KRK" <trebor@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> 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.
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
> 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
> 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.