Tag Archives: Admin

CCleaner Updates to Version 3.0

Ccleaner 3.0CCleaner is a program I use all the time as part of my regular maintenance routine for the workstations I support. It works by cleaning up old program data and checking for and correcting misconfigured registry settings. When I get complaints about a workstation running slow, in addition to CCleaner, I also:

  • Run a defrag (see my article on automating the defrag)
  • Run scandisk
  • Check for old or unapproved programs to uninstall
  • Check for old security settings or other configurations
  • Update Windows, Office, drivers, and any other programs that need it
  • And, finally, run CCleaner

Piriform just released a new version of CCleaner. Some of the more notable updates include native 64-bit support, a new drive wiper tool, support for newer browsers and web standards, as well as various other cosmetic changes.

Check out the Piriform blog for more information on the update and to download a free copy.

Let me know in the comments what programs you like to use for PC maintenance or if you’ve given the new version of CCleaner a try.

Technical Book Club

Practice of System and Network AdministrationI’ve started listening to the Mind of Root podcast again, and just in time. They are starting a book club, but not the kind of book club you would expect. Instead of the mainstream fiction or self-help books you see in most book clubs, they are covering technical books for system administrators.

The first book they are going to be going through is The Practice of System and Network Administration. It looks like a very interesting book and I can’t wait to start going through it. They describe it as a “non-technical” technical book because it talks about general concepts and procedures instead of specifics that may change with each software upgrade.

Here are some of the more interesting chapter titles:

-What to do when… (How to handle various situations)

-Climb out of the hole (Managing your backlog of tasks)

-Workstations

-Servers

-Services

I think this book is going to be very useful for me since I’m the only IT person where I work and sometimes that makes it hard to keep up on new administration procedures.

They are going to be discussing it chapter by chapter on their blog, so head over to the Mind of Root blog and check out the discussions.

Let me know in the comments below if you have any similar book recommendations.

Schedule a Defrag to Run Automatically

Scheduling a defrag of your hard drive can help to improve the performance of your computer and remove the burden of remembering to do it yourself. This guide will show you how to set up a scheduled defrag in Windows XP.

Defragging (or defragmenting) is the process of rearranging files on your hard drive so that they take up one contiguous space instead of being spread out in multiple places across the drive. This can speed up system performance since the drive heads don’t have to jump around to read a file and can access it all in one shot. It is a good idea to defragment your hard drive regularly, but it’s tough to remember and if you start it manually while you’re using your computer, then it really slows everything down until it’s done, and may not even run at all while other applications are running. It would be nice to be able to schedule the defragment process to run while you were away from your computer so you never have to think about it.

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