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#1 audionuT22

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 02:03 PM

Is sfc /scannow safe and recommended to do every week, month, year, etc? Also, before doing the sfc /scannow, would you want to do the following? Go to: my computer > tools > folder options > view, then un-tick the boxes for "do not show hidden files and folders" and "Hide protected operating system files". My thoughts are it would allow sfc to do a more thourough job?

Also, when I have done sfc /scannow and then have 'Diskeeper' run a scan, it finds a zillion fragments. Is this normal? Thanks in advance.

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 04:33 PM

There really is no need to do sfc /scannow on a routine basis. It only needs to be run when you have problems and you suspect damaged files. There is also no need to uncheck hidden files. It sees them anyways. Hidden files are just hidden from the user to prevent them from altering something that they shouldn't.
I can't say with any certainty about fragmentation afterwards, but it makes sense. sfc /scannow picks through everything looking for flaws
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Posted 21 October 2008 - 05:49 PM

Garmanma. Thanks for the reply, I have been trying different things to speed up my computer, but sfc /scannow did not seem to help. I have been defraging, using CCleaner, other utilities to tune it up, disk clean up, disabling startup items in msconfig, etc, etc, but nothing seems to work.

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 10:43 AM

I don't believe in registry cleaners, to much chance to hose your system. If you insist, stay away from the Issues button with Ccleaner and above all BACK UP YOUR REGISTRY.

Using msconfig to permanently disable startup items really isn't recommended. It's better off to use
Codestuff Starter:
http://www.snapfiles.com/download/dlstarter.html Easy interface
A little more intense is Autoruns:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinte...s/bb963902.aspx
I recommend this site with a word of caution, He offers 3 choices, I would select SAFE in all instances
http://www.blackviper.com/
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Posted 22 October 2008 - 11:57 AM

I agree with you on not using CCleaner's registry cleaner, that's a job for a specialist utility. I did use CCleaner's registry's cleaner once and it did cause some problems. I have used 'Easy Cleaner' and 'Eusing Free Registry Cleaner' without any problems. I do, (usually), set a restore point before using these programs.

When using msconfig, unticking the boxes on un-needed startup items does not permanantly disable them, does it? I have seen some add them selves back on the start up list on their own, i.e. msmsgs. I have been able to enable disabled items by re-ticking its box. I use http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php to check if start-up items are needed or not.

What utility do you recommend on blackviper.com, and where would I find it on the site?

Thanks again for all your input.

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 03:12 PM

XP services:
http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm

Vista services:
http://www.blackviper.com/WinVista/servicecfg.htm

Scoll down the pages a little
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Posted 22 October 2008 - 04:21 PM

Ok, I get it now. Using run > services.msc is a better/safer way to enable/disable/stop/start/automatic/manual items than msconfig. But I have lot of items in my 'services' list that are not on Black Vipers list? Is there any place I could find them.

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