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What Is A Good General Diagnostic To Post Here?

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#1 Jeremy James

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Posted 18 November 2007 - 12:02 AM

I am wanting to just see how my computer is doing, and was looking for a good diagnostic to run, and to post up here on the board, so someone could see if my system is doing well. I think there are a few programs running that I don't need, however, I need some help to see if that's true or not, and then a tutorial to help remove them.


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#2 dc3


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Posted 18 November 2007 - 12:30 AM

Generally if you don't notice anything wrong with your computer it's running ok. There may be some programs that you don't need running in the back ground, but if they are not slowing your system down then I would just leave them alone. What you should do is keep all of your security software updated and run regular scans, with the larger hdd today it's not as important as it use to be but you still need to defrag it occasionally. Updating also includes your OS, this is as important as the security software as the updates include patches that help protect you from intruders. Other than that...if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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Posted 18 November 2007 - 08:06 AM

Being a minimalist at heart, I always think a clean hard drive is a happy hard drive. You can certainly check the applications that launch at startup against the BC Startup List (tabbed above) and delete those you don't need or use frequently. Using Windows Disk Cleanup, reviewing and archiving your documents and media, then running checkdisk (also called scandisk) and defragging will certainly keep your computer running smoothly.
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Posted 18 November 2007 - 11:00 AM

My only additional comment would be that it's worthwhile to run chkdsk on a routine basis, since not doing so will eventually frustrate defrag attempts (and possibly cause idiosyncracies in the system).

How To Run CHKDSK In XP - http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...b;en-us;Q315265

http://www.ehow.com/how_2037270_run-chkdsk.html There is no point in having chkdsk run in simple read mode, so just check the two boxes when running it via My Computer/Explorer.


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