Good free tool for PC optimization and registry cleanup?

Hey guys,

I was wondering if you guys can suggest any freeware tool that are good to use at work that can perform the following tasks:

1) Registry cleaner / optimizer

2) Windows XP optimizer - basically any tool that is useful in troubleshooting common complaint of a 'slow pc

3) A good tool to determine what folders contain the largest amount of files.
georgemihailovskiAsked:
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david8igoreCommented:
Hi,

Comment 1

I would recommend against "cleaning" a registry as this can lead to more severe problems down the track.  Its best to understand the manual entries first before you modify them, however if your concerned about spy ware then hijack this is a really good tool - http://www.hijackthis.de/en

Comment 2 :

The best tool with regards to pc boot problems would be Xperf (info here : http://blogs.msdn.com/b/pigscanfly/archive/2008/02/09/xperf-a-new-tool-in-the-windows-sdk.aspx) however with regards to general performance issues, a combination of MSConfig (start --> run --> msconfig) and disabling startup options usually helps, so many apps try to startup on startup these days that cause overall PC performance issues, managing these and removing them usually gives you the best performance boost.

Question 3 -

best tool i have found to idetnfiy whats being used on yoru harddisk si Space Monger (form here : http://www.sixty-five.cc/sm/) the old version is free to use but the new version is free for 30 days and then a licence needs to be purhcased.  This prorma shows you a great "View" of your harddisk showing what files and folders exist and how much space are being consumed.  It also looks in the Recycler so you know how much space there using.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
1. Registry cleaners generally do not correct or clean up problems. They are not advisable in XP and very bad in a Windows 7 64-bit environment. I suggest you not spend time here.
2. An automatic defrag tool helps overall performance. For real, get Perfect Disk. For free, schedule the Windows defrag tool.
2a. For free, run Disk Cleanup weekly. Gets rid of temporary files.
3. Treesize is the best for this. Inexpensive.

... Thinkpads_User
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FdpxAP-GJLCommented:
Hi,

Ccleaner (ccleaner.com) is good at getting temp files and such left behind. If has a regclean option, and the ability to play with some startup options. Take the usual precautions when playing with.registry...

Defragler from the same place is not bad a defragging HDD's.

Hope that helps.
Gordon
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jmaggio322Commented:
Auslogics Boost Speed is an all in one tool that will perform all of the tasks you need for system optimization
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georgemihailovskiAuthor Commented:
thanks for the advice - unortunately after reading through the licence for ausologics - it is a licenced product.

I am after something that is totally freeware and can be used in an organization.

any other suggestions?
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david8igoreCommented:
One of the problems with using these boost tools, is you dont understnad what your fixing, thus you end up having to constantly fix the problems, rather than fixing the root cause, adn thus giving you time to concentrate on managing the enviormnt rather than fixing problems.  THe microsfot tools i proivded would best alow you to both fix the problems, and identify where the probelms lie so you can resolve them for good.
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madunixCommented:
make sure you run
ATF-Cleaner by Atribune(Free Version).
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware(Free Version).
SUPERAntiSpyware (Free Version).
COMODO System-Cleaner (Free Version)
Ccleaner (Free Version)

I use comodo cleaner, CCleaner and WiseRegistryCleaner... but i would recommend to check other tools Argente Registry Cleaner, Auslogics Registry Cleaner, Eusing Free Registry Defrag, Free Windows Registry Cleaner, Registry Clean Expert, Baku, Registry System Wizard, RegSeeker, Defraggler, TweakNow, and IoBit
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yarwellCommented:
Another vote for CCleaner's registry tools http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner plus its file cleanup capability.

http://www.piriform.com/business for some business specific tools but CCleaner can be used in a corporate according to the FAQ.
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david8igoreCommented:
Are you looking for tools to use in a small bussiness or in the enterprise?

I would advise against using ccleaner in a corporate domain env but in a small business or home environment it's not so bad :)
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georgemihailovskiAuthor Commented:
I am looking to use them in an enterprise environment.

unfortunately getting a budget is sometimes really difficult so i want to put together a few basic tools that our 1st level colleagues can use that are generally not available within xp.

so is ccleaner not recommended in such an environment?

madunix - what sort of environment do you run those in? small business? or enterprise?

david8igore - i am interested to know why you would recommend not using them in a corporate domain.

thank you
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The tools I suggested for clean up run on or off domain with no issue.

I assumed you had a good paid antivirus and I recommend you not skimp here.

Another thing about XP is that you need at least 1Gb of memory to run SP3, preferably 2Gb, but memory is not free of course. .... Thinkpads_User
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david8igoreCommented:
Because they tend to strip things out the reg, this could include corporate group policy reg entries etc... Since Microsoft acquired systernals that suite pluss the link I gave you before give you a wealth of information at ur finger tips.

Ccleaner also cleans machine at a time, this is niot so good as it generally does not give you the root of the problem so you can fix the issue enterprise wide :)
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yarwellCommented:
CCleaner identifies registry issues (mainly inconsistencies) and you can check them before agreeing to them being fixed.  The link I posted to the Business pages talked of remote deployment over networks etc.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The question was open ended, but a couple of us gave good guidance overall. ... Thinkpads_User
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younghvCommented:
t_u,
To help finalize (finalise) the question, you should make "Comment ID specific" recommendations.

As an example, your first comment way up at the top would be:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I would split between 35329870 and 35329874 as the prime recommendations in this thread. ... Thinkpads_User
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younghvCommented:
Just FYI - On EE, any comment within a question can be linked by using the prefix of "http:#a" + the actual Comment ID:

"http:#a35329870"
"http:#a35329874"
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