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#1 One Dot Com

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Posted 15 September 2005 - 05:16 PM

On my new PC, SONY Vaio Windows XP Media Center Edition, there is an
icon on the desktop "cleanup_tool" (without the quotation marks).
When I right click on it, and go to properties, this comes up:
"Win 32 Cabinet Self Extractor" What in the world is this used for???
Please explain what this is used for. I can only find it on the desktop,
nowhere else.Thank you for your help.

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Posted 15 September 2005 - 06:00 PM

Hi

The clean up tool helps free up space on your hard drive by deleting files, emptying the Recycle Bin, clearing the temporary Internet files etc. It is normally accessed via Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup. I'm not familiar with XP Media Edition so it could have been placed on your desktop as part of the installation. Have you tried to use it? You should be able to Cancel before it actually does anything. Have a look here for how to use it.

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Posted 15 September 2005 - 06:35 PM

Define "cleanup_tool"

There are various types of these tools that clean your hard drive, caches, Most Recently Used lists, duplicate files, registry and browser. See: http://www.majorgeeks.com/downloads12.html

But some do more cleaning than others. For example, CCleaner, one of the more popular cleaners today cleans the following:

Internet Explorer - Temporary files, URL history, cookies, Autocomplete form history, index.dat.

Firefox - Temporary files, URL history, cookies, download history.

Windows - Recycle Bin, Recent Documents, Temporary files and Log files.

Registry cleaner - Advanced features to remove unused and old entries, including File Extensions, ActiveX Controls, ClassIDs, ProgIDs, Uninstallers, Shared DLLs, Fonts, Help Files, Application Paths, Icons, Invalid Shortcuts and more... also comes with a comprehensive backup feature.

Third-party applications - Removes temp files and recent file lists (MRUs) from many apps including Opera, Media Player, eMule, Kazaa, Google Toolbar, Netscape, MS Office, Nero, Adobe Acrobat, WinRAR, WinAce, WinZip and many more...
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Posted 15 September 2005 - 10:32 PM

Glaswegian, quietman7, thanks for your replies, but none of them revert to what
I have on my desktop. (I use CCleaner, which as you mention, is a file cleaner)
But "cleanup_tool" is something entirely different thing.
Type the name into "Google", (make sure you include the line _ between cleanup
and tool) click on the first item "Stebner's Web Log 7", scroll down to "How to
manually uninstall SQL Express........ where you will find "cleanup_tool" mentioned.
My problem with all those "explanations" is, that they all look "Greek" to me.
I don't think, that I ever will use "cleanup_tool", and might even uninstall it from my PC, unless somebody will tell me different. :thumbsup:

Edited by One Dot Com, 15 September 2005 - 10:34 PM.


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Posted 16 September 2005 - 12:21 AM

Can you determine the path to what it is trying to install?
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Edited by jgweed, 16 September 2005 - 12:36 AM.

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 12:25 AM

"Win 32 Cabinet Self Extractor"

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=197147

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 12:37 AM

On my new PC, SONY Vaio Windows XP Media Center Edition, there is an
icon on the desktop "cleanup_tool" (without the quotation marks).
When I right click on it, and go to properties, this comes up:
"Win 32 Cabinet Self Extractor" What in the world is this used for???
Please explain what this is used for. I can only find it on the desktop,
nowhere else.Thank you for your help.

Did this come installed on the new computer or did it appear after you connected to the internet?

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 04:32 AM

The google search link you are referring to explains that cleanup_tool.exe is actually the NET Framework cleanup tool used to clean up Net Framework 1.1 and SQL Server 2005 Express. msizap.exe is part of the cleanup tool download and is run prior to running the cleanup.exe.

This tells me that it is an uninstaller created specifically for these applications. Symantec has a similar clean up tool (uninstaller) for their Norton line of products.

Win32 Cabinet Self-Extractor tells me that cleanup_tool.exe is a self-extracting file.
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