My search for the best disk-cleanup program has uncovered some that aren’t worth the time and effort, let alone paying a registration fee.
One of the utilities I tried even left more unnecessary files on my drive than were there before I ran the program!
This week, I’ll add to my previous comments on free and easy ways to eliminate what the Disk Cleanup tool in Windows leaves behind.
You can quickly eliminate megabytes or even gigabytes of hard-to-remove junk and boost your system performance!
You can get rid of more than just a few junk files by using some of Windows’ little-known deep-cleaning settings.
Most users report recovering dozens to hundreds of megabytes of space, and some users report gaining as much as 13GB of formerly-wasted space!
I don’t trust Windows Update to install new drivers for devices that Microsoft isn’t responsible for.
Check out my reasons in this week’s column and see if you agree.
Some excellent reader feedback came in this month that lets us get even more out of task automation.
One little password trick and two freeware tools can help you ease your PC maintenance chores and unleash the full power of Windows Task Scheduler.
The good ol’ Recovery Console from Windows XP has morphed into five separate Vista tools.
XP’s console was good for system recovery after a crash, but it’s gone in Vista, replaced by different tools and a whole new front end.
Once you know the trick, Task Scheduler can do just about anything but make the coffee.
The key is using a means of program control that dates back to the ancient days of DOS: command-line parameters.
Ever wonder if someone’s mining your ISP’s mail server for addresses?
Here’s one way to test for malfeasance at your mail server — and I’ll show you several other ways to keep your e-mail address out of the wrong hands.
In this, my eighth and final column on my Housecalls across the continent, we see how editing the Registry resolves a Symantec networking problem.
Symantec’s Norton Antivirus requires a larger IRPStackSize than the default value in order to handle data in a peer-to-peer network.
In this column, the seventh in my series on Housecalls across North America, we see just how much space a proper PC housecleaning might free up.
Nearing the end of my cross-country journey, I also take some time to ponder what I’ve accomplished during the trip.