Hard disk drive
Posted 20 January 2006 - 05:29 PM
Posted 20 January 2006 - 05:48 PM
Get the .exe full install version.
Use Error scan, default, not quick. This will take 3.5 mins per 10GB of drive size
Posted 20 January 2006 - 10:08 PM
Posted 21 January 2006 - 07:40 AM
Posted 21 January 2006 - 07:45 AM
It is likely you have a hidden recovery partition but its usefulness here depends on the health of the drive
Posted 21 January 2006 - 08:22 AM
Edited by cros4t, 21 January 2006 - 08:29 AM.
Posted 21 January 2006 - 08:43 AM
You are better off with an Original Equipment Manufacture (OEM) disc for the operating system you are running as it allows repair options etc. Retail versions are the holy grail but expensive. If you do get an OEM disc and have all other software installation CD's for programmes and installed hardware, you can consider backing up the data you need then doing a clean install
Click start then run, type sfc /scannow then press enter, you need the XP CD and get an onscreen blue progress bar, when the bar goes, reboot.
Click start then run, type chkdsk /f /r then press enter, type Y to confirm for next boot, press enter then reboot.
Windows will appear to load normally then either the monitor will show progress or the screen will go blank, do not disturb this. This will take an hour or so before it gets to the desktop.
Click start, all programmes, accessories, system tools to run disc clean up, click more options then clean up restore points, click confirm, click OK. Then from system tools, run disc defragmenter.
Click start then run, type prefetch then press enter, click edit then select all, right click any file then click delete, confirm delete, then reboot
When it gets to the desktop, the system files and the hard drive will be as they should and you can check for any improvement
This section is optional
Download and install Tune Up 2006 Trial
Run Tune Up Disc Clean Up
Run Tune Up Registry Clean Up
Click Optimize and Improve to run Reg Defrag, which will take a few minutes and need a reboot. You should disable the antivirus programme to run this and check it is running after the reboot
After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to optimize the computer, select computer with an internet connection from the drop down menu, this also requires a reboot
After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to accelerate downloads, select the speed just above your actual connection speed, this requires a reboot
After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to run system advisor
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