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  1. - Users of Windows 10 build 1809 and who want to use Tweaking's Windows Repair MUST use version v4.4.0 or newer. This Windows 10 Build 1809 contains a bug that - in some particular circumstances - will "break" Windows and prevent Windows 10 from working properly.

    - Windows Repair v4.4.0 (or newer) makes sure that this bug doesn't become a problem, fixes this problem.

    - I hope Microsoft will take care of this bug in the next Build.

     

    - More information is available at the Tweaking.com website:

    https://www.tweaking.com/


  2. - Make sure you regularly remove files from "Recent Files" (with e.g. Ccleaner), the file "layout.ini" in the "c:\windows\Prefetch" folder. Then this problem should be less of an issue.

    - Check the size of the "Standby" part of the memory (Resource Monitor) before and after cleaning these files. It should be smaller. Or use Sysinternals' RAMMAP to check the memory usage. This program tells you what files are read and stored in the Standby part of the memory.

    - You also use the option "Defrag Freespace" in Defraggler to move selective files to the beginning of the disk.


  3. - What kind of files are those who have been moved to the end of the drive ? Vidoes, pictures you opened/viewed recently ?

    - I know that Windows keeps track of what files you have opened in the (recent) past. (e.g. "Recent files") These files are then read from the disk into the memory (with a low priority) in case you need them again. Then these files are much more rapidly available, from the memory instead from the (comparatively) slow HD. This mechanism uses a combination of things like "Recent files", "Prefetch" and the "Superfetch" Service.

    - I could imagine that during the reading of those low priority files (that are placed at the end of the HD) the Operating system wants to write a number of files. Then these files are being placed at the end of the file because then the read/write head of the HD happens to be at the end of the HD. And then the firmware/OS decides to place those files at the end of the HD. Then the firmware/ Operating system doesn't want to wait for the read/write head of the HD to return to the beginning of the HD.


  4. - This is odd, very odd !!! Ran Windows Update (manually) today and suddenly (??) it recommended a "Cumulative Security Update for IE 11" (KB 4483187) for the first time this year. Is there a relation to the news that MS is about to make MAJOR changes to their Edge browser ? See link below.

     


  5. - Makes perfect sense. Because Windows needs to keep track what has been changed (files, etc.) and put that in the (next) System Restore Point. All that info allows Windows to revert the changes that have been made when one installs a program or an app.

    - Question: did the amount of free disk space shrink as a result of using Defraggler ? People have been complaining about that in the past.


  6. - Piriform issued a new version of DF (v2.22). Instead of adding a "Privacy" tab (in the "Options" menu) the developers should have focussed on fixing a number of other things/bugs as reported in this thread.

    - What hasn't been fixed and what "annoys" (to put it friendly) me the most currently is that DF is the following: When the user has chosen to store the DF settings in a *.ini file then DF doesn't store all (???) the changes the user made in the *.ini file. To make sure that these changes are properly recorded/stored I have to (manually) edit that Defraggler.ini file. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr.............


  7. - Re-installed DF v2.22 today and the program still "doesn't get it". Although I switched the language (to dutch), DF didn't translate 2 text strings in the main screen of the installation program. They remained in english. Did the translator forget to translate these strings ? Bug in the program code ?

    - This wasn't related to e.g. a missing *.ini file because I removed all DF related info.


  8. -  Install PcWinTech's CLEANMEM. Then there's no need to reboot your system to get memory usage lower. Because it runs every 15 minutes using Task Scheduler and then reduces memory usage. The program uses an API that's build into Windows itself (Windows XP and newer).

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