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Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by LTEGSR1933, Mar 7, 2015.

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  1. LTEGSR1933

    LTEGSR1933 Thread Starter

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    Hello my friends at TSG:

    I am trying to streamline and update my system. There are various programs I tried to use which did not install properly which I uninstalled in through windows programs and features. Nevertheless, remnants of these programs seem to appear in searches and other places and I fear are using up my systems resources. In addition, I think that these bits are blocking successful re-installs.

    Autodesk Pixlr is the most recent example. It said I needed open GL, which I tried to access from my Intel 3D window but it still will not work. I updated drivers everywhere that I could and still no luck. I need to do graphics editing for photos and garden club yearbooks.

    I spend inordinate amounts of time in an effort to figure out the problems myself. It would be worth the learning process if I had some success.

    I know that my system is aging out, but before the inevitable BSOD, I would like recommendations on upgrading/replacing any software and hardware.

    I run regular scans of Malwarebytes Anti Malware as well as SUPER AntiSpyWare as per your recommendations. These have kept me in good stead all these years and I thank you. As a former teacher of computer literacy to adults, I trust your advice and I recommend your site to anyone who asks. I also took advantage of your yearly membership program as additional appreciation.

    Here, forthwith, are my computer specs. I look forward to your kind help. Thank you. :)

    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
    Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E6500 @ 2.93GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
    Processor Count: 2
    RAM: 4086 Mb
    Graphics Card: Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family, 256 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 476837 MB, Free - 183367 MB;
    Motherboard: ECS, G31T-M7
    Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled
     
  2. CleaverX

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    The biggest problem I see is that you are using the onboard Intel video and that just will not do.
    Autodesk just like any other cad program uses OpenGL, so you need to go out and buy/install a dedicated graphic card which has support for OpenGL. You should visit the FAQ section of your software for recommendations, also keep in mind the power requirement for whatever graphic card you intend to install; in some instances you will need to upgrade your power supply as well. If you are going to do design work efficiently you should double your ram to 8GB as a minimum step.
     
  3. LTEGSR1933

    LTEGSR1933 Thread Starter

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    Dear Cleaver X:
    Thank you for your prompt reply. By software, I assume that you mean my OS (windows 7 pro 64).
    What type of card and power supply would you recommend to make sure it is going to work in my currant CPU? Thank you.
     
  4. Lance1

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    You can use the Find Recommended Hardware Tool at the Autodesk site. You can check for System Hardware and Graphics Hardware. This way your getting recommendations specific to your Autodesk suite.
     
  5. LTEGSR1933

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    Dear Lance:
    Thank you for the recommendation. I will keep that in mind. I do not have a specific Auto desk product per-se, I was trying to use the free Pixlr program that my daughter learned at grammar school. So now I don't know whether to look at the graphics programs THEN find the correct hardware or upgrade the hardware then look for the graphics:confused:

    That is why I did not think this was going to turn into such a complicated deal. I also found PC Part Picker as a possible resource. :confused::confused:

    I started to get overwhelmed with deciding on a new HD or SSD what goes with what.:confused::confused::eek:
    Now I do not know what to do. Any further suggestions are appreciated.
     
  6. plodr

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    You can have CCleaner look over the dead links by running the registry cleaner.
    http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/ccleaner_slim.html
    Caution: First, if you have never cleaned the registry, it will take awhile to look over everything. You click scan for issues. Be patient.
    In the left pane, just check one item obsolete software.
    Second, never blindly let it remove everything. Look over what it finds and see if you agree. If you do click to remove it.
    Third, you will get a popup box before it cleans asking you if you want to backup the registry. Always say YES!
    You can change the path where it saves this backup. Put it someplace where it will be easy for you to find.

    You can run CCleaner a few more times but each time just selecting one particular item to clean up. If you aren't sure about an item, don't check it for cleaning. It is better to have some useless things in the registry than to remove an item that is needed.
     
  7. LTEGSR1933

    LTEGSR1933 Thread Starter

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    Dear Plodr:

    Thank you for the suggestion. I am not all that confident about messing with the registry, so I will keep this in mind for future reference.
    (I got my hand slapped for trying to use a registry cleaner once so I am twice shy.:eek:)
     
  8. TheShooter93

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    That is what I have used in the past when building computers, though it is meant to assist with the pricing of the items not the compatibility.

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    Registry Cleaner Response

    Tech Support Guy DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers (Wise Registry Cleaner) or the registry cleaner component of software for several reasons:

    • Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

      • The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.
    • Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.
    • Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.
    • Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfectionand make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.
    • The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".
    • Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.
    If you persist in using a registry cleaner you should always backup the registry before doing so.

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    Lastly, maybe I'm just being dense this morning and not had enough coffee, but I'm left a bit confused as to what it is your are trying to accomplish with your system upgrade.

    Is it simply to improve performance overall?

    *plodr, I re-read this after posting and don't want you to get the impression this is directed at you because of advising a registry cleaner. Just giving some advice to LTEGSR1933. :)
     
  9. plodr

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    TheShooter93, I took no offense to what you posted. I hesitate when suggesting CCleaner because too many people just blindly let EVERYTHING suggested be removed. A recipe for disaster, IMHO.

    If there are lots of things, I generally clear about 25 at a time and always backup the registry. Then I use the computer for a bit to be sure nothing is broken and run it again. (This would be for the senior citizens I help and I explain what I'm doing as I go. I also use the portable version so when I leave, they don't have another unknown program on the computer).
     
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    Is there any particular reason you do this?

    Deleting "dead" registry keys/values have shown negligible to no increase in performance.
     
  11. plodr

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    Sure, part of my nature to clean up after I've installed and uninstalled lots of things and deleted shortcuts from my desktop.

    I run CCleaner about 3 times a year.
    I ran it April of last year and January of this year.
     
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