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    (re)building rigs; ATM, 10 running: 6 Intel, 1 Sun, 3 AMD
  1. OT... Hay Boris, How/Where does one enter such text/icons as you have there in your profile, describing your rigs? I would like to populate that space in mine.
  2. Hay Boris... thanks for the suggestion. I went and got the Auslogic Disk Defrag, installed and ran it. It did a nice job of cleaning up. But I didn't stop there... I also downloaded Smart Defrag 2 and ran that. It had a mode where it defrags and optimizes by moving the most frequently run objects up to the front of the disk so they load faster. That made the defrag run slower, but since the reboot afterwards, things are running noticibly faster. And Qat, thanks. I already have CCleaner installed on all three WinXP laptops. I do use it to clean off files. But I stopped using the registry cleaner after reading how it can remove a needed file if you don't carefully read the selection list BEFORE it removes objects. I also have a trio of security products installed on all three boxes: Avira Free, MalwareBytes Anti-Malware(MBAM) and Super Anti Spyware(SAS). I run Avira daily or else every 2nd day or else I have the wife keep up with doing it. And we use MalwareBytes same interval. SAS gets run weekly. So far, these three tools are doing the job that Kaspersky Internet Security did for 3 years until it fell behind in the ratings.
  3. Hey David, How exactly did you 'simply moved "all the junk" off from C:\ while I defragged it'... what kind of move or copy did you use? what effect does a drag-and-drop between two windows-explorer have on the registry keys of any executables, or registered objects? Is that kind of move OK, so long as I don't try and use any object in its temporaty location over on D:\ before I move it back to C:\ later on?? Can I just drag-and-drop anything that I want to move to D:\ and leave it there forever, executing any .EXE files in the new folders from D:\ ?? Because, if that answer is YES, then I want to reorganize alot of things from C:\ to D:\ so I don't have this full condition every few weeks. Reason that I seem dumb is that I am a Linux/BSD sort of guru and rather ignorant with any kinds of M$ windows. The laptop is the wife's and I am her admin whether I like it or not. (...and I don't)
  4. I have this laptop with winXP installed in a C: disk which has 15 GB. It is very full and is fragmented. I try using the defrag in the System Tools but it says it can't do it without more space. It asks me to delete some files and try again. Well, I can't do that, because I need all the junk in there. I also happen to have a 140 GB D: drive which is almost empty plus another 160 GB of unused unallocated space, all of this on the 320GB hard disk. Does anyone know of another defrag out there which can work with some of this unused space and/or some of the free space on D: to do the defragmenting job on C: ?? Conceptually, I know that it is possible but are there any smarter defrag utilities which have been designed with an option to use extra space as a "parking lot for moving the cars around" ?
  5. OK, upside-down-name...taq I did search the disk for that exact filename and I found several copies. So, I picked the newest one and copied it over into C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32. After that, I tried to run NTBackup and it worked! I also tried to run defrag and it now worked too (it wanted MFC42C.DLL when I tried to run it before) I did not imagine that a simple copy like that would work. I always imagined that the registry keeps file info for all DLLs like a checksum or MD5 hash so that you couldn't just copy another version without some registry fiddling. I guess my theory about the registry is wrong about that. But, I am good to go. Thanks ilya
  6. I ran: sfc /scannow It just ran for 15-20 minutes. A progress bar moved from left to right. When it was done, it just died and went away WITHOUT REPORTING ANYTHING. Such as: All-OK, Not-OK, how many files/folders checked. Rather incomplete tool for a vendor-included one.
  7. I don't have any original WinXP install disk... This Toshiba when new, only came with 3 "restore" CDs which are Ghost CDs or something similiar. If I run the restore, it overwrites everything. Reason I know is because, a couple years back, I replaced the original 20GB HDD with a 160GB drive and ran that restore. I remember how it worked.. it didn't have any choices, just reload.
  8. I was trying to backup my WinXP C: drive using NTBackup.exe. But, before it could start, a popup appeared saying: --------------------------------------------------------- NTBackup.exe - Unable to Locate Component. This application has failed to start because MFC42U.DLL was not found. re-installing the application may fix this problem. ______________OK_______________ --------------------------------------------------------- The odd thing is, I ran NTbackup a few weeks ago and it ran to completion without errors. Now, it says it cannot find the file.!? But it gets stranger yet. If I run "search" in Windows Explorer, for all files on the C: drive, it finds another one named the exact same way (all upper case) in another folder, and another 9 more named mfc42u.dll (lower case) in other folders. They are different sizes (ie: 952K, 970K, 989K, etc.) QUESTION: can I clone one of these, naming it all upper case and put it into C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32? Will it work like the lost one?
  9. "FNT" said... "You surf the net, you check out new software, - when you are finished you throw the operating system out, and start to use a new one...." Hmmm, I might say, "surf the net, check out (download) new OS software, 'burn' a copy onto a USB memstick, boot that up, & use that to surf the web from, when you finish that web session, reflash that USB memstick with a fresh copy of the same preferred OS software. That way, you destroy any potential virus, trojan, infections from the just-completed session, and always start again next time with a clean OS. works for me.
  10. http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/rap-index.xml Interesting! Notice how 3 popular FREE a/v tools are rated higher than most popular COTS alternatives: Avast, AVG, Avira free
  11. Ahh, thanks pops. That is what I am looking for: something FREE as in BEER. The new 320GB disk will be clean. Fedora won't have been loaded yet. I hope that Windows XP isn't considered a "later version of Windows"?
  12. I have this Dell Vostro 17 laptop;it's 4 years old It has Windows XP on a 160 GB Samsung SATA drive, which still works. But it may be going bad. When I booted Fedora 13 Linux from a USB memstick, it complained after booting up, that the hard disk had over 1700 bad sectors. However, I have never seen any errors reported by Windows XP; wonder why? So, thinking my disk was dying and I need to save everything, I got a new 320 GB WD SATA hard drive to use as a replacement. I wanted a bigger disk anyhow so I could put Fedora Linux on there for dual boot. I already had a USB hard disk enclosure for 2-1/2" SATA disk. I put the new 320 drive into there temporarily until I can backup everything. I connected the USB drive to the laptop. When I boot Fedora Linux from USB memstick to see it, it is there and with fdisk, I can partition and format it just fine. But that is Linux, not windows XP. What Windows XP software can I use to clone the existing Windows install onto the new 320 hard disk so I can boot it before the old 160 GB one dies?
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