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    Hello Doc. Some time ago I asked about some of the free registry cleaners that were available and was advised that they should be kept at arms length as they are said to of little proven benefits. I logged on to the link in your post & saw that Registry mechanic & RegCleaner are both available as freebies SO, seeing my computer is getting irksomely slow I wondered if you might feel that using one or both of the said cleaners would serve any benefit. Regards SF ps I use CCleaner periodically, is that enought?
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    [quote name='Silver Fox' post='761392' date='25-Feb-09 12:27']seeing my computer is getting irksomely slow[/quote]
    Hi Dave

    The consensus seems to be that, despite what they claim for themselves, registry cleaners are unlikely to speed things up much. It might be better to see if you can track down what is the cause of the slow down. (I hope other more qualified than I will chip in to suggest how to go about that.)

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    Hi there

    I don't know what O/S you are using but at home I have Vista Home Basic and that was clunking along very slowly but last month I bought the 'Vista Magazine' and one of the free utilities on it promised to speed start up etc. and to my surprise it has done and I would say by as much as maybe 5 or 6 times faster.

    I will check out the name of the program when I get home tonight and see if there are any free links for you.

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    [quote name='stevehocking' post='761413' date='25-Feb-09 13:23']Hi there

    I don't know what O/S you are using but at home I have Vista Home Basic and that was clunking along very slowly but last month I bought the 'Vista Magazine' and one of the free utilities on it promised to speed start up etc. and to my surprise it has done and I would say by as much as maybe 5 or 6 times faster.

    I will check out the name of the program when I get home tonight and see if there are any free links for you.

    Cheers

    Steve[/quote]

    Hi Steve. I am using XP Proff SP2 and the slowness I refer to is not just at start-up but all the time I am on the computer. e.g. If I right click on an icon on the desktop for the purpose of bringing the delete option to view it takes ages for the said menu to appear. The same can be said for most of the actions I want to make. I know both the C & D drives show over half full and the RAM is reasonable but the computer has never been so slow. F R U S T R A T I N G to say the least. Perhaps I need to enlist the expertise of a friend who can streamline all the setting and get rid of unnecessary rubbish. Regards SF
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    [quote name='Silver Fox' post='761422' date='25-Feb-09 11:29']Hi Steve. I am using XP Proff SP2 and the slowness I refer to is not just at start-up but all the time I am on the computer.[/quote]
    Okay..... here's the standard response to this type of complaint, re: slowness:

    1. Do you have a GOOD antivirus program installed, updated and running? (e.g., KAV, NOD32, Avira)
    2. Do you have a GOOD antispyware program(s) installed, updated and running? (e.g., Malwarebytes, SuperAntispyware, Spybot S&D). When was the last time scanned your system?
    3. Do you have CCleaner installed? When was the last time you ran the "Cleaner" and "Registry" utilities?
    4. When was the last time you defragged your system? What defragger are you using?
    5. How much free space do you have on your hard drive?
    6. Is XP fully updated with the latest service packs (SP-3) and patches? (I noticed you do NOT have SP-3)
    7. Have you installed any new applications recently, i.e., before the slowness began?
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    [quote name='Pilgrim' post='761431' date='25-Feb-09 14:48']Okay..... here's the standard response to this type of complaint, re: slowness:
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    7. Have you installed any new applications recently, i.e., before the slowness began?[/quote]

    8. How much junk have you plonked on your desktop? (amazing how much difference a cleanup there makes!)
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    [quote name='jonWallace' post='761488' date='25-Feb-09 16:44']8. How much junk have you plonked on your desktop? (amazing how much difference a cleanup there makes!) [/quote]
    You mean actual files rather than shortcuts?

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    [quote name='IanWilson' post='761495' date='25-Feb-09 17:56']You mean actual files rather than shortcuts?

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    You'd be surprised how many people store actual data files on their desktop. I've even seen a user select the desktop as installation folder for an application...

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    [quote name='Silver Fox' post='761422' date='25-Feb-09 06:29']...I know both the C & D drives show over half full and the RAM is reasonable but the computer has never been so slow. ...[/quote]
    Windows XP thrives with 2GB of RAM. I was amazed at the improvement in stability and performance. Assuming your PC is fairly standard, the parts are about $50 and often go on sale for $30. (Shop around!)

    But I think we are getting off topic. You can get RAM advice on the Hardware board.

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    [quote name='HansV' post='761525' date='25-Feb-09 19:27']You'd be surprised how many people store actual data files on their desktop. I've even seen a user select the desktop as installation folder for an application... [/quote]
    Lots of sites suggest that you download their installation files to your desktop, for instance Adobe suggests it for installing Flash.

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    I've always wondered whether it is a good idea.

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    You can also insert multiple attachments such as images into the body of a post. But don't go overboard with it!

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    [quote name='IanWilson' post='761546' date='25-Feb-09 16:24']Lots of sites suggest that you download their installation files to your desktop, for instance Adobe suggests it for installing Flash.

    I've always wondered whether it is a good idea.

    Ian[/quote]

    It shouldn't be a problem as long as you pay attention when you do the installation. If they didn't suggest that there wold be lots more folks downloading the file to a Temp folder and then wondering where it is after the DL.
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    [quote name='DocWatson' post='761514' date='26-Feb-09 05:15']Dave,

    If you have a question about something not related to the thread topic it is best to start a new thread. I don't much care that this thread has been hijacked, but your question is more likely to get attention if it is posted under it's own heading in the proper forum. [/quote]

    Might I suggest we rename this "thread" and restart the thread "Last Freeware Versions" with just our two (relevant) posts on the subject. That could then become a useful resource IF people add (only) relevant links to the thread. Might as well (at least start to) keep the new lounge in some sort of order, eh?

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    This thread was created to separate a series of off-topic posts from a thread about freeware.

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