Cleanup Batting Order?

  Legslip 11:49 14 Nov 2010

I read many articles about speeding up slow PC's and amongst the suggestions are Defraging the Hard Drive, Removing Old Programs & Disk Cleanup. Would it not be more beneficial to do them in the following order...?
1 Remove Old Progs
2 Disk Cleanup
3 Defrag
No article ever seems to mention a batting order.

  bobbybluenose 12:03 14 Nov 2010

stumped ,is there a order in witch to do this ? slips my mind >bowled me over > a good cover point though, soz could not resist. bbn

  bremner 12:17 14 Nov 2010

The order that you have given is the one I would choose.

I would also run ccleaner click here before defragging

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:20 14 Nov 2010

Written by me of course and in the correct order :0)

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporary files and folders -- use Crap Cleaner click here

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :-
Superantispyware click here
Malware removal tool click here

Free Antivirus software
MicroSoft Security Essentials click here
Avast4 click here
AVG antivirus click here

c) Clean the registry -- Use the tool in Crap Cleaner its very safe and also allows you to back up the registry first.

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Right click MY Computer - select properties - Advanced tab - Performance -
advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a different drive (if you have one), click
custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory
= set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok.
If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the
PC to crash (restart).

e) Cut down on the programs that load at start up -- Start - Run type msconfig - start up tab- untick everything
except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. click here

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) IDE Channels:
Check the transfer rate, you need to have the transfer mode set to DMA not PIO.
Right click My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager - Expand (click the + ) IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers right click Primary Channel - Advanced Settings Tab -
If transfer Mode is PIO then follow the instructions at click here to change.

ii) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error checking / Defragmentation.

ii) If you are using Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7, it's a good idea to convert your system drive to the NTFS file system if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.

In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS:
Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage'
From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.'
Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information.
Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd'
To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs'
So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

b) Drivers
Obtain the newest drivers for your hardware
This may seem a bit obvious, but keeping your system's drivers up to date can give both your performance and stability a boost. Video card manufacturers release updates especially often, and these can often give "significant boosts" to gaming performance as video card in question is "optimized."

Don't neglect the other components of your system either. Your motherboard manufacturer may have released newer versions of its Input/output drivers for your board, and sound cards and other peripherals can also benefit from newer software.

c) Memory
Add more physical memory, this of course means opening the "box" and fitting a memory module, make sure you buy one that is suitable for your PC. Crucial .com click here will guide you through the process of slecting the correct memory. click here for a guide to fitting memory.

  Legslip 12:21 14 Nov 2010

Wull Bobbybluenose. Just a little 'extra'. I donn't think you are too 'wide' of the 'point'! I think we should call 'over' and focus on the issue?

  Legslip 12:55 16 Nov 2010

As usual, brilliant Fruit Bat. Have printed and saved for future use.

have you had a look at my thread "Hard Drive Full"? Need your help...

  GaT7 13:57 16 Nov 2010

By batting order to increase the speed of slow PCs would be as follows:

1. Format & fresh install - little beats this & no clean-ups or running various scans necessary
2. Only install programs that you actually use & clean-up on a regular basis (maintenance is important)
3. Keep the OS partition at least 50% free, more if possible
4. If 3. in not possible, buy a larger hard drive & use it as the main drive (or for data only)
5. Consider increasing system RAM, but 2Gb is usually more than enough

More tips here click here, but as the above is more than sufficient, I don't even use a disk defragmenter any more.

Yes, I go for the easy options - less stress this way :-). G

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