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  1. Use CCleaner along with Windows own built-in Disk Cleanup. Uninstall programs you don't use and know you'll never use again, especially trial offers that are often installed on new PCs. A more "brute force" way to get the cleanest Win10 install is to have Windows install a fresh of itself, and then only install programs you require. What I've did to keep my Win10 installation on the lite side is to whenever possible only use portable variants of software that I have on another disk drive. As for your computer operating slow, if you have a hard disk have Windows defragment it, if
  2. It uses the Microsoft Defrag API and when running on a hard disk with the NTFS file system "it shouldn't in theory cause corruption" if for instance there's a power outage, the machine decides to hibernate/sleep/turn off, or if the user kills a defrag process. Although I wouldn't kill the process and instead would let it finish normally to play on the safe side. If you do kill the defrag process run ChkDsk on the drive afterwards before doing anything else with the hard disk.
  3. Free version and Pro version differences are seen here: https://www.ccleaner.com/recuva Pro version has: Virtual hard drive support
  4. Good for them listening, it was a strange issue since the GUI could be maximized that it would run off. Although part of the issue is of course Win10 scaling, and of course 16:9 aspect ratio screens, but it should've at least been tested, although it would've never been an issue say back in the day if they were only coding for an OS (XP, etc) that didn't have that weirdness let alone HD screens. It running off screen using a standard built-in Win10 scaling (not a custom scaling) was not a good first impression, much like Samsung Magician v6.0 and a whole laundry list of other software.
  5. I don't know if WFS could cause a hard disk to slow down or not since I've never personally experienced it myself - not even on my ancient WinXP system that has 16 year old IDE hard disks. The only time I've ever experienced hard disks running very slow is: * Hard disk was stuck in PIO mode - very noticeable/obvious since it acts like a resource hog is running since the whole system is barely usable speed-wise. * Formatted a secondary hard disk using a 3rd party disk partition software and the hard disk was very slow after the format and barely usable, deleting the partition and re
  6. No! For certain size Win10 displays where it has to be scaled to at least 175% in order to see most text MB4 has areas that run off screen like so many other updated programs. As of late it seems obvious like so many other programs it wasn't a consideration to test visibility at default built-in Win10 scaling up to 175%. MB4 is not usable scaled at 150% which is the largest scaling that will fit everything on screen on my 15 inch Win10 laptop since all the text is just too small. I don't like the fact that there isn't a full offline installer. Something else interesting when I did a
  7. For this specific issue see here: https://forum.piriform.com/topic/53177-how-to-disable-pre-launching-and-pre-loading-so-ccleaner-can-fully-clean-edge/?do=findComment&comment=302353
  8. There are always viable alternatives (which I will not mention) until they fix their downloads!
  9. Haven't used them for years after they changed some things, been using DuckDuckGo as my default ever since.
  10. With some files that are "successfully recovered" but can't be opened having a proper header in them can make them usable again. As for video files that won't play they may need to be muxed to save a proper header in them so that video players know what they are and how to play them with a given codec. Basically what this details is re-saving (no need for re-encoding/transcoding) with a video editing tool, and there are a few freeware/open source video editing tools that can do it.
  11. Give the CCleaner documentation a look: https://www.ccleaner.com/docs
  12. Try the CCleaner Slim installer instead to see if that works: https://www.ccleaner.com/ccleaner/builds
  13. You should get second opinions with other free tools such as CPU-Z and HWiNFO. Although something listed in hardware detection tools that looks like it's derived from something older as in the case with a CPU is often just an evolutionary update of a previous CPU family that they've rebranded/renamed - I saw similar surprises with my i7-8550u.
  14. Indeed. They're like little computers themselves. And the recommended variety that have DRAM if without faults will last longer than the commodity drives that don't have DRAM. ------------- As for figuring out what type of NAND flash is inside a particular SSD use a freeware tool like SSD-Z or SSD-Z Portable where if possible lists the Controller manufacturer and NAND manufacturer.
  15. Try the CCleaner Slim installer if you haven't tried it yet, some antivirus' don't like the bundled extras that are in the Standard installer: https://www.ccleaner.com/ccleaner/builds
  16. Likely a setup spam doing a copy+paste of a previous post, which will later be edited with a spam link in it.
  17. Why not just run an Analyze, and then in the file list only defragment files which are fragmented. It goes allot faster doing it that way instead of letting it take forever doing a full consolidation/optimization/fill gaps as some other defrag tools would call it. Then you could either wait for Windows own built in optimization and defrag to run, or manually invoke it if you haven't set Defraggler as the system default defrag tool - that way it won't clash with Windows optimization and defrag.
  18. I don't pay any attention to that and instead I'm more interested in TBW (terabytes written) that an SSD manufacturer claims. For most end-users a 5 year warranted 1TB SSD with a 500 TBW they won't come close to wearing out, and by the time that 5 years is up on the warranty the SSD would be obsolete - kind of like how SATA SSDs seem like a no-go with affordable NVMe SSDs that can be similarly priced USB Flash Drives have NAND Flash in them too according to drive manufacturers, typically the slow variety.
  19. Let Windows Defragment and Optimize Drives run on those disks then.
  20. It does have that feature, however it's not enabled by default. Instructions to enable it: 1. In Recuva click: Options > Actions 2. Under Recovering click: Restore folder structure
  21. I use a very old portable version of it I got off Softpedia.com, I only use it on my WinXP system though because on Win10 that old version looks microscopic. Edit: In that old portable version Malwarebytes gives a false positive against it though, it wasn't all PUP'd up back then, and even the desktop shortcut will make MBAM angry.
  22. The algorithm differences is why Defraggler takes way too long in my opinion, but they can only tweak that if they listen to the many years worth of user complaints about it being too slow and release a new quicker version -- it might mean less of a thorough defrag though. The slow complaints are archived in the comments section on software download sites too.
  23. zzzzzzz.zzz files are securely overwritten files, usually by CCleaner as I'm unaware of any other tool that overwrites with that naming scheme. There is no ability to recover such files.
  24. Try inputting your license key this way (it's not exactly intuitive in my opinion): 1. In CCleaner click: Options > About > Upgrade to Pro 2. Copy+Paste in your license key information.
  25. Even if they released a fix it would eventually get out of date relatively soon because of new hardware, and BIOS updates. it's the kind of tool that needs continual updates.
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