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    Maintenance

    Some time ago, Phil advised a poster to use Find to access the ~*.*,*.tmp folder to perform some clean-up. I went to look what was in my folder and found some leftovers that only take up space. Since then, I've been going through all the variations of *.*,*.tmp I can come up with (e.g., replacing the ~ with other symbols, letters, numbers). Every folder variation has had some junk in it that I don't need to have on my computer.

    Without Phil's advise on that one specific folder, I'd have a lot of junk still on my puter. So, I'm wondering if anyone else can share with us some of the things you do to regularly keep your system clean...

    Where are other places to look for junk that likes to hide?

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    Re: Maintenance

    Hi race1:

    I do the following:
    1. Delete the temp files, as you've seen. By the way, don't do too many variations without knowing what files you're deleting. Just make sure they either start with ~ or end with .tmp.

    2. There are other .bak or .bk or .old files that you can delete.

    3. I run regclean.exe regularly

    4. I boot to DOS (not DOS prompt) & type the following:

    smartdrv.exe<enter>
    scanreg /fix /opt

    & let it rebuild my registry every week or 2.

    5. I go to msconfig/startup & uncheck most of it. Just keep:
    mstask.exe
    systray.exe
    load power profile (twice)
    scanregw.exe
    taskmon.exe
    Then I cheat & keep:
    TweakUI
    TrayManager (a utility that hides systray icons)

    6. I run CheckDeadLinks from the Microsoft Resource Kit.

    7. Fred Langa has a newsletter (langalist) & some utilities. One is called CleanAll.bat. It's at

    http://www.langa.com/cleanall_bat.htm

    8. I just started using EasyCleaner, found at

    http://www.saunalahti.fi/tonihele

    9. I run scandisk weekly; do a thorough scan monthly (more often if I crash) & defrag monthly.

    There's a book that I've started to read called:
    "Optimizing Windows for Games, Graphics, & Multimedia" by David L. Farqubar, published by O'Reilly. It has a number of speed enhancing tricks. But beware. I crashed once & a friend of mine did it 2 or 3 times, so you might not want to try all his extreme measures.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Maintenance

    Thanks a lot for the suggestions, Phil - you are too kind.

    I hope I didn't lead anyone into trouble with my general post above - and your warning bears repeating, for sure.

    Like I said, I went through all my keys with the *.*,*.tmp variant, but I only deleted .tmp files. They're always in the same place no matter the variant: C:WindowsTemp.

    Mostly they were all jpeg and gif files (and some docs) that have accumulated from when IE hangs up or crashes - I run IEClean 5.50 which wipes the temp stuff and so much more the rest of the time.

    Thanks again, Phil - you're a big reason I keep returning to this forum...

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    Re: Maintenance

    Does MS's regclean do more than Norton's registry optimizer? Is it something I should also run on a regular basis if I usually run the several "care components" of Norton Utilities?

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    Re: Maintenance

    Hi Bill:

    I haven't used Norton, but I may start. The book I mention in my post above, p.91, indicates that regclean only removes invalid keys, but doesn't compact the registry, as Norton & some other utilities do. From what I can tell, regclean is good to run if you aren't using other utilities, but Norton, Nuts & Bolts, Easy Cleaner, etc. are better.

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    Re: Maintenance

    Hi Chris:

    I had the same trouble--figuring out how to post links, pictures, etc. in the lounge. To post a link to a post, do the following:
    1. Go to the post
    2. Copy the URL from the address bar
    3. Either clik the tag panel & choose the first globe, or type (url)link(/url) except use square brackets instead of parenthesis. If I used square brackets here, you would only see blue hyperlinked text.
    4. Paste the URL that you copied where it says "link". That's all there is to it.

    If you use the second globe, you do the same thing except there's a place for a description.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Maintenance

    Re: win95 Maintenance [Post#: 18900 / re: 18720 ]


    I posted a reply to a similar question in the Win95 forum. If I knew how to paste in links to posts I would have done so, but the data above should let you locate it.

    My post is a series of BATCH files that do most of the work. The last file includes a list of file patterns which I've declared to be of transient files.

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    Re: Maintenance

    Greetings All!

    You have referenced LOTS of software here, can any be had for free, and if so, where? and if so, can you post it to 'Software Finds?'

    Thanks!

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    Re: Maintenance

    Hi Drk:

    The only ones I know that are free are regclean, which is already listed in Software Finds & Easy Cleaner. I'll let Ian know about the latter.

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