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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-06-2004, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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Computer question...

Okay i have a ton of programs on my computer and after a lot of adding and removing programs there is obviously a TON of crap on here. My question is.........Is there a way to get rid of all the useless files that seem to be bogging down the computer or is it best to just back up files and reformat the hard drive?

It is running kinda slow and there is a TON of stuff i will have to do. IE...DSL,DVDburn stuff etc.........

Oh yeah it seemed to get real bad after downloading the hot fixes. SP2. Any suggestions?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-06-2004, 10:43 AM
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I just did the SP2 update a few minutes ago myself. Just go into the add remove programs area. and start taking stuff out.

Then go into the msconfig/startup menu and shut all the stuff down that you dont need running in the backround all the time.




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dont mean to be wise ass but this is what you need to do. go back and uninstall ALL the ms updates you have loaded on you macine and then go into the detailed windows components just to revise what you have loaded and remove what you dont need so you avoid downloading fixes for stupis Sh*& you dont need. run xp sp2 again after you have it completely cleaned off goto winfiles.com download the search and destroy utility run it. bet you it'l find atleast 5 exploits you dont know about. after doing all that whuich should take you about 2 hours make sure you have some sort of pop up blocker loaded. go into ie security setting and set the browser security to medium high to avoid futre sh&* from coming down on your machine. then ctrl+alt+del examine what processes you have running look for anything thats a resource hog process=(filename) run a serach for whatever exe is screwing your machine over find the source dir and see if you want it running or not if you do and its taking up too much resources right cllick on my computer GOTO advanced tab and check on whatever is adequate for you workstaion on what you want choices will be

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whatever i told you to do above you dont need to listen to it all you call the shot on what you think will work best for u
be careful on what you do you CAN fry your software config doing some of the stuff because it is advanced windows twaeking and anything goes dealoing wit MS products

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-06-2004, 11:10 AM
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What Tony said.

Make sure you run Disk Defragmenter after removing all the crap you don't want. (double click my computer -> right click on hard drive -> properties -> tools -> Defragment now ...)
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I agree with the defrag

But6 before you do it also do a hard disk cleanup which should get rid of all you old internet cache and off-line files before the defrag. I also agree with search and destroy (good tool).

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the above sounds good. I might use the backup tool that comes with windows and do a backup of the system state files just in case you get a little too happy uninstalling stuff.
start /programs/accessories/systemtools/backup
run the backup /advanced.. choose system state data

this does registry and other key stuff

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www.download.com has programs to clean up those files that are no longer associated with a program. This will free up hard drive space, but I doubt it will have a noticeable effect on performance.


Considering the amount of time it will take to "clean up" your system, you should just format/reload. That is always the best solution. You will have peace of mind knowing your system is running optimally and efficiently.

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