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Windows 7: cleaned out all of my start menu items

14 Sep 2010   #11
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Just to mention again. If one wants little programs to change things on Windows 7 I would recommend using Microsoft site. Most of those 3rd party do da programs cause more problems with W7 than do good. Like has been posted before, go to a restore point before this program was installed and you should be back to were you want to be. Once you are there and you want to change something please ask here. If possible some one will help you.


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14 Sep 2010   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Just to mention again. If one wants little programs to change things on Windows 7 I would recommend using Microsoft site. Most of those 3rd party do da programs cause more problems with W7 than do good. Like has been posted before, go to a restore point before this program was installed and you should be back to were you want to be. Once you are there and you want to change something please ask here. If possible some one will help you.
+1, you are absolutely right.
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15 Sep 2010   #13
Vosberg1

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Well, final update. I dunno what cleared up the problem, but, things are now back to normal. To me it seems that maybe checking and double checking the opts in the start prefs cleared up what ever caused this. But, thanks for the advice, i was kinda confused about what happened for a while. And, i did uninstall Glary Utils for the moment.
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15 Sep 2010   #14
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Vosberg,

Glad to hear that all is well now and thanks for getting back to us with the update.

I have no idea what glary utilities is but I do know that I would never, never install such. If this software offers something that you feel that you can not live without, then let us know and we will show you how to accomplish the same using the built-in capabilities of Win 7.
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15 Sep 2010   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Vosberg,

Glad to hear that all is well now and thanks for getting back to us with the update.

I have no idea what glary utilities is but I do know that I would never, never install such. If this software offers something that you feel that you can not live without, then let us know and we will show you how to accomplish the same using the built-in capabilities of Win 7.
That is very good advice Karl.
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15 Sep 2010   #16
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I would recommend before one installed a 3rd party program check here first. That will give that person a good idea what they might be getting into. At that point a informed decision can be made.
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16 Sep 2010   #17
Vosberg1

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

OK, i will take you up on that. First off, does 7 have a rock finder so that if i have to dig another hole, i wont hit the stupid things? (Just joking). No, the real question, is i do a lot of photography, and i got a little lazy for about 2 months, and just kept copying photos, and there happened to be a lot of dups, cause i did not clear my memory card after. So, i was using a lot of excess room on my external HDD. To try to find the dups, i was refereed to that Glary Utils. Is there a way that i can search for dup files using 7 only? That would help in cause i get busy again like i was...
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16 Sep 2010   #18
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I am not familiar with Glary Utilities; but there are several utilities out there that will find duplicate files. If you use such a utility, only get rid of your duplicate files - the ones you know you created yourself - such as documents, photos, etc. Do not delete a duplicate system file no matter how duplicates a utility may find of it. If you are not sure you created a file; do not delete it. Do not delete any files in system or program folders. Carefully compare the file properties: dates, sizes, etc. You may have two files of the same name in different folders that are two entirely different files. Do not let the utility make the decision for you. Verify each and every duplicate you wish to delete.

As other have said, do not try to tune Windows with a third party tune up utility. There is no program out there anywhere that can improve Win 7's efficiency or speed.
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17 Sep 2010   #19
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vosberg1 View Post
OK, i will take you up on that. First off, does 7 have a rock finder so that if i have to dig another hole, i wont hit the stupid things? (Just joking). No, the real question, is i do a lot of photography, and i got a little lazy for about 2 months, and just kept copying photos, and there happened to be a lot of dups, cause i did not clear my memory card after. So, i was using a lot of excess room on my external HDD. To try to find the dups, i was refereed to that Glary Utils. Is there a way that i can search for dup files using 7 only? That would help in cause i get busy again like i was...
Here you go. I have used this many times. I don't like the interface and the checkboxes for picking the files are difficult at best, however it does work. I like that it can find files that are the same but named differently.

(i.e.)

D:\PIX 142K 11-23-2009 Vacation at Mom's Cabin (Around Pond).jpg
D:\PIX\Backup 142K 11-23-2009 Vacation at Mom's House (Lunch on the Pond).jpg
E:\Photos for Mom 142K 11-23-2009 Vacation Pix (Lunch on the Pond).jpg

Will all show up as duplicates and if you open them they are all the same picture. -WS

Duplicate & Same Files Searcher
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18 Sep 2010   #20
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corelogik View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Windows Defender has a Software Explorer in its Options which allows you to see a more user friendly listing of what Startup items are than msconfig>Startup. Any that arent clear can be googled to quickly find their purpose.
I'm having trouble finding that, could post a screenshot or give some more info of where I would find that feature. Thanks.

After doing some searching around, it says that software explorer isn't included in my version of windows. Is there a way to get it that you know of? Or do i just need to use something else?

Sorry man, you'll need to install CCleaner which is a great program for cleaning HD. Use the Startup interface on it, or use msconfig>Startup and google the items to know exactly what they are.

There's also a great new program called Soluto with a nice interactive menu which shows what startup items do (google if it doesn't) and recommends which to remove or delay.
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