I've installed a few games on my computer, which I have subsequently got rid of after the trial period. But I noticed the other day when I inadvertently tried to run an old program again, that somehow it knew that it had been there before - it told me that the trial period was over, and I needed to register the program. Quite right too, I thought, as this is the whole purpose of shareware. But I'm interested to know what the original program does that helps it know its been there already. I've often installed things just for the trial period, and I guess I'm wondering how long it will be until my registry (or whatever other system the shareware uses to track itself) fills up with markers that aren't actually helping my computer run effeciently, but are simply remnants of old programmes. Is there anyway I can tidy up my system?
Hmm, thanks Powerless. Agree that it woudl be drastic to format the system, but its an option! I've tried running two registry cleaners, RegScrub and WinOptimiser, but neither seem to make any difference. They were looking for orphans, and their failure to pick anything up made me wonder if perhaps the shareware had done something elsewhere - perhaps in my documents and settings?
Buy a new PC every year and sell your old one. That way you keep up to date with the latest developments, get the latest Operating System, always have a warranty, and at the same time clean out your registry. Since you only need to change the base unit, it is not that expensive. Buy a new one £500, sell the old one for maybe £200. So £300 for a one year extended warranty, faster PC, and updated OS.