What all do you do to keep your computer running at peak performance?

neomits

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I'm just curious what you do, how often you do it, what programs you use, to keep your computer top notch?
Stuff like Scan disc, Defrag, Norton System Check, Go through your programs and clean out unused programs... What do you do?
 

TallBill

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format and reinstall every month.. altho.. i havnt had to do that since getting xp
 

TallBill

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gotta be... but like i said.. i dont even need defrag in xp.. runs smoooth.. and! i can play games.!
 

swayinOtis

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i have always used Norton's. I have always liked speed disk. That gay defrag that comes with Windows sucks. I recently upgraded to norton's system works. I love it. It has this one button scan thing it does that seems to do a good job of doing everything.

 

Geekbabe

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defrag,cookie washer, anti-virus updates and once a month I break down every rig in the house and use compressed air to keep the dust down,check fans etc.
 

tm37

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windex! I use windex. The lemon kind cleans it and leaves it OH So fresh!
 

tm37

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Can't believe that was my platnuim post:|


didn't even realize I was close!:Q

 

Keego

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lol tm37 :)


I double click on the cstrike icon, if it does not open, I reboot and then it works. if it doesn't work, I scream and curse until it fixes itself.
 

Keego

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<< format and reinstall every month.. altho.. i havnt had to do that since getting xp >>




uhh I recommend ghost for that kind of regimine
 

pillage2001

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<< defrag,cookie washer, anti-virus updates and once a month I break down every rig in the house and use compressed air to keep the dust down,check fans etc. >>




Does cleaning it give you extra speed?! :Q
 

Geekbabe

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<< defrag,cookie washer, anti-virus updates and once a month I break down every rig in the house and use compressed air to keep the dust down,check fans etc. >>




Does cleaning it give you extra speed?! :Q
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I don't know about that, but I have caught fans that were getting ready to go... and that alone is enough to motivate me to break my stuff down and clean it monthly. Besides, every so often I once I've pulled out and opened 3 full towers I figure,hey, the case is open I might as well go ahead and upgrade something in here while I'm at it:)
 

docmanhattan

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every week i wipe it down with wetnaps while burning nag-chompa and listening barry manilow.

works everytime. :D
 

4824guy

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I open up the case and clean up the fans, blow out any dust, and make sure the vent holes near the fan are clean. Other than scan disk and a defrag, I don't do anything else.
 

Hammer

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After I install Windows and add all my programs, drivers, and updates I use Norton Ghost and burn it to CDRWs. If something messes up or its running slow, I'll format the disk and reimage it. Takes about 15 minutes.
 

Apollyon

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Kill cache, history, windows\temp folder - run Norton System Works, let it fix any errors, run defrag
 

Cooltech2k

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<< format and reinstall every month.. altho.. i havnt had to do that since getting xp >>

Same Here, But I am Getting Really Close..
 

CraigRT

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Defrags... I try to install as little as possible to minimize clutter, only what I use or whatever. i also like to organize my hdd neatly with the data.

That's about it.. my system seems to run mint...
 

neomits

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hammer09. I have a question about your Ghosting. So do you Image your WHOLE computer?!?! How many discs is that? I mean that would take forever. Or do you only image certain parts?