Maintenance of a Windows Computer's Operating System


Some good items to keep a system trim and clean.
Utilities to backup your computer files.
Ways to boot your computer if Windows won't start.
Links for tutorials and guides

 

Some of these programs may erase items in your registry or erase temporary files to their jobs.
That's not a bad thing, but just something to be a aware of.

- If your concerned about not mucking around with stuff your not comfortable with.
- If your computer skills are quite novice.
- If your using an office machine and your IT guys take of this for you.
....Some of these applications may not be for you.

 
Tutorials and Guides for Windows OS

 

*Forums : Excellent help.

 

Windows 7        Windows 8 and 8.1         Windows 10

 

Tons of information about setting up and maintaining Windows.

This is a collection of information from competent users NOT just canned answers from Microsoft.
 

REALLY Good stuff here.

 

 

BleepingComputer.com

 

Bleeping ComputerĀ® is a information security and technology news publication.  A ton of useful Links related to mainenance and security issues.   Practical and well organized.

 

REALLY Good

 

 

Computer Optimization


Piriform CCleaner (crap cleaner)

Lots of neat utilities. Scans for unused registy items. Ways to erase temporary/cache files. Startup optimizer.
Piriform has a number of good utilities checkout the main website for other great items. Piriform Website

 

 

Computer Backup / Cloning/ Imaging

Ways to store, backup, and copy a hard drive


DriveImage XML
Image and Backup logical Drives and Partitions

 

Knoppix-Based Runtime Live CD
Use an alternative Operating System and view/copy your files.

 

EaseUS Disk Copy (Home Edition)
Free disk/partition clone software to transfer your data.

 

Clonezilla
The Free and Open Source Software for Disk Imaging and Cloning
 

 
Hard Drive Help

"Help! My systems fallen and it won't boot up......"
Some ideas to help when Windows Recovery / Restore won't cut it.


System Rescue CD

SystemRescueCd is a Linux system rescue disk available as a bootable CD-ROM or USB stick for administrating or repairing your system and data after a crash.


Kaspersky Rescue Disk

Scroll down the page and look for the free downloads.  There is a virus removal tool and a rescue disk among some other options.   The rescue disk boots a compact operating system and allows you to do many things besides just scanning for virus.  It may be a way to retrieve a vital file if your operating system is damaged or can not be repaired.