM and HD.
Users, also need to take extra care of their systems by removing all the junk data to make sure they are able to make full use of their high-end gaming computer’s resources. The single most important kind of junk, as far as gaming goes is the huge amounts of junk files that are sitting on the hard disk even after the user ends the gaming session. These files actually created to store temporary data during gameplay and their role is finished as soon as the gaming session ends. And so they must be removed, or else they can snowball into a huge trove of junk after multiple gaming sessions.
Now we will talk about some of the benefits you stand to get once you regularly clean up your system for all such junk files, as well as how to do so.
- Boosts gaming performance; get maximum performance during gameplay
- Prevents frequent lagging, freezing, not responding and other performance issues
- Get higher FPS (Frames Per Second)
- Helpful while playing over the network
Remove Temp Folder Contents
To analyze and delete temporary files created during gameplay, follow these steps.
For Windows 10:
- In the Search Box on your Taskbar, type “%temp%” (without quotes) and press ENTER
- Press Ctrl + A select all the contents of the Temp folder
- Press Delete to move all the files to the Recycle Bin
For Windows 8.1/ 8/ 7/ Vista:
- Press Windows Key + R
- In the Run box that opens, type “%Temp%” and click OK
- Press Shift + Delete to permanently delete all the folder contents
Clean Recycle Bin Contents
Periodically remove the contents of the Recycle Bin to optimise your gaming experience. This may take some time depending on the number of files you’re deleting.
Do a Thorough Search
Following is the list of keywords that will gather results made up of different kinds of junk files. Perform a thorough search on all these file types until you completely rid your PC of dupes.
- Double click This PC or My Computer Desktop icon
- Type the search keywords (from the bulleted list) in the Search box on the upper right side of your screen. Press F3 to activate the Windows Search for earlier versions of Windows
List of Keywords:
- *.bak (Backup files, identical copies of original files)
- *.tmp (Temporary files)
- *.temp (Temporary files)
- *.log (System and Application logs)
- *.old (Files containing old info that is no longer needed)
Clean Out Non-Required AppData Files
AppData folder resides in your user folder and is home to application-specific settings. It’s basically a collection of data that the user directly doesn’t interacts with, e.g. application configurations, saved game data etc. Moreover, it contains temporary information which is not at all required once the concerning program is closed down or any specific administrative task like installation is accomplished. It is therefore safe to delete these contents.
For Windows 10/ 8.1/ 8/ 7/ Vista:
- Type “%localappdata%” in the Search/ Run area
- “Local” folder under AppData directory will now be opened on your screen
- Open “Local\Temp”
- Select all and then delete the entire folder contents
Note: Files cannot be deleted while they are in use. Make sure you close every application that is in use as well as all the system tray icons. To stop background services, type “services.msc” in the Search/ Run option, right-click a Non-Microsoft service you want to terminate and finally choose the Stop option.