Solution for ailing Windows
Thread poster: José Henrique Lamensdorf

José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 15:57
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May 8, 2010

My Windows (XP) was going "bad". First, I had issues with my matchless 18 yo serial trackball mouse. Then, all of a sudden, both Word and MSIExplorer would make the whole computer freeze upon opening any file - yes, they would open a file/page - and trying to do ANYthing, hence requiring a reboot via hardware.

First, I thoroughly checked for viruses, malware, adware, spyware, even tupperware, and found absolutely nothing. Then I had Windows self-repair from the installation disk, and did the same with the MS Office (2003) disk, to no avail. Finally other simpler programs began to jam as well.

So I thought about the Windows Registry. and a search led me to Registry Booster 2010, from http://www.uniblue.com . Before I bought it, I had it scan my system, and it found 400+ Registry issues. So I took the plunge, and bought it for USD 30, much cheaper than calling a technician who would - at best - be able to fumble as much as I did.

The situation here was SO desperately bad, that this Booster program itself froze twice. So I ran the free CCleaner from http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner first, which solved 212 Registry issues. Then I ran that Registry Booster, it found some 360 Registry issues left, solved them all, and now everything is working absolutely fine, as if I had had a general hardware upgrade.

Most likely there are other Windows Registry "fix-it" programs in the market, but if you have unexplainable problems in Windows (yes, I asked a few friends who know more than I do about it), a filthy Registry may be the culprit.


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Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 14:57
German to English
Hate to mention this May 8, 2010

Things may have gone so far that you need to back up all your critical data, including e-mail addresses, bookmarks, etc. (which I suspect you already do, given the care you apparently give your work), then reformat your hard drive and reinstall Windows. Although I've been extraordinarily lucky, some of my relatives, friends and colleagues haven't been, so they've been forced to reformat/reinstall. The result is a computer that behaves as new (which can be a pain as well, as most of the tweaks you've performed will be lost as well). Be prepared to spend a lot of time re-acquiring updates, patches, etc. You have all my sympathy.

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Natalie  Identity Verified
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Hi José May 8, 2010

Consider buying System Mechanic or Registry Convoy. The programs are not too expensive, but never again will you encounter such problems.

Best,
Natalia


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José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Brazil
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That's the very point, Kevin May 8, 2010

In the past, now and then I've reformatted hard disks, reinstalled everything from scratch, because my computer was getting every time more "sluggish".

What led me to write this message today is that I've sort of found a fast track to having the problem solved. After having cleaned the Windows Registry, it feels like a brand new computer, as if it had all my software and files freshly installed. I hope to spare some colleagues all that trouble.

Another useful tool in similar cases - actually not so similar - when the trouble is in the hard disk - is SpinRite, from http://www.grc.com . Now it's version 6, but I remember having used its version 2 in the PC-XT days to save two 40 MB (sic!) hard disks from the trash can. It's worth reminding that in those days each such hard drive cost USD 400.

So Kevin, you may tip your relatives, friends, and colleagues on these two programs.

I am a relatively good PC technician, built myself all computers - notebooks excepted - that ever were in the house. My elder son is a top-flight IT pro, which means he has no time (it took him 18 months to find a few spare hours to build my first web site). So I compare the cost of a technician's visit with the cost of fixing software. The cheapest option gets the first try.

Natalia, I've noted the programs you suggested. If I ever have more such problems, they'll be bidding against the technician. Thanks!


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Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 14:57
German to English
My experience has been different May 10, 2010

I've tried CC cleaner on other people's computers without much success. I suspect that they were too far gone (too full of garbage) to be rescued by a registry cleaner. I've used various Norton/Symantec utilities to keep my own computers running and haven't experienced significant slowdown. I've recently switched to a German product, TuneUp Utilities, to keep my registry clean. So far, so good.

One issue with the problems my various associates have encountered is that they've let their kids use the computers -- however infrequently. I gave a laptop that I had been using trouble-free for 4 years to a friend, with the admonishment that her teenagers should be forbidden to use the machine. Within 2 months the computer had slowed to a crawl. CC cleaner didn't help, nor did other utilities. A quick check of the browser history indicated that her kids (who had computers of their own) had downloaded all sorts of files/nonsense that rendered the computer virtually unusable.

I suspect that in some cases, there's a "point of no return" requiring a reformat and reinstall. I've only had to reformat/reinsstall once myself -- when a computer failure required me to buy a new machine just prior to the changeover from Windows ME to XP.


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