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    cleaning computer.... software recomendations

    okay basically, im border line on wanting to reformat my computer to get rid of the crap thats in it... ie: unused dll files, registry, add/remove, ect ect and thought i would try cleaning it first because it takes AGES to reinstall all the software ect ect, so basically im after some stuff to clean it, prefferebly free stuff... anybody know off anything good??

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    erm... heh use Norton Windoctor to clear up your registry...

    but i say nothing beats a good clean reformat when the wheels get rusty

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    Originally posted by redemption
    but i say nothing beats a good clean reformat when the wheels get rusty
    Not when you have about 19 gig worth of stuff on your puter and about 70% of it is downloaded!!

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    14 GBs of downloaded software? I'm impressed. Hope you saved the executables.

    Formatting is the easiest way to clean your drive up, but it does indeed suck to reinstall all of the software and restore the settings.

    I always evaluate what I need the most and reinstall those items immediately. Other stuff can be installed on demand.

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    1) Uninstall any programs you do not want anymore.
    2) Delete remaining files and directory not removed by the uninstall program
    3) Use a registry cleaner. Like Regcleaner

    4) defrag after all that. The more you delete, the more important it will be to defrag your HDD.

    Regcleaner is great. I use it all the time. It will scan your registry and remove keys no longer in use. Sometimes it will remove thousands, yes thousands of keys. Making your system run more efficently.

    5) Clean out temp folder.
    6) Clear our internet cache
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    I have 2 words for you.....

    Norton's Ghost!

    I have a complete ghost of my whole system after the last time I installed 2000. It took 4 CD's but it was a ghost. If I wanted to go back and set my system up exactly as is, pop in the ghost and in a few hours I'm good to go.

    Now, having said that, there's no worse enemy to the computer clean freak than freeware and downloads. They will screw upo your system sooner or later. They are the worst culprits for copying over DLL's and replacing them and causing instability in the files. If you have 19 Gigs of downloads I guarantee that's part of your problem.

    Have a fun day!

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    Originally posted by iTec
    Not when you have about 19 gig worth of stuff on your puter and about 70% of it is downloaded!!
    that's crazytalk!

    wow that's pretty amazing... i'd save the real important stuff on CD if i were you (and had a cd-writer) especially the executables which are the first to be infected by viruses...

    i had this happen to me once and had to delete all the .exe files i d/l

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    Originally posted by Sketch
    I have 2 words for you.....

    Norton's Ghost!
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    If you have 19 Gigs of downloads I guarantee that's part of your problem.

    Have a fun day!

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    yer, im ghosting next time, its just i dont want next time to be this time...

    yer, i agree downloads is what kills my computer,
    But thats the downside to having a 12 year old brother.. i also have a habit of forgetting to back stuff up when i do decide to re-format (once lost a 10mb website, that i had nearly finished)

    p.s: i put regcleaner thrue my puter... also DOWNLOADED ie 6 just before i did that hehehe

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    If I may give you my honest opinion, I don't think a software is a good choice for cleaning your computer, maybe the registry but after that I have always found a good thorough cleaning manually can really improve your machine's performance. The only downside is that it might take upwards of 4-5 hours to do the manual cleaning.

    Here are some tips though:

    - Move all your downloads to a different partition from the system partition

    - Move all your data to a different partition

    - If you are using windows 2000 change the "Profile" path to a different partition (This way if you reinstall windows you still have all your settings saved)

    - Install only Brand Name Software (I find that most errors occur because of freeware stuff)

    - Get your brother a new machine

    A ghost image is a great idea I created one and set it up so my profile is in my d: drive, I can pretty much mess anything up and be able to restore my system with ALL my setting in place in about 17 mins.
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    I think you need some help for your download addiction :P





    can you find another harddrive? just temporarily swap the files you want.....

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    Originally posted by aa_memon
    - Move all your downloads to a different partition from the system partition

    - Move all your data to a different partition
    yup take that piece of advice itec... i totally agree cos it helps you keep stuff organised instead of having everything in 1 large 19gig chunk

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    There are a few possibilities here

    Also go to www.scaramouch.com and download Smart Cleaner.

    Another one :-)

    http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/fil...id,8092,00.asp


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