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March 9, 2006

Spring Cleaning: Windows Optimization Toolkit

All the programs below are free, small, easy to use and very powerful. They'll help you make the spring cleaning for your PC.

PageDefrag (Sysinternals) - defragments registry, event log files, Windows 2000/XP hibernation files.

NT Registry Optimizer - defragments registry files, by recreating each registry hive "from scratch", removing any slack space that may be left from previously modified or deleted keys.

Power Defragmenter GUI - GUI application for Contig (Sysinternals). It's perfect for quickly optimizing files that are continuously becoming fragmented, or that you want to ensure are in as few fragments as possible.

CrapCleaner - cleans Temporary files, URL history, cookies, autocomplete form history from IE, Firefox, Opera. Also cleans registry, temporary files from Windows and other third-party applications (eMule, Kazaa, Google Toolbar, Netscape, MS Office, Nero, etc).

FreeRAM XP Pro - read more about the freeware in this article.

Also read interesting tips about pagefile optimization.

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