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25 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit O.S.
 
 
Windows 7 newbie

I just fired up my refurbished PC which came with Windows 7 Professional. So far, so good. Following the download/installation of a large number of Windows updates things seem to be working in good order.

Any recommendations for keeping this PC clean and efficient going forward? For instance, should I periodically run disk cleanup in system tools?

Any advice is welcome. Thanks.

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25 Nov 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Run Ccleaner at regular intervals. Yes disk cleanup on some kind of interval, how often depends on you and your usage. Watch what you download for toolbars, etc. Keep tabs on your start ups. Stay away from those "system optimizers" as they almost always cause more harm than good.
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25 Nov 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Please, please stay away from Advanced System Care. You want to keep a clean mean computer, that good. We do understand. Because you are using Windows 7 now all those tweaks we use to do are not necessary. Windows 7 doesn't want or need all those programs we use to use on XP and older. Their are some 3rd party programs many of us still use. Just ask before using and we will help.
Microsoft's anti virus is also used by millions of people all over the world.
Microsoft Security Essentials - Microsoft Windows
It's free from Microsoft. I use it on 3 computers and I'm very happy with it.
Another very good free program you will see mentioned many times on this site is
Malwarebytes Anti Malware. Their is a free and a Pro version. I have used both and they are great.
Malwarebytes
Another program many of us use is Ccleaner.
CCleaner - Download
With any program that cleans you must be careful. For a new person I don't recommend use the register cleaning section in Ccleaner. Their are thousands and thousands of registry entries. Make one mistake and you have made a door stop out of your computer.
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You will find that this Forum has the best Tutorials for Windows 7 on the web. They are found at the top of every page. Seldom will you ever have to leave this Forum for a Tutorial. Here is one of them you can read through. You don't have to do everything in the Tutorial but it will give you a good idea of things you can do. I recommend reading through it at least twice. Don't do everything at one time.
Optimize Windows 7

We do two major things on this Forum
1. Help others
2. Learn form others
If you ever have a question just post it. Some one is always here.
All programs I have mentioned in this post I use.
Happy computing.
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25 Nov 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit O.S.
 
 

Thanks for your informative replies. Yes, MS Sec Essentials was part of my plan for protection, and it's good to hear that it works well for some others.

I will be conservative when it comes to downloading 'outside' programs. Without any effort on my part, a few unwanted programs have already surfaced. After checking their viability (Internet search) and finding they were parasites, those programs were removed.

This forum appears to be a great place to acquire tips and vital information, and I've not read anything so far which has not been framed with respect and on-target replies. This site has been bookmarked and I'll continue to read your posts.

Regards
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25 Nov 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Glad to have you aboard.
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25 Nov 2012   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The most important action you should perform periodically (like once per week) is imaging. Then you can bail yourself out of any tight spot. Imaging with free Macrium
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25 Nov 2012   #7

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Prowler do you see what I mean? Whs has just posted a great suggestion.
Imaging with free Macrium
Where did it send you? To another great Tutorial on the Forum. It's kind of like One Stop Shopping.
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