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#124343 - 08/14/05 01:00 AM Windoze XP
reality2k4 Offline

Registered: 07/06/04
Posts: 6845
Loc: Stuck between water, air, and ...
I know for most people, they probably have pretty big drives these days, but XP by default stores loads of crap, just like any other Windoze platform.

By default it has a pretty big restore file, and although this can give a load more restore points, it is far too big. You may think OK, what the hell, but having such a big restore on the computer means the following.

If you get a Trojan on your computer, then it will by default go into the restore computer folder, which makes it impossible for an anti virus software removal program to fix it.

If you lower the size of the restore facility, then the Trojan will eventually be overwritten by the restore point.

To do this, go to the start menu, and click on help and support, then go to fixing a problem, then go to system restore, then go to change system restore settings, click on system properties, click on drive C: and go to settings on the immediate right hand side, and move the slider, I have it on 4-5%.

It sounds hard but it is not so bad if you follow it, and believe me, if you ever have a Trojan, it is well worth the trouble of following these steps.


Whoever stole the Sun, put it back and we'll drop all the charges!

#124344 - 08/14/05 03:32 AM Re: Windoze XP
Nathan LaChine Offline

Registered: 02/22/03
Posts: 5422
Loc: Washington State

All ver of Win are a pain in the ass. More virus, hacks, trojans, etc are made for windows then any other plateform. Windows have sooooo many security issues it aint even funny. So if you got windows make sure you always update it. I mean check at least every couple of days at the windows update site (which can be found via control Panel and the start Menu). I also hate how much stuff windows saves in so called back up or hidden folders. O well I will just keep sitting here with my nice Mac.

lots of love, Nathan

#124345 - 08/14/05 04:04 AM Re: Windoze XP
reality2k4 Offline

Registered: 07/06/04
Posts: 6845
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Nathan, yeah, I wish I had a Mac, so much, I hate windoze, and you should not have to fix the holes that microsoft leave.

It is an antiquated approach to an operating systme that could be so much symplified, but nah, they just dont get it.

They pushed other computers out of the market, to get everyone to use their trashy system, but we have no choice, if we want to use the software available.

I really hope Linux takes off, and more ppl program for it, wow, I wish,

love to you too,


Whoever stole the Sun, put it back and we'll drop all the charges!

#124346 - 08/14/05 04:32 AM Re: Windoze XP
Lloydy Offline
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Registered: 04/17/02
Posts: 7071
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I have my old computer sitting alongside me here, all plugged in but I haven't used it for maybe a year. I'm just too lazy to get rid of it!

It played up and I had the opportunity to buy a new one so I did, and then I cleaned everything I could out of the old one.

Now I'm thinking about trying Linux in it because I have WiFi for this machine and my laptop and I can easily link the old machine up. If I don't like Linux or it doesn't work I won't have lost anything.

So, all you geeks out there, do I have to unload all of the evil empires windows stuff out of it before installing linux? ( it's got windows 98 )
If so, how do you empty and re-boot a PC?

The old machine is I think a 500 Pentium, but I installed a load of RAM in it. If I just use it for online work with a simple platform then it should do the business?


Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.
Henry David Thoreau


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