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mochyn

Java!

Do I need it? Remember: I'm a complete numpty with IT stuff...
Nick

Yes.
mochyn

Okey doke Smile
mochyn

I only ask because I don't think I have much space on my laptop but there's a huge list of things on it. I'm sure there must be some I don't need!
Jamanda

I can't function with out at least two cups.
gz

I can't function with out at least two cups.

Cool Very Happy
mochyn

Well, quite.
vegplot

You don't need it on your system but some of your applications may require it. If it's on your system it's probably there for a good reason and you must keep it updated (don't ignore those pesky Java update notifications) for best security.
mochyn

So can I dump it and then see if anything changes for the worse? I can re-install it later, can't I?
vegplot

So can I dump it and then see if anything changes for the worse? I can re-install it later, can't I?


I wouldn't advocate doing that. You may be able to but you may also regret it.
mochyn

Okey doke. I'll just leave it...

Next time you're here, could you have a look at the m/c, please?
vegplot

Okey doke. I'll just leave it...

Next time you're here, could you have a look at the m/c, please?

Sure! I can look but I'm not that good at working on computers. I use them all day but make no pretentions about knowing how to fix them or make them run better. I'm quite good at destructively taking them apart though.
mochyn

But you might be able to tell me which programmes (or whatever they are) I need Smile Nick

I only ask because I don't think I have much space on my laptop but there's a huge list of things on it. I'm sure there must be some I don't need!

Why don't you think there's much space?
mochyn

Can't remember now, not can I remember how to find out! Durrr... Nick

Do you have a My Computer icon? mochyn

I don't think so. What does it look like? mochyn

Ooh: I've just found 'storage' in the settings thingy. It says 71.8 out of 74.5 gb used. That sounds full to me... Nick

Ooh: I've just found 'storage' in the settings thingy. It says 71.8 out of 74.5 gb used. That sounds full to me...


Yep, hard to disagree. Smile

I'd get rid of anything in a folder called temp, temporary or tmp, and my downloads folder accumulates crap I don't need. And then music, pictures, and documents can be moved onto memory sticks, or external drives.
mochyn

Right. I shall have a go at that later when I get back from college Smile You're a star. Well, both of you are. tahir

Didn't I once give you an external hard drive? (I might be wrong) mochyn

I shall have a look in the basket of cables &c... mochyn

I think I've found it: little flat black thing with solid state drive on it? tahir

yep dpack

when freeing disc space on a windows system my order of battle usually goes something like

back up all important files (data,photos,books, saved webpages etc ) to an external hard drive.

run c cleaner(free download if you dont have it already) to delete temporary files and lots of other junk cluttering the system

run a disk defragmenter(there should be one in accessories in the all programs list but defraggler(a free download)is very good.(this might take a while so overnight with the power settings set to disk always on ,screen always on cos if it turns itself off after 20 mins it might stop defragging)

run c cleaner again this time with the wipe free space options turned on(this will take a while but if the disk is fairly full not too long)

by now the files on the disk should be in a fairly tidy order which makes it easier to see what you have and speeds up the next stages

in my computer find the disk drive and get a list of files up,delete redundant files and unused previous versions of things,delete all but one copy of each file.delete corrupted files(this takes quite a bit of time to do ) move files to places you can find them,my photos,documents etc etc create folders for groups of files which helps finding stuff.

de frag and clean again

use the external hd to reinstate any files deleted in error(keep a note if you press the wrong button)

defrag and clean with wipe free space,defrag again(allow some time for these)

if i have got owt wrong in that list will somebody please point it out before i help trash mochyn's world

the last time i did this i managed to get from 238 /195 g to about 160/90g on my 2hard disk lappy ,it took a couple of days pooter time and maybe 8 hrs dpack time but it not only made it easier to find stuff but made the system faster and much more stable.

it seems a lot of faff but it does work to rejuvenate a well used older machine

im sure we can talk you through any bits that get confusing
dpack

ps at some point fairly early in the process ( before the back up is a good place) use malawarebytes and spybot(free download versions are fine) which will find and help you remove a load of un necessary/possibly malicious stuff.
this might not be a lot of disk space but the sort of stuff they remove do clutter the system more than their size might suggest.

pps much of the above can be done in safe mode(see help for starting up in safe mode)which as safe mode will not autostart many programs that use processor and ram capacity will speed up many of the stages.
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