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Yeah I think the problem is disk space.
Lets try the following.



Download TFC by OldTimer to your desktop
  • Please double-click TFC.exe to run it. (Note: If you are running on Vista, right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator).
  • It will close all programs when run, so make sure you have saved all your work before you begin.
  • Click the Start button to begin the process. Depending on how often you clean temp files, execution time should be anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or two. Let it run uninterrupted to completion.
  • Once it's finished it should reboot your machine. If it does not, please manually reboot the machine yourself to ensure a complete clean.


Download Auslogics Defrag from the link in my signature below. Auslogics Defrag in my opinion is better because:

It does a more comprehensive job at Defragging
It will actually show you what it is doing
At the end of working it will show you how much speed you picked up
You can view a online log of the files that Auslogics defragged
Please do not run any other Auslogics programs other then this one as they may cause unwanted results.
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Thanks for your help so far.

I've run these two programs and they've certainly helped clear a bit of space, but when it comes to defragging, I get a message saying there isn't enough disc space to compete the process properly.

Now, I know that this might just be coincidnce, but I'm slightly concerned that this disc-space issue has only come about since I begun to update the drivers.

Also - and this could be quite separate - my Microsoft Secuiity Essentials has disappeared, both from the system tray and from my Start menu list of programs.

As I say, I appreciate that these might be coincidences, but is it possible there's a wider issue here?
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This next step won't require any programs to be downloaded to your computer since it is a internal command for the OS.
Go to Start then to Run
Type in compmgmt.msc and click Enter
On left side click on Disk Management
On right side you will see you hard drive.
Now I need you to take a screenshot and attach it to your next reply. Do the following to take a screenshot while the above is open and showing on your desktop.

To do a screenshot please have click on your Print Screen on your keyboard. It is normally the key above your number pad between the F12 key and the Scroll Lock key
Now go to Start and then to All Programs
Scroll to Accessories and then click on Paint
In the Empty White Area click and hold the CTRL key and then click the V
Go to the File option at the top and click on Save as
Save as file type JPEG and save it to your Desktop


Attach it to your next reply
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Here you are.

Thanks.

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And now, although I've done nothing at all, it's suddenly found a little more space (although not a lot!).

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That is a huge problem and most likely the reason for all this.
You don't have enough free space to allow your OS to run correctly. Minimum should be 12-15 percent and usually anything under 10% will cause the MBR to become corrupt and the system not to boot at all.

First order of business is to free up about 4-7 gigs of drive space. Music, Pictures, Videos, Movies....anything like that should be moved to a external drive or copied to cd's and deleted from the drive.
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OK - thanks for this.

I'll transfer a load of stuff on to an external drive and then continue the process of updating the drivers.

Thanks - and I'll let you know how I get on.
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OK great and I'll wait for your next update. :)
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Hi - I'm still updating my drivers (two a day!).

I've got a couple more days left until I've completed the driver updates, but in the meantime I was wondering about a couple of things.

1) When I install new drivers, do I need to uninstall the old ones? Or they are dealt with automatically?

2) I've attached a screengrab of my MSconfig start-up list. As I install new drivers, the start-up list gets longer, and now the laptop takes a long time to boot. Are there any of these items that I can disable at start-up? I think I can probably disable the Apple and Adobe entries, but what about the others? What about the nwiz or Motorola entries?

Thanks in advance, as ever.

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1) When I install new drivers, do I need to uninstall the old ones? Or they are dealt with automatically?

The old one is normally disabled or uninstalled.


2) I've attached a screengrab of my MSconfig start-up list. As I install new drivers, the start-up list gets longer, and now the laptop takes a long time to boot. Are there any of these items that I can disable at start-up? I think I can probably disable the Apple and Adobe entries, but what about the others? What about the nwiz or Motorola entries?

Once all the updates are done then we will go through the startups and autoruns to slim down the startup time again.
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See that watchdog entry?
Unclick it please.
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Done it.

Thanks.

Back in a couple of days!
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Hi - all the drivers are updated now, and the computer seems to be running just fine.

Is there anything else I need to do?

Thanks.
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Nope now in a day or two please update me how the system is running and if there are no more BSOD's then we will consider this issue resolved. :)
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That's great - thanks!

Just one other thing - the start-up is now quite slow, so is there anything I can disable from this list?

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