I really have grown fond of avg's pc tuneup.
Normally I in the past didn't use such utilities, but I
tried (and paid!) for it once, and love it. Still use the
free avg antivirus though.
I would have recommended to upgrade to Win 7 and
wipe the whole drive. Never really liked Vista that much.
Seemed like only a little better than that old Longhorn
beta there was going around for a while.
But I would also just take at least a glance at the drive to
see how much free space there is on it.

On 11/3/12, Steve Kinney <ad...@pilobilus.net> wrote:
> On 11/03/2012 09:02 PM, Jernej Simončič wrote:
>> On Sat, 03 Nov 2012 13:22:52 -0400, Steve Kinney wrote:
>>> I would run a "registry cleaner"
>> Don't. Just don't. At best, they do nothing, and at worst they screw up
>> the
>> machine (had to fix too many machines that "registry cleaners" and
>> "optimizers" left in unusable state).
> The first thing a registry cleaner does - if it's a decent one like
> the Wise cleaner - is back up the existing registry files to a
> location where they won't be overwritten during the OS-native
> registry backup rotation.  Then it conducts a scan and removes
> orphaned keys that point to non-existent files and directories,
> redundant keys, etc.  In some cases, I have seen processes that
> access the registry frequently, i.e. complex application start-up
> routines - run 2x faster after cleaning.  Usually the result is not
> quite that impressive.
> In a hypothetical worst case where damage is done by the cleaning
> process - something I have never seen happen in a few hundred
> practical cases - the saved registry can be restored with a single
> command and, in effect, "nothing happened at all."  Any problems
> that need repair are the same ones that were there before the
> registry cleaner was tried.
> Progressive registry bloat is a feature, not a bug.  It makes a
> computer with a Microsoft operating system appear to be "getting old
> and slowing down," which is a Good Thing if you are selling
> computers or operating systems.  Not so good if you are the user who
> owns the machine in question.
> The best repair for any Microsoft operating system is to replace it
> with an operating system that works, or, failing that, reinstall the
> one that came with the machine.  But sometimes that's not an option,
> alas.
> :o/
> Steve
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