Linked by Howard Fosdick on Tue 19th Oct 2010 23:23 UTC
Windows In previous OS News articles, I described how mature computers up to ten years oldĀ can be refurbished and made useful. One article identified and evaluated different approaches to refurbishing. This article tells how to performance tune a mature Windows computer to make it serviceable again. I hope it will interest anyone who wants to tune Windows.
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IMO, it's not a good idea to "clean up" Windows either. It'll always end up a half-assed job. It's impossible to know 100% that you've got everything. Hint: You probably didn't. Once a system is breached, you cannot trust it any more. Period. And yet, these articles keep encouraging it, and explaining how it can be done instead of going the safer route--reinstalling Windows. WTF?

Either find those original Windows discs, or break down and order a new set from the computer's manufacturer. Don't like it? Well, I guess that's what you get when you use and depend on proprietary, commercial software. Or go the easy route and get one of the various free BSD or Linux-based operating systems out there.

Anything is better than attempting to "clean" an infected Windows machine.

Edited 2010-10-20 17:24 UTC

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