Thanks to customers who can't avoid spyware and trojans to save their lives, I've gotten pretty quick at backing up, reformatting, and finishing off Windows installs. I've got five core tools that I use to get the job done, and here they are. DriverMax . After going through the install process, the first thing I shoot for is a complete set of functional drivers. Running DriverMax before the format lets you back up all the drivers on a system. It's a great app, and it even loads drivers for non-present devices - meaning my customers don't have to fight with a printer or webcam install CD when they get their computer home.
You download, create, delete, and move around countless files and endless piles of data on your PC every day. While your PC would ideally handle all of this data for you, it doesn't take long before you end up with a disorganized, cluttered computer. On Tuesday we asked you to share your favorite Windows maintenance tools , and today we're back with the five most popular answers. Hit the jump for an overview of the five best Windows maintenance tools, then cast your vote for the best of the bunch. CCleaner
Windows Reinstall - Simple, Easy and Quick Categories: Open Source , DIY , Windows , System Administration , HowTo , From the Files of DCOT... , Support Posted on Saturday, May 10, 2008 by Tim Fehlman Every few months, I like to completely blow away my Windows system and reinstall it. This is primarily because I install so much junk on the system that it just starts to clog everything up. A freshly installed copy of Windows always runs so much quicker and has that “new OS smell”!
Dear Lifehacker, I have spyware all over my computer and I can't access a lot of web sites along with other things. Like, I went to click on your spyware cleaners link and lo and behold it sent me to this website [evil browser hijacking link deleted.] I don't know what to do and I need to use my computer the way I used to. Please help me I'll forever be indebted to you. Signed,
Whenever there is a computer problem in my family or circle of friends, I'm the first person they call. It's kinda like what Jay-Z describes as the gift and the curse. I'm gifted to know all of this computer stuff, but I'm cursed to spend the rest of my life doing tech support for everyone. The problem was that it was hard to get people to click on the right things to diagnose the problem over the phone. I spent a lot of time just figuring out basic informaton about their setup before I could actually fix the problem for them.