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  1. #1


    KRK Guest

    clean up file system

    Hello,

    I need to clean up my file sytem, delete temporary files etc etc, and
    perhaps cleanup the registry as well.

    I have (it seems) large amounts of disk space allocated to temporary or
    zero-length files / directories. I don't know which can be deleted & which
    cannot.

    I am prepared to buy Norton systemworks (which worked well on my old XP
    system). but is there a downloadable freebie that is recommended ?

    Thanks for all advice

    K


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  2. #2


    Mark L. Ferguson Guest

    Re: clean up file system

    Start/.../system tools/Disk Cleanup will do that job.

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    "KRK" <trebor@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:eZH2jX0PJHA.4424@xxxxxx

    > Hello,
    >
    > I need to clean up my file sytem, delete temporary files etc etc, and
    > perhaps cleanup the registry as well.
    >
    > I have (it seems) large amounts of disk space allocated to temporary or
    > zero-length files / directories. I don't know which can be deleted & which
    > cannot.
    >
    > I am prepared to buy Norton systemworks (which worked well on my old XP
    > system). but is there a downloadable freebie that is recommended ?
    >
    > Thanks for all advice
    >
    > K

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  3. #3


    Malke Guest

    Re: clean up file system

    KRK wrote:

    > Hello,
    >
    > I need to clean up my file sytem, delete temporary files etc etc, and
    > perhaps cleanup the registry as well.
    >
    > I have (it seems) large amounts of disk space allocated to temporary or
    > zero-length files / directories. I don't know which can be deleted & which
    > cannot.
    >
    > I am prepared to buy Norton systemworks (which worked well on my old XP
    > system). but is there a downloadable freebie that is recommended ?
    I definitely don't recommend anything by Norton. You can use Vista's own
    Disk Cleanup for starters. If you want a third-party program, CCleaner is
    excellent and free. However, I strongly suggest you do *not* use the
    registry cleaner tools. There normally is no reason to mess about with the
    registry and if you don't know how to do it manually, relying on some
    third-party tool to do it is a recipe for disaster. Unless they are from
    malware, extra entries in the registry are harmless.

    Malke
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  4. #4


    Join Date : Feb 2008
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    Re: clean up file system

    As advised, use CCleaner, for a freebee program it is excellent

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  5. #5


    Ken Blake Guest

    Re: clean up file system

    KRK" <trebor@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:eZH2jX0PJHA.4424@xxxxxx

    > Hello,
    >
    > I need to clean up my file sytem, delete temporary files
    Good. Do so. You can do it manually, use the Windows disk cleanup, or a
    program like ccleaner.

    > etc etc, and

    Words like "etc etc." in this context scare me. Exactly what do they
    embrace? Some things included within them are safe and good to do, but
    others may not be. Specifically what do you want to do?

    > perhaps cleanup the registry as well.

    That's a good example of something you should *not* do.

    Registry cleaning programs are *all* snake oil. Cleaning of the registry
    isn't needed and is dangerous. Leave the registry alone and don't use any
    registry cleaner. Despite what many people think, and what vendors of
    registry cleaning software try to convince you of, having unused registry
    entries doesn't really hurt you.

    The risk of a serious problem caused by a registry cleaner erroneously
    removing an entry you need is far greater than any potential benefit it may
    have.



    > I have (it seems) large amounts of disk space allocated to temporary or
    > zero-length files / directories. I don't know which can be deleted & which
    > cannot.
    >
    > I am prepared to buy Norton systemworks (which worked well on my old XP
    > system). but is there a downloadable freebie that is recommended ?


    Norton Systemworks, like almost all Norton products, should be strongly
    avoided. It is an unreliable product and can hurt you more than help you.

    Before recommending another product (or products), I need to know
    specifically exactly what you want to do.



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