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best optimization software for win xp

by bob_007 / September 28, 2010 4:42 PM PDT


i am using ccleaner right now as my only pc optimization software. it's a convenient software suite that brings together tasks such as program uninstallation, registry cleaning and disk cleaning. however, it lacks an automatic disk defragmentor and a memory optimization tool (and possibly plus a whole host of other optimization tools which i am not aware of..). does anyone know of any good all-in-one pc optimization package? either free or proprietary is fine. thanks.

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Re: optimization
by Kees Bakker / September 28, 2010 5:01 PM PDT

Are you sure your memory needs optimization? Isn't the memory management of Windows good enough for what you do with your machine?

And are you sure you need an automatic disk defragmenter? How fragmented is your disk? And what do you think is the advantage of a fully defragmented disk? How often do you do a manual defrag?


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by bob_007 / September 28, 2010 5:26 PM PDT
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i am not entirely sure if my computer needs memory optimization, i just want to bring my machine to its optimum, since there are tools out there that can do that.

i do a manual disk clean-up and defrag once a few months. i am asking about an auto defragmentor also because i read that it does increase the pc's performance substantially. i think the main advantage of a defragmented disk is that it reduces the time and resources required to perform disk operations, since the used portion is now contiguous, right?

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I am not so sure.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 28, 2010 7:47 PM PDT
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Hi Bob.

Disk defragmenting once every few months seems optimum to me. I would be wary of automatic defragmenters because it seems to me that they would have to have some service running all the time in the background, to keep a constant check on the disk(s). That will use RAM and may also interrupt your normal work whenever a certain 'limit' is reached and it starts the defragmentation process.

Fragmentation isn't the problem that many would have you believe it is. The disk and the platter, (pickup), are moving constantly anyway, and reading from or writing to the disk all the time, so response times will not be improved significantly. If there is an improvement, it will be in micro-seconds, which to us is unnoticeable.

Apart from CCleaner which is fairly benign, we never recommend other registry cleaners or optimisers because of the damage they can do. Instead, to keep a system optimised, we always recommend general maintenance which includes keeping Startup files to a minimum, keeping the system free of viruses and other malware, reducing the risk of malware infection by using a browser other than IE, and of course, cleaning. That's removing dust build up from inside the computer.

I hope that helps.


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There aren't any
by Jimmy Greystone / September 28, 2010 11:22 PM PDT

There aren't any.

Memory type programs are scams, the whole lot of them. Anyone who can program one of those knows enough about computer memory management to know they are completely useless, and can actually HURT system performance, so I consider them willing participants in the scam.

Defragmenting is a problem that has pretty much ceased to exist, mostly because drive technology has made it largely irrelevant. If you have several large files, like a large scale database or high end video editing studio, then we could talk, but for the average user it's a complete waste of time. You might gain a few nanoseconds to milliseconds on specific operations, and even that will be fleeting in nature.

Registry programs are another snake oil scam program. Name one registry cleaner/fixer/optimizer/whatever that actually gives you the criteria by which it selects things that need to be removed. Does this not seem like basic information you would need to make an informed decision?

At the end of the day, all these optimization programs do are basically turn off default services that don't necessarily need to be on, and get rid of startup items. Basic things like that, which you could do yourself in about 5 minutes. They also sometimes mess with settings that aren't really meant to be messed with.

Fact is, Microsoft optimizes Windows pretty well by the time they ship it. There may be a few little tweaks here and there that might eek out 1-2% more, but usually those are switched off for good reason. They can have unexpected side effects, up to and including rendering your system unbootable.

Save your time and money, and just forget about these programs. They're nothing but the 21st century version of snake oil scams.

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by bob_007 / September 29, 2010 11:29 AM PDT
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hi guys, thanks for your posts. my lenovo laptop at home runs on win xp, and of late i notice that it's been running rather slowly, compared to say a few weeks ago. i did not install any major program prior to this (maybe just 1 or 2 free download games). i ran a disk-cleanup and defrag, but it still seems sluggish. my avira-antivir does not give any virus warnings. i have yet to run a full malware test though. any idea what can be the cause?

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