free up disk space plse

  dreamboy1 09:39 10 Aug 2008

I keep getting a message stating that D drive is low on disk space (3mb free 1%)and backup cannot be completed.I have tried disk cleanup but no files are listed when I run it.Can anyone help dumbo here?

  tullie 09:43 10 Aug 2008

Remove programmes with its own uninstaller,or go to control panel and delete what you can using Add/Remove Programs,depending on version of windows you have.

  jack 09:47 10 Aug 2008

By downloading ccleaner
And getting all unessential files off the disk by backing to an external drive or burning to CD.
Then a defrag.
Good house Keeping- is all that is required.

  gel 10:00 10 Aug 2008

I think some one gave a list of the best way to use cCleaner ie what not to clean.
Would it be possible for this list to be repeated

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:25 10 Aug 2008

CCleaner (short for "Crap Cleaner") click here knows exactly where to find the files that slow down your computer. Get a quick understanding of CCleaner's features, and learn how to properly maintain your system to keep your computer quick and nimble.

Step 1: Focus your efforts

For a deep cleaning of your PC, you'll want to get into the nooks and crannies of your system. Using the Cleaner window (the default window when you launch CCleaner), you'll notice several checked boxes that indicate which areas of your computer will be cleaned. Most of the boxes are checked by default, so pay close attention if you only want to scrub certain areas. Tabs at the top offer the ability to clean Windows areas and other applications. Switching between the two tabs allows you to make your choices for a customized cleaning.

When you're done with your settings, click the Analyze button on the lower left to see which items will be cleaned. You'll see every file CCleaner will delete and also exactly how much memory will be returned to your system after the cleaning.

Note: It pays to peruse this list before hitting the Run Cleaner button to make sure you're not deleting something important. When you're ready, hit Run Cleaner and watch CCleaner go to work.

Step 2: Out with the old

The next step in our spring-cleaning protocol is akin to sorting through and cleaning out those old boxes in the garage. Click the Issues button on the left side of the interface to bring up another set of checked boxes. This set of tasks does everything from eliminating unused file extensions to trashing obsolete software. Uncheck the boxes you don't want to scan and click the Scan for Issues button. At the end of the scan you'll be given the option to click the Fix Selected Issues button.

Note: It is highly recommend you save your current Registry configuration at the prompt in case of a malfunction later. An additional window will ask if you wish to delete specific items. If you know of a specific item in the list that is not a problem, simply tell CCleaner not to fix it. Remember, if you save your configuration beforehand a mistake here is easily reversible.

Step 3: Uninstall and Startup manager

Windows comes with its own Add or Remove Programs utility, but it's often slow to load and not the easiest Control Panel item to configure. CCleaner quickly lists all of your active programs, and lets you highlight and uninstall software you no longer want. This part of the program utilizes tools already included in Windows, but the convenience and speed for quick uninstallations is tough to beat.

To manage your start-up programs, click the Startup button under the Uninstall button in the upper left of the interface. You'll see a list of active start-up items that launch when you boot up your system. Be very careful here: some items are not immediately identifiable and you wouldn't want to shut down your firewall, antivirus program, or any other important program.

Once you've run through the entire cleaning process, don't be surprised if your computer runs a bit faster. Depending on the capacity of your hard drive, you'll also free up a shocking amount of space if you haven't run a program like CCleaner recently.

  gel 10:57 10 Aug 2008

I was fairly sure that Fruit Bat /\0/\ was one of the 'clean up' specilists
Thank you very much

  Jim Thing 20:02 23 Aug 2008

Each time Ccleaner prompts me to backup the registry I always do as it says, and as a result my My Documents folder contains a stack of .reg files dating back to January 2007.

These files vary in size from 1kB to 60kB except for the most recent one, which weighs in at 430kB, and their sizes appear to have no relationship to the size of the registry. Is each one incremental in some way? Or can I safely delete them all except for the most recent?


  Jim Thing 20:09 23 Aug 2008

...thank you to Fruit Bat /\0/\ for his splendid post. Much appreciated by many, I'm sure.

  Sea Urchin 20:23 23 Aug 2008

Yes, you can delete all except the most recent.

  Jim Thing 20:57 23 Aug 2008

Noted. Thank you.

  bluto1 21:12 23 Aug 2008

If you are still looking in to your post here can you come back with a little information for us.

What is the size of your Hard Drive? This is important because if its too full your PC will start travelling backwards. You may need to buy a 2nd. HDD, preferably much larger than the one you have.
tullie and jack gave good advice which you should follow, and when you've sorted it all out please return here and tell us what you did. It helps everybody.

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