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Daemon Hunter

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#1 10 years ago

Ok so, my gaming computer is really F'd up. I have a good GPU, CPU and whatnot, but games as old as Command and Conquer Generals run terribly on it.

I have no idea whats wrong.

At first I though it was because my dad put on way to many security and network programs that all run at once, which I think is killing my RAM. He put on so many b/c I download many custom maps for crysis and the DOW series and he says I will get a virus.

I've completely given up on cleaning it file by file, and since I have no important data on the computer, I just want to wipe the harddrive clean as if I just bought it.

Is there any way to do it and if not what is the best way to clean it up?

Also if you know there is something else wrong or think that I have a different problem I'm unaware of please tell me so I can fix it.




*The.Doctor

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#2 10 years ago

The first thing to try would be to turn off all those extra programs you say are running and see if your games run any better. Disable anything running in the system tray as well (the program icons by the clock) and those can use up more resources than you might think.

When was the last time your defraged your drive? You might also try giving CCleaner a try to clean out junk files and fix registry errors. Have you updated your video card drivers lately?

If nothing else works, your best bet would be to back up anything you want to save and reformat your drive and reinstall Windows, assuming you have a Windows install CD that is.

Edit: By the way, what are your specs?




DannyPhantom

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#3 10 years ago
Apollo75;4544708The first thing to try would be to turn off all those extra programs you say are running and see if your games run any better. Disable anything running in the system tray as well (the program icons by the clock) and those can use up more resources than you might think. When was the last time your defraged your drive? You might also try giving CCleaner a try to clean out junk files and fix registry errors. Have you updated your video card drivers lately? If nothing else works, your best bet would be to back up anything you want to save and reformat your drive and reinstall Windows, assuming you have a Windows install CD that is. Edit: By the way, what are your specs?

I've heard bad things about the registry cleaner on CCleaner. Apparently it can stuff some things up. Also, in addition to what are your specs, how long have you noticed that it hasn't been working. Is it since your dad has put those extra programs on it?




Dark Saint

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#4 10 years ago
DannyPhantom;4544712I've heard bad things about the registry cleaner on CCleaner. Apparently it can stuff some things up. Also, in addition to what are your specs, how long have you noticed that it hasn't been working. Is it since your dad has put those extra programs on it?

yes well... I have heard tons of things wrong about Fords but i still own a couple....

Crapcleaner works fine. Like any program in the world it has it's moments...

Because we still don't have your specs, lets start with using the following: Reg scrubxp adaware spyware blaster

and giving your pc a good old fashioned Defrag.

If this doesn't help, I would suggest an F&R ( Format and Reinstall). Before doing it, get all the updated drivers for your pc and burn them to a disk. After you have done so, pop your windows disk in and go from there.

**REMEMBER** Back up your important data. Saved passwords, music, movies and soo on .




DannyPhantom

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#5 10 years ago
~Merrick;4544941yes well... I have heard tons of things wrong about Fords but i still own a couple.... Crapcleaner works fine. Like any program in the world it has it's moments... Because we still don't have your specs, lets start with using the following: Reg scrubxp adaware spyware blaster and giving your pc a good old fashioned Defrag. If this doesn't help, I would suggest an F&R ( Format and Reinstall). Before doing it, get all the updated drivers for your pc and burn them to a disk. After you have done so, pop your windows disk in and go from there. **REMEMBER** Back up your important data. Saved passwords, music, movies and soo on .

Terribly sorry, but if I heard that a program had even one report of an error, then I wouldn't trust it.




Kilobyte

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#6 10 years ago
Daemon Hunter;4544494I've completely given up on cleaning it file by file, and since I have no important data on the computer, I just want to wipe the harddrive clean as if I just bought it.

Most manufacturers include a Windows Reinstall CD that you can use to do just that.

Later on, they started creating a hidden partition with the installer. From which you have to press a key during boot to reinstall Windows.

If you no longer have the Reinstall CD, then you will have to get another one, AND the DRIVERS for the computer. Otherwise your video, sound, and internet access will not work.

The instructions vary between companies, so I will post a generic clean install manual.

Clean Install Windows XP - How to Perform a Clean Installation of Windows XP - Part 1 of 4




Dark Saint

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#7 10 years ago
DannyPhantom;4544971Terribly sorry, but if I heard that a program had even one report of an error, then I wouldn't trust it.

Well then you might want to give up your Operating Systems and all of your software that you have paid for and everything you have downloaded or used for free.. NOTHING comes out of the box working one hundred percent.. I don't care who develops it.




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#8 10 years ago
DannyPhantom;4544971Terribly sorry, but if I heard that a program had even one report of an error, then I wouldn't trust it.

I think you should stick with console gaming. There is not one program you use that does not have reported errors.




Kilobyte

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#9 10 years ago

That is probably true.

~Merrick;4545774 NOTHING comes out of the box working one hundred percent.. I don't care who develops it.

Actually, while nothing that comes out of a BOX is error free. Some smaller apps that you can get, are 100% error free. If an error pops up (unheard of rare), it is not the app but the OS at fault.

If I remember correctly, Solitaire & Minesweeper are two such apps. Not 100%sure about Notepad.exe.

It is not so much who develops it, but the amount of code. If a single person can write it in a few hours, and it does not interact with a lot of other apps, then it should be 100% bug free.

Notepad & Regedit may have a couple of known bugs, but minesweeper should not have any bugs at all.




*The.Doctor

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#10 10 years ago

Personally i don't think software will ever be 100% error free.

Something else is to disable all the programs that run at start up that you don't need by going to "start > run > msconfig" and then to the "startup" tab. Disable what you don't need. If your not sure what something does or if you need it or not, google it first to make sure.