Duplicate files on Windows® XP
Get to know more about how to remove duplicate files from Windows® XP
Sometimes you store files in different folders for various purposes. Same files when stored in different folders or drives are called duplicate files. Duplicate files occupy space in the computer’s hard disk. Occasionally the amount of duplicate files can slow down your computer. In such cases for Windows® XP, you have to find out the duplicate files on Windows® XP, and then by detecting and removing the files you can improve the performance of the system.
Tips to remove duplicate files and folders in Windows® XP and things to be kept in mind are as follows.
- Install the Duplicate Finder Tool
- Detecting duplicate files in Windows® XP
- Things you should consider
Install the Duplicate Finder Tool
If you are using Windows® XP operating system then you should upgrade the operating system to the Windows® XP service pack 2. In the webpage of the Windows® XP service pack 2, there are supporting tools. There are various utility tools that can be used to increase the system’s performance. Then download the supporting tools by following the instructions provided on the webpage. Then follow the instructions to install the tools. After completing the upgrading and installation process successfully, you have to start the program.
Detecting duplicate files in Windows® XP
To find out the duplicate files you can take the help of Duplicate Finder Tool. Then you have to start the utility tool. Start the software by typing “Dupfinder” in the ‘Run’ command box of the ‘Start’ Menu and click ‘OK’. You can also press the Windows key + ‘R’ from your keyboard for the ‘Run’ box to open. Then select the search area, where the Finder will search for the duplicate files. Then click the button ‘Start Search’ to scan the area that is selected. After detecting the duplicate files, you can delete the unnecessary files. From the duplicate files list find the files that you do not need and drag those files to the Recycle Bin. In this way, you can make space in your computer and can also improve the speed of your computer.
While removing the duplicate files from your computer, you should be aware of that you are not removing any important file. Sometimes removing of 1 MB of data may hamper your programs to run. It will be better if you make a backup of your files before applying the removing process. Hence, if you accidentally remove any necessary file, you will be able to get it from the backup files.