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There are only three things certain in life: Death, Taxes
and your Windows OS will fall over!!!
Optimising programmes? In a word, on my experience, they are
less than useless. If you aren't good enough at computing to not need this
software, it will be of no use to you. Read on.
I've used several of these (including the top three
recommended) and the ultimate result has always been I've needed to reformat my
I've never had a problem fixed and I've never had an
improvement in performance or speed.
For example, System Mechanic. I used this and it didn't
matter how many times I ran it, it noted numerous major problems i.e. after
being told my system was fixed and perfect, I re-booted and it was filled with
problems, time and time again. It was as if it was set to always show up
problems to prove it was worth having. (I don't think they want you to re-run
it after it says "it's perfect".) Don't believe me, try it.
Again with System Mechanic my hard drive was 12% fragmented,
I ran System Mechanic defragmenter for 7.5 hours and the drive (according to
Windows) was 20% fragmented, worse.
What you need to know is that they really have no confidence
that they know how to fix problems which is why everything you do is only
recommended and done "at your own risk". And with that set up you need to be a
computer technician to decide if you should do what's recommended and if you
are at that level you don't need the programme. Try any optimising programme
and it's going to say: "make changes at your own risk" and all the users the
programmes are intended for can't make the decision. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">
Here's what I do (I only know the program I use, which was
the best I could find, but you can look for others):
<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> I do a re-format of my drive and install everything (if you
can't do that it would be after someone did it for you).
I have my drive partitioned and keep all my personal files
on D:\ drive (not the Windows "My Documents etc.").
Before I use the computer at all (but after I've set up my
programme options for Windows, Office and other programmes etc.) I install the
Paragon Hard Drive Suite. I then select the "Backup Capsule" option and back up
my C:\ drive to it (the back up capsule is invisible to the system and nothing
can attack it i.e. virus and malware proof and it can't be accidentally overwritten).
Then you use Paragon to create a recovery disk in case of
total failure so you can restore the C:\ drive if the boot fails (Note: boot
fails, not a dead drive).<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">
(You can also set an option to boot from the backup capsule
by pressing F1 that appears for 5 seconds every boot,)
Every so often, or if the system gets sluggish, you merely
restore the C:\ drive and it's back to brand new.
Note: You need to back up such as mail, web favourites, any
other files you've stored on C:\ drive before you do as C:\ will be wiped (You
should already be doing this any way. Just run it before you restore). I've
made a written check list for this.
(The reason I don't have my personal files on C:\ drive is
to keep the backup capsule as small as possible.)
When re-installed you merely update Windows, your
anti-virus, any updated programmes, add any programmes you've installed since
your last backup and update your email and web browser from the back up (again
using my list). Then you re-run Paragon Backup capsule to the newest C:\ drive
and your system should be perfect.
What's good also is you can trial a new programme and, if it
works, next time you restore C:\ you just re-install it before you back up C:\
again, so your registry doesn't deteriorate. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">
Note: Using Paragon "backup capsule" it's byte by byte so
you don't need to re-install serial numbers or re-activate Windows.
The procedure takes me an hour, reformatting and doing it
all from scratch takes me 2 days. I used to be forced to re-format about every
6 months, I haven't done this for 3 years and my system is as good as the day
it was installed. (I restore every 2-3 months).
Bonus: I don't need to worry about a virus incident as I
know, no matter how bad it is, I'll be running a perfect, new PC, just as I
like it, within an hour and it will cost me nothing. Try that with an
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