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#1 urbanninja

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 11:28 AM

I'm not talking about virus or mal-ware scanners. I used to use Tune-up Utilities, but I wanted to check some other options. I am about to run Uniblue's "Registry Booster" and I also wanted to see if you guys had any suggestions. So, any comments would be greatly appreciated. Previously, I have simply re-installed my entire operating system. Over the years, I have accumulated a lot of programs and re-configuring every detail on my computer to the way it was will be quite a hassle. Therefore, I would rather not have to go that route.

I am looking for something that can clean up my entire system so that it would run as if it were a fresh install (I can handle organizing my own files in my libraries, the folder "Program Files," and the folder "Program Files (x86).") BTW, I have Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium.

Thanks, to anyone who replies.

Edited by urbanninja, 27 September 2011 - 11:30 AM.


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Posted 27 September 2011 - 11:35 AM

Sounds to me like what you're looking for is a disk image. You can use software such as Acronis True Image to take a "snapshot" of your HDD. At a later time, you can restore the drive to the state it was in when the snapshot was taken.

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I am about to run Uniblue's "Registry Booster"


Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:

Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.

Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.

Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.

Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.

The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".

Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.
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#3 urbanninja

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 12:36 PM

No, I'm not looking for something to back up my entire hard drive. If I did that it would erase all data accumulated since the "snapshot" and any changes to software preferences/settings. Also, I believe I would use Norton's "Ghost" software, if I needed to do that. Thank you though for the info on the registry cleaner; I will not be using it thanks to you.

I guess I'll go ahead and buy W7 Ultimate, wipe my HDD, install it, and go through the hassle of making sure all the drivers are up-to-date (and even in the system) so that all the hardware in my laptop works proper. Then I'll have to install from disc or download and install and re-configure every single program that I own. Usually, doing this makes my system run like new. (I am still open to suggestions for an alternate means of "renewing?" my computer)

Again, thanks for the response, Blade :thumbsup:

Edited by urbanninja, 28 September 2011 - 12:40 AM.


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Posted 29 September 2011 - 03:15 PM

I am not pretty sure whether I understand you correctly , it seems like you need wiping tool before clean install OS and tweak system utilities on regular use.

According to wiping you might use command line ‘clean’ in diskpart for quick format or ‘clean all’ for writing zero prior to clean install ; however, the command is applied for wiping the whole hard disk ; otherwise , you might use partition wizard which allow wiping specific drive.

For tweak system utility , you might try system mechanic yet it not freeware , the 30 days trial version allow full feature and quite satisfied for me during trial yet left registry cleaning feature alone , have a look system mechanic demo here http://www.iolo.com/system-mechanic/standard/#Demo or if you prefer freeware , you might consider ccleaner (I have not tried it myself yet heard a lot of professional use it).

Besides, some tweak tool might contain the utility from window 7 itseIf yet reconfigure the interface for more convenient and provided all optimization in one click option in pro/upgraded version . Typically , I just optimize window 7 through the utility in window 7 itself and let window update do the job together with using disk cleanup .

For defragmentation, I would use auslogic defragment if I don’t perform defragmentation for a long time since this utility perform slightly faster than several freewares which I have ever tried and provide the information about the fragmented blocks letting you know which file is still fragmented after defragmentation then using smart defrag2 since it offer defragmentation on the background and also provide Boot Time Defrag which allows you to defrag files during the system boot process, while these files cannot be defragged or are not safe to move in window , checking the site here http://www.iobit.com/iobitsmartdefrag.html

This might not fulfill your query ; however , hope this help a little bit.

I would PM you further. :)

edit : I see this link suggesting several tools to erase the hard disk with no trace , check this http://gizmodo.com/5489933/leave-no-trace-how-to-completely-erase-your-hard-drives-ssds-and-thumb-drives

Edited by AA l., 29 September 2011 - 08:12 PM.


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Posted 01 October 2011 - 02:35 AM

Auslogics.

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 08:07 AM

Auslogics has several programs designed for clean up and tune up.

You need to be more specific and post which program.

http://www.auslogics.com/en/software/

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 09:39 PM

Uniblue, NOOOOO!!!!!!

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 09:46 PM

A Ccleaner on Temp Files and a Defrag is the best thing you can do. Also use "msconfig" or uninstall un-needed programs. If it is Still Running Slow. Check your security software for the Latest Version, some newer ones now try to use less system resource.

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 10:03 PM

Also use "msconfig" or uninstall un-needed programs.

msconfig should not be used as a startup manager.
That's not what it was designed for.
msconfig, was designed as a troubleshooting tool.

Try to disable unnecessary programs that run at startup, from inside the program itself, using the Options menu.

To control Startup applications, that can't be disabled from the programs Option menu, use a third-party startup monitor.
mike Lin's Startup Control Panel is a good one.
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Posted 02 October 2011 - 12:22 AM

Get over it, Everyone Uses MSCONFIG to Disable unneeded Programs. If you try to install a program to handle that, people would use a Google Search, then get infected, period.

Good programs to Disable is Skype. You can Always Start it up When you want to use it.

This will make your start up quicker, and Free Up RAM.

But Never use to disable Services, unless you know what you are Doing.

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 12:25 AM

And another Thing, If a Program "breaks" when you use MSCONFIG from the run menu, Just re-tick it and restart your system. EASY!




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