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Need help with the Drive Cleanup Tool

By justgeorge
Jan 9, 2011
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  1. Awhile back I had some problems with drivers. LookinAround gave me a tool to try. I finally got my new hard drive in and stuff loaded. (Changed from Vista to Windows 7. Somewhere along the way I loaded some drivers that are creating problems.
    Here is my problem I downloaded the tool to the desktop, unzipped it, then copied it to the system32 folder. When I went to check it it transfered but with no ".exe". I tried the command prompt without the exe. No go, then I went back and added the .exe to the drivecleanup folder. Tried to run it again, still no go. I must be doing something wrong but am not sure what. I took a shot of the process. Can anybody tell me what I'm doing wrong?
     

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  2. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

  3. justgeorge

    justgeorge TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 39

    Will that remove unwanted drivers or is it for removing stuff in the registry?
     
  4. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

    it will repair the registry association of exe so it can be recognized

    exeHelper by Raktor
    Build 20100414
    Run at 21:46:09 on 01/10/11
    Now searching...
    Checking for numerical processes...
    Checking for sysguard processes...
    Checking for bad processes...
    Checking for bad files...
    Checking for bad registry entries...
    Resetting filetype association for .exe
    Resetting filetype association for .com
    Resetting userinit and shell values...
    Resetting policies...
    --Finished--

    a log file created by ExeHelper.

    if you want to repair the registry try Registry Life http://www.chemtable.com/RegistryLife.htm
     
  5. justgeorge

    justgeorge TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 39

    I have yet to see any program gearing at changing the Registry as anything but pure evil. That is why I am now running Windows 7. My Vista Registry got so corrupt that even the Microsoft Tech's couldn't straighten it out. We tried for months doing repair installs, I learned my lesson, I'm not touching the registry this time. I still have a paid subscription to Registry Mechanic and I didn't even install it this time.

    I'm looking for some help with the DriveCleanup Tool, I'll give LookinAround a shout and see if he remembers the post.
     
  6. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    Hi again JG :wave:

    Is very most likely you didn't copy the file correctly and its not found is your problem

    Recommend you 1st change a Windows option (i like to keep it this way myself)
    Ctl Panel->Folder Options->View, then uncheck Hide extensions for known file types, click OK

    Now verify that file C:\Windows\system32\drivecleanup.exe is really there (upper/lower case makes no difference)
     
  7. justgeorge

    justgeorge TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 39

    Hi
    How ya been?
    Well I followed the steps for Ctl Panel->Folder Options->View, then uncheck Hide extensions for known file types, clicked OK
    When I went to verify it this is what I found (below)
    When I unzip the file am I supposed to copy it directly to the system32 folder? I tried that and it put it on the desktop. Couldn't find it in system32 anywhere. I then tried to copy it form the desktop to system32 and no .exe????
    George
     

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  8. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    Quoted from your other thread
    Several things
    > DriveCleanup will only remove USB storage drivers. I don't know what "rogue driver" is involved here or that DriveCleanup tool will apply

    > Re: using the tool
    You've copied the folder, not the file, into C:/Windows/system32

    Re-read the instructions: How to Cleanup and Remove old USB Storage Drivers

    you need to first determine if you're 32 or 64 bit Windows,
    then open the folder. It includes two versions of the same filename drivecleanup.exe. You need to copy either the 32 or 64 bit version of file named drivecleanup.exe
     
  9. justgeorge

    justgeorge TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 39

    Sorry, How are you at fixing stupid???:haha: THANKS for the help. Casn't believe I copied the whole thing. DUH

    Ran it and got the little suckers. I knew the problem was with that stupid external drive. I don't know why you can't just buy a plain old HD, not one loaded down with stuff you don't want but is required to run the damn thing. I'm going to erase the thing and just put in the driver.
    If I updated the firmware, can I just write it to zeros, or won't it get rid of the update? (External Drive)
     

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  10. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    No worries :)

    As i recall from another thread, WD had instructions on their website telling you how to disable that auto-backup function on that WD external. Just follow their instructions. Then delete any files on the WD drive you don't want. No need to write zeros onto everything
     
  11. justgeorge

    justgeorge TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 39

    I disabled the stupid thing but then it started writing error to the events logs by the dozens.
     

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