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Old 08-10-2010, 12:48 PM   #31
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I keep meaning to make an image with Acronis, but I always forget to do it, lol.

For me it's:

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Old 08-10-2010, 04:10 PM   #32
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Get JV16 Power Tools, and you won't need to keep re-installing.

Before I ran all the tests, my PC took ages to shut down (around 5 minutes), and I had to manually move my mouse over the task bar to get programs to disappear.

Ran the registry cleaner though within Power Tools, and suddenly, it shuts down on cue every time, first time, with PC health/Registry health now at 100%

It's not free, but it's got a pretty long trial. I suggest you all give it a go

http://www.macecraft.com/

It has honestly sped up my computer 10 fold.

I understand though if you want to clean up programs/software locations etc, because they have gotten a bit messy though
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Kage, is anything in the trial disabled? I have a Vista box here at work I'd like to see about cleaning up in a similar manner.
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Old 08-10-2010, 04:14 PM   #34
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Nope, nothing's disabled. It really did make a massive difference, so it's worth a shot
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Old 08-10-2010, 04:21 PM   #35
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Great, gonna try it on his system later, thanks. I hesitate to try trialware because of disabled features, etc.
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Old 08-10-2010, 04:39 PM   #36
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I'm currently only running windows on my laptop which doesn't get hugely abused in this day and age - I haven't bothered reinstalling for a couple of years now. My heavily abused one is a customised Ubuntu build, but never needed to format / reinstall a Linux or Unix box...

That said, for various reasons it might be running windows as well next year so it'll see a bit more reformatting I generally just wipe clean and install when things start to slow down a bit - I haven't got loads of software to load on or anything like that so it's a pretty quick process.
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