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Deleting update files?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by spartan88, May 16, 2007.

  1. spartan88

    spartan88 Me vs. Pheasant

    Oct 23, 2006
    Northern IL
    My laptop is about 4 years old and takes roughly 10 minutes to completely boot up at the start. Will deleting those Microsoft automatic updates help? Or, will deleting them be detrimental?

    Thanks for your responses.
  2. Patrick Graham

    Patrick Graham Footlong Jr.

    Sep 7, 2001
    Kokomo Indiana
    If you are talking about un-installing them in add/remove programs.. I wouldn't.. besides, you'll just get them back at the next auto update.

    If you are loading AIM or any other messenger at boot up .. getting rid of that will go a long way toward speeding up your boot..

    Look at MSCONFIG/startup and see how much crap you can get rid of..

  3. chbix


    Apr 26, 2006
    Reno NV
    4 years old? running what OS? it maybe time for an upgrade

    I would agree with the previous post, maybe turn off all of the stuff that starts up when windows starts, uninstall stuff you dont use anymmore

    degrag and system clean, if its really bad maybe a new OS install.
  4. doktarZues

    doktarZues I'm anti-anti

    Nov 11, 2003
    Brevard County, FL
    I was IT in the army for 5 years, and for the majority of that time we ran windows 2000. (When I got there, we were converting from NT 4 to 2000, and when I left, they were starting the transition to XP).

    I'm guessing he's using Windows 2000. The difference between a fresh Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 SP4 with all of the updates is absolutely ridiculous, I'm talking, it would go from a 1 minute boot from Power on to working to 4 once all of the updates had been loaded.

    With XP, I can't even tell the difference between a fresh install and with SP2/Patched.

    If that's the case, my advice is to upgrade to XP. If you are running XP, I think you have bigger problems than the patches/updates. -dok
  5. At this juncture in my life, copy data files, wipe the drive and reload from recovery CD or windows.

    Ultimately get A MAC.

    :rofl: :supergrin: :thumbsup: ;)
  6. spartan88

    spartan88 Me vs. Pheasant

    Oct 23, 2006
    Northern IL
    I'm running XP. I've done the defrag and disk cleanup. No known viruses (McAfee).
  7. HAVOC

    HAVOC Remember Millennium Member CLM

    Jun 20, 1999
    Location: Location:
    You mean no virii BESIDES McAfee... :ack:

    There's your first problem.

    How much RAM do you have? How much free hard drive space do you have? How many icons get loaded in the system tray (down by the clock)? How many processes are running once it's done booting?
  8. Uninstall MacAfee.

    Then download and run this program

    McAfee Consumer Product Removal Tool

    Then download and install AVG Anti Virus

    Then download and install Ccleaner

    Then download and install Advanced WindowsCare v2 Personal

    This small program will sort out the registry and allow you to easily view and modify the start menu so things you down need load and run as soon as you boot the PC.
  9. kimigirl


    Mar 11, 2007
    Washington State
    Don't remove the updates themselves, but run disk cleanup. It will remove the temporary install files that the updates put on. Also run a spyware check, then defrag. That should speed it up really good.
  10. kimigirl


    Mar 11, 2007
    Washington State
    Sorry about that...thought I was editing the original.
  11. Sgt. Schultz

    Sgt. Schultz Annoying Member

  12. Ccleaner also includes a registry cleaner. Not a super powerful one but a safe one. Close all browser windows and any other windows. Open Ccleaner It's default will be "Cleaner" with the broom. Run the Cleaner. Then click the icon directly below "Cleaner" marked "Issues". Then click "Scan for issues" then "fix selected issues".