winxp system maintenance guide?

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bigmike247

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Anyone know of a good site or guide that explains how to perform a clean system maintenance on windows xp home ed.
(such as scan disk, defrag, clean folders, etc.)
I noticed that there is no scan disk and I was curious on how to perform a defrag on win xp. I usually end processes running in the background from win98 but I noticed that winxp has about 20 or so processes and I thought there was an easier way to end these or is it not necessary. Any feedback or tips would be appreciated.

thanks alot!
-mike
 
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stapler101

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to scan, my computer/right click on drive/properties/tools
there is the xp answer to scan disk and defrag.
I don't find it necessary to disable any running apps. I commonly defrag while performing many task.
BTW, get diskeeper. It is a great xp defragger.
 

Dubbin1

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Originally posted by stapler101
to scan, my computer/right click on drive/properties/tools
there is the xp answer to scan disk and defrag.
I don't find it necessary to disable any running apps. I commonly defrag while performing many task.
BTW, get diskeeper. It is a great xp defragger.

What makes diskeeper so great? I use it and it really dont seem any diff the the defrag that comes with XP. I must be missing something so that is why I am asking.
 
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DarkSiege

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Have you tried boot-time defrag? It's under Tools in Diskeeper
 

Dubbin1

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Originally posted by DarkSiege
Oops! It's actually under the Action panel sry! ;)

OK now that I found it give me some hints of what to do with it :D
 
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DarkSiege

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When you set the boot-time defrag to a hard drive, you can set it so that on the next manual reboot you do, it will run. A blue screen should come up for the check disk and then the defrag will continue after it's done. The boot-time defrag can take a long time (2 hours for me). I think it rearranges the files you need to boot up, making your comp boot up faster. You should see a difference in the map of your hard drive after the defrag when you analyze your hard drive (The directories should all be in front).
I hope this helps...:)
 

Dubbin1

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Sure does Thank you

Now if you know anything about CS see my post on the game forum :)
 
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bigmike247

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Thank alot guys, i heard from another forum that running defrag, etc is better in safe mode since it won't defrag running processes. Any idea on how i can get into safe mode on winxp home ed? It worked fine last night by just cancelling tray programs but figured safemode would be better....

thanks again for the replies.
 
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dcdlking

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ok, i dont know how this topic went totally off course, but here i am back w/ results.

after reformatting because of unrelated problems, i discovered that my computer gets bogged down and explorer starts using all my cpu resources when i'm in the window containing my divx videos, and after i close the window, also while i'm watching the videos and even after the videos it still eats up my resources, closing explorer and opening it up is a pain in the ass, and really an inconvienance.
 
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dcdlking

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my fault, i put that post in the wrong thread... damnit i thought it was mine ;(
 

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