Sanitization Windows


We clean the computer from unnecessary files.

The personal computer is a subject of our life which needs careful service maintenance. Crumbs in the keyboard, spots on the system unit, greasy stains on the display – this is how a typical computer looks in the “running” state. To work for a similar unit, to put it mildly, is not very pleasant. However, today’s topic concerns not the external side of the issue, but the internal one. After all, the appearance of the computer does not affect its speed, but the software content – even as.

The first alarming sign, they say, “not everything is in order,” is the slowdown of the operating system, in our case – Windows XP. The second sign – all the increasing errors of programs. It’s no secret that Windows is losing ground from a good life. If you install “only” several programs a day, after some time (a week, a month …) the system will let you know about it. What is the conclusion? From time to time, it is necessary to examine and “heal” a computer, saving it from unnecessary files, Registry keys, startup items, programs.

This is all that computer garbage, from which we will try to get rid of.

There is an opinion that the approach to installing software “with us” and “with them” differs fundamentally. The specificity of users of our country and neighboring countries is that we love to experiment. By installing programs in dozens and then removing them in the same way, we don’t even think about it. Judge for yourself: problems, where to buy a CD with a collection of programs, as such, no. Especially popular are compilation discs like “Minsk-2007”, “All Belarus-2008” and so on. In foreign countries, each program is regarded by the user, say, as a gift … Especially the one for which quite real money was paid. Therefore, “their” programs live for a long time, as does the operating system. She has been working steadily for years. Surprisingly, this is a fact!

Manual processing

For a start, we walk through curious places in Windows XP to remove unnecessary files. Of course, this primarily concerns the system disk – that is, the disk on which the operating system is installed. We will not go into details and mention those files and directories that should be deleted or cleaned first.

Windows \ Temp – folder with temporary files. Here are the data that can be deleted absolutely fearlessly.

Windows \ Driver Cache \ i386 \ is the location of the cached drivers. This cache is intended for “rollback” in case of unsuccessful installation of any driver. In the same case, if everything works stably anyway, the i386 folder with a size of 100 megabytes or more can be deleted. When the operating system needs a driver, it will politely ask you to insert a disk with the distribution.

Windows \ system32 \ dllcache \ – cache of protected system files. Intended, again, to automatically restore system files in the event of damage. The default folder size is 400 MB, which is quite a lot even for system reserves. How to reduce the size of the dllcache directory, we wrote in one of the editions of “Tips and secrets of Windows XP”.

All files with * .bak, * .gid, * .fts and * .tmp extensions. For simplicity, you can start the search console (Alt + F7 keys) in Total Commander, set the search parameters, place the found files on the panel and delete them. Practically the same is possible with the help of standard Windows search (F3).

Documents and Settings \ account name \ Local Settings \ Temp \ – temporary program files. They are stored in the Windows profile folder, although you can reassign to Windows \ Temp.

Documents and Settings \ account name \ Local Settings \ Temporary Internet Files \ – temporary files of the Internet Explorer browser and other programs. You do not need to delete the folder itself, but the directories in it. * .dat-files can not be deleted.

MSOCache – folder of the Microsoft Office installation files. It may not be located on the system disk, but where you installed the package. The older the version of “Office” and the more components it has been noted for installation, the more space this folder takes. In our case, it was 700 MB, which is a lot for temporary files.

Automatic cleaning

In fact, there are an order of magnitude more such “clogged” places, but it is not at all necessary to clean them manually. It is enough to use the small utility CCleaner, which perfectly finds temporary and simply useless files. You can download it at this address. When installing, it is better to leave the second and third options on, so that two new items appear in the basket menu: “Launch CCleaner …” and “Open CCleaner …”.

Total removal

The second stage of “cleaning” is the removal of applications that you have not used for a long time. In other words, this includes programs that you can safely do without, whose absence will in no way upset you. Fortunately, this will tell you … the operating system.

In the Control Panel (“Start -> Control Panel”) select the “Add or Remove Programs” section.

The list, opposite each selected element, contains statistical information: how often the user runs the program: often, sometimes, rarely. So, it is rarely used applications and should be deleted. What is the use of them?

If you are interested in more detailed information about each installed application (dependencies, paths), as an option, we recommend adopting a small utility, Total Uninstall. We wrote about it in the current review of programs, so we will not stop again.

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