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Identifying Unneccessary files in WINDOWS Directory

by wgrayson / December 31, 2004 9:11 AM PST

I'm doing my annual system cleanup, and I know that various programs dump alot of "stuff" into the Windows Directory that may not get deleted with standard uninstall programs and spyware programs.

How can I tell which files are necessary for my current system, and which ones are leftovers from long-gone programs?

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Tools I use.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 31, 2004 9:14 AM PST

1. Sort by date. The Windows installed items all seem to have a specific date.

2. use http://www.google.com to investigate the rest.

Never delete. Rename so you can use the Recovery Console to put it back.

Bob

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clean up
by crazeebob2000 / December 31, 2004 1:52 PM PST

I am no expert, but i've found 2 free downlods that keep my old HP pc doing ok, they are: Free iniernet eraser and dustbusterxp, the both find files you dont need and i havent had a problem for a long time, hope this helps.

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