While it is sleeping let's sneak a few utilities in through the back door and do a complete system check of everything...a real house cleaning...
1. anti-virus...yes only one
2. anti-spamware...maybe a couple, as one often will miss what the other will not...I use three
3. anti-malware...same as above...I use two
4. complete hard drive check up
5. complete defrag of the hard drive
6. complete registry clean up and defrag
7. complete deletion of all unsued boring progs that you do not need or use any longer
8. toys...mp3 files...old back ups...temp files...etc.
9. degrag again and reg clean again
10. [now this part is for me only...my opinion only...but get rid of XP-SP2 and all updates...cache them away somewhere...why do you need them, if you have all the rest covered...they are there to cover MS's butt not yours]
Install and only install:
1. the best anti-virus prog you can afford...I use PC-cillin and have for years, or get AVG for free...before installing run PC-cillin's House Call, available for a run off their site...there are others but as I said, I am biased
2. the best anti-X progs you can afford...or get Spybot S&D, Spyware Blaster, Windows Defender, etc. for free
3. the best registy editor you can afford...I swear by Registry First Aid, but there are others as well...
: no Norton products unless you are a real masochist and like to be ignored by Norton
5. allow windows to load progs into whatever place IT wants ...mind you, I am always diverting them somewhere else...I am an Explorer junkie and live there and in the registry
6. LOAD ONLY THOSE PROGS THAT ARE ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY AT ANY ONE TIME, THEN GET RID OF THEM WHEN NOT IN USE FOR MORE THAN A WEEK
7. and follow everyone else's suggestions for a faster, error free system
8. the more bells and whistles you have running the worse it will get, until you convince yourself that you do not need 3/4 of them...they are just resource hogs
9. daily maintenance...always degrag and clean your registry before shut down and put your #1 boot disk in the a:\ at the ready for problems on start up...I am a pessimist
P.S.: I'm also a beta tester and have problems every day that often require drastic measures...so keep your back up disks at the ready at all times...and don't be afraid to beat your OS into submission... those disks are your best friends...
Edited by b1caez01, 02 September 2006 - 10:14 PM.