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Hi all

Just recently wiped and re-installed my windows 7 pc, and finished installing my games and such

Just wanted to know, how do you lot keep things tidy?

Do you keep separate hard drive partitions for games, music, windows etc

Or just folders for different files types

Or maybe a whole other drive for games and another for music?



Just wondering and looking for ideas
post #2 of 18
Windows just naturally deteriorates itself as time goes by

The best way to keep it tidy is to uninstall any programs you don't use, defragment often, and run ccleaner every once in awhile.

But even if you do all this, it will never be as fast as a fresh install. It's a pretty strange phenomenon.
    
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I just reinstall every couple of months.
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My SSD is used for my Windows 7 install and all apps. I use separate hard drives for game installs/steam, music and downloaded apps etc.
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Limit installs to a minimum, run CCleaner Often, keep drives organized.
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Originally Posted by Roweyi7 View Post
Limit installs to a minimum.
This.

And also keep all your pr0n on a separate drive.
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I have separate a 1TB Black partitioned into 100gb for the OS, 500 for storage and around 200 for Movies, along with a 500gb for my games and a 200gb for my applications. Having separate harddrves and installing programs in a logical spot helps a tonne for me when keeping my Windows install tidy.

But other than that, I let Windows do what it does best, which is slowly screw itself over It's bound to happen.
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Multiple hdd's, ccleaner and don't install 10 million shareware programs.
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Windows on drive C:
Programs on Drive D:
Documents/downloads/media files on drive E:

Try using an uninstall manager that can create snapshots of the registry before/after an installation and use that to uninstall a program before updating to a newer version.

Also, never use registry cleaners because in my experience they and up doing more harm than good.

I never use trial software and if I do it's in a VM so it doesn't bog down my OS. In fact my goal in the near future is to use Windows strictly for gaming, having only my games installed, and using Linux inside a VM so that Windows stays untouched. So far I have not been able to pull this off successfully do to the lack of photo printer support on Linux but the one thing about Windows I can't stand is that the registry eventually gets bloated, fragmented and full of errors. The best way to avoid this is to install as few programs as possible and use Linux for all your freeware needs
Edited by aweir - 2/23/11 at 10:18pm
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Good stuff there guys, plenty of ideas
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