Windows comes with some utilities that allow you to perform different maintenance on the system, but the included versions are not always the best.
Piriform has a variety of free utilities for Windows that I use and that I recommend to others.
CCleaner – cleans out your temporary files, internet history, cookies, form history, recycle bin, and more. It can also analyze and repair issues with the registry, one of the main reasons why Windows can slow down and have issues. It is a small file and works fast and effectively.
DeFraggler – defrag your entire hard drive or even just individual files. As Windows files are opened, copied, and moved, the file data can be stored in different parts and on different parts of the disk. This can slow down the reading and accessing of these files.
Recuva – Recuva can recover deleted and lost files from your hard drive to save you when you accidentally delete a file, or even some files lost during a computer crash.
Speccy – Speccy allows you to see all of the system information for your computer. This can be helpful when dealing with problems and issues.
All of these are excellent utilities, do their job well, and help you with keeping your system in tip top shape.