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    End of year PC House Keeping

    <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29> Loungers,

    Any good ideas for end-of-year PC house Keeping?

    Thanks in Advance

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    Re: End of year PC House Keeping

    I don't know about you, but I don't do anything different at the end of the year than I do all year long. Cleaning out "temporary" files, emptying browser cache, dumping the recycle bin, throwing out the oldest messages in email "trash" and so on, if done on a regular basis, could mean that there's nothing unusual about the end of a year. Unless of course, you're talking about financial programs like Quicken and the like, which is a different story. Then, there's always the school of thought that says a person ought to "clean install" the OS once or twice a year, but I think that too is an entirely different philosophy. Anyone else?

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    Re: End of year PC House Keeping

    For some people this is the time to do the annual backup <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: End of year PC House Keeping

    Attached (hopefully) is a list of what I do.
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    Re: End of year PC House Keeping

    I tried tow attachments and only 1 stuck so here is the other
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    Re: End of year PC House Keeping

    Just like Big Al, I sure don't wait for the year end to do clean ups. If I did I would have gigs of trash taking up unnecessary space on the HD's. Quicken and MS Money for example have an auto year end routine and I'm sure any other calendar sensitive progs have a similar thing. <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>

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    Re: End of year PC House Keeping

    You can attach only one document to a post. To make several documents available at once, put them in a WinZip file and attach that.

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    Re: End of year PC House Keeping

    <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> Big Al

    You are right, if done on a regular basis, well let me tell you the short story of these PCs:

    1) They were donated by a corporation
    2) They left the hard drives with every thing on them, some had Windows 95, some Windows 98, and a few Windows 98SE
    3) I have to backup some stuff, and then trash ALL these hard drives
    4) Reinstall Windows 2000???
    5) Install software.

    Maybe I'll ghost one PC and install the image on the ones that are the same.

    I called the company who donated the PCs and told them that they should have at least wiped out the drives, and now they wanted to recover some stuff. Shows you how being a nice guy some times may back fire.

    Great to have you in this forum, Big Al

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    Re: End of year PC House Keeping

    <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29> StuartR

    When is the time to do the annual restore, or is it only done during leap years? <img src=/S/boxedin.gif border=0 alt=boxedin width=25 height=20>

    In some cases people think that since they have a back up, it will work when they need it. I wish no one any bad surprises.

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    Re: End of year PC House Keeping

    <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> Kent

    These were great documents, I'll modify it and make copies to all, if you don't mind?!

    BTW "Yes Darling" are two words, unless you consider Darling the last word.

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    Re: End of year PC House Keeping

    <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> Bob

    I need to do something radical here, maybe I should not have used the term "Year End", but it did generate great responses, which served the purpose as well.

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    Re: End of year PC House Keeping

    Ahhh, that's an entirely different breed of horse, Wassim! You've got your hands full there! I never did this with Win 2000 or XP, but I used to have a so-called "master" Drive Image file that I would use on almost all machines I fixed for our group at work. When I would boot it for the first time, Windows would "usually" straighten everything out and require me to provide the necessary drivers for the hardware in THAT machine. As I said, it worked most of the time, since we tried to use a lot of the same hard drives, video cards, NICs and so on. If it didn't work on a particular machine, oh well, full install time, but that was rare. I don't know how that "procedure" would do with 2000 or XP, especially now with Product Activation in the picture.

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    Re: End of year PC House Keeping

    Wassim, If you are going to Ghost one PC the others better be the same hardware. Win2k is pretty picky about the basic hardware being the same. If there aren't too many machines you're likely better off with a format and full install.

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    Re: End of year PC House Keeping

    Wassim, I think Joe's probably on the right track. It made me think of something else that you may not have considered. With a bootable Win2000 CD, you can set up a scripted install that you won't even need to be present for. With a little preparation (using the SYSPREP tool) and list of potential drivers you will need, you can set up the unattended install fairly easily and get them all done - clean, quick, and simple. Even at home I've created a setup script so that if I need to wipe Windows and start over (the best Windex in the world) I can do it within a half hour, leaving me more time to re-install applications.
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    Re: End of year PC House Keeping

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