Cleaning our Dell Computer

OK, our desktop DELL (that is it’s name: DELL)  is about hmmm, 6 years old now.

When we bought it, I bought the fastest, biggest, machine possible hoping it would last.  It has.  It has been almost perfect (had to replace a CD disk and I complain about various things, but, that is me).

Lately, DELL has been slowing down more and more, sometimes taking up to 10 minutes to boot up.

Yesterday, I went to CNET Downloads, in the Utilities section and decided to get mean and nasty with DELL and see if I could speed it up.

It worked!!!  I feel like I have a new computer…

What did it?

Not totally sure, but, it was a combination of these programs that, even in demo mode that did the trick.

1. Revo Uninstaller: I used this to get rid of programs we don’t use anymore. I will donate or buy this.  I love it.  It gets rid of crap that others leave behind.

2. Wise Disk Cleaner (Free): Apparently this cleaned out a bunch of junk on my hard drive and recovered a ton of space.  (on that note, overall, I recovered about 6 gig of hard drive).  I like it, but, the TuneUp software mentioned below may do the same stuff.  I may donate or buy…I’ll decide in a week or two.   I tried the defrag, but, it shut off when the disk cleaner was done…very odd.

3. Wise Registry Cleaner:  I liked the disk cleaner so I tried it.  Seems to work, but, it shuts itself off randomly…weird.

4. MemTurbo PC Optimizer: Interesting.  Allows me to play a little with my memory allocations.  Since the demo version does not allow you to do / try all of it’s features, I may not buy it simply because I cannot try it fully.   Too bad, since it could be the best thing since sliced bread, but I might not ever know.

5. TuneUp Utilities 2010: I suspect this one helped the most.  Slick interface, does a lot, and, after using it, my computer started up much quicker. I’ll probably buy this.

6. Auslogics Disk Defrag: This took a long time to work, but, I checked the disk this morning with Windows built in defrag and it was better than I have ever seen it.  Another donation or purchase.

7. Microsoft Security Essentials: I load this now on our new machines and am now going back to the old machines (remember I still have my trusty Toshiba laptop which is about 5 years old now)  and taking off Norton and putting in Security Essentials.  The price is right, and who knows the OS better?  I have no problems with it, so far.

Conclusion

CNET has a ton of Utilities (and other stuff) on their web site for download.  I like the fact that, for some of the stuff, the CNET Editors have tried it and I like the user reviews.

Gotta give credit to Dell Computer and Toshiba.  Solid machines.

Our world is changing to mobile / laptops (Kristen will get a laptop when she starts at the University of Pacific this Fall), so when DELL finally goes…our family will be totally mobile.  The central computer, in our family, will be a thing of the past.

I’ll add my 2 cents to the user reviews on CNET….

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