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Best way to keep vista clean and healthy

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Oh and if you are using a tuner card try using a second hard drive not in raid etc... for your tv stuff
I tried using the same hard drive for my operating sytem and my tv stuff and oh boy that made for a big mess (tweaking pc) had to defrag like twice a week-however that was before sp1 and i know alot of sp1 was geared towards media center
 
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I swear by CCleaner, I use it like 5 times a day lol. I use Piriform Defraggler, made by the same people who make CCleaner. It seems to do the job, most files are defragmented. But last night before shutdown I defragged my OS drive, it had 2 files with 6 fragments and was good, but now on boot it's back to it was, so I might need to try a new program, but CCleaner rocks.

I also might use vLite on my next install, I can get like 1.4GB out of it just by removing some useless language pack or something, I haven't look through it properly but I've heard good things.

Thanks for these tips, Vista is running fine speed wise for me, but I wouldn't mind speeding it up and shaving off a few GB :D
 

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oh man i forgot!

everyone running vista SP1 (streamline install or not) has uninstall data to revert to SP0.

Run this command in a run prompt to remove them!

vsp1cln.exe

I've seen it save 6GB on an x64 system that had all the windows updates prior to updating to SP1.
 

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Sorry I haven't updated this thread yet I'm still fighting with my rig to try fix it :(
 
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oh man i forgot!

everyone running vista SP1 (streamline install or not) has uninstall data to revert to SP0.

Run this command in a run prompt to remove them!

vsp1cln.exe

I've seen it save 6GB on an x64 system that had all the windows updates prior to updating to SP1.
Yeah, I forgot about that too, saved me like 1.5GB, good bit of space for something most of us won't really need.
 
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I use Kasperky Internet Security 2009 with CCleaner, Defragller and Spybot - Search and Destroy (great thing that is).

Also for scanning Doctor Web is good, also Tune Up Utilities 2009 (but KIS and Tune Up arent free)
 
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thanks guys just picked up cclearner and it found over 3 gigs of stuff to get rid of! LOL!!! thats hilorous and a whole crap load of registry errors, and i picked up there defraagler too, i had over 3000 degragmented files, running it now, thanks again for this post
 
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Will all the program support vista x64?
I would reccommend paragon HD manager x64 as a drive/partition image tool.
I have yet to find a different defrag utility that will work with vista x64
 
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I do believe defragller works with a 64bit operating system
 

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defraggler and ccleaner run on almost all windows with a gui x32 and x64 and is one of the most powerful cleaning tools I use. Defraggler is also very good and is very portible.
 
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#36
Will all the program support vista x64?
I would reccommend paragon HD manager x64 as a drive/partition image tool.
I have yet to find a different defrag utility that will work with vista x64
Try ultimate defrag, altho it ain't free. :) Also Acronis Disk Director Suite 10 works on x64 platforms too. :toast:
 

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I'm going to add recuva by piriform.
 
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Added links to the first post.
 

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Will all the program support vista x64?
I would reccommend paragon HD manager x64 as a drive/partition image tool.
I have yet to find a different defrag utility that will work with vista x64
O&O Defrag supports x64 as well.
 

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O&O is very good so far. Using it and its defragmenting two at the same time I think.
 

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O&O is very good so far. Using it and its defragmenting two at the same time I think.
Go into the options, and tell it to defrag sequentially, and it will do one drive at a time.
 

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Go into the options, and tell it to defrag sequentially, and it will do one drive at a time.
I saw that but I like how it does more than one at a time :)
 
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O&O Defrag supports x64 as well.

i have o&o on my HD, when i try to install it it tells me i have the wrong OS. Maybe there are different versions.
 

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i have o&o on my HD, when i try to install it it tells me i have the wrong OS. Maybe there are different versions.
theres a seperate installer for x64. Quite often people who say X program doesnt work in windows x64, forget to look for a different installer.
 

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i have o&o on my HD, when i try to install it it tells me i have the wrong OS. Maybe there are different versions.
You have to grab the x64 specific installer.
 
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I'll have to have a search around and try to find it. thx
 
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