System Cleanup - a discussion please

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Dr. Strangelove, Jan 12, 2008.

  1. There are various methods and tools to clean up trash files, temp files,
    personal settings, Office temp, restore points, IE temp, etc, etc. And,
    there are a multitude of places for the trash to accumulate. However, there
    is no one list of what to clean, where to clean, how to clean, and in what
    order.

    Let's say you have your system tuned and want to do a backup without having
    all of the trash, temp, and settings be on the backup. What steps, system
    tools (ie Disk Cleanup), and methods do you use?

    And, for those of us paranoid about using unknown third party tools, what
    manual methods can be used?

    Doc
     
    Dr. Strangelove, Jan 12, 2008
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  2. Its simple 'Disk Cleanup'.
     
    Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin], Jan 12, 2008
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  3. Dr. Strangelove

    Bob Guest

    Using the Vista Backup utility.
    What file types are not included in my backups?
    The Back Up Files wizard backs up the most common file types. The following
    files are not included:

    a.. Files that have been encrypted using Encrypting File System (EFS)

    Note
    a.. EFS is not included in Windows Vista Starter, Windows Vista Home
    Basic, and Windows Vista Home Premium.

    b.. System files (the files that Windows needs to run)

    c.. Program files

    d.. Files stored on hard disks that are formatted using the FAT file
    system

    e.. Web-based e-mail that is not stored on your hard disk

    f.. Files that are in the Recycle Bin

    g.. Temporary files

    h.. User profile settings
     
    Bob, Jan 12, 2008
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  4. Sorry Andre, but Disk Cleanup only does a fraction of what is needed.

    Doc
     
    Dr. Strangelove, Jan 12, 2008
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  5. Well, it does crucial areas of the system that often need clean up. If you
    want more granular control, you could try browsing the Temp directory with
    hidden files shown and clear out any unnecessary files from there.

    Click Start > type %TEMP% and hit Enter
     
    Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin], Jan 12, 2008
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    Dave Guest

    I use Disk Cleanup and CCleaner.

    CCleaner scans your computer, and lists files that can be deleted. You can
    look at the list before you tell it to delete them. You can also tell it
    what files to ignore.

    http://ccleaner.com/
     
    Dave, Jan 12, 2008
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  7. That is the point, Andre. There is no one-stop shop to do all of the house
    cleaning. How many people know about Windows\Temp, and then
    AppData\Local\Temp?

    There are many other areas to clean, for efficiency and for privacy. That
    is why I called this a "discussion".

    Doc
     
    Dr. Strangelove, Jan 12, 2008
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  8. I have a script that I go through, where Disk Cleanup and Trend Micro's
    "Software History Cleaner" play a major role. Still, there are a number of
    other places to look and clean manually.

    Doc
     
    Dr. Strangelove, Jan 12, 2008
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  9. Temp is listed in disk clean up anyway.
     
    Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin], Jan 12, 2008
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    techie007 Guest

    One man's trash is another man's treasure.

    Judging what's garbage for everyone is tough, especially when any
    program could put temp files anywhere they want (somewhat).

    If all programs just used the common Windows Temp folder it'd be easy
    and Disk Cleanup would do it. Or if all programs offered a way to clean
    up their own temp files that'd be great to.

    But they don't, and what can MS do to enforce that all other developers
    do this? Nothing. I think the best (only?) answer would be for users
    to complain to the authors of the software they use and tell them to
    offer a way to do it, or use a common temp folder, in their products.
     
    techie007, Jan 12, 2008
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  11. Not using Vista Backup for user files.

    Question: Is it safe to delete "anything" in Windows\Temp?

    Doc
     
    Dr. Strangelove, Jan 13, 2008
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    marz Guest

    not safe unless you know exactly what the file/folder is and what it is
    doing there. temp can be being used by any number of aps or vista for
    any number of reasons.
    however there is also likely to be some junk there also, my advice is
    to research items on a per file/folder basis and then rather than
    deleting things keep them in the recycler for a while, just in case you
    discover that you need to restore them.
    do all this at your own risk and good luck getting rid of the junk.
     
    marz, Jan 13, 2008
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    Bob Guest

    Copy all of the contents to a new folder(a temporary temp folder?) then
    delete the contents of the temp folder. Most likely this will not cause any
    problems. If it does you can selectively copy things back from the temporary
    temp folder to the temp folder. Give it several days without a problem and
    delete the temporary temp folder as well.
     
    Bob, Jan 13, 2008
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  14. Sounds like a good, safe way of doing it.

    What about various log files from common/known programs, and registry MRU
    lists?

    Doc
     
    Dr. Strangelove, Jan 14, 2008
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    Bob Guest

    I see no reason why you can't use the same approach.
     
    Bob, Jan 14, 2008
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