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         Windows 11


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.


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





Computer Optimization

Piriform CCleaner (crap cleaner)

Neat utilities. Scans for unused registy items. 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


Macrium Reflect
This has worked excellently and the free version has lot's of useful features.  One of the best free solutions I have found.

DriveImage XML
Image and Backup logical Drives and Partitions


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


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.

You can also download directly by clicking this link:

Other Sites

Computer, OS, and Websites

  • BearNET Servers
    <Requires User Login>
    Namecheap, OTTO, and system specific help
  • Quirky Items
    Old Messy Website - (Google Sites)
    Old OS, Alternative OS, Abandonware, Old Harware, Etc.


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