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"Joli Ballew and Jeff Duntemann have compiled an entire book on the subject [Windows arthritis], and it's a good one." -- Brian's Buzz (Brian Livingston) FEBRUARY 12, 2004 - Issue 23
"Just follow this book, chapter by chapter and you'll be amazed at how you can improve your PC." -- Goldon Triangle PC Club Review (February 2004) by Dale Farris
A great new book that explains why computers lose their vigor over time. -- Parade Magazine, July 4, 2004
I can heartily recommend Degunking Windows to any PC user and only wished it had been published sooner. -- Bits & Bytes, March 2004
Some PC 'fixit books' tend to get 'too techy,' whereas I found this one to be informative and enjoyable. -- Todd Hawley
The advice [in Degunking Windows] is elegantly presented with superb hand-holding from coauthors Joli Bellew and Jeff Duntemann. -- Chicago Tribune
The cheapest infusion of power to a Windows XP computer is a well-done book titled Degunking Windows. -- Miami Herald --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Degunking Windows covers the basics to help users quickly get their PCs back to top performance. The unique thing about Degunking Windows is that it's organized according to the special cleaning process that will improve the performance of your computer. Shortcut and time calculation charts are provided at the beginning of the book to help readers determine how much time is required to perform different degunking tasks. The book provides proven degunking maintenance tasks that users should perform on a regular basis to keep their machines running at optimum levels. Topics covered include the basics of degunking (Why is my computer all gunked up in the first place?), cleaning files, hard drives, and making space, uninstalling programs you don't need, fixing your desktop and start menus, degunking email and dealing with spam, improving and cleaning the registry, hardware stuff to help with degunking, improving security, backing up precious files, doing a clean install when you really have to, and much more. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I can usually evaluate the utility of computer books by how many "dog-eared" pages I have after a cursory reading. This one had exactly two, an all time low! Almost every other Windows book I've bought does it better, even though they do not specifically emphasize "degunking."
If you follow the default Windows installation you may already be starting out with a significant number of applications and utilities that you will never use taking up hard drive space and possibly memory and processor resources. As you surf the Web your computer caches information in Temporary Internet Files which can take a significant amount of drive real estate if not kept in check. As you use programs data that in theory belongs together is actually written to random areas scattered about the hard drive. Over time this file fragmentation can slow your computer down and cause excessive wear and tear on your hard drive.
Joli Ballew and Jeff Duntemann do an excellent job of helping you to find the things that are slowing down and cluttering up your system. They explain in plain-English what you need to know to remove unwanted programs and optimize your Windows machine for maximum performance. Keep the book handy because you will need to go through this cleanup periodically- maybe a couple times a year.
Get your new PC home, install Windows XP on it, things are great, things are fast, things are super duper. One week goes by, you've now been surfing the net for awhile, installing applications, just doing the normal everyday stuff that you are used to doing. A few weeks go by and now you are really enjoying your new computer. You've learned the ins and outs of Windows XP and you really enjoy the improvements that you have seen, but you notice that it doesn't seem to be as fast as it was the day you took it out of the box. No matter, it's probably due to the fact that you are actually using the machine and you shrug this away as not a big deal.
Months go by and you now really notice that your computer is not as "virgin pure" as it was on day 1. There's no denying that things are not like they used to be but you have learned to live with it, just accepting it as "wear and tear" on your operating system.
If your story is similar to the one I have laid out here, your computer has been "gunked". Anyone that actually uses their Windows XP based computer will at some point experience the story I have outlined here, and the majority of those individuals will just have to live with it until they buy a new computer.
Don't let this happen to you!!
With Joli Ballew and Jeff Duntemann's "Degunking Windows" in hand, you have a great tool to avoid a similar fate as the one I have discussed. The authors of this book in 18+ chapters explain what exactly has caused your computer to lose performance and efficiency, and they discuss a myriad of tips to degunk your system and return things to their former glory.
Major tips and tweaks covered and discussed:
Search and remove duplicate files
Keep your desktop clean and uncluttered
Sort data in a logical manner
Identify temporary files and remove unneeded ones
Remove unnecessary applications and spyware
Store data in logical places instead of just any location
Run Disk Defragmenter early and often
Empty the Recycle Bin often
Use spam filters to clean up e-mail
Upgrade the OS often when new patches are released
Learn to tweak and clean the registry
Install and set up PowerToys
Use Anti-Virus software
Backup, Backup, Backup, Backup, BACKUP!!!
If all else fails...
For all Windows XPs newbies, this is a necessary reference to improve your everyday experience and learn that when the going gets slow you don't have to just live with it. For experienced XP users the ROI from this book goes down, but because of the plethora of tips and tricks it's still a great investment. About the only person I wouldn't recommend this book to is a Windows XP guru who probably already knows these recommendations by heart.
All in all, a solid book on how to keep your copy of Windows running smoothly and happy.
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By Gregory West
Editor, SCUG Report
By Joli Ballew and Jeff Duntemann.
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