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  1. New version of WindowsRepair available soon (tomorrow). It includes an option that sets Windows Services back to their safe/default settings. And if any one doesn't like one or more default settings then they alsways can manually put those services back to one's favourite setting. Please run it and see if it causes any errors. This story brings up the question: does anyone know the MSDOS command (if it exists !!) to put one or more services to a desired state ? WR already has helped me once to get Windows (XP SP 3) back to a stable footing. Had been tinkering/messing around with some services in an attempt to replicate two odd system messages I never came across before. Then the system reported that it had become instable and had to be shut down. But after a restart, WR was helpful to restore the system back to the default (&safe) settings.
  2. Did precisely the same, ran the same procedure as described in post #10 and a similar result emerged. So, it seems to confirm the pattern I discovered in that post. Time for the CC developers to look into this problem.
  3. Did some more research and I may have found the answer to this weird thing. It seems CC is using one way to calculate the total size of the files to be wiped and a second method to calculate the total size of the files that have actually been wiped. And then one ends up with two different values. Here's what happened: 1. I watched a video (~85 Mb in size) using IE 8. A lot of videos are in Flash format and are stored in the temporary internet folders. 2. With the help of Defraggler I opened the temporary internet folder to move the video file ( with the name videoplayback[1] ) to a folder with more videos. 3. Ran CC v3.12 (I hit ""Analyze"") and it reported that about 20 Mb of files were to be wiped in the temporary internet folders. 4. Then I hit ""Run Cleaner"" to wipe all the files and then CC reported that about 105 (= 20 + 85) Mb of files were removed. I checked which files were wiped and what sizes they had. Although I had extracted the video file from the temporary internet folders CC still thought the videofile was still over there. Does CC use a special (Windows) file, like e.g. index.dat to determine which files are (supposedly) stored in those folders and are (supposedly) wiped ?
  4. Willy2

    Speccy v1.13

    I posted a reply to this topic before installing Speccy v1.13. Spoke too soon. Speccy v1.13 does contain a dutch translation. But the translation contains a number of small (!) translation errors. Nothing big but a bit annoying, though.
  5. Cleanmem v2.3.0 had some small problems. As I write this (see time+date of this post) I know CM v2.3.1 is coming up.
  6. @Shane: perhaps you could create two groups of tasks. One group that is specificly dedicated to repairing/restoring the WMI, Firewall, file permissions etc. to their old/standard/default state and the other group containing miscellaneous tasks like unhiding files, clean (the) temp folder(s). Perhaps the difference is a bit artificial. It's just a thought.
  7. Willy2

    Speccy v1.13

    Does this Speccy version include support for the dutch language or is or is this scheduled for version 1.14 ?
  8. Shane (http://www.tweaking.com, PcWinTech, Cleanmem) has asked me in an email to put a message on this forum. He would very much appreciate it when visitors of this forum would go to the website (www.tweaking.com), download the Window Repair (tomorrow version v1.4.1 will be released) and test it on their computer. And report back their experiences to Shane. Especially computer users with Vista and Win7 are encouraged to test the program. I still use XP and therefore I can't help Shane too much.
  9. Cleanmem v2.3.0 is released. http://www.pcwintech.com/cleanmem
  10. I was the Beta tester and came up with suggestions for this program (especially the GUI). As the name of the program suggests, it fixes/can fix a number of Windows issues. One can also download from this website programs that can fix one particular Windows issue but then the user has to have a VERY good knowledge of what's ""broken"" in Windows. I used it already twice to fix one particular issue. I received twice a weblink in an email. But when I clicked on the link Windows XP didn't respond the way it should (i.e. open a particular web-site/page). I knew there was some ""secret formula"" to fix this problem. But Windows Repair makes it much more easier to do this. Again: check it out !! http://www.tweaking.com/content/page/windows_repair_all_in_one.html
  11. Came across another small (!!) text string bug in the latest CC v3.11. Here's how to find the bug. 1). Untick every box in the Windows and Application pane except for ""Adobe Flash Player"" in the ""Multimedia"" section in the Application pane. 2). Hit ""Analyze"" and then (hopefully) one line appears with a summary of files to be removed. CC clearly states ""(Note: No files have been deleted yet )"". 3). Click on the line that's being displayed and CC will display the details of the files to be removed. 4). If the user has one or more flash cookies then CC displays one or more times the text ""Removed cookie: "", followed by the name of the cookie/website. That text ""Removed"" VERY clearly contradicts the message displayed as mentioned under 2) (See above, in bold characters). The text string should be e.g. ""Cookie: ....."" or ""Flash cookie: ..."" before the user hits ""Run Cleaner"". And e.g. ""Removed cookie: ...... "" after the user has hit ""Run Cleaner"". Or perhaps CC should use a more neutral text like e.g. ""Cookie: ..."" or ""Flash cookie ....."" for the text that's being displayed both before and after the user will hit/has hit ""Run Cleaner"". Now when I am writing this, I have another suggestion for CC: 1. Let CC display an additional text something along the lines of ""Files to be removed :"" somewhere at the top of the screen that details which files are to be wiped. 2. Let CC display an additional text something along the lines of ""Files wiped"" or ""....... removed"" "" somewhere at the top of the screen that details which files actually have been wipe/removed. This certainly would reduce the remaining confusion, because now the user can - IMO - be confused whether files are actually removed or not. It's a confirmation at what stage CC is.
  12. Are the visitors from this website aware that the guy from CLEANMEM has started a new website called TWEAKING.com ? http://www.tweaking.com I helped him get rid of the bugs in and develop the interface of the program called ""Windows Repair"". If the more tech savvy moderators/visitors of the Piriform forum have more suggestions to improve the program then they are welcome to do so. (Aethec ?? Hazelnut ?? Alan_B ??, .... ??) I had to keep it under wraps for a while but now the website is up and running. Check it out.
  13. @Alan B. You're absolutely right. I did notice that ""Save to text"" option. To be continued ( I hope). And now here's the weird thing. When I ran CC (v3.11) (just now when I am typing this) it didn't show these different values (anymore ????) And the anti-virus program was running !!. Or was something removed from the registry that caused CC to show this (strange) behaviour. Or was one or more cookies the cause for this ? (I didn't run the CC registry cleaner and cookie cleaner for at least two months) Well, I'll keep a close eye on how CC behaves in the future and report back when necessary. Perhaps I can discover a pattern. Computer magazines recommend tweaks in the registry but on my laptop they - more often than I like - don't seem to work. Could be that CC is sensitive to the value of some registry entries, as well. As have said before: We'll have to wait and see how CC behaves in the future.
  14. Did some additional tinkering/research. And found the reason why CC v3.11 and CC v3.10 (CC v3.09 ??) report different values. At least, I hope I found the reason why. When one hits ""Analyze"" the CC generates/compiles a list with the names and sizes of the files to be wiped. And CC seems to store that list somewhere (In a Temp folder ???). Now when I hit ""Clean"" then it seems CC adds one or more old lists/adds old info to the newly generated file info. Or (sometimes ??) simply forgets the newly generated info. CC is not quite consistent in the way it behaves. And that's why CC grossly overstates the amount of diskspace that's freed up. I noticed that the names of some old files showed up in the ""files wiped"" list and I knew I had removed/extracted those files from the temporary internet files folders (in IE 8) at an earlier stage. I certainly would appreciate when the CC developers would look into this matter. Has the way CC behaves, compiles the info of the files to be wiped, been changed starting with CC 3.10 or perhaps CC 3.09 ??
  15. Installed version 3.11 today and it still shows different values before and after cleaning.
  16. Just ran CC again and the same thing popped up again. I made 4 pictures to illustrate what I came across. Look at the numbers in the red oval. 1) Checked ""My computer"" and it reported 462 MB free disk space. (CC v3.10a.jpg). 2) Then I hit ""Analyze"" in CC and it reported 27 Mb/about 2900 files of internet files (CC v3.10b.jpg) were about to be wiped. 3) Cleaned those internet files and then CC reported that it had wiped 314 Mb of internet files (CC v3.10c.jpg). It also reported that it had wiped over 5000 files. 4) Checked ""My computer"" again and it reported that it had 495 Mb of free diskspace. 462 + 27 = 489 Mb. (CC v3.10d.jpg). CC also wiped/cleaned a number of other folders/files. No, my laptop wasn't connected to the internet. I temporarily disabled my anti virus scanner because it also creates a lot of temporary files.
  17. I only recently installed CC v3.10. When I ran CC v3.10 for the first time today something weird surfaced. After hitting ""Analyze"" CC reported that the folders containing the temporary internet files (IE 8), contained files with a total size of about 60 MB. Then I ordered CC to wipe all thoses files. And now the weird thing occurred. After CC cleaned all those files it reported that it has wiped some 270 Mb worth of internet files. Weird !!! I compared that with what ""My computer"" reported before and after wiping those internet files. It clearly showed that CC had wiped files with a total size of about 60 Mb. I use XP SP 3 with all latest updates.
  18. Ouch, it will take some time to get used to this new design/layout.
  19. Did you read this entire thread ? Because the maker of this program (SMC1979) does participates in this thread and provides an answer to your question. Go to: http://www.pcwintech.com/ There're some other great programs (besides Cleanmem) available. Check it out and read the documentation of Cleanmem as well.
  20. Cleanmem v2.2.0 is out.
  21. There's a thorough procedure that has helped me in a number of cases when an error occurred. -- Uninstall the program. -- Install ERUNTgui (works also in Win 7 and Vista ??). It allows the user to restore the registry to a previous state. -- Switch off (temporarily !!!!) as much programs as possible that are automatically started when the computer boots (e.g. with CCleaner). Before switching off (not uninstalling !!) the antivirus program one should disconnect from the internet. Anti virus programs can cause a lot of trouble. -- Clean and compact the registry (I recommend Eusing software and NTREGOPT) -- Reboot computer. -- Close as much programs as possible. (See the icons in the System Tray as well, in the bottom right hand side of the screen). -- Install the program. Hopefully now the programs does work. -- Switch on those start up options you switched off before. Try it and tell us if it worked for you.
  22. I think I made a (small but important) mistake (again). Remove the character ""\"" right behind ""recent"" (see previous post(s)) and then it could work.
  23. Perhaps Windows Taskmanager provides an answer which processes are eating up so much of the speed. Post here the content of what Taskmanager shows and make sure the processes that eat the most process time and/or memory are on top of the list. And we'll have a look at it. And of course I would advise you to install CLEANMEM memory manager. It can dramatically reduce memory usage and as a result of that Windows doesn't need to access the swapfile on the harddisk that often anymore. And accessing the harddisk/swapfile slows Windows down (dramatically). http://www.pcwintech.com/cleanmem http://forum.piriform.com/index.php?showtopic=28918
  24. In Speccy v1.11 the language related issue as described in post #7 of this thread hasn't been fully fixed. Speccy now behaves even more eratic. Although I think that the solution could be astonishing simple. When the user changes the language then - IMO - two things should be done: 1. determine which screen (e.g. ""Graphics"") is active/being displayed/has been selected. 2. call the appropriate ""(re-)build"" (sub-)routine that (re-)builds that particular active screen. This is - IMO - the same (sub-)routine that is called when a user clicks on the name of that screen (e.g. ""Graphics"") in the navigation screen. And when the user doesn't want to change the language after all, then the same procedure should be done again only with the previous language settings. Problem solved, IMO. Seems simple to me but I am not part of the Speccy developers team. I wrote programs in assembler for the 6502 CPU (BBC-B ) back in the 1980s, so I do have (some) programming experience.
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