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Need Help Cleaning WindowsXP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by dolphinlover, Sep 25, 2003.

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  1. dolphinlover

    dolphinlover Thread Starter

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    No hurt feelings please RSelby, but I didn't understand your HouseCleaning tips for Windows XP PRO. HELP!

    I bought this computer off a friend of my parents, and there is alot of junk on here, and I don't know what is safe to get rid of, and what isn't.

    I had Windows98 on my old computer and RSelby had Housecleaning tips that I understood, and did monthly. Win98 is nothing like WinXP PRO, and I don't want to do anything to crash my system. I don't have the XP disk, and I have no clue as to what I'm doing here. The "dummy" books don't help out much. Anyone have any ideas?

    I have over 1000 gif's and I don't know if I can still delete the *.tmp, .bak, .fts, .gid, .old, .chk...so on. Is there a simpler way to clean out my system?

    Please be specific as possible as I am still learning XP and I'm not sure of what I'm doing just yet.

    Thanks a bunch. Will be waiting...

    Laura
     
  2. kiwiguy

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    As you "don't have the disk", you need to be ultra careful.
    If any cleaning requires the re-installation of any system files its going to be a problem

    Why have you not got the disks?

    If its because there are none, as all the XP files are installed by the manufacturer on a protected part of the hard drive, then thats fine.

    If not, you really need to get the disks first.
     
  3. dolphinlover

    dolphinlover Thread Starter

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    The people that had this computer, kept the disk because they installed it on 2 other computers besides this. This computer initially had W98 on it. They said they would copy it for me if I needed it, and I told my mom that I wanted a copy regardless. I just don't know if I will be able to use it or not. I know not having the disk itself can pose a problem if I accidently delete something. That is why I posted to you all. You guys (and gals) are awesome.
     
  4. Tushman

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    Dolphin, its impossible for your parents friends to install XP on more than one computer. You can only install XP only on 1 PC because of the WPA (windows product activation scheme). So unless they have a cracked copy of XP, I doubt they are able to use the disk to install XP on other systems.

    As for deleting files, it is safe to delete any temp files. You can type in "temp" in the run command and delete any files in that folder.

    There are plenty of websites for Win XP 'how-to' guides. Starting with this one:
    http://dubber6.tripod.com/whereisit/id15.html#XP

    or,

    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_abc.htm
     
  5. KeithKman

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    Do this in order:

    1) Open Internet Explorer -> Tools -> Internet Options -> delete cookies, delete files (select off-line content), clear history. Then click ok and exit Internet Explorer.


    2) Read http://tomcoyote.org/SPYBOT/index1.html then download and run SpyBot. Make sure to get the updates for SpyBot before you have it scan your computer. After you scan and remove anything SpyBot finds, make sure to click the Immunize button and OK and then click the Immunize button in the right pane.


    3) Run one of the following free Anti-Virus programs here:

    http://housecall.trendmicro.com - I found this to work the best.

    http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan

    http://www.ravantivirus.com/scan


    4) Read http://www.tomcoyote.org/hjt/ then download and install HiJackThis. Open up HiJackThis and click "Scan". After you do so click "Save Log" and save it to your desktop. Exit HiJackThis and open the log you created on your desktop and copy every thing in the log and post it here.
     
  6. KeithKman

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    I do this about once a month:


    Delete Everything in Prefetch (C:\WINDOWS\Prefetch)

    Defrag (start -> programs -> accessories -> system tools -> disk defragmenter)

    Error-Checking (My Computer -> right click on the C drive -> Properties -> Tools tab -> under error-checking click Check Now -> select automatically fix file system errors and scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors). Now Restart the computer.

    SpyBot search & destroy (http://tomcoyote.org/SPYBOT/index1.html)
     
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