Monday, 15 November 2010

Delete Files Using Disk Cleanup

If you want to reduce the number of unnecessary files on your hard disk to free up disk space and help your computer run faster, use Disk Cleanup. It removes temporary files, empties the Recycle Bin, and removes a variety of system files and other items that you no longer need.

1. Open Disk Cleanup by clicking the Start button , clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, clicking System Tools, and then clicking Disk Cleanup.

2. In the Disk Cleanup Options dialog box, choose whether you want to clean up your own files only or all of the files on the computer. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

3. If the Disk Cleanup: Drive Selection dialog box appears, select the hard disk drive that you want to clean up, and then click OK.

4. Click the Disk Cleanup tab, and then select the check boxes for the files you want to delete.

5. When you finish selecting the files you want to delete, click OK, and then click Delete files to confirm the operation. Disk Cleanup proceeds to remove all unnecessary files from your computer.

The More Options tab is available when you choose to clean files from all users on the computer. This tab includes two additional ways to free even more disk space:

# Programs and Features. Opens Programs and Features in Control Panel, where you can uninstall programs that you no longer use. The Size column in Programs and Features shows how much disk space each program uses.

# System Restore and Shadow Copies. Prompts you to delete all but the most recent restore point on the disk.

System Restore uses restore points to return your system files to an earlier point in time. If your computer is running normally, you can save disk space by deleting the earlier restore points.

In some editions of Windows Vista, restore points can include previous versions of files, known as shadow copies, and backup images created with Windows Complete PC Backup. This information will also be deleted.


Marc Liron - Microsoft MVP (2004-2010)

Windows Media Player Library Error

When you try to use Microsoft Windows Media Player 11, you may experience any of the following symptoms:

# You cannot view, add, or delete items in the library.

# When you try to use the Apply media information changes option, no changes are applied, and the progress indicator does not appear.

# You receive an error message that states that the library database has become corrupted.

This problem occurs because the Windows Media Player library database has become corrupted.

To resolve this problem, clear the Windows Media Player database. To do this, follow these steps:

1. Exit Windows Media Player.

Click Start, click Run, type %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Media Player, and then click OK.

2. Select all the files in the folder, and then click Delete on the File menu.

Note: You do not have to delete the folders that are in this folder.

3. Restart Windows Media Player.

Note: Windows Media Player automatically rebuilds the database.


Marc Liron - Microsoft MVP (2004-2010)

Vista Error 0x0000007B

Learn about the Vista Error 0x0000007B in this article:

Vista Stop Error 0x0000007B


Marc Liron - Microsoft MVP (2004-2010)

Vista Driver Scan

A "driver" does the "talking" between devices in, and connected to, your Windows XP computer. Many times they work fine....

With its own built-in driver database, Windows Vista can automatically recognize some types of hardware like U.S.B. flash drives. The system includes a Device Manager utility that lets you check, configure and change the way Windows deals with your devices.

Vendors are always improving their device drivers and making sure you have the latest one, for ALL your devices is time consuming. If you are technically savy you can use the device driver to manualy check each device driver is up to date.

...or you can manually check vendor webistes for available updates, but ths takes time and can be a very frustrating process. (With so many drivers installed on your system you cannot reasonably keep track of which drivers have been updated.)

The alternative is to use a piece of software to do ALL THE WORK for you!

Software like DriverScanner 2011 will:

# Keep your PCs drivers updated and your system fully functional...

# DriverScanner scans and backs up ALL your EXISTING drivers....

# Looks for recent updates, downloading and installing them all in a few simple clicks...

...Trouble Free driver maintenance!

Click here for free instant scan of your computer and see how many drivers you have that are out of date.

Perhaps it will be your: nvidia geforce card, wireless usb or network adapter ?


Marc Liron - Microsoft MVP

The Hidden Windows Vista Animation

Learn about the hidden Windows Vista animation in this article:

Hidden Windows Vista Animation


Marc Liron - Microsoft MVP (2004-2010)

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Marc Liron - Microsoft MVP (2004-2010)

Windows Vista Boot Options

Learn how to boot in Windows Vista safe mode in this article:

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Marc Liron - Microsoft MVP (2004-2010)