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Windows 7: Services and Startup! What to keep?

02 May 2012   #11
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulobao View Post

Appart from a periodic defragmentation and an updated AV what do you recommend to keep my computer in good shape
Good habits, mostly.

Don't install unnecessary programs.

Uninstall those you haven't used for a long time.

Do periodic disk cleanups with built in tool or with CCleaner.

Avoid "optimization" and "tweaking" as much as you can

Maybe use Revo Uninstaller; hardly a necessity

Periodic malware scans or a real-time malware app such as the paid version of Malwarebytes.

Take an occasional look at SMART info for your drives. Look for developing trends.

Use some type of hardware monitoring app to track temps and fans speeds. You should have some idea of what "normal" is and look for variations from that. I use HWInfo32.

Develop and follow a reliable backup scheme, preferably using multiple methods and multiple drives.

Access your BIOS enough to become familiar with it and its options.

Read this forum and other sites to maintain your knowledge level and stay abreast of new technology, particularly new PC hardware components so you can do the right thing when it's time to upgrade or replace failed parts.

Use spreadsheets to track maintenance info over time--I have maintenance spreadsheets that tell me historical info dating back many years on component temperatures, drive space used, PC parts purchased, etc.

Make Word documents that provide details on how you solved issues, for later reference when they recur. I have several hundreds of these docs dating back 15 years on all aspects of PC building and maintenance---all detailing my own experiences. This helps you to learn and develop best practices.


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02 May 2012   #12
paulobao

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Great advices Ignatzatsonic :-). I will try to remember all.
Thanks a lot.

paulo
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02 May 2012   #13
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Don't install unnecessary programs.
In conjunction with this, if possible, test and play with any and all software within a VM instead of installing it on your host machine. This will really keep your host OS in tip top shape as there isn't a bunch of cruft slowing it down and in turn, very little to uninstall and clean up later.
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03 May 2012   #14
Victor S

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulobao View Post
Appart from a periodic defragmentation and an updated AV what do you recommend to keep my computer in good shape (preference in using MS utilities and no 3rd party ones) ?
Regards,
paulo
You'll find your system getting cluttered again soon after you do any cleanup.
Uninstalls often leave garbage behind, including registry keys and things CCleaner
doesn't find.
The VM suggestion sounds good. I only run one OS (Win7), so I haven't tried that.
The method I use is to take an image of the clean system. You can use the Win7
utility. Once you practice doing images and restores, and know it works for you, there is no worry about losing your cleanup work, or the sytem getting cluttered.
Basically, you don't worry about anything, because you can just restore to the clean system any time.
If you've tried an app you want to keep, install it right after restoring the clean image. Maybe you've discovered other OS tweaks since you took the image.
Add them. Get all software updates since the last image.
Run CCleaner. Then make a new image.
There's a good forum section here about backups if you have questions about imaging.
Imaging is the best method to avoid repeating things over and over again.
Lock in your changes.
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03 May 2012   #15
paulobao

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Thanks again for all the precious information :-)

Regards,
paulo
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