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July 14, 2005 5:43:04 AM

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I need to know what folders I clean out and files as well. I know there is
diskcleanup but that is only the tip of the iceberg there are others I know
there are but I am not sure which ones can u guys tell me about any other
windows cleaning tips besides Diskcleanup and also cleaign the registry???

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Anonymous
July 14, 2005 9:39:12 AM

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There are literally hundreds of dedicated websites for doing the things
you are seeking. However, none of them are "Magic Pill" answers.
My suggestion is Research & them some more Research. It takes
time to learn the intricacies of XP. The big danger with "Twiddling"
with XP is knowing when to STOP. Registry cleaning is almost
guaranteed to result in a messed up PC. The first thing to learn & do
is Image your PC - so you can undo any changes.

"scripttron75" <scripttron75@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:CCA3FA64-E14E-42E1-8B6C-725AEFB4E436@microsoft.com...
>I need to know what folders I clean out and files as well. I know there is
> diskcleanup but that is only the tip of the iceberg there are others I
> know
> there are but I am not sure which ones can u guys tell me about any other
> windows cleaning tips besides Diskcleanup and also cleaign the registry???
July 14, 2005 9:39:13 AM

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do you know any of the sites off hand??

"R. McCarty" wrote:

> There are literally hundreds of dedicated websites for doing the things
> you are seeking. However, none of them are "Magic Pill" answers.
> My suggestion is Research & them some more Research. It takes
> time to learn the intricacies of XP. The big danger with "Twiddling"
> with XP is knowing when to STOP. Registry cleaning is almost
> guaranteed to result in a messed up PC. The first thing to learn & do
> is Image your PC - so you can undo any changes.
>
> "scripttron75" <scripttron75@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:CCA3FA64-E14E-42E1-8B6C-725AEFB4E436@microsoft.com...
> >I need to know what folders I clean out and files as well. I know there is
> > diskcleanup but that is only the tip of the iceberg there are others I
> > know
> > there are but I am not sure which ones can u guys tell me about any other
> > windows cleaning tips besides Diskcleanup and also cleaign the registry???
>
>
>
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Anonymous
July 14, 2005 9:39:14 AM

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http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q=streamline+xp&me...
returns over 459000 hits , its not hard
--
there are no problems just challenges


"scripttron75" wrote:

> do you know any of the sites off hand??
>
> "R. McCarty" wrote:
>
> > There are literally hundreds of dedicated websites for doing the things
> > you are seeking. However, none of them are "Magic Pill" answers.
> > My suggestion is Research & them some more Research. It takes
> > time to learn the intricacies of XP. The big danger with "Twiddling"
> > with XP is knowing when to STOP. Registry cleaning is almost
> > guaranteed to result in a messed up PC. The first thing to learn & do
> > is Image your PC - so you can undo any changes.
> >
> > "scripttron75" <scripttron75@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> > news:CCA3FA64-E14E-42E1-8B6C-725AEFB4E436@microsoft.com...
> > >I need to know what folders I clean out and files as well. I know there is
> > > diskcleanup but that is only the tip of the iceberg there are others I
> > > know
> > > there are but I am not sure which ones can u guys tell me about any other
> > > windows cleaning tips besides Diskcleanup and also cleaign the registry???
> >
> >
> >
Anonymous
July 14, 2005 10:00:55 AM

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A number of MVPs run sites that have good, well thought out advice.
I would probably start at Kelly's Korner. She provides a wealth
of information:
http://www.kellys-korner.com/

"scripttron75" <scripttron75@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> do you know any of the sites off hand??
>
> "R. McCarty" wrote:
>
>> There are literally hundreds of dedicated websites for doing the things
>> you are seeking. However, none of them are "Magic Pill" answers.
>> My suggestion is Research & them some more Research. It takes
>> time to learn the intricacies of XP. The big danger with "Twiddling"
>> with XP is knowing when to STOP. Registry cleaning is almost
>> guaranteed to result in a messed up PC. The first thing to learn & do
>> is Image your PC - so you can undo any changes.
>>
>> "scripttron75" <scripttron75@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:CCA3FA64-E14E-42E1-8B6C-725AEFB4E436@microsoft.com...
>> >I need to know what folders I clean out and files as well. I know there
>> >is
>> > diskcleanup but that is only the tip of the iceberg there are others I
>> > know
>> > there are but I am not sure which ones can u guys tell me about any
>> > other
>> > windows cleaning tips besides Diskcleanup and also cleaign the
>> > registry???
>>
>>
>>
July 14, 2005 1:58:44 PM

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scripttron75 wrote:

> I need to know what folders I clean out and files as well. I know there is
> diskcleanup but that is only the tip of the iceberg there are others I know
> there are but I am not sure which ones can u guys tell me about any other
> windows cleaning tips besides Diskcleanup and also cleaign the registry???

Don't use a registry cleaner. They can cause more trouble than good.

--
Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User
Anonymous
July 14, 2005 10:50:45 PM

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scripttron75 wrote:
> I need to know what folders I clean out and files as well. I know there is
> diskcleanup but that is only the tip of the iceberg there are others I know
> there are but I am not sure which ones can u guys tell me about any other
> windows cleaning tips besides Diskcleanup and also cleaign the registry???


Only you know what folders, applications, and data files you no longer
need/use, so only you can answer your question. No one here can see the
contents of your hard drive(s), and no one here has monitored your
computer usage habits, so no one here - nor any "snake oil" utility -
can possibly provide you with a reasonable answer to such a broad question.

As for cleaning the registry, what specific problem do you have that
you *know* requires such an action?

The registry contains all of the operating system's "knowledge" of
the computer's hardware devices, installed software, the location of the
device drivers, and the computer's configuration. A misstep in the
registry can have severe consequences. One should not even turning
loose a poorly understood automated "cleaner," unless he is fully
confident that he knows *exactly* what is going to happen as a result of
each and every change. Having seen the results of inexperienced people
using automated registry "cleaners," I can only advise all but the most
experienced computer technicians (and/or hobbyists) to avoid them all.
Experience has shown me that such tools simply are not safe in the hands
of the inexperienced user.

The only thing needed to safely clean your registry is knowledge
and Regedit.exe. If you lack the knowledge and experience to maintain
your registry by yourself, then you also lack the knowledge and
experience to safely configure and use any automated registry cleaner,
no matter how safe they claim to be.

Further, no one has ever demonstrated, to my satisfaction, that the
use of an automated registry cleaner, particularly by an untrained,
inexperienced computer user, does any real good. There's certainly been
no empirical evidence offered to demonstrate that the use of such
products to "clean" WinXP's registry improves a computer's performance
or stability.

What specific problem are you experiencing that you *know* beyond
all reasonable doubt will be fixed by using an automated registry
cleaner? If you do have a problem that is rooted in the registry, it
would be far better to simply edit (after backing up, of course) only
the specific key(s) and/or value(s) that are causing the problem. Why
use a shotgun when a scalpel will do the job? Additionally, the
manually changing of one or two registry entries is far less likely to
have the dire consequences of allowing an automated product to make
multiple changes simultaneously.

I always use Regedit.exe. I trust my own experience and judgment
far more than I would any automated registry cleaner. I strongly
encourage others to acquire the knowledge, as well.


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Bruce Chambers

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