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Huge Xp Drive And Slow Start Up

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#1 sipickles


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Posted 06 January 2007 - 10:26 AM


Its been a while since I've done a format of my C drive, which only contains Windows XP home.

After a clean reinstallation like this, my PC is super fast. Now, programs have been installed and uninstalled, hardware changed and stuff downloaded, and those speedy days are gone.

Normally, I would bite the bullet and reinstall windows on a clean C drive, then obviously have to go about reinstalling all my apps. yawn

Is there any way to avoid this? In particular, I am concerned by the swelling windows folder, and the hugely drawn out startup times.

Advice welcome

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Posted 07 January 2007 - 09:01 AM

Well, the easy solution is to bite the bullet one more time! :thumbsup:

Once you reinstall XP (and update it), then reinstall all of your "must have" apps (including antivirus, antispyware, and firewall software) and update all of it. Then do a Disk Cleanup and a Defragmentation.

Then use imaging software to create an "image" of your hard drive. I only have experience with Acronis True Image and I recommend it highly (but it's $50 US). Once you have the image, it's a simple matter to restore the image and you'll be back up and running within 20 minutes.

The issues here are that the image is made at a certain point - so anything that was done after that point won't be saved (and will be erased). This can be overcome using several different strategies for backing up or redirecting your data. FWIW - I redirect all my data/profiles/etc to a second drive - and include these redirections in my image.

Another problem is the size of the image. On most systems that I've tried it on, it takes up around 6 to 8 gB of space. So I'd suggest an external hard drive to store these images on (or a couple of DVD's). You won't want the images on the same hard drive if you can avoid it (should the hard drive crash, you won't have access to the images. FWIW - I keep my images on a separate hard drive also

You can also do incremental images - which give you the opportunity to "go back" to a certain point. While I don't like them (it's hard to tell exactly when a problem started), others do like them, so it's your choice.
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Posted 07 January 2007 - 09:31 AM

Download and install AutoRuns. It will tell you what is configured to run at boot/login and will also let you disable anything you don't need.
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Posted 07 January 2007 - 09:46 AM

Perhaps it wuld be worth while to find out why your Windows folders is swelling. A nice and small tool for that is Treesize Download here
It gives detailed information on what is "slurping "your hard drive

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Posted 07 January 2007 - 03:45 PM

If Windows is on its own partition its probably just as easy to do the reinstall as anything else.
To try to stop it getting this way again just make sure you do regular defrags, disk cleanups / CCleaner runs and go through your Add/Remove programs once in a while to clear out anything you dont use anymore.

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