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Leftover files?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by barb210, Jun 6, 2004.

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  1. barb210

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    Can anyone tell me if there is such a progamme that can detect leftover programmes on the pc. By that I mean, when you have installed a programme and then decide you don't want it, you delete it from the add/remove control but it always seems to leave some file behind.

    Is there anything that would clean all those files up? Hope I am making sense.

    Thanks
     
  2. roban

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    You make perfect sense. If you are talking about leftover registry entries, I use Regseeker, a very good freeware program with many useful functions. You can get it here:http://download.terra.com/story/12047/download/8023738.html. Just make sure that you back up your registry before making changes. For left over files, Windows XP disk cleaner works well.
     
  3. barb210

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    I think I might be a little scared to change the registry as I don't know anything about it.

    As far as XP disk cleaner, do you mean in accessories, where it deletes the temp files and empties the recylce bin etc?

    Thanks for your help
     
  4. dwaynea515

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    Good morning Barb210
    I too use regseeker, If you clic "clean registry" it will scan the registry and and give you a list of all of the files it will clean and why. such a s"File or path not used" or "invalid path" I have never had a problem with deleting all that it found as yet but you do need to check the box to back up before deleting. a very good and simple program
     
  5. barb210

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    Hi

    Thanks for that tip, it seems to have got rid of quite a bit of stuff.
     
  6. barb210

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    On the same thread, is there a programme that can check if there are duplicate files on the pc?
     
  7. roban

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    Yes but I don't think you're going to want to do that. Some programs leave files in different places and expect to find them there so if you delete what you suspect to be a duplicate that is of no use you might find yourself with a program that does not work. Also do not mess with dll's. Most bloat on computers can be attributed to graphics, multimedia and internet cache. You can safely delete these files or save them to a CD and delete from your computer.
     
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    okay, thanks for that, just for looking for ways to really clean up the pc without restoring it to its factory settings.
     
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    clic Start > Search > find files or folders > type in *.tmp this will bring up all of the temp files that is on your comp, andyou can safely delete all of the temporary files. this will usually help a lot. Another tool I use is " Xen" you can get it at http://www.x9000.net/ but be warned when you use this tool for a clean up you must read and ok all of the different things it will do. and some things you dont want to do. such a " delete all sound files from your multimedia file" you can keep your machine pretty clean with this but you have to be careful what you let it do;
     
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    Thanks for the tip. I have put in *.tmp but that doesn't seem to bring up too many files on the pc.

    I think I am too much of a novice to use "Xen" at the moment. I have used EasyCleaner a little too but stopped when I didn't know what I was deleting.
     
  11. roban

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    Be careful when using cleaners. Each one will do things differently and unless you are prepared to sort through alot of files before deleting I would suggest this: Use a cleaner that gives you the option of storing your files in a specific location on your hard drive or will backup your files before deleting so you can operate without the files and see if everything is ok. If you run into a problem you can always undo the action.
     
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    Norton cleansweep sounds like a good idea, maybe I could try it out without purchasing it first.
     
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