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Best Tools for Fully Cleaning System?

  1. #1


    Strathpine, Queensland
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    Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit

    Best Tools for Fully Cleaning System?


    Hey all.

    I'm here requesting help on the best tools for fully cleaning my PC's HDD and keeping it clean and fast, for gaming and overall performance.

    I've tried doing system "Disk Cleanups" and "Disk Defragments", but both either fail to actually work, or take too long that it doesn't feel worth it.

    My setup is 4GB of RAM, on a slightly overclocked 3.1GHZ processor, and I'm getting system "lags" here and there, some being short, some being 30 seconds long...

    If anyone has suggestions on what I should do, please help.

    Mods, feel free to close if you think it's a thread identical to one elsewhere on this forum.

    Thanks!
    Last edited by CeejayMode; 07 Jan 2013 at 09:44.

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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Hummm! Many like CCleaner for doing basic cleaning tasks, but, of course, you know about that. You can also use disk cleanup by going Control Panel > System and Security > System > Performance Information and Tools > Open disk cleanup for some basic cleanup. I'd just use the built-in defrag program occasionally.

    A lot of cleanup is done by not messing up in the first place. Be sure you drive doesn't get too full. Don't just install any "ole" program without knowing in advance if it is likely to cause you problems. Don't install programs that you don't intend to use much unless absolutely necessary. Be sure and have system restore disk images and set restore points so you can go back to points where your system is functioning well. You might run sfc /scannow periodically to try to keep ahead of system corruption. Don't try weird things on your machine to see if they will work. Be well protected AV and firewall-wise. Try to fix problems as soon as they appear. You might keep tabs of your system performance using, for example, the Passmark Performance Test--which is 8 ready. Doing so can alert you to developing problems.
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  3. #3


    Strathpine, Queensland
    Posts : 179
    Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    Hummm! Many like CCleaner for doing basic cleaning tasks, but, of course, you know about that. You can also use disk cleanup by going Control Panel > System and Security > System > Performance Information and Tools > Open disk cleanup for some basic cleanup.

    A lot of cleanup is done by not messing up in the first place. Be sure you drive doesn't get too full. Don't just install any "ole" program without knowing in advance if it is likely to cause you problems. Don't intall programs that you don't intend to use much unless absolutely necessary. Be sure and have system restore disk images and set restore points so you can go back to points where your system if functioning well.
    Disk Cleanup was my first call of action, but seems it doesn't like me. It stays constantly stuck on a certain point, so it's a no go.

    Haven't actually used CCleaner for a bit, I'll use it tomorrow but there's a possibility that it can screw up my system, happened once before...

    I happily made a System Restore Point twice on my machine after I reinstalled a couple of weeks back, and all has been well. One initial one at first boot, and one after installing the Adobe Master Collection CS6 and Microsoft Office 2013. Keeping my laptop clean for the meanwhile as I intend to use it as a replacement for my dieing school ultrabook.

    Problem is, I think I may or may not have a virus causing the system lags... nothing is picking a virus up though. My HDD is still 2/5 empty, and I intend on keeping it that way, with most of my downloads and such on my external hard drive, with the exception of games.

    Thanks for the tips
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    You are very welcome. I don't use CC for anything except very basic cleanup. I would make restore points, etc., before and after installing significant new software. Then, if the software causes problems, the restore will remove it. Alternatively, if something gets fouled up later, then you can restore back to right before the significant software was installed. I use BitDefender with no problems, but I am not making a case for you installing it. Check out the recommendations in my sig.
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    Strathpine, Queensland
    Posts : 179
    Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    You are very welcome. I don't use CC for anything except very basic cleanup. I would make restore points, etc., before and after installing significant new software. Then, if the software causes problems, the restore will remove it. Alternatively, if something gets fouled up, then you can restore back to right before the significant software was installed.
    Thanks! I'll be sure to do so every time I install anything, just to be on the safe side.
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  6. #6


    Murfreesboro, TN
    Posts : 9
    Win 8 and Ubuntu 1210


    I have never had an issue with CCleaner and default settings. That being said just don't mess with regedit or check advanced settings and there is really nothing that should mess with anything that will "break" things. I use it regularly and have for years.
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    Strathpine, Queensland
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    Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by totfit View Post
    I have never had an issue with CCleaner and default settings. That being said just don't mess with regedit or check advanced settings and there is really nothing that should mess with anything that will "break" things. I use it regularly and have for years.
    Awesome! Thanks for the opinion, because I'm kind of nervous to use it after last time...

    Problem is, I think I edit things in the registry too much, even one wrong character can screw up the whol registry.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center
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    Strathpine, Queensland
    Posts : 179
    Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit


    Been using Revo since I got Windows 7 a while back, already have a Pro license
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  10. #10


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    You don't really need ANYTHING these days -- Windows 8 has decent collection garbage routines.

    If you MUST - don't bother with some rubbish 3rd party apps like CCleaner.

    Simply backup the drive (Disk mode back up rather than Partition Image mode ) to another partition / external disk - re-format the original and restore from the backup you've just taken. -- Job done simply, quickly and easily -- and you've got a backup into the bargain too.

    Ensure that the restore isn't done sector by sector as you'll just be restoring a mirror image of the original disk, The standard restore will restore the files with as little as possible waste of cluster space and minimize the use of long cluster chains.

    Things like Acronis should work perfectly in these situations. Much better than Windows Defrag or whatever.

    For Uninstalling programs -- use the Programs and Features in the control panel -- it really does work far better than W7.

    Windows 8 isn't Windows 7 so a lot of what one used in W7 isn't applicable any more or is just a waste of time -- as per any "Pro" versions of 3rd party "Un-installers". Totally a waste of money on W8.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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