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CCleaner Updates to Version 3.0

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CCleaner is a program I use all the time as part of my regular maintenance routine for the workstations I support. It works by cleaning up old program data and checking for and correcting misconfigured registry settings. When I get complaints about a workstation running slow, in addition to CCleaner, I also:

Run a defrag (see my […]

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Technical Book Club

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I’ve started listening to the Mind of Root podcast again, and just in time. They are starting a book club, but not the kind of book club you would expect. Instead of the mainstream fiction or self-help books you see in most book clubs, they are covering technical books for system administrators.

The first book they are […]

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Schedule a Defrag to Run Automatically

Scheduling a defrag of your hard drive can help to improve the performance of your computer and remove the burden of remembering to do it yourself. This guide will show you how to set up a scheduled defrag in Windows XP.

Defragging (or defragmenting) is the process of rearranging files on your hard drive so that they take up one contiguous space instead of being spread out in multiple places across the drive. This can speed up system performance since the drive heads don’t have to jump around to read a file and can access it all in one shot. It is a good idea to defragment your hard drive regularly, but it’s tough to remember and if you start it manually while you’re using your computer, then it really slows everything down until it’s done, and may not even run at all while other applications are running. It would be nice to be able to schedule the defragment process to run while you were away from your computer so you never have to think about it.

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