Almost forgot about this thread.
When I did say "keep my PC clean and fast" stuff like disabling start-up services and registry tweaks were part of what I was looking for.
I'm not really a Linux kind of person, so I'm gonna stay on Windows XP.
Just recently, I updated to SP3 through Windows Update, so I should be fine for updates.
I haven't defragmented in a while. I should do that... I'll get the trial of Perfect Disk and do one.
I have Spybot S&D, but I haven't run a scan in a while. I'll do that.
I'm gonna try to stay away from a full format and re-install. Although if my computer gets slow enough, it may be a possibility.
I use Firefox.
I will also try to un-install some un-used programs.
Yeah, whatever. :P
Anyways, instead of format/reinstall, if I just did a reinstall of Windows XP and no format, how much would that help with my performance?
It would typically help a lot. Except for fragmentation of the hard drive.
Okay. I'll probably do that soon then. :D|
Just remember that all installed application will probably stop working (as well as drivers, etc).
Really? Does a reinstall clear registry entries or something?
Of course it is. It's a reinstall.
What if backed up the program registry entries? Or would I be able to get all of them?
The registry is just a bunch of files on your computer. Delete the files or reinstall the OS, and those go away. Erased. Reset.
The registry contains all the information about programs, the system, etc.
This registry can get sluggish, full of bad information, etc, slowing the system down. Reinstalling resets the registry and gets rid of all that information, which is why it's so effective. But it will also destroy anything you've installed.
This is why people recommend backing up your data.
Can anyone tell me where the registry is in C:\ ?
Is it C:\System Volume Information ??
No, they're located under X:\WINDOWS\system32\config.
They're several files. But I'll warn you - do not back them up if you're reinstalling. It will destroy the reinstalling, potentially also causing a blue screen.