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Ok here are some tips on getting space back on your computer. This was intended for Windows 98. MindPride IS NOT RESPONSIBLE IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM FOR YOUR ACTIONS, WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR COMPUTER, OR ANYTHING ELSE. WE WILL HELP IF POSSIBLE. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!!! To get best results you must be able to see the Hidden files. To do this click the Start menu, go to Settings, then Folder Options, click the View tab, look under "Hidden files", and make the option "Show all files", then hit OK. All numbers with a * by it is a program I made or someone else made it that does that job. It can be emailed to you or sometimes downloaded. Also anytime I say "C:" (no "") that is the no removable disk. It can be any letter you choose. The default is C: so I say it.

1. Run Disk Cleanup. Click the Start button, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and then Disk Cleanup. Check all of them you want. Your options could be Temporary Internet Files, Downloaded Program Files, Recycling Bin, Temporary Files, Old Scan Disk Files, and other stuff. Check all of these except the Recycling Bin, if you want to keep the files, other wise check it.

2. The next tip is to use Find Files and Folders. To do then click the start menu, go to Find, then Files and Folders. Type EXACTLY this in the search box: *.GID;*.FTS;*.FTG; Delete all files found. These are the files that help files run quicker. They have no use.

3. Run Disk Defragmenter. Go to Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk Defragmenter. Run it when it is done REBOOT. Your computer will now run faster on the programs you use the most often and it will free some space. If you have never run this program it could take MANY hrs. It took 13 hrs on my computer. 11 Gigs out of 20 Gigs were free. It's better to use the speed disk utility of Norton Systemworks.

4.* Delete all cookies. This can be helpful, but your Internet sites you've been to will take a little longer so a new cookie can be made for it. To do this double click My Computer, Go to C:, then Windows, then Temporary Internet Files and Cookies. Delete all contents. I made a program to delete cookies only.

5.* Delete files in Temporary Folder. To do this double click My Computer, go to C:, then Windows, then Temp. Delete all files in here.

6. Uninstall. To see the installed components, double click My Computer, then go to Control Panel, then Add/Remove Programs. Choose the program to uninstall and click "Add/Remove".

7. Next is to run Scan Disk. To do this click the Start menu, go to Programs, Accessories, System Tools, then Scan Disk. Click Thorough, then go to Options, click System Area Only, then make sure the 2 check boxes at the bottom are unchecked, go to OK. Now click Advanced, make Display Summary "Always", make Log Files "Append", make Cross-Link Files "Make Copies", under Lost File Fragments choose "Convert to files", now check ALL check boxes, EXCEPT "Report MS-DOS mode name length errors", choose OK. Now put a check in the "Automatically fix errors" box, click Start, let it run, and when done if any errors were found run Disk Cleanup and check the box that says something like "Old San Disk Root Files", go to OK, and your done with that.

8. Make your Boot faster. Click Start menu, Run, and type in "msconfig" (no quotes), click the Startup tab, uncheck all boxes that have programs that you don't want to run at Startup, click OK, and choose Reboot if you want. When you reboot your computer will run faster.

9. Stop Scan Disk after bad shutdown. Click Start menu, Run, and type in "msconfig" (no quotes), click the Advanced button, then put a check in the box that says "Disable Scandisk after bad shutdown, click OK, then OK again, reboot if you want. Now Scan Disk won't run after a bad shutdown. WARNING!!! If you choose this you should run Scan Disk ATLEAST once a week. If you don't there could be many errors on your computer.

10. Auto run cleaning programs. To do this go to Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Maintenance Wizard. Now "Change my maintenance settings or schedule", click OK, click "Custom - Select each maintenance setting myself.", click Next, choose a setting or go to "Custom - Use current settings", click Next, uncheck all the programs you don't want to run when your desktop shows up, click Next, choose "No, do not defragment my disk.", click Next, click "Yes, scan my hard disk for errors regularly.", click Settings..., make the settings the same as I said on Tip #7, click OK, click Reschedule..., and choose the time you want, click OK, click Next, choose "Yes, delete unnecessary files regularly.", click Settings..., check all boxes you wish, click OK, click Reschedule..., choose the best time to run it, click OK, then click Next, put a check in the box at the bottom if you wish, then click Finish.

11. Boost computer speed. Right click My Computer, go to properties, choose the performance tab, click "File System", in the new windows change the setting "Desktop computer" to "Network Server", max the Read-ahead optimization. Now click the "Floppy Disk" tab, uncheck the box "Search for new floppy disk each time your computer starts. WARNING!!! If you choose this and the floppy you have in the floppy drive if infected with a virus your computer is then infected. Now choose the "CR-ROM" tab and max all settings. Now click the "Removable Disk" tab, check the bax that says "Enable write-behind caching on all removable disk drives. If there is a problem, with this option clear the box. Now click OK, and then Close.

12.* Clean the Download Accelerator Ads file. Double click My Computer, go to G:, then Program Files, DAP, ADS, and delete all contents.

13.* Clean Recent file. Double click My Computer, go to C:, then Windows, then Recent (it is hidden, but is visible if the settings are set to where you can see it), delete all files in this file. They are useless.

14.* Remove old, unnecessary registry entries. I will have to send you a program to do this or you can download it at www.microsft.com (you'll have to search for it). It can be done manually, BUT if you delete the wrong things your computer can crash and burn.

15.* Clear Recent files in some programs. I have to send a file through email. The programs are: Cute HTML, Flash 5, Install Maker, Microangelo, MS Backup, PowerArchiver, Ulead GIF Animator, Visual Basic 6, and WordPad.

16.* CD-ROM speed and cache boost. Have to send through email. WARNING!!! These might not work. This can cause Windows to screw up possibly. USE AT OWN RISK!!!

17.* Change default open directory. Have to use email.

18.* Make a new Napster Username. Have to email.

19.* No "Shortcut To..." on new shortcuts. Have to email

20.* Remove Splash screen for MS Backup. Have to email

21.* Sacrifice min and max animations for more speed. Have to email.

22.* ZIP FILES. Use a zipping program such as WinZip or PowerArchiver. I can email them or you can download them at their sites. I can supply a registration code for WinZip. PowerArchiver is better because it is free, more options, and compress to .CAB files. .CAB files are the most compact file types possible.

23.* A program that compresses.EXE files. They run like normal and take up less space. It has to be emailed. *NOTE: An .EXE file is the program itself.

24. Buy a CD burner that burns CD-RW's. Burn files on to a CD-RW, NOT copy, burning them makes them last longer. You can't erase a single file though. You have to re-burn the whole CD, BUT IT IS A LOT MORE SAFER.

25.* This would have to be the stupidest way to make space, but if you want you can do it. I can supply the file to do it. All you need is a Trojan virus named Trojan Horse. Use at your own risk. It deletes files at random.

26.* A very good thing for Black Ice users. Delete the logs. The file names are log???.enc. The ??? means any number can be there. You can delete these by double clicking My Computer, go to C:, Program Files, Network Ice, Black Ice, and delete the files that have the name log???.enc. I have a program I can send you that will do this for you.

27. Install at minimum. To do this choose "Custom" or "Minimum" when installing stuff. You can also uninstall things and install the minimum.

26. To make your computer run a little faster to this. Exit all programs you don't need running. You can use CTRL+ALT+DELET and choose which ever you want, EXCEPT these: Explorer, Navapw32, and Systray. Navapw32 is Norton AntiVirus Auto-Protection. You want to keep it running.

27. If you have Homestead Site Builder running have ABSOLUTELY NO OTHER PROGRAMS RUNNING, but Napster and some other small programs can run. The reason is that Homestead uses an EXTREME amount of system resources. You resources can go from 80 to 30 or less with it running. I have a 128 MB RAM and Pentium 3 and I have 30 or fewer resources left when it is running. A good way to know if you've used all your resources is to click the Start button and if it is screwed up then you're using all your resources. Close some programs to be able to keep running.

29.* To get some space you can convert .mp3 files to .wma files. I have a converter to do this for you. Email me if you want it.

30. Delete screen savers you don't want or need. Screen severs can be any where from KB to MB. To delete them click the start button, then go to find, that files or folders, when it loads click the "Browse" button, double click C:, find and double click Windows, then go to "OK", in the named box type exactly this "*.scr" (no ""), click "Find Now", when it is done right click on each and go to "Test" to view them. If you don't want the screen saver delete it. Now to find the other screen savers click "Browse", double click C:, find and double click Windows, find and double click System, click "OK", click "Find Now", when it is done right click on each and go to "Test" to view them. If you don't want the screen saver delete it.

31. Delete backgrounds. To delete them click the start button, then go to find, then files or folders, when it loads click the "Browse" button, double click C:, find and double click Windows, then go to "OK", in the named box type exactly this "*.bmp" (no ""), click "Find Now", when double click each file. If you don't want the background delete it.

32. Delete "License" files. CAUTION!!! If you do delete these files you could delete something a program needs. Be sure to check each one to see if it is needed. You'll regret it if you didn't. Trust me. To delete them click the start button, then go to find, then files or folders, when it loads type exactly this "license.txt" (no ""), click "Find Now", when done double click all of them to be sure you wish to delete them, then delete the ones you don't want.

33. Delete unused .ini files. WARNING!!! USE EXTREME CAUTION!!! A few of these files contain vital program information. NEVER EDIT OR DELETE THE FILES NAMED: action.ini, Control.ini, Deletefi.ini, dialer.ini, Dosrep.ini, Fpexplor.ini, frontpg.ini, Hpfcss15.ini, HPFdjc15.ini, hpfsched.ini, Ios.ini, Jautoexp.ini, Msdfmap.ini, Netdet.ini, Odbc.ini, Odbcinst.ini, and Scanreg.ini. NEVER DELETE THESE FILES!!!!!!: Win.ini AND System.ini. IF THESE ARE DELETED YOUR COMPUTER IS COMPLETELY MESSED UP. I HAVE NO SURE INFO ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR COMPUTER IF THESE ARE DELETED, BUT I'M 99.999999999% SURE THAT YOUR COMPUTER WILL CRASH AND BURN. Unless Gateway GoBack, or other program like it, can revert your hard disk. Ok to delete these click the start button, then go to find, then files or folders, when it loads type exactly this "*.ini" (no ""), click "Find Now", when done double click ALL!!! of them to be sure you wish to delete them, then delete the ones you don't want. Good luck and you've been warned!!!

34. Delete files missed by an uninstaller. When a program is uninstalled there is usually always-extra files that you don't need. A good way to get more space is after an uninstall delete the folder that had the program in it. The folder is ALMOST always in the Program Files or the C Drive directory. To get to these double click My Computer, go to C:, look for folders that have had the programs uninstalled, open the folders and backup what you want to keep, then delete the folder. Now double click My Computer, go to C:, then Program Files, then find and delete all folders that had uninstalled programs on it. Remember to backup the files you want.

35. A great way to make space if you use WinZip. If you like to use WinZip's Zip Wizard then you'll need this. If you ever unzip files then you might have left some files behind if you just closed the window out. So to delete them just double click My Computer, go to C:, then unzipped, then go through the folders or just delete them all.

36.* Delete Windows Media Player skins. I have a program that can do this. to do it manually double click My Computer, go to C:, then Program Files, then Windows Media Player, then Skins, you can then delete any you don't want. The program I have has to be emailed *NOTE: The Default skin will always be there.

37.* Delete all unused Winamp skins. To do this double click My Computer, go to C:, then Programs Files, then Winamp, then Skins, then delete all skins that you don't want anymore. My program deletes ALL skins. The program can be emailed.

38. Delete Install Shield Installation Information. The folder is hidden so to get to it you must have the see all files option on. First double click My Computer, then go to C:, then Program Files, then InstallShield Installation Information, backup the files (to be sure), then delete the files. After you have restarted your computer (when ever you choose to do it) and it runs fine just delete the backups.

39. Delete all unused files. You choose which ones.

40.* Now the best, easiest, sometimes cheapest, sometimes expensive, way to speed up your computer. The secret is UPGRADE. Buy a new hard drive, upgrade RAM, buy a compression utility, such as FAT32 (very nice), buy a CD burner for storing information, use a upgrade utility to get upgrades via internet, such as Gateway Update (Gateway computers only), get your drivers, dlls, and other files needed to run updated every once in a while (with Windows Update, Gateway Update, or another updater), and as a last and sometimes only resort buy a NEW COMPUTER. They are in near a thousand for a good one, but they are worth it. Great speed and a fresh new start. I'd like to take this time to kind of advertise for Gateway now. Buy a Gateway computer, and yes they are good. If you take care of it like I do, or learn to use the tips above to keep it in shape, you will do fine and your computer will run for a long time. One of the best things Gateway has to over is the all powerful Gateway GoBack. This is probably one of the GREATEST software products ever made. It has extreme power on a computer. It logs EVERY detail on the computer that has happened in the past days, weeks, or ever months. The reason this is so good is you can recover from ANY problem, as long as Gateway GoBack has enough space to backup it all you'll NEVER have a computer problem again, almost never. It recovers from ANY virus, Trojan, or worm, as long as GoBack has info before your computer was infected. If you get a Warez of Gateway GoBack then I'd advise setting it up for at least 2 GB (Gigabytes). The reason this is the best is you can be working on your computer ALL day, and keep the file activity in moderation, you can have the day before information still at your disposal. Another great thing is if Windows CRASHES!! and you can't get Windows to load, your OKAY. As long as your computer wasn't working in over drive (like when using Evidence Eliminator, or save MASSAVE files) Gateway GoBack can display its screen DIRECTLY after the BIOS load. Just hit the space bar, and choose a time before Windows crashed. Now isn't Gateway GoBack the best ever?


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