How to Maintain Your Brand New Computer
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

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Clean up your desktop and temp files from time to time. Frequently delete programs, documents and other stuff that you don’t need. “A lot of people will load stuff on their computer and never bother to delete it,” says Torrence Davis, editor-in-chief of and a tech support manager at the Harvard Law School. “It’s like having a house full of garbage and never taking it out. ” Before computer owners had to dig in directories and delete temporary internet files, different cookies, and temp files created when you installed or ran something. It was all done manually. Now, Windows 7 has gotten better about it. You can go into control panels and tell it to clean up your temporary files.

  • In Windows 7, go to control panel, then admin tools, and press the free up disk space button. It will scan to find out where it can delete files and then show you how much space you’ll save. Then it will give you the option to delete files or not. “The thing to keep in mind is that it will only clear temporary files in places that windows knows about,” says Cargill. Some applications store their temporary files in the directory that the application runs in.” In those cases, you’ll just need to know that about the application and clean it up yourself manually.

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.