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#517397 - 13/06/18 08:58 AM A question for the IT brigade
DaveW Offline
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I have Windows 7. Yes I know.......

I would like to clean up inside by removing tracking cookies, clear out the redundant registry keys and defrag the hard drive.

I don't mind buying something if there's nothing freely available.

Whats the view please?
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#517407 - 13/06/18 10:14 AM Re: A question for the IT brigade [Re: DaveW]
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Have you used the built-in system tools yet Dave? There's a disk cleanup and a disk defrag app in there. Go to All Programs / Accessories / System Tools to find them. For Registry cleaning I always used CCleaner. I don't know if it's the best, but it always did the job for me.
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#517412 - 13/06/18 10:58 AM Re: A question for the IT brigade [Re: DaveW]
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Couple of questions to point it the right way.

What browser do you use most
What’s the goal? Speed security or stability
Do you save passwords in browser don’t answer in public
Do you have the restore O/S disc for win 7 and a full tested backup before you set off with the hacksaw!
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#517420 - 13/06/18 11:38 AM Re: A question for the IT brigade [Re: DaveW]
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Tim - I use the free version of CC cleaner. Maybe I should upgrade it?
I'll try the internal tool, thanks for the tip.

Alistair - it's mainly about stability and some security.
I tend to use Google Chrome now.

I never considered a back up, but to be honest there's not much on this laptop, and I'll be getting a new one before long!!!!!

PS - I keep a lot of stuff on a separate hard drive. It looks a bit like a small mobile phone.........
Blimey I'm so ignorant about IT stuff, it's a miracle I get through the day.......... grin2
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#517456 - 13/06/18 03:56 PM Re: A question for the IT brigade [Re: DaveW]
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I use a remote networked hard drive for backup. It is a Synology RAID machine (2 x 2Tb discs that automatically replicate one another so that a single disc failure dies not lose any data. Has the added advantage that photographs can be viewed on an iPad or our smart TV over WiFi.

I also use backblaze.com so that there is a full backup remote from the house. Costs US$60 per year for an unlimited size backup of one machine. And yes, I have tested file recovery.

All photos are also on another hard drive - just in case.
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#517483 - 13/06/18 06:45 PM Re: A question for the IT brigade [Re: DaveW]
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As a guide the adjustment of the registry on a slightly older machine does carry a small risk of corrupting the Win7 which would make it unusable, 5% at a guess. So if this happens then a restore or reload would be needed to recover the broken Win7 setup. This is probably your worst risk. Having copies of your data files will not help this. You would need to repair or reload the O/S from CD/DVD or backup. I am not saying don't do it just beware of this risk.

There is a good tidy up guide here - https://www.wikihow.com/Optimize-Windows-7

I would use the windows backup program built into Win7 and use the external disc if you have space prior to doing this. I would also get the recovery discs to hand if you still have them. I find in life if they are there it seems to go well and not melt down. Sods law.

If you delete the cookies and clean up Chrome then all of your saved passwords and little filling-in that Chrome does will be lost. This means you need all your passwords and user names secure in advance in order to avoid a frustrating day. In my experience the best way of doing this is to use the Windows O/S add/remove programs utility to delete chrome totally. Once the rest of the things are sorted then re-install a clean version from download. This removes all of the plug in issues inside Chrome as well.

Best is to delete all the data and applications that you no longer use. This will remove a lot of stuff that the cleaning can get its teeth into. I would do this first.

Once this is done do the disc tidy to clean up files, this is not really a huge benefit in a modern hard disc unless you have removed a lot of larger files such as video and photos so leaving a mess. Then it costs nothing so is worth doing.

CCleaner is very good and I can recommend it. There is also Auslogics Registry Cleaner Reviews can be found here if it helps. Also links to download them. https://www.techradar.com/news/the-best-free-registry-cleaner-2017

Anything specific come to mind following this ?
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#517492 - 13/06/18 07:29 PM Re: A question for the IT brigade [Re: Alistair]
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If you have a solid state disc, NEVER defrag it.
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#517495 - 13/06/18 07:33 PM Re: A question for the IT brigade [Re: DaveW]
DaveW Offline
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Thanks Alistair. Thorough as always!!!

I've dumped a lot of stuff and opened up about 11 gig on the C drive, which was almost full................

I've upgraded to CC pro and run it, so I think I'll leave well alone for now..............................

There's nothing much of value on here!!!! thumbs

I'll check the link later, when I'm not getting earache.... swmbo
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