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Faded_Mantis
31-03-2007, 04:21 AM
I was looking around for anything that might help clean up my PC (it's only a few months off being a year old, I thought it was about due)

There are 2 products here that I was wondering, are they any good, and worth trying?

First is Registry Booster (http://www.liutilities.com/products/campaigns/plib/rb/)

Second is Speed up my PC 3 (http://www.liutilities.com/products/campaigns/plib/sp/)

What do you think?

ooh yeh
31-03-2007, 06:29 AM
I would recommend CCleaner http://www.ccleaner.com/:2cents:

Speedy Gonzales
31-03-2007, 07:05 AM
I wouldnt bother with programs like that. Most of them dont work, and theyre most probably like rogue programs anyway.

They lure people into buying them, when in fact they dont actually do anything useful.

There's most probably registry hacks around, that'll do the same thing.

Only way to speed up a PC is to either get more ram, defrag it, get a faster CPU, or dont install memory hogging programs on it.

Ccleaner would most probably do a better job than Registry booster. It gets rid of invalid links etc, and its free.

Strommer
31-03-2007, 07:25 AM
Print this page, follow the instructions, and your pc will be clean and fast.
http://www.wikihow.com/Speed-up-a-Windows-XP-Computer

Strommer
31-03-2007, 07:28 AM
See also:
http://www.toptechnews.com/story.xhtml?story_id=12300002TSGX

Faded_Mantis
31-03-2007, 07:49 PM
Thanks for the help guys, I'll try the suggestions in Steve's links and then if I'm still not satisfied I'll try Ccleaner.

Speedy thanks for the advice, I can't upgrade my CPU with out upgrading the Motherboard (s754) my CPU is only 10% slower than the fastest one I can find for that socket (Athlon 64 3200+). In the furture I'm going to be looking to overclock this, but it's still fast enough for now.

I have 1gb of ram, however this isn't the thing in most need of an upgrade, I will go to 2gb within the next year though.

My graphics card is the slowest thing (for gaming anyway) It's a nVidia 6200TC 256mb. I've overclocked it though, and hold the record for the fastest 6200TC on overclockers.net, although I've seen faster ones in online overclocking tests.

I'm a student so I'm trying to do as much as I can with out paying.

[EDIT]
Just looked at the first link, I already do steps 1, 3 and 5. But I'm going to do the others from now. I do have 1 question about step 6, what does the time out setting in BOOT.INI actually do?

Faded_Mantis
31-03-2007, 08:10 PM
Just tried ccleaner, and there is a noticable difference is how snappy it is when doing things like browsing 'my computer' etc.

JaceKiwi
31-03-2007, 08:19 PM
I do have 1 question about step 6, what does the time out setting in BOOT.INI actually do?
Nothing if you only have one copy of windows. This option only shows up if you have more than one OS installed. It provides the option of which one to run. However, there could be more options for one OS installed - I.E. the switches at the end of the line.

trinsic
31-03-2007, 08:40 PM
Registry Booster works quite well but costs. You can just find other programs that do the same for free :)

Strommer
31-03-2007, 08:59 PM
Just looked at the first link, I already do steps 1, 3 and 5. But I'm going to do the others from now.

Have you defragged yet? Best to do this in Safe Mode. Should make a big difference if you have not defragged in a long time.

BTW, before you splash out on a new cpu and mb, reformat and reinstall Windows - this is a last resort but will produce a clean and fast pc.

Strommer
31-03-2007, 09:03 PM
Forget those other links. This is much better:

How To Make Your Windows Fast As Never Before

http://forums.techarena.in/showthread.php?t=480183

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JJJJJ
01-04-2007, 06:59 AM
Most of the mentioned programs work as advertised. But why do you need them? 10 minutes work and you can do it all yourself without the hassle of downloading "call home" spyware

Faded_Mantis
02-04-2007, 02:45 AM
Steve defragged last night, I didn't do it in safe mode though...didn't know I was supposed to. Will have a look at that second link.

JJJJJ; Are you referring to the programmes I was told not to try, or the ccleaner I was told I should try?

drcspy
02-04-2007, 04:55 AM
ccleaner is excellent, free, and in no way to be considered spyware it doesnt' 'call home' it's just a damn good prog....

Strommer
07-04-2007, 09:27 AM
Faded_Mantis, is your pc running better now? What worked?

JJJJJ
07-04-2007, 10:14 AM
Steve defragged last night, I didn't do it in safe mode though...didn't know I was supposed to. Will have a look at that second link.

JJJJJ; Are you referring to the programmes I was told not to try, or the ccleaner I was told I should try?

CCCleaner does what is supposed to. But you can do what it does manualy,even quicker.

The ones you were told were no good will do most of what they claim, but I consider them a waste of time.

If you feel you must use a program, windows built in clean up program is as good as anything.

Faded_Mantis
07-04-2007, 08:28 PM
Yea it's running a bit better, Ccleaner makes it temporarily faster, but the defrag made the most noticable difference.