Comp Cleaning Utilities

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Tuffgong4, Jan 25, 2003.

  1. Tuffgong4

    Tuffgong4 The Donger Need Food!!!! Political User

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    Just looking for a good cleaning utility for my computer. I need to clean the hell out of my computer right now and my manual cleaning skills about as bad as they come
     
  2. Kr0m

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    Well, for a start I guess you could goto Control Panel - Add/Remove Software and uninstall any unwanted programs.

    Then maybe use the 'Disk Cleanup' provided with XP(Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk Cleanup or Start, Run, cleanmgr.exe).

    Next, there's a few registry cleaners out there(be very cautious when doing this, maybe make backups of the registry if you aren't familiar with this).

    jv16 has a registry cleaner HERE

    or AATools, HERE

    I guess this is a good start, maybe others can jump in and suggest other ideas.
     
  3. zalood

    zalood OSNN Addict

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    Whatever you use, it is a good practice to have it reformat and clean install once every 6 months or so.
     
  4. Tuffgong4

    Tuffgong4 The Donger Need Food!!!! Political User

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    yeah I just reformated and I lost the cleanup programs that I had but I didn't want to install and uninstall a bunch of cleanup programs so I just wanted to ask before I did anything
     
  5. Tuffgong4

    Tuffgong4 The Donger Need Food!!!! Political User

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    oh yeah...what do you guys use to backup your harddrive before you reformat
     
  6. the_tazinator

    the_tazinator Are we there yet?

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    I have been using System Mechanic for years. It cleans your registry, boken links, temp files and more.
     
  7. Tinker

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    I use another hard drive. This only makes since because hard drives are less expensive than they use to be. You can buy a 40 Gig hard drive for 100 USD. I watched the sales really close and bought a 100 Gig for 100 USD. If you look at the price of using a Zip drive or backing up on CD this makes good sense. If you do not have a lot space to back up, say less that 50 Mb of important files you can upload them to a host that offers free hosting. Of course you will have to download after the clean install. There is some free FTP software out there that will aid one in this effort.

    Just some ideas........

    :happy:
     
  8. re Registry Backups

    The advice to do some backupping before you start meddling with Registry is all over Internet, but I wouldn't know how to proceed. I mean, it's not quite like blocking the stuff on the spot & click to Save As, right? In Explorer, Windows I found a map "Registration". Is this the one to copy, or is another magic trick needed?
     
  9. Kr0m

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    Re: re Registry Backups

    Is this what you were looking for?

    http://www.techtricks.com/assorted/regbackup.php3
     
  10. Tinker

    Tinker Guest

    ** How to back up** the registry in XP...

    Note : You just got there before me Kr0m.........:happy:
     
  11. zalood

    zalood OSNN Addict

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    I never use a cleaning utility nor system backup . . just rely to System Restore.
    As for data file/disk, I prefer synchronizing software rather than backup . . do this once every 3-4 weeks and just before a reformat.
     
  12. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    I find a can of compressed air works good for cleaning my computer...

    :p
     
  13. marnmacca

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    One of those info sites I would never have found on my own...Both Tinker & Krom; thank you so much

    "The meek shall inherit the earth"
    "The first rational thinking computer shall disinherit the meek"