Cleaning files/registry after fresh install

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Athanasian Creed, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. Greetings all,

    I just recently reinstalled Win Vista Ultimate and approx. 25 programs along
    with it (all up-to-date versions)

    After doing all that, i wanted to run CCleaner to get rid of whatever crap
    buildup was present. To my absolute horror, there was approx. 2.5 GIGS of
    garbage after a clean install plus around 100 registry entries. Where the
    heck did all the crap come from??? I've never experienced having so much,
    much less on a clean, fresh install!!! When i went to clean the build up, i
    noticed that CCleaner (??) had placed some files, around 15 or so (eg.
    notepad.exe, explorer.exe) in C:/Windows, individually under all the file

    I (foolishly) deleted all the files, thinking they were duplicates (they
    weren't!!!) Obviously, deleting explorer.exe meant that upon restart
    Windows won't boot (thank GOD for Rollback Rx!!!)

    I'm at a loss as to what to do - clean or leave be??

    Ray :(
    Athanasian Creed, Aug 8, 2008
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  2. Athanasian Creed

    Mick Murphy Guest

    Only one thing you should do: READ before you click!
    There are a heap of options in CCleaner.
    If you don't read them, don't use it!
    Mick Murphy, Aug 8, 2008
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  3. CCleaner gives you a list to check. You didn't? As to the volume of
    files... probably mostly temporary files from all the installations.
    No big deal.
    CCleaner doesn't move a thing.
    Run the System File Checker.

    Google it if you don't know what it is or how to do it.
    Paul Montgomery, Aug 8, 2008

  4. You're assuming i've never used CCleaner before when, in fact, i've used it
    for years!

    I DO "read before (i) click" I'm very careful.

    Sheesh - thanks for nothin' 'MATE'

    Ray :(
    Athanasian Creed, Aug 10, 2008
  5. ** Correct - it was temp files from the installations. I deleted them from
    the C:\User\Raymond\AppData\Temp file.
    ** Well, i certainly didn't move it nor did i run the 'chkdsk for
    consistency' when prompted upon startup, so that operation didn't move any
    files either. Really strange.

    Now my problem is, after deleting via 'Windows Explorer', i got a BSOD upon
    reboot, restarted and it booted into Windows. I immediately rebooted and
    Windows wanted to check the disk for consistency (which i allowed) Moved a
    few files around, restarted and everything was OK EXCEPT that when i reran
    CCleaner, thinking it would show 1.8 GB less clutter, it still showed 2.5 GB
    of clutter to delete!!! Something like that makes me think that there is
    something wrong with CCleaner and how it's calculating the junk to delete,
    at least in my case.

    Oh well, c'est la vie!

    Ray :)
    Athanasian Creed, Aug 10, 2008
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