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#1 ebliss1

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 01:14 PM

I am getting a new PC (finally) and I want to clean the old one up before passing it along to my kid. I do not have a disc with Windows XP, so re-formatting the hard drive and re-installing XP and all the drivers is not the path I want to pursue.

I can do the various uninstalls, but I also want to clean out any junk that has accumulated in my registery and elsewhere. How can I best do that on my own, or should I drop a copy of my registery in here to see what I have to specifically tweak?

Thanks for your help.

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 02:25 PM

BC experts advise against using registry cleaners. They say it doesnt affect PC much. :thumbsup:

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 07:56 PM

If you want to "clean out" your registry...do a clean install and then be careful of what you install and uninstall on your system.

<<I do not have a disc with Windows XP, so re-formatting the hard drive and re-installing XP and all the drivers is not the path I want to pursue.>>

In that case, I suggest that you invest in a disk-imaging solution and proceed to use it to conduct periodic backups of your entire system.

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 08:28 PM

Run a secure wipe of the entire hard drive with a program such as Darik’s Boot and Nuke ( http://www.dban.org ).
This option will clean all programs and files from the hard drive, which will require the recipient to reinstall everything from scratch.




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