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August 15, 2010
11:28 AM
Pwnana
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The time has come.  My lappy, despite my best efforts, has become slow and bloated.   I tried to take good care of it; regular cleanings and defrags and antivirus AND antimalware, but it has just become old.  So I'm going to back it all up externally, wipe my entire harddrive, and start over with a clean 64bt Windows 7 Ultimate. (OEM, no crapware)  So are there any suggestions about what to start now to keep the computer clean the longest?  So far I will:

 

Install Revo pro to monitor all installations

Install programs to a seperate partition from windows

Install O&O Defrag to keep my disk clean

CCleaner, Glary, and Advanced SystemCare

 

Anything else?

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August 15, 2010
1:08 PM
Jyo
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Don't forget to use CleanMem, which, thanks to dotTech, I now install on all my machines.

 

What are your lappy's specs anyways?

August 15, 2010
1:19 PM
Ashraf
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Why O&O Defrag over Auslogics? Is there any specific benefit you find?

Also, why install software on a different partition? I find many people prefer to do this; I prefer to keep software on the Windows partition and seperate out my "important" data on another partition. My logic behind this is as following: Installed software are what mainly bloat Windows. If I install software on a seperate partition, reformatting Windows will do me no good since the installed software are on a seperate partition. On the other hand, having my important data on another partition makes it easy for me to reformat whenever I want because I don't have to worry about losing what is important to me.

August 15, 2010
1:41 PM
Jyo
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Whoa, that is a great idea Ashraf, how come I never thought of that… then again, I rarely reformat my computer… and I'm guessing you do that often?

August 15, 2010
1:48 PM
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Yeah, I do.

August 15, 2010
9:00 PM
Pwnana
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O&O because of experience.  Its the only defrag program that made a noticable difference in my disk read/write times for me.  It also has an active monitor which defrags new files if they are fragged and keeps the drive defragged. Frag.  And I already have it. 

 

My reason for the seperate partition is flimsy.  I don't have a solid reason as to why, I just heard about it.  My reason is so I can easily reformat WIndows again later down the road.  If windows is separate, then when you reformat Windows it doesn't know those prograns are there since the registry hs no record.  But if I needed any settings or anything, then they are still there for me to access,  And once Im all moved and set, then I can just wipe that partition and start again

 

My specs are pretty low, Its an intel core 2 duo with 320 HD, 4gb of ram, and an (shudder) intel media accelerator in place of an actual graphics card.

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August 15, 2010
9:18 PM
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 There's no benefit in installing your programs on a different partition (less performance as oppose to having them on the same partition as the OS).

The only thing I guess is you will know exactly all the programs you have in case of a reformat Confused. You could do it if you're not going to run apps extensively.

From my experience, better have all your programs with ur OS on the same partition. Keep all other files (documents, pictures, medias etc…) on a different partition. I have tried the other way, you will most likely run into some sort of trouble down the line.

August 15, 2010
9:21 PM
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Besides, apps don't store data in the Program Files folder, they store it in your User folder.

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August 16, 2010
3:09 AM
Pandora
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"apps don't store data in the Program Files folder"

Not universaly true. Some do, some dont, some do by default

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August 16, 2010
6:01 AM
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Permission to reword that sentence?  "Apps either designed for portable or otherwise 1-user use or those that are designed badly (some exceptions) store data in Program Files; others do not."

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August 16, 2010
12:16 PM
Pwnana
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Alright then I will add cleanmem and install programs to the same partition as windows.  Is there a way to change the default User folder to a different partition than windows?

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August 16, 2010
1:33 PM
karen
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I don't think so on the install of the OS. But after the OS is installed, you can just right-click on 'My Documents' (or 'My Pictures', etc) and select Properties. The popup should have a Location tab. Then you just click browse and select the new location on your other partition/drive.

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