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Old 02-18-2005, 02:14 AM   #1
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GENERAL HOUSE CLEANING.

HERE ARE SOME GENERAL HOUSE KEEPING FOR YOUR COMPUTER: This is for Windows XP cleaning

ok, 1st boot up to safe mode, once there, start/ run/ type msconfig....check the startup tab.

this will be a list of everything that starts up at boot...if you see a program .exe in their that's giving you problems or just being annoining, just untic the box...

ok, now go to control panel/network & internet settings/ internet options...delete cookies,click delete button & delete all offline cookies.

Now click settings...see the box that has MB next to it...set it to 60mb to 80mb...by default....windows sets this to 650mb...no body needs that much space for cookies unless their downloading movies.

now click on advanced tab...scroll down the list til you get to ...(empty temporary internet cookies at close) & put a check in the box.

now , it's time to check what's in the run & run once folder's in the registry.

start/ run/ type reg edit and hit enter ..now, go to :
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRE NT VERSION\RUN

this will be the run folder...now check for anything that should'nt be in there...or a program .exe
that is giving you problems, and delete the string.

this is ok to do, cause what you are doing is deleting
the short cut that was placed in the startup folder
during the install.

now that that's done, their should be a folder right under that called the run once folder.

Now what ever is in that folder...delete...you don't need anything in there. now your done .

now go to the windows folder on the hhd.(harddrive) & delete all that is in the pre-fetch folder.

once that's done, go to start/ all programs/ accessories/ system tools/ disk defragmenter.

run that...it will take less time to run cause nothing is running in the background... now , to make shure to cover all the spyware that may be hiding on your drive, run all your spyware programs & make shure that you keep them updated...

also one other thing, if your comp. starts to slow down, check your virtual memory settings...some times spyware will change it without you knowing it, and will have a big effect on your comp.

there now your done..

edit : just an update..

To help speed up the boot process here is a little trick to do if you are running windows xp. right click my computer / scroll to properties / click acvanced tab / where it says startup and recovery click settings / now edit where it says : time to display operating system / now change it from 30 to 2. that should speed up the boot process

and where it says : time to display recovery options / now change that from 30 to 3 that's it / now just hit apply and the next time you boot up it will take a shorter time.
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Old 02-19-2005, 07:17 PM   #2
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Very nice guide to cleaning your computer!
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Old 02-21-2005, 04:30 PM   #3
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Perfect! Works great and is a great way to clean your computer of unnecessary things.
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Old 02-21-2005, 05:57 PM   #4
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additions...

don't forget
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURR E NT VERSION\RUN

Aslo google any processes, (you don't want to delete anything you actually use)...

and after you've finished doign this run a tool like reg ceaner. or regclean.
this will help to identify and delete redundant keys you didn't even know you had...
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Note:

just a note to cap on what Root said, if you have an anti-virus .exe ...leave that one alone in the run folder, the computer will use it to monitor the system during boot.

if you have already deleted that in the run folder, you can always go to where the icon is on the hhd.. right click it, and pin to start menu.
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Old 02-22-2005, 04:57 AM   #6
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I know the programs are not deleted, I mean be aware that you shouldn't delete things that you actually use...

IE...
SpyBot S&D TeaTimer is loaded with the run HKCU keys but it is useful
Intel Pro monitors are loladed from here...
Etrust virsu scanner is loaded from these keys.
Nvidea and ATI widow tray apps are loaded from these keys...
windows hotkey commands HKCMD.exe is loaded here...

if you use anything regularly then the marginal speed increase that you'd gain is not worth the hassel of breaking regime.
I still maintain, before you delete anything from the windows registry you should either FULLY know what you are doing, or research what you are deleting on Google to find out whether it is needed.
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Old 02-22-2005, 11:41 AM   #7
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What site did you get that from MIXX
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Old 02-23-2005, 04:25 AM   #8
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I didn't copy it from a site, that is all from memory..
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Oh nice thanx for teh tip with the interner cookies never knew that one.
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