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random_soldier1337

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#1 8 years ago

Yes I know that a reinstall of the OS is required every 6 months or so and yes I have made several such threads before. But I am asking what I should do in the meantime because I'd just feel silly and it'd be damn time consuming if I had to do a reinstall every weekend.:rolleyes: So I decided to review some old threads and came up with a list of few programs that would help in such a task. But I am not sure whether I should be using them or not as I don't know whether they will have any utility (if not make things worse) or be simple enough to be used by an amateur or be free for use forever As only one person mentioned them in a the threads and nobody else commented. Here are the programs: Regvac Advanced WindowsCare Diskeeper I had suggested deleting all sorts of junk data or useless programs and defragmentation but one person (I think Monster-User) said it didn't do much which is why I thought of bringing this list up again which another person posted in the same thread. Suggestions? EDIT: Not really on topic but I didn't want to make an entirely different thread for it. If I use a patch for any program even a game, would the latest patch include all the improvements made in previous patches if I use the latest alone or would I have to get the previous ones as well. Assume the program has no auto-update/auto-patch.




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#2 8 years ago

Aside from basic preventative maintenance (e.g. antivirus, spyware scanner and all that good stuff), there's not much you need to actively do. Just avoid installing too much crap. I try to keep my installed software to a minimum, i.e. Steam and all the games I play. For other stuff, I keep a small 20GB Windows XP partition that I can boot into that I don't really have to worry about.

As for game patches, it entirely depends on what game and what patch it is. Some games have incremental patches, which means you have to install each patch in order on top of the previous one, which generally means more patch files, but each one is significantly smaller. Other games use full patches, in which every patch contains all the previous patches, so you only need to install the lastest one. As a consequence, full patch files are generally pretty large.

Some games have a mix of different patch types...Battlefield 2, for instance. It's currently on patch version 1.50, but (if I recall correctly) there is no 1.50 full patch, or at least there wasn't for the longest time. To patch a fresh install of BF2, you have to install the 1.41 full patch (the latest full patch for that game), and then the 1.41-1.50 incremental patch.




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#3 8 years ago

You neglected to mention what OS you're using, which makes a BIG difference. If you're on XP no matter how you maintain your system it's best to format every so often to keep it smooth running. The opinions about how often will vary, but it seems to average about every 6 mo. Part of the need to is from the bloat of numerous accumulated updates, part is how it's designed.

W7 is a much more stable OS. If you already have 64 bit hardware you'd be better off just switching to W7 than trying to make XP run stable.




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#4 8 years ago

Windows 7 64-bit.




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#5 8 years ago

I use Auslogics Disk Defrag and Registry Cleaner, CCleaner, along with Avast! anti-virus.

EDIT: Not really on topic but I didn't want to make an entirely different thread for it. If I use a patch for any program even a game, would the latest patch include all the improvements made in previous patches if I use the latest alone or would I have to get the previous ones as well. Assume the program has no auto-update/auto-patch.

Like Zam said, it depends on the game. I hate those ones with the incremental patches though, its just a PITA to download 2-3 different patches to get the game up to date.




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#6 8 years ago

On Disk Keeper. --- Windows has always had several tools to maintain itself.

Start -> Disk Cleanup

Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Disk Cleanup.

This program will automatically run the diagnostic tools included with nearly all versions of Windows. Disk Keeper is likely the same thing.

* The disk checking utility (chkdsk, "Scandisk" on Win9x) * Defrag * Deletes clutter (Internet cache, error logs, etc.), but also deletes desktop icons in some versions.

Scandisk is really important on older versions of Windows. You only have to run it every six months, instead of reinstalling. The disk checking utility ensures that no glitches in the "card catalog", or "index", cause errors or corrupt files.

Defrag should not be an issue, but may still be. Defrag reorganizes the files on the hard drive, making them more organized. When you install a game, a sound file might be in the middle of your Office program, while a texture might end up with your MP3 collection.

Defragging can reduce wear on a drive, and usually improves performance.

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Advanced WindowsCare, and RegVac seem to be the same.

Maybe choose one or the other. I never run such Registry Cleaners, but they can be useful if you uninstall your old games, or change programs often.

Whenever you uninstall a program, it leaves behind registry entries, this can slow down your boot times, and decrease the stability of the system.

Some use Registry Cleaners to clean out gunk left by browsers, and temporary installation files. Disk Cleanup usually deletes these files, but doesn't always get all of them.




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#7 8 years ago

If you're on XP no matter how you maintain your system it's best to format every so often to keep it smooth running. The opinions about how often will vary, but it seems to average about every 6 mo.As for game patches, it entirely depends on what game and what patch it is

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#8 8 years ago
Siddharth Gupta;5397379Windows 7 64-bit.

Well it shouldn't be too hard then. Here's the tools I use to keep things snappy:

Auslogics Disk Defrag Avast! CCleaner Comodo Driver Cleaner Emergency Kit (Formerly a-Squared) Glary Utilities GMER HijackThis Malwarebytes Perfect Disk SpyBot SUPERAntiSpyware




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#9 8 years ago

Sorry I forgot to mention earlier, but incase mobile components have any effect on software operation, I'm using a laptop mostly. @Omen and others, can we please keep the list of softwares to a minimum with simplified interface? This much I can tell you that I can't use advanced tools like Combofix and HijackThis (don't really get it though I thought HijackThis.de website allowed it to be simpler for amateurs but then I was told I don't need it as an end-user), so please don't suggest such programs and as for others, please refrain from suggesting two software with the more or less the same functions with more or less about the same efficiency because I never really understood why I needed Malwarebytes' and Spybot when Antivirus does (or does it? It should I think) the same thing.

Originally Posted by Monster_user On Disk Keeper. --- Windows has always had several tools to maintain itself.

Start -> Disk Cleanup

Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Disk Cleanup.

This program will automatically run the diagnostic tools included with nearly all versions of Windows. Disk Keeper is likely the same thing.

* The disk checking utility (chkdsk, "Scandisk" on Win9x) * Defrag * Deletes clutter (Internet cache, error logs, etc.), but also deletes desktop icons in some versions.

Scandisk is really important on older versions of Windows. You only have to run it every six months, instead of reinstalling. The disk checking utility ensures that no glitches in the "card catalog", or "index", cause errors or corrupt files.

Defrag should not be an issue, but may still be. Defrag reorganizes the files on the hard drive, making them more organized. When you install a game, a sound file might be in the middle of your Office program, while a texture might end up with your MP3 collection.

Defragging can reduce wear on a drive, and usually improves performance.

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Advanced WindowsCare, and RegVac seem to be the same.

Maybe choose one or the other. I never run such Registry Cleaners, but they can be useful if you uninstall your old games, or change programs often.

Whenever you uninstall a program, it leaves behind registry entries, this can slow down your boot times, and decrease the stability of the system.

Some use Registry Cleaners to clean out gunk left by browsers, and temporary installation files. Disk Cleanup usually deletes these files, but doesn't always get all of them.

I didn't find "disk cleanup" in the accessories but is that the same as the disk cleanup used when going through the properties of each HDD partition? You know, the one on the general page with the pie diagram of used and free space. The disk check utility, not so sure about what do you mean by that. Isn't that the command prompt from the start button? If it is what I think it is I don't think someone who can't use Combofix should be using that. Will the error-checking upon restart option work just as well or not? Because a google search said that the command prompt might be better only when you want to do a check while the drive is in use because windows doesn't allow the other option while it is in use. As for Advanced WindowsCare and RegVac, if they are only registry cleaners, wouldn't I just be better off using the CCleaner registry integrity maintaining option. It seems simpler with only a few clicks as opposed to having an entire program for that. Although if you feel like suggesting otherwise, please do, because I definitely have moments where I go off on an install/uninstall spree (probably install 2-3 programs as well as uninstall 2-3 programs at such a time). As for now, I do the following things in the following order: 1. AV scan 2. Disk cleanup (from HDD properties section) 3. CCleaner (delete files and maintain registry integrity) 4. Error-checking (the option right above standard windows defrag option in HDD properties tools) 5. Defragment Feel free to add to the list or change the order of how I do things.




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#10 8 years ago

All I use, and I have a much abbreviated list compared to Omen's:

Avast! CCleaner MyDefrag Driver Sweeper

I don't use anti-malware or anti-spyware software since I haven't had any previous problems with those and I don't really expect to. Something else you should also have a look at with Windows XP is TweakUI.

I didn't find "disk cleanup" in the accessories but is that the same as the disk cleanup used when going through the properties of each HDD partition? You know, the one on the general page with the pie diagram of used and free space.

Yes.