Cleaning the Registry – The suggestions of “improves efficiency, makes it run faster” I believe are taken out of context. Removing unwanted startup items from certain areas in the registry (in regedit, search for “run” and check boxes marked “match whole string only”, “keys”, “values” , and “data”) does help by eliminating items in the “tray” in the lower right that are programs running in the background.
Now, anti-virus programs, and other beneficial programs do need to be in the startup, but media playback programs and the like do not.
Trust me, the fewer items running in the “tray” the better.
I do agree it should only be done by someone familiar with Registry settings and operation.
Disabling system restore – Does not speed up the system, but does take up space. Not everyone who owns a system is rich enough as you folks seem to be to buy a new system every 6 to 12 months, so for those readers without a large hard drive, can disable it, though regular backups and even image software such as Acronis or Norton Ghost would be recommended. And as far as Windows System Restore as being beneficial, if it has to deal with a Malware infection, the XP variant is 9 times out of 10 incapable of doing it’s assigned job.
Defragging your drive – Yes you should, but for most home users, who are not gamers or production users in Photoshop or Auto-Cad for example, defragment 1 to 2 times a year. Production machines should be done weekly if your work files are 500MB or larger. The automated “performance” optimizers in windows XP/Vista/7 are not optimal for each user. They appear to be “dumbed down” for the average user and not a “power user”.
Most of your observances appear to be oriented towards the new system user and not the user who takes care of their PC for a longer time and has to make a major financial decision to replace it.
Kenneth R. Jones
Associates of Applied Science in Computer Networking Systems Technology.
14 years of bench service break-fix, small business network installations, and client technical on-call support.
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