Save Disk Space by using Disk Cleanup Part 2

Many newer computers and devices have only a little bit of hard drive space.  While the cloud helps with this you can also save disk space by using Disk Cleanup.  This is part 2 I highly suggest Compressing your Hard Drive first then using Disk Cleanup.

Just a reminder to back up your data if you have not already or not done it in a long time.  No one wants to lose anything.

Before you begin you will want to update Windows as Disk Cleanup deletes backed up system files from Windows updates and from performing a Windows upgrade (like from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1).

While Disk Cleanup has been part of Windows forever it will be most effective in updated versions of Windows 7 and later including Windows RT.  This will free up space in Windows XP and Windows Vista but is not able to remove the backed up Windows update files.

If you completed the steps in part 1 then bring up the Hard Drive Properties window again and click on Disk Cleanup.  If not then just click on Start and in the search box type in Cleanmgr.exe (Start and then Run in Windows XP or in Windows 8 and 8.1 Start and then just start typing as it will search automatically).  You can also try looking in Start, All Programs, Accessories, and then System Tools in the Start Menu.

If you have multiple hard drives you will want to select the one that Windows is installed on usually C: and then click OK, this will not come up if you open Disk Cleanup from the hard drive properties window.  Once you open Disk Cleanup it will take some time looking for temporary files to delete, just wait a bit till the main window pops up from there we will configure some settings.  Once the Disk Cleanup window has opened click on Clean Up System Files.  It will again scan for temporary files to delete but this time it will also look for other system temporary files and Windows update backups.

Disk Cleanup System Files

Disk Cleanup System Files

Once the Disk Cleanup window comes back up again you will want to click on a new tab called More Options.

Disk Cleanup More Options

Disk Cleanup More Options

Now from here click on Clean Up… under System Restore and Shadow Copies.  This will delete all but the most recent System Restore point.  Wait a second or two and then click on the Disk Cleanup tab again.  If nothing happens the system is still deleting old System Restore information wait a while longer and then try again.

Disk Cleanup System Restore and Shadow Copies Clean Up

Disk Cleanup System Restore and Shadow Copies Clean Up

Once you are back on the Disk Cleanup tab make sure all the check boxes are checked and then click on OK.  A dialogue box will come up and then click Delete Files.  It will take some time but these files will be deleted.  In part 3 we will tame System Restore permanently.

Save Disk Space by Compressing Your Hard Drive Part 1

Many newer computers and tablets that came out this holiday season have limited storage, sometimes as low as 16 GB hard drives.  Thankfully there are some tricks in Windows that will maximize your disk space and over the next few posts I will help show you how to put that disk on a diet.  First lets look at how to save disk space by compressing your hard drive.  This should work for just about all versions of Windows going way back (Windows 95 or 98 I believe) it is an old trick but it works. This also works in Windows RT.

Before you do any of these tricks I suggest you back up your data, I have had great success with these tricks but I would hate to see someone lose something that is important for any reason.

First start by opening up File Explorer (Windows Explorer) and click on This PC (My Computer) and then right-click on your hard drive (you may have more than one, Do this on the one that Windows is installed on).  Then click on Properties.

 

Hard Drive Properties

Hard Drive Properties

Once the Hard Drive Properties window opens you will want to check the box next to Compress This Drive To Save Disk Space and then click Apply. A Dialogue box will open asking you to confirm, make sure Apply Changes to drive Subfolders and Files is selected and then click OK.  You may have an error pop up just click on Ignore All.  Then sit back and wait as this will take some time to complete.  If your device runs on a battery plug it in as this can drain a battery fast.  It will take a while but it will free up a lot of space.

Compress Drive to Save Disk Space

Compress Drive to Save Disk Space

Once done I always suggest restarting your computer or device.  After that if you bring up the Hard Drive Properties window again you can click on Disk Cleanup for Part 2.

Best Internet Browser for Windows XP Professional X64 Edition

What is the Best Internet Browser for Windows XP Professional X64 Edition? Well that is a good question.  Besides being a mouthful to say, this only variant of Windows XP is the only version that supports modern 64-bit hardware. (AMD64 / Intel64)  Windows XP Pro X64 became very popular for computer enthusiasts to install on their computers.  Unfortunately there was not a lot of good driver support when it was first released.   There are still many people using Windows XP Pro X64 today but like its 32-bit counterpart will no longer receive any security updates on April 8, 2014.  So what is the best web browser for Windows XP Professional X64 Edition?

1. Opera 19, Opera has made some interesting changes recently and instead of using their own rendering engine, Presto, they have moved to Webkit.  Webkit is the same rendering engine in Google Chrome and Apple Safari.  What’s nice here is you don’t have to wonder if Google is tracking your every online habit.  All internet conspiracies aside, I found Opera to be a little faster than Chrome in page load and just opening up the program.  I am also willing to bet that Opera will be supporting Windows XP for some time, as they have supported older version of Windows for a while.  You owe it to yourself to check out Opera.

Opera 19 the Best Internet Browser for Windows XP Professional X64 Edition

Opera 19 on Windows XP Pro X64 Edition

2. Mozilla Firefox 26, Firefox was at one time the most used browser other than Internet Explorer and still has a number of people who use it today.  Firefox 26 is great on Windows XP Pro X64.  It is full featured and very fast.  I highly suggest you check out Firefox if you have not recently.

Firefox 26 on Windows XP Professional X64 Edition

Firefox 26 on Windows XP Pro X64 Edition

3. Google Chrome 32, I have to admit I think Google is getting sloppy with Chrome.  Google releases updates very often for Chrome which is not always a bad thing but I am not sure they are always testing these updates as much as they could.  I have noticed Chrome to be buggy at times regardless of which version of Windows I am running.  In my test on Windows XP Pro X64 Chrome 32 was very solid.  It was a tick slower than the other two browsers above but that is it.  I had suggested Windows XP users use Chrome but with Google’s business practices being put under scrutiny and bugs I have noticed in the recent past few releases I have moved this down.  Still it is one of the most used if not most used browser today so check out Chrome.

Google Chrome 32 on Windows XP Professional X64 Edition

Google Chrome 32 on Windows XP Pro X64 Edition

4. FlashPeak SlimBrowser 7, SlimBowser is a little different but I think fits a need on any version of Windows XP.  There are many companies whose internal websites do not support modern web browsers and only work with older versions of Internet Explorer.  This is where SlimBrowser comes in.  It uses the same rendering engine (Trident) of whatever version of Internet Explorer you have installed on your computer.  So you get a full featured browser, increased security, but the compatibility you need.  If your organization is still using Internet Explorer 8 (or worse 7 or 6) you need to let them know about FlashPeak SlimBrowser.  It has Facebook integration and even can be configured to display the outside temperature in the lower right hand corner of the window.  With Internet Explorer 8 no longer getting security updated after April 8, 2014 you need to check out SlimBrowser today.

FlashPeak SlimBrowser 7 on Windows XP Professional X64 Edition

FlashPeak SlimBrowser 7 on Windows XP Pro X64 Edition

5. KDE Konqueror 4.10.2, if you know about Linux you have probably used Konqueror at some point.  Konqueror comes with the KDE environment, but you can customize what is installed to keep it just to bare minimum for Konqueror to work.  Konqueror will make Linux KDE users feel right at home and it does not run too bad.  It is a little buggy and did not like some websites.  If you feel adventerous check out the KDE on Windows Initiative

KDE Konqueror 4.10 on Windows XP Professional X64 Edition

KDE Konqueror 4.10 on Windows XP Pro X64 Edition

6. Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 64-bit, this is the browser that is holding the web back, but it is better than Internet Explorer 6 or 7.  Even if you don’t use Internet Explorer I suggest you update it to Internet Explorer 8 as it is more compliant with web standards then the old versions and I think just a little more secure.  However since Internet Explorer 8 will not be getting any more security updates after April 8, 2014 I suggest you use one of the browsers above to your day-to-day browsing.  If you have not yet I suggest updating to Internet Explorer 8.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 64-bit on Windows XP Professional X64 Edition

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 64-bit on Windows XP Pro X64 Edition

I will say again I suggest all Windows XP users upgrade to a newer version of Windows as soon as they can.  That being said there is still life in Windows XP and I think using the best internet browser for Windows XP Professional X64 Edition will help you get that life out of it for a while.

Also check out the best internet browser for Windows XP the 32-bit version.

If you’re still using it, check out the best internet browser for Windows 2000.

Maybe you are looking to upgrade, check out the best internet browser for Windows Vista 64-bit.

 

Install Windows 7 or Windows 8 on Asus KV8 SE Deluxe Motherboard with Promise 378

If you have tried to install Windows 7 or Windows 8 on Promise 378 on Asus KV8 SE Deluxe Motherboard you have had issues but I am here to help.  To start this seems to work on other motherboards that use the Promise 378 chipset, so give this a shot and let me know how it works.  When I did my comparison of Windows 7 to Windows XP, I needed an XP machine to install 7 on.  I chose an older one I had that ran an Athlon64.  I partitioned the hard drive and booted up the Windows 7 disk.  Now this motherboard has the Promise 378 SATA chipset and if any of you are familiar with the Promise 378 chipset for SATA you know how much of a pain it is.  It’s hard enough to get Windows XP installed.  Well, I tried to install Windows 7 and things went fine until I got to the point in the installation to select the hard drive where Windows is to be installed.  There were no hard drives listed!!! I was confused.  I did some searching and found that there were no Promise 378 drivers made for Windows Vista let alone Windows 7 or Windows 8.  So I got to thinking and working.

I knew I was running the Promise 378 in ATA mode so I could connect only one hard drive.  So I thought of loading an older driver and looked at Asus website for one.  But before I did that I thought for a moment, an XP driver might not work.  Windows 7’s code is based on of Vista’s.  Vista’s code is based on Server 2003.  And that was the ticket.  I went here http://support.asus.com/download.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=K8V%20SE%20Deluxe&p=1&s=20&os=20&hashedid=65HeDI8XM1u6Uy6o

Now it will say XX Files Found and under there click on IDE

Then download the second driver (pictured below), Promise SATA378 Driver V1.00.0.26 (ATA Mode)

The Second Driver is the IDE Driver

The Second Driver is the ATA Mode Driver

Expand the zip file to a folder and burn that folder to a disc.

Then restart your installation and when you get to the point that no hard drives show up, take out your Windows 7 install disc and put in the one with the drivers, or if you have a second optical drive insert the burned disc into that.  And then in setup hit load drivers and select the 2003 driver, it should find it automatically.  It did for me and after a while of searching the drive shows up.  Continue the setup as you normally would.  That is all you have to do.  This should work for Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8.  Here are the end results.

Device Manager Showing The Win2003 SATA Driver Installed

Device Manager Showing The Win2003 SATA Driver Installed

It took some doing but here is the proof, a screen shot of the Computer Properties.

Asus KV8 SE Deluxe running Windows 7

Asus KV8 SE Deluxe running Windows 7

It does not do too bad performance wise although I get weird graphic glitches, AMD is not going to release a Windows 7 driver for the X800 graphic card in this machine, but the card could be going bad as well.  Below is the Windows Experience Index.

Windows Experience Index

Windows Experience Index

Well, I think I would leave Windows 7 on here if I could get the graphic glitches fixed, but this computer is old and is slated to be rebuilt.  It does not handle Microsoft Flight Simulator X very well.  I hope this helps people figure out how to get Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 installed on their Promise 378 hardware.

The Best Internet Browser for Windows, Part 1 An Introduction

I started this look at internet browsers on Windows years ago. Since then web browsers have changed a lot, so I try to update these articles every once in a while.  Here is a list of the articles for the best internet browser for Windows broken down by version. Feel free to check them out and as always, thanks for reading!

The Best Internet Browser for Windows 2000, it is 15 years old but can still get online.

The Best Internet Browser for Windows XP 32-bit, Soon to be unsupported but still installed on many machines.

The Best Internet Browser for Windows XP Professional X64 Edition, one of the first 64-bit versions of Windows, it had limited support.

The Best Internet Browser for Windows Vista 32-bit was not received well upon release but there are still a few people who have not yet upgraded their machines.

The Best Internet Browser for Windows Vista 64-bit, this version started making 64-bit computing a household name.

The Best Internet Browser for Windows 7, this is becoming the next Windows XP and we will be using Windows 7 for years to come.

Also check out my review of browsers in Ubuntu, one of the more popular Linux versions.

I hope to have these articles updated this year and add one for Windows 8, as well as maybe looking at older versions of Windows, and one for Windows Phone 7 and 8.  Make sure to like Useful Windows on Facebook to keep tabs on new articles.