Other files ending in .BAK, .TMP, .PRV, .---, .001, .002 (etc), .LOG, .OLD, .*$, .$$$, .??, .??~, .^*, .SYD, .MP, etc. are often unneeded duplicates of other files (be particularly careful with the .PRV, .BAK, and .OLD files). Verify that they are unneeded (if they're over a month old, you most likely don't need them) and delete them. Use the Find Files function to locate these files: enter something like *.BAK to search these files out. You can always delete files ending with .GID or .FTS as these files are created every time you use Help and the Help Search function (.GID files are always hidden; you'll need to activate the "Show all files" option in Explorer to find these babies). If you find the file WIN32S in \WINDOWS\SYSTEM, it's a leftover from when you upgraded from Win 3.x; you can safely delete it, just make sure you edit your SYSTEM.INI file to remove any references to it. Two other folders that can safely be deleted are MSCREATE.DIR and ~MSSETUP.T. If you back up the Registry a lot, you can safely lose the SYSTEM.1ST file. (When in doubt, leave the file alone.) And check to see if you have a folder in Program Files called Online Services. If you do, delete it. It's filled with old versions of AOL, CompuServe, and possibly Prodigy and MSN. Should you wish to sign up with any of these ISPs, contact them for current software, don't waste your time with what's in that folder. Check out your .TXT files; Windows tends to accumulate lots of garbage under that name, so if it isn't one of your documents, consider losing it. If you use MSWord, look for .WBK files; these are backups for Word documents that you may not need. Word also creates ~$*.DOC files when a document isn't saved properly; if all your documents are OK, lose these files. To be on the safe side with any deletion, create a special folder and move all potential deletees into that folder. Keep them there for a week or a month while you work with your PC. If you can start and restart your machine OK, and all your apps function properly, lose those files. Another kind of file that can usually be trashed are the .DIZ files, usually named FILE_ID.DIZ. This is a Description in Zip file, which just list the files in their particular ZIP archive. Once you unzip an archive, the accompanying DIZ files can be trashed.
What exactly are some of these files? .TMP files are obviously temporary in nature, while .BAK files are backups for particular files (not entire disks). .GID files are Generated InDex files created by WinHelp, and .SYD files are backup files created by SYSEDIT.EXE (and can be safely deleted if you're sure you don't need them). Go to EXT Search at kresch.com/exts/ext.htm to find out what any file extension means (Win ME users, the System Editor, or SYSEDIT, has been replaced by the System Configuration Utility, launched with the MSCONFIG command).
Check out your C:\TEMP or C:\WINDOWS\TEMP directories periodically. Files in this folder can often -- but not always -- be deleted. Never delete files with a date later than the last time you shut the computer down -- a good rule of thumb is if the file is over a week old, and you've restarted your computer more recently than that, then delete em. Users who turn off their computers without going through the shutdown procedure accumulate gobs of temporary files. Lose 'em, after you shut down all your other programs. One way to frequently clean out your TEMP folder is to add the line DEL C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\*.TMP>NU1 to your AUTOEXEC.BAT file (open AUTOEXEC.BAT in Notepad and make the changes there). Or add a line to your Start Menu Programs listing by right-clicking the taskbar, selecting Properties, clicking the Start Menu Programs tab, and the Add button. In the Command line, enter DELTREE /Y C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\ and click OK. Accept the defaults for the rest of the process. Once you're out, select Start, Programs, StartUp, right-click "DELTREE," and select Properties. (Win 95 users, right-click Start, select Explore, navigate to the Programs/StartUp folder, right-click DELTREE, and select Properties.) Click the "Program" tab, click "Close on exit," and click OK.
Clean out your Internet browser (or browsers) cache and history
files frequently. The new versions of Windows have something
called a Disk Cleanup Wizard that claims to handle this task for
you, but it doesn't do much of a job.
Although the Disk Cleanup Wizard doesn't handle browser caches particularly well, it does a better job with cleaning up other temporary files. Use it as a part of your regular maintenance routine, just don't think that it does the job on its own. You still have to scrub the virtual baseboards yourself. Its basic categories of Temporary Internet Files, Downloaded Program Files, Temporary Files, and Recycle Bin, are relatively self-explanatory and can usually be emptied with little forethought (except for the Recycle Bin, if you want to be doubly careful). The More Options tab uses the Add/Remove applet under Control Panel to hunt for other files that may not be of use.
Go through your computer and hunt out programs that you haven't used lately. Decide whether or not you need those programs to stay on your hard drive. Win 98/ME users, be aware that you have two large and possibly worthless files -- 30MB of Desktop Themes and 31MB of WebTV for Windows. These can easily be deleted to save space.
MSOffice users tend to accumulate lots of unnecessary files beginning in _OFIDX or FFASTUN. These are indexes from Office's FastFind feature (from Office 7.0 and Office 97, respectively). You can delete them, but Office will just recreate them. To stop Office from creating them, remove FastFind from the Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup folder; you will, however, find that text searches are slower.
Some of us end up with half a hundred unused screen savers clogging up our machines. That dancing baby was cute last year, but who wants to see him now? Sometimes screen savers can be deleted by going through the Add/Remove applet in Control Panel, but most don't give that option. To hunt down unwanted screen savers, open the Windows/System folder and look for the corresponding *.scr file. (Switch to Details mode and click the Type column heading, so that all *.scr files appear together.) Ditch that file and the screen saver is gone for good.
-Computers new and old. Software, hardware as well. Dos,
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-Electronics and radio frequency (RF). Some ham radio and pirate radio topics. High Voltage projects. X-rays, Tesla, Free Energy etc.
-Fitness, Outdoor physical activities. Preferably summer time activities. Walking swimming and exercise.
-Learning. Education and study.
-Travel. Leisure, mostly out of the Country (World) by air.
-Music, Dance, High energy type. Mainstream house and club. Anything with good amount of vocals so I can play it on licensed and hobby FM as "AC".
-Broadcasting, Read up for types of music preferred. Not to be confused with an on air personality.(Voicing)
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