Major Issues

By SwimChao
Aug 10, 2008
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  1. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +32

    Did the disc cleanup finish?
  2. SwimChao

    SwimChao Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 106

    I am planning on running it tonight.. I have a feeling it will not, but I'm going to give it another try.


    I was busy today with getting my license and junk.
  3. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +32

    No rush. Just want to be sure you're in the best shape to continue.
  4. SwimChao

    SwimChao Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 106

    Understood, the problem behind the disk clean may be 5 years of never doing it.. That's just my theory.
  5. SwimChao

    SwimChao Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 106

    I ran the cleanup overnight and I don't think it finished..

    By THINK I mean, I walked out of my room when it was on the same spot.. I walked back in, then walked back out but then when I came back in the window was closed.

    Now it was earlier than I wake up so I don't remember if I closed it or not.
  6. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,048

    are you still trying to delete old restore points?

    Try this

    *

    Click Start
    *

    Click "All Programs"
    *

    Click Accessories
    *

    Click System Tools
    *

    Select Disk Cleanup
    *

    Select the drive on which Windows XP is installed (normally "C") and click OK
    *

    Now click the More Options tab
    *

    In the System Restore section, click the Clean up button
    *

    Click "Yes"
  7. SwimChao

    SwimChao Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 106

    I really don't have any of the choices like that. Once I select Disk Cleanup it initiates the cleanup, the only function I have is to cancel it.
  8. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +32

    You can drop off the old restore points another way:

    Control Panel> System> System Restore tab> CHECK 'turn off System Restore'> Apply> OK
    Reboot and then go back and UNCHECK 'turn off System Restore'. The old restore points will now be gone and the system will set a new one about every 24 hours if the computer is on.

    BD, if this is not what you wanted done, please advise.
  9. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,048

    I wasn't trying to automate the process - simply get it to run

    I need to know where it's freezing - if it locks up when it says something about Compressing old files try this

    Backup your regsitry
    First, we need to backup your registry:
    Please go to Start > Run
    Paste in the following line:
    • regedit /e c:\registrybackup.reg
    Click OK.
    It won't appear to be doing anything, that's normal.
    Your mouse pointer may turn to an hour glass for a minute.
    Please continue when it no longer has the hour glass.


    Making a .reg file
    Open notepad and copy and paste the text in the quotebox below in it:

    Code:
    [b]Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VolumeCaches\Compress old files]
    [/b]
    Name the file as diskcleanup.reg

    Change the "Save As" type to "All Files" and save it on the desktop.

    It should look like this: [​IMG]

    Double-click on it and when it asks you if you want to merge the contents to the registry, click yes/ok.


    After try running the instructions again
  10. STEALTH429

    STEALTH429 Newcomer, in training Posts: 37

    pls try disabling the system restore before scanning with anti virus to prevent the virus from transferring or mutating, which causes a lot of infections.
  11. SwimChao

    SwimChao Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 106

    It took me less than 3 minutes to complete the cleaning process. Everything from the list is finally done.

    It couldn't clean up alot of space (Because there wasn't alot of cleaning to be done, Im not sure.. But I assume that if CCleaner didn't do anything, it might have atleast done that.. I could be wrong though!)

    Anything else you'd like to get done, Dragon or Bob?
  12. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,048

    That should be it - glad it worked for you
  13. SwimChao

    SwimChao Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 106

    Thanks for all your help on a 9 page forum post about..

    Half nothing, half me having problems and -- another half of moving onto next steps.

    You guys are awesome, I can't thank you enough.
    -Adam
     
  14. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +32

    That is good news! You now have the instructions of what to do n a regular basis to keep the computer in the best shape. Do it. Don't rely on a program like CCleaner and assume it is doing everything for you. I am very big on a user being in charge of their system!

    Come back if you need help at some later time, but be sure you start off by telling us that you have done the regular maintenance on the system- regularly!
  15. SwimChao

    SwimChao Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 106

    Will do! You've been so much help!

    I won't let you down.
    (As the last question, would a defrag be a good step to take towards cleaning/keeping my pc good-to-use?)
  16. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +32

    Yes, it would. when getting your 'routine' set up, here's a good order:
    Disc Cleanup> then Error Check> then Defrag.

    You may not be able to follow that right now, but for later- doing the disc cleanup first cuts down on the files, doing the error check smooths out glitches and finally, the defrag will put things back in order. Remember to update and scan regularly with AV and t least 2 spyware/adware programs as part of the 'routine.
  17. SwimChao

    SwimChao Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 106

    Got it. Will run the defrag overnight one night this week (School starting).

    Thanks again guys, will be on and off these forums :) (Not the tech part!!!)
  18. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +32

    You're welcome. Enjoy School!
  19. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +32

    Adam, I tried to reply to the PM but apparently you're not set up for it.

    I tried to identify the CLSID:
    {D6DD727B-C141-4127-9F6A-FC8AB507B792}

    Found this Google page. It appears to be some kind or art- maybe poster, downloaded from BitTorrent. You can check the Google page and see if anything looks familiar: http://tinyurl.com/6ymnhh

    With the problems you've had, I would encourage you to do a right click> delete on the file.
  20. SwimChao

    SwimChao Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 106

    Thanks, Bob.

    Will do. I didn't want to delete anything I was unsure about.

    (I didn't think it was important, just wasn't sure if it was a malicious file or not)
  21. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +32

    The general rule I follow is: "if you don't know, don't!"
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