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Best utilities for maintaining and troubleshooting Windows XP Professional

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I would like to update my current utilities to provide the best troubleshooting and maintanance for Windows XP. What are the apps that you just cant live without?

Here are a couple of apps I use as an example:
RegscrubXP
Lavasoft Adaware
Spybot Search and destroy

I would like to hear about apps that deal with everthing from disk maintenance, registry, DLLs, ActiveX, optmization and more

Thanks
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Question by:ChiAlwon
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    by:sheziasn
    hi!

    norton utilities is a complete suite for these kind of things. you can do almost everything with this utility.

    i installed it in my Pc and have prevented problems for long times.

    you will find it useful.

    other utilities are:

    system mechanic
    registry mechanic

    if you go to download.com you may find a lot of other useful utilities and most of them are free.

    take care,
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    by:Caseybea
    TWEAKUI is a really handy utility, that I depend on often.   It helps to greatly simplify a bunch of XP-related settings.   It's available from Microsoft's Powertoys download page:

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx

    The OTHER super usefol RECOVERY toy I use is KNOPPIX.   It's a Cd-ONLY (no install needed!) Linux boot CD, that allows you to doot and troubleshoot nasty disk problems and such, should your XP environment get uh...  hosed.

    http://www.knoppix.org

    Enjoy, -kcb
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    by:ChiAlwon
    I would like to reward points based on the programs I actually add to my arsenal. Can I lets say give a set amount of points per suggestion of a program I end up using?

    I would like to hear about the following programs still:
    Drive Cleaners
    DLL Cleaners
    Active X Cleaners
    More!
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    How's this for a list?

    Offline NT/2K/XP Password Changer
    utility to reset windows nt/2000/xp administrator/user password.
     
    Ontrack Easy Recovery Pro  6.3
    To Recover data that has been deleted/virus attack

    Winternals Disk Commander 1.1
    more than just a standard deleted-file recovery utility

    DocMemory 2.0
    RAM Test utility
     
    Memtest 2.00
    PC Memory Test
     
    System Speed Test 4.78
    it tests CPU, harddrive, ect.

    PC-Check 5.50
    Easy to use hardware tests

     The Troubleshooter 5.02
    all kind of hardware testing tool

     PC Doctor 3.0
    a benchmarking and information tool

     Test Cpu/Video/Disk 5.6
    a tool to test cpu, video, and disk
     
    Hard Disk Tools
     
    Hard Disk Diagnostic Utilities
    Seagate Seatools Desktop Edition 2.10
    Western Digital Data Lifeguard Tools
    Maxtor PowerMax 4.6
    Fujitsu HDD Diagnostic Tool 6.10
    Samsung HDD Utility 1.11
    IBM/Hitachi Drive Fitness Test
    MHDD 2.9

    HDD Regenerator 1.41
    to recover a bad hard drive

    Active Kill Disk 1.1
    Securely overwrites and destroys all data on physical drive.

    Everest Home Edition
    a system information tool, extracts details of all components of the PC

     Ontrack Data Advisor 5.0
    Powerful diagnostic tool for assessing the condition of your computer

    Universal TCP/IP Network 4.80
    MSDOS Network Client to connect via TCP/IP to a Microsoft based network. The network can either be a peer-to-peer or a server based network, it contains 67 different network card drivers

    NTFS Dos Pro 5.0
    To access ntfs partitions from Dos
       
    SpaceMonger 1.4
    keeping track of the free space on your computer


    Startup Control Panel 2.8
    a tool to edit startup programs

    TCPView 2.34
    a detailed listings of all TCP and UDP endpoints

    Unknown Devices 1.2
     helps you find what those unknown devices in Device Manager really are

    Ad-Aware 6.181
     find and remove spyware, adware, dialers etc. (a must have tool)
     
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    Expert Comment

    by:LRI41
    Here are three tools I would recommend:

    1.  Diskeeper, YOu can still download the free 7 Lite which you have
    to start up manually, I purchased the paid Version 8 "Set It and & Forget It, they now have version 9 out which I haven't purchased yet;

    DISKEEPER LITE

    Diskeeper Lite is a short version introduction to full-featured Diskeeper. Diskeeper Lite can only analyze fragmentation levels and run manual defragmentation on one disk volume at a time. All time and money saving Set It and Forget It® scheduling, system management functions and network controls are shown and explained, but rendered inoperative. This tool will show you how easy the full version is to install and operate across any size network . Diskeeper Lite will help everyone in their selection of the right automated defragmentation software for their homes and/or business sites.

    Platform: Win98,WinME,WinNT 4.x,WinXP,Windows2000

    Download Now

    Author: Executive Software  
    Version: 3.0
    License: Freeware
    Cost: Free
    Expire Info: None
    File Size: 10011 Kb
    Downloads 9899
    Application URL: http://www.execsoft.com/freeware/freeware.asp
    Screenshot: http://www2.execsoft.com/dklite-sshot.jpg
    Date Added: 12.04.02
    Week Dls:  564
    Views: 21207



    http://www.execsoft.com/downloads/menu.aspx


    Paid Version:

    http://www.execsoft.com/diskeeper/diskeeper.asp

    http://www.execsoft.com/diskeeper/desktops.asp

    **********************************************

    2.  Robo Form, I used the free version for a year or so and then
    purchased the paid version:
    '
    ROBOFORM.  Gator is a popular form filler and password manager and
    we've featured it in Neat Net Tricks more than once.  There have been some
    concerns expressed with privacy issues and you may want to give a try to
    other similar applications.  One such is RoboForm at http://roboform.com .
    It's free and works on Windows 95/98/NT4/ME/2000/XP and Internet Explorer
    version 4 and higher.  If you prefer Netscape as a browser, it will
    require version 6.1 or higher, but also works with AOL and MSN browsers.
    There's even a converter to migrate your data from Gator to RoboForm.

    AI RoboForm is a free password manager and one-click web form filler with some serious Artificial Intelligence.

    What it does:
    • AutoSave passwords in browser.
    • AutoFill passwords to login form.
    • Click Login button for you.
    • Fill personal info into online forms.
    • Save offline passwords & notes.
    • Generate Secure Random Passwords.
    • Encrypt passwords and personal info using 3-DES.
    • All personal info is stored on your computer only.
    • Put passwords on USB KeyChain for extra security.
    • Sync your passwords and safenotes to a Palm.
    • Backup & Restore, Print your passwords.
    • More features: drill down for more.

    RoboForm is FREE with some limitations.
    • It is well-behaved: NO ADWARE, NO SPYWARE.
    • Works under Windows as an add-on to IE-based browser.
    • Works with Netscape, Mozilla, Firefox under Windows


    AL Robo Form (freeware with some limitations )

    Compare Free and Pro version.
    Feature Free 30-day Trial After Trial Pro for $29.99  
    Business/Government Use  Allowed  Prohibited  Allowed
    Passcards  Unlimited  Limited to 30  Unlimited
    Identities  Unlimited  Limited to 3  Unlimited
    Tab Instances in Identity  Limited to 3  Limited to 3  Unlimited
    Custom Fields in Identity  Limited to 3  Limited to 3  Unlimited
    Fill Non-Empty Fields Option  Always On  Always On  Can Turn Off
    Selective Form Filling  Enabled  Disabled  Enabled
    Advanced Options  Enabled  Disabled  Enabled
    Folders  Disabled  Disabled  Enabled

    http://www.siber.com/roboform/

    http://roboform.com

    *********************************************

    3.jv16 Powertools
    (Freeware) (last uncrippled Freeware version)
    OS: Windows 9x/ME/NT4/2000/XP
    Languages: English, many other languages
    Description: jv16 PowerTools is a full set of tools to keep your computer up and running. Until now your computer might have been the one who was in charge, but with jv16 PowerTools you can take control. The program contains all the tools you need for cleaning, controlling and tuning up your computer. Including a registry cleaner, duplicate file finder, temp file finder and much much more! Installation notes: Do NOT run the program before you have copied it to its final destination. If you move the program after you have used it even once it starts asking for a password and you must re-install the program before you can use it again
    Version 1.3.0.195

    lots of people upset about the hidden "timebomb". This thread gives a link to a site that has the freeware PowerTools version that still works and also the standalone RegCleaner v4.3. Apparently the time limit was added in the final freeware version 1.3.0.196. The previous version 1.3.0.195 is still functional and available for download at a number of places.

    http://www.computing.net/windows95/...rum/154169.html





    http://www.pricelessware.org/

    The best of the best in Windows © Freeware,
    as determined by the readers of alt.comp.freeware

    http://www.pricelessware.org/2003/PL2003SYSTEMUTILITIES.htm

    jv16 Powertools
    (Freeware) (last uncrippled Freeware version)
    OS: Windows 9x/ME/NT4/2000/XP
    Languages: English, many other languages
    Description: jv16 PowerTools is a full set of tools to keep your computer up and running. Until now your computer might have been the one who was in charge, but with jv16 PowerTools you can take control. The program contains all the tools you need for cleaning, controlling and tuning up your computer. Including a registry cleaner, duplicate file finder, temp file finder and much much more! Installation notes: Do NOT run the program before you have copied it to its final destination. If you move the program after you have used it even once it starts asking for a password and you must re-install the program before you can use it again. COMMENTS: Version 1.3.0.196 expired on 2004-01-01
    Author: Jouni Vuorio Company: --
    Home Page: ($ware)
    http://www.macecraft.com/
    Download v 1.3.0.195 ( 2175 KB )

    http://down.hengshui.com/download.asp?downid=1&id=726

    (desc. rev.: 2004-01-04)

    I found  v1.3.0.195 in another country last night.  The one just before the one you have.  Looks, runs, everything is the same.  I installed it a while ago and works fine.  I'll out it on a CD for Sunday.  Ours is 1.3.0.196.  The only difference is the xpiration,, that I can tell

    That was the plan, but the page would not load.  I am guessing it is over-loaded.
     
    Here's one to the direct download.
     
    http://down.hengshui.com/download.a...id=1&id=726

    This is a Chinese Web Site

    http://down.hengshui.com/



    JV16 PowerTools 1.3.0.195, free system maintenance tool (won't expire)

    http://www.oldstuff.myagora.net/lightspeed/lightspeed95.html#System%20Tools


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    by:ChiAlwon
    I tried System Mechanic on my backup PC and my system was hosed. I do like Registry Mechanic however.

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