best way to keep pc clean and fast?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zacs7 View Post
    > Maybe because I use too much open-source software, which don't rely on bloatware? Go figure...
    Ever used KDE?
    KDE sucks ass.
    Until you can build a working general purpose reprogrammable computer out of basic components from radio shack, you are not fit to call yourself a programmer in my presence. This is cwhizard, signing off.

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    :P
    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.
    -michaelp

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelp View Post
    I'm not really a Linux kind of person, so I'm gonna stay on Windows XP.
    nah...I got confused by the thread title "best way to keep pc clean an fast". What I said is still the best way to keep a pc clean and fast

    Good Luck

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    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?

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    It would typically help a lot. Except for fragmentation of the hard drive.
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    io.h certainly IS included in some modern compilers. It is no longer part of the standard for C, but it is nevertheless, included in the very latest Pelles C versions.
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    You mean it's included as a crutch to help ancient programmers limp along without them having to relearn too much.

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    Okay. I'll probably do that soon then. |
    Thanks.

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    Just remember that all installed application will probably stop working (as well as drivers, etc).
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    io.h certainly IS included in some modern compilers. It is no longer part of the standard for C, but it is nevertheless, included in the very latest Pelles C versions.
    Quote Originally Posted by Salem View Post
    You mean it's included as a crutch to help ancient programmers limp along without them having to relearn too much.

    Outside of your DOS world, your header file is meaningless.

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    Really? Does a reinstall clear registry entries or something?

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    Of course it is. It's a reinstall.
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    io.h certainly IS included in some modern compilers. It is no longer part of the standard for C, but it is nevertheless, included in the very latest Pelles C versions.
    Quote Originally Posted by Salem View Post
    You mean it's included as a crutch to help ancient programmers limp along without them having to relearn too much.

    Outside of your DOS world, your header file is meaningless.

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    What if backed up the program registry entries? Or would I be able to get all of them?

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    The registry is just a bunch of files on your computer. Delete the files or reinstall the OS, and those go away. Erased. Reset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelp View Post
    What if backed up the program registry entries? Or would I be able to get all of them?
    Then you're back to before you reinstalled. If you can back them up.
    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.
    Quote Originally Posted by Adak View Post
    io.h certainly IS included in some modern compilers. It is no longer part of the standard for C, but it is nevertheless, included in the very latest Pelles C versions.
    Quote Originally Posted by Salem View Post
    You mean it's included as a crutch to help ancient programmers limp along without them having to relearn too much.

    Outside of your DOS world, your header file is meaningless.

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    This is why people recommend backing up your data.

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    Can anyone tell me where the registry is in C:\ ?

    edit:

    Is it C:\System Volume Information ??

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    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.
    Quote Originally Posted by Adak View Post
    io.h certainly IS included in some modern compilers. It is no longer part of the standard for C, but it is nevertheless, included in the very latest Pelles C versions.
    Quote Originally Posted by Salem View Post
    You mean it's included as a crutch to help ancient programmers limp along without them having to relearn too much.

    Outside of your DOS world, your header file is meaningless.

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