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    Cleanup Procedures to get better PC performance

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    by b99scotti ·

    Hi,

    On a monthly basis I do a cleanup of our stand alone PCs to ensure that performance is at its best. Can you tell me besides using ChkDsk and DeFrag, are there any other things that I should be doing to ensure healthy machines with maxium performance?

    Thanks in advance.

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    • #2667627

      Registry Cleanup

      by scarecrow71 ·

      In reply to Cleanup Procedures to get better PC performance

      I routinely do a registry cleanup to get rid of any redundant settings. The registry is the brains of windows and a badly clogged registry can not oly slow your pc down but affect the running of some applications.

      A recent cleanup of my wifes pc fixed an AOL signon problem she had had for months.

      The other thing I would suggest is clearing temporary internet files and cookies.

      • #2720265

        and after the Registry Cleanup

        by noorman ·

        In reply to Registry Cleanup

        I would perform a registry defragmentation/optimization.
        For personal use I have a small pgm from a German guy.
        For professional use you could use ‘Advanced Registry Optimizer’ http://www.systweak.com
        With this one, you can backup registry and files of your choice, then Clean registry, then Defrag registry …

        If cleanup and defrag of the registry hasn’t been done in a while, you will notice improved performance after you do!

    • #2667620

      Many moons ago…

      by mlayton ·

      In reply to Cleanup Procedures to get better PC performance

      There was a checklist called “ultimate preventative maintenance checklist” on TechRepublic. I used it a lot – it could stand to be updated, but it is a good place to start. Look in the downloads.
      http://techrepublic.com.com/5138-6249-729238.html?tag=search

    • #2669976

      Get rid of spyware

      by jtaylor637 ·

      In reply to Cleanup Procedures to get better PC performance

      I’d recommend you add Spybot Search & Destroy to your regimen…

    • #2668720

      Registry Cleanup

      by rudder73 ·

      In reply to Cleanup Procedures to get better PC performance

      I use a prog named Registry Mechanic. I used it for 9X and am now using it for XP. My system runs faster now with the registry problems repaired.

      • #2720246

        Another Registry Cleaner

        by justaperson ·

        In reply to Registry Cleanup

        I use RegVac. It has a novice mode which requires no interaction. I have seen it make a world of difference on Windows 98 PCs (and helps XP also). Backup your registry before using it however – I have seen it kill software.

    • #2668506

      Check fans and vents

      by thechas ·

      In reply to Cleanup Procedures to get better PC performance

      Beyond keeping the software clean, take the time to check the system fans and air vents.

      Stopping dust from building up before it causes a problem is very worthwhile.

      On the software side, I would add cleaning out the Temporary Internet files and the Windows\Temp folder before running chkdsk and defrag.

      Chas

    • #2727609

      Spyware

      by mgosselin ·

      In reply to Cleanup Procedures to get better PC performance

      Spyware is the most common antagonist in my work. It can cause so many different “issues” that affects performance that I make spyware audits a regular thing.

      The two most common are Ad-Aware and Spybot. They can both be downloaded from download.com. Make sure before you use them to check for updates – as they come packaged pretty outdated. also make sure that you are scanning all of your drives.

      CAVEAT TO REGISTRY CLEANERS – BACUP REGISTRY FIRST – EVERY TIME!!!!! I cannot stress this enough. all you have to do is click on start – run – regedit and you’re in the registry. ONE WRONG MOVE AND YOU’VE CRASHED YOUR COMPUTER. To aleviate this concern, just click on File, Export – then export is to a disk in case you crash out – you can restore the registry from disk.

      • #2719100

        Adaware Licensing

        by gpartridge ·

        In reply to Spyware

        Just to let you know the free downloadable version of adaware is not licenced for corporate users.

      • #2720207

        Waste of time

        by ozirrac ·

        In reply to Spyware

        I got tired of fighting worms, viruses & spyware. I got fed up with the slow poky scandisk & defrag & I hated that mysterious void called the registry. Who has time for that? I have a business to run. So I did something about it. I migrated everything to Linux. Now computing is fun and safe again. It’s not as easy or as friendly as Windows & it may not be right for you, but the next time you run defrag,scandisk, check for spyware & viruses, reboot or try to make sense of the registry, you could use that idle time to learn Linux. The learning curve is a bit steep, but it was worth it to me. It took me about 2 years to get comfortable enough to completely leave Windows behind. If you get fed up like me, give Linux a spin. Who knows, you may like it and start doing what you do best: running your business. Did I mention the money I’m saving on software licenses?

        • #2720162

          Getting help so you don’t wate time

          by andre.van.soest ·

          In reply to Waste of time

          After numerous problems with my users, I also ran out of time to recover the many crashes due to a myriad of reasons.So NO hardware or SW changes can be done by users. We can’t (want)move to another operating so we made the best of it. At night when everybody goes home a script is launched, closing all running applications, disconnecting the PC from the LAN, running MS RegistryClean, UltraWinCleaner ( which cleans also temp files ,recycle bin, cookies and internet history) and Joony Vuori RegCleaner Yes, NO regcleaner is perfect!! Then AdAware, Spybot S&D, Command Anti Virus + NAV, then the systen shuts down and chkdsk & defrag are run. At last the system reboots, connects to the LAN again and sends an email to me. if something goes wrong I need to come in early, otherwise everybody finds a tiptop shape computer at 8 o’clock!. It took some time for the programmers to assemble and make it work but it was worth it’s money. !!

        • #2700182

          Lets make that available!

          by jdtins ·

          In reply to Getting help so you don’t wate time

          Is there anyway that you could make that routine available? I am sure that it would help network admins everywhere to have a tool that that coudl do all of that in one step at night.

    • #2719939

      More optimization resources

      by jodygilbert ·

      In reply to Cleanup Procedures to get better PC performance

      These are great suggestions for maintenance and optimization procedures. If you’re interested, here are some additional items that might be worth checking out:

      “Quick tips for troubleshooting a slow PC”
      (http://techrepublic.com.com/5100-6255_11-5031256.html)
      “Try these solutions for speeding up a slow PC if the usual fixes (running Disk Cleanup, running Scandisk, defragmenting the hard drive, and checking the system resources) don’t work….”

      “Five lesser-known problems that can slow down a PC”
      (http://techrepublic.com.com/5100-6270-1059630.html)
      “When you’ve checked for common problems and the PC is still slow, where do you look next? The problem could lie in one of several less commonly checked areas.”

      “Regularly scheduled hard disk maintenance for your XP users” (This one requires a TechProGuild membership.)
      http://techrepublic.com.com/5100-6346_11-1056054.html
      Get a brief overview of Windows XP?s Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter and see how to configure Scheduled Tasks to run these utilities. Also included is a VBS script you can use to distribute the tasks created by Scheduled Tasks to all the Windows XP Professional systems on your network.

      “Batch file: Automate Chkdsk and Defrag on XP machines”
      http://techrepublic.com.com/5138-6288-729266.html
      Save time running Chkdsk and Defrag with this batch file from TechRepublic IS technician Ted Laun.

      And finally, on the basis of the suggestion here that our Ultimate Preventive Maintenance Checklist could use a little dusting off :), we just launched another discussion soliciting suggestions for additional items and improvements (http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=5&threadID=155449). Once we gather enough feedback and recommendations, we’ll update the checklist and republish it.

      Thanks to everyone who has participated in this discussion!

      Jody Gilbert
      TechRepublic editor

    • #2720288

      also do disk and application cleanup

      by cxy ·

      In reply to Cleanup Procedures to get better PC performance

      You will need to do disk cleanup for files that no longer be used. Normally these files are in temporary folder. There are also leftovers from installation/uninstallation processes.

      You need to check also for unused application known as spyware. They tend to fill your hard drive.

      I would also check my registry and clean it up.

      All the processes are simple and there are tools to do all in one click. Norton System Works is one example, but not the only one. There are also free utilities.

    • #2720287

      This is what I do for a general tune-up

      by stewartphillips ·

      In reply to Cleanup Procedures to get better PC performance

      Clean all temp files and empty trash, complete all MS patches(provided high speed is available), Check for proper driver functioning, remove unnecessary and/or unwanted programs, review msconfig (essentially what is starting and staying in memory, eliminate what is unwanted or not necessary) install, update and run ad-aware, ensure virus definitions are current, run a full virus scan, usually reset the home page, run Norton Win Doctor and test for proper behaviour and performance. Assuming this cleans everything up it is typically 1.5-2 hours

    • #2720284

      This is what I do for a general tune-up

      by stewartphillips ·

      In reply to Cleanup Procedures to get better PC performance

      Clean all temp files and empty trash, complete all MS patches(provided high speed is available), Check for proper driver functioning, remove unnecessary and/or unwanted programs, review msconfig (essentially what is starting and staying in memory, eliminate what is unwanted or not necessary) install, update and run ad-aware, ensure virus definitions are current, run a full virus scan, usually reset the home page, run Norton Win Doctor and test for proper behaviour and performance. Assuming this cleans everything up it is typically 1.5-2 hours

    • #2720241

      Complete cleanup

      by blayneb ·

      In reply to Cleanup Procedures to get better PC performance

      I start by removing spyware and/or viruses. Two really nice spyware tools are SpyBot Search and Destroy and AdAware. They are both free tools and can get 99% of the spyware out there. Secondly if no antivirus is installed, I like to use AVG available at http://www.Grisoft.com .

      Cleaning up the Temp folders on the hard drive is next. Depending on the Operating System, there will be a few of them. In windows 98/ME/XP delete all the contents of the c:\windows\temp folder and in 2000 c:\winnt\temp. Also in 2000/XP you will need to clean out the users temp folder. It is located in c:\documents and settings\username\local settings\temp. The local settings folder may not be visible but you can make it viewable by going to Tools/Folder Options/View and select Show Hidden Files and Folders.

      Next you will need to clean out all the temporary internet files. You can right click on the IE ocon on the desktop and select properties and delete all internet files there.

      Lastly, I like to clean up the registry. Go to Start menu, then Run and type regedit and click on ok. This will bring up the registry editor. The 2 major places to clean are some of the startup items. The keys to remove/review are located in HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version/Run and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version/Run there are a few other runs in there that you can review and remove subkeys if you like. Be careful what you remove, you won’t keep your computer from booting, but you can delete startup items.

      I hope this is of some help, as it keeps my network and all my friends machines running smoothly. I can stress the importance of antivirus and spyware tools. They will keep you clean for the most part.

      Blayne Beham
      Network Admin
      Inter-Americas Insurance

    • #2720229

      Reply To: Cleanup Procedures to get better PC performance

      by loungelizzard ·

      In reply to Cleanup Procedures to get better PC performance

      Use the “msconfig” utility and remove and un-necessary applications from starting up at boot or remove any unnecessary services from running. This will increase the productivity and reduce the amount of memory and CPU activity being taken up by monitoring apps

      • #2720179

        Now cleanup MSCONFIG artifacts

        by wpee ·

        In reply to Reply To: Cleanup Procedures to get better PC performance

        After doing an ADD/REMOVE from the CONTROL PANEL and then UNCHECK BOXES from MSCONFIG there remains the artifacts of UNCHECKED BOX items that were removed.
        The EDIT option does NOT clean up these left overs, and MSCONFIG can no longer be RUN in NORMAL MODE.

    • #2720164

      Full maintenance with System Mech

      by ernie2502 ·

      In reply to Cleanup Procedures to get better PC performance

      I use System Mechanic on a regular basis as it can clean the registry, eliminate .temp and .bak files, clean your Internet tracks,etc all in one easy step.
      Never had a problem with a program not working after using this utility.

    • #2700234

      Re Image your machine

      by saadhusain ·

      In reply to Cleanup Procedures to get better PC performance

      I have two partitions on my machine – OS and Data. I then install my basic software (XP, Office, WinRar, Real, etc) and configure all the software according to my needs. Then I image the OS and keep the image on my data partition. Every week, I just reimage my OS partition and I am good as new. I don’t have to worry about spyware, adware, etc and most important, I have a backup in case some pesky virus decides to wipe out my C drive.

      . Then
      I use ghost to create an image of my machine after

      • #2701492

        Locking Down Machines

        by dpiwowarski@willcosheriff ·

        In reply to Re Image your machine

        I have been testing an alternative product (Deep Freeze). The product can assign a partition for data storage for normal work activities. Any entry not saved to this partition is deleted when system is rebooted. The deletion includes all temp files, unauthorized programs installed, cookies, ect. It also removes unauthorized changes to the register.

    • #2700213

      three steps in this order…

      by mryan ·

      In reply to Cleanup Procedures to get better PC performance

      1. Remove spyware. This is no doubt the #1 slowdown that many users don’t even know they have. If your PCs are not locked down to prevent installing screensavers, download “helpers”, etc. etc. than undoubtedly your users have spyware slowing down their PCs.

      2. Do the usual Scandisk, Defrag, etc. once a month or so. Also, you may want to install the free program PAGEDEFRAG from http://www.sysinternals.com. Install it once, (less than 40k) and your pagefile and registry will automatically defrag on each reboot. Once they are fixed the first time, each reboot usually is only delayed a few seconds to get the files back in shape.

      3. Don’t ignore that modern CPUs (P4, etc.) will slow down to prevent overheating. Check your current CPU speed and make sure it is what you expect. If not, check for cooling problems, bad BIOS settings, etc. A 3Ghz processor slowed down to 200Mhz to prevent overheating will certainly bog down system performance!

    • #2700194

      Quickclean

      by lazerous200 ·

      In reply to Cleanup Procedures to get better PC performance

      I found a great program that really does the trick. The program name is Quickclean by McAfee. It will do everything you want without damage to your system.

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