disk clean up/defrag & registry errors

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April 14, 2011 at 17:23:25
Specs: Windows XP,
do most people use disk clean up and disk defrag? I am a novice- I have this on my laptop so I don't need to install. I was told not to use defrag.

Also, does most use a cleaning up for registry errors? If so, what can I download free. I tried one but it only cleaned 25 out of 3,000. After it is completed, do I uninstall it?

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April 14, 2011 at 17:35:26
Disk defrag and cleaning registry enhances the performance and but do not expect a magical change after your perform that on modern computers..
We should perform at least defrag once a month

Subhash Chandra.

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April 14, 2011 at 17:42:18
Registry cleaners should be avoided as they generally cause more problems than they solve. They have limited use in the hands of an expert to solve a specific problem, but in the hands of a novice they can be dangerous. There is no documented evidence that regular use is beneficial.

As for Disk cleanup and defrag, yes.

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April 14, 2011 at 17:51:06
thank you both!

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April 14, 2011 at 17:56:03
yup.. Agree about registry cleaners.. They does not works as well as they say and advertise.
sometime they mess up with the sysem as well and cause unstable system

Subhash Chandra.

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April 14, 2011 at 18:03:46
I would suggest doing this, before you Defrag.---
How to Perform Disk Error Checking in Windows XP

That will look for and fix bad Sectors on your harddrive. Defrag. moves files to other parts of the harddrive.

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April 24, 2011 at 20:58:40
Totally agree with LMiller7 regarding registry cleaners.

I have never used one so far. Have been able to keep the pc fast with just the diskcleanup and defrag both of which I dont miss now. I suggest CCleaner for a very efficient cleanup. For defragging I personally use one of the commercial defraggers that are installed to run in the background and defrag whenever needed and needs no scheduling. This routine has worked for me.

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April 25, 2011 at 00:36:11
in commercial defrag i think disk keeper comes first..seen on so many servers..

Subhash Chandra.

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April 28, 2011 at 10:45:03
I agree with comp_ere and subhash chandra that a defrag is vital to the PC's health.

Fragmentation occurs when pieces of files and free space are incontiguously scattered across a disk. The disk has to do multiple writes when saving such a file and multiple searches are executed when accessing these broken files.

This basically means much more disk wear than needed.

When the disk is defragmented, the pieces are made contiguous so the files are not only found much faster, the disk is used less so it lasts longer as well.

The built-in defragger is not really practical as it takes too long to defrag and the PC is pretty much useless while it is defragmenting, so I also agree that a good third party program is much better.

Here is a Top 10 Reviews side-by-side comparison of the best defrag programs avaialble:


The top placers all run automatically while the gold medalist (Diskeeper as mentioned above), won because the testers could not tell it was running even though they used the computer heavily during the defrag.

They also appreciated that it prevents fragmentation.

Most of the top placers offer a free trial so you can try before you buy.

Check out the review.


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