Video Podcast: Process for Cleaning & Speeding Up Windows XP

This post is a little different to our usual format as its a video podcast. In this podcast, I’ll show you the process that I use for doing a simple clean and speed up of Windows XP. I used a virtual machine and installed programs that are very typical of a computer I would see onsite.

In the video, I remove some adware toolbars, clean out temporary files and stop some programs from starting up. It fairly basic stuff for experienced computer technicians. The purpose of this video is for experienced technicians to see someone elses process and for beginners to learn how its done.

Be sure to watch it in HD so you can see the details.

Its my first video podcast for Technibble and would love some feedback.



Bryce Whitty

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Bryce Whitty
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Bryce is an Australian computer technician and the founder of Technibble. He started his computer repair business when he was 17 years old and is still running it 9 years later. He is an avid traveller and spends at least a month of the year in another country.

Comments (25)

  • jj2000 says:

    hey bryce

    very good podcast its about time though,enough people have said you should be doing podcasts and this proves it.
    thanks and keep up the good work.

  • Yeah podcasts are great….especially video ones! I just downloaded it cant wait to watch.

  • Preferred Choice ITS says:

    This podcast was great, informative and to the point. I look forward to seeing many more like this from you.

  • NVJosh says:

    Bryce,

    Great work! The HiJackThis portion was well done.

    Great pointers all around. Look forward to see what you turn out next. Everyone does things differently and it is great to compare styles.

  • gunslinger says:

    Nice video. Good tips. I would like to post something like this in the forums at some point.

  • Mick Barker Sr. says:

    I sat and watched your Video, and I was impressed on the thorough job of the spyware removal, however alot of jumping back and forth through the sections, to some it could throw them off of the subject a little, because of the back and forth between frames. All in all a Great Job on your first, Congrats…

  • abe says:

    thanks for the cast very good for first time

    Maybe a little slower with some more explanation next time and you should have loaded the virtual machine with some viruses just to give viewers a better idea.

    I think it may be a good idea to have seprate podcasts for the different programs so that you can give more time to elaborate on each one.

    all in all good show i enjoyed it cant wait for more.

  • Good start, but I might recommend that once you’v recorded the take, you sit down later, find things that you might want to add to your commentary, or things you think you could make clearer, then record the audio track separately while [i]watching[/i] the video you recorded. You’ll end up sounding more like a pro, and you’ll get even more useful info in there than you did on the ‘live’ take.

  • Divadot says:

    This was AWESOME! I really like the HiJackThis part of the lesson. I will download it to watch again. Thanks for doing such a great job.

  • Very good video tutorial. Keep up the great work!

  • techandlife says:

    Great video podcast Bryce and useful for the enthusiast as well as the technician. Very clear screen compared with many videos on clean up I’ve seen. Perhaps a quick word about backing up data and making a system restore point before you start would have been useful at the beginning for those less experienced but wanting to try cleaning up their PC.

  • jennie says:

    Hi Bryce
    Since buying your kits my job as a PC repairer is SOOOO much easier. But because I live in a regional area of Aus with only satellite connectivity, the podcast was really disjointed but it looked great anyway. So many good tools on the utilities but I don’t know how to use them all, especially HijackThis.Any chance of getting a CD? You do fabulous work and I recommend you to everyone. Keep it up. I love Technibble

  • Mike says:

    I came across this site a few months back and I have read all the articles, used the repair kit, purchased the repair kit; and it has all been tremendously helpful.
    Now podcast? Perfect!

    Mike.

  • Hi Bryce,
    Nice job, ingnore he naysayers, carry on just like you have. The novices will be a little overwhelmed, the intermediates will fell validated, and the pros will say, Perfect.
    Well done.
    Cheers, PiffleMaster

  • Heriberto Torres says:

    To the point!

  • alex says:

    Great job, thanks for hijackthis tutorial, very helpful!!! A little background noise, but I think you’ll improve it… and WHY did you leave limewire. My first advice for clients – get rid of LIMEWIRE, it’s bad.
    Thanks again, keep up!

  • Samuel says:

    Great job, Bryce. Keep up the good work. These podcast are another great way for you to get you knowledge out to the masses. Most podcasts are a little lame, but this one was informative, too the point, and easy to watch. Keep it up.

  • Heath says:

    Like the cast, might also mention the shift delete at the end to bypass the recycle bin. Just a thought!

  • Xander says:

    Also worth mentioning, in light of the My Web Search service, that HJT supports deleting services. While it was deactivated, it was still present on the system.

  • hummingbird says:

    that was great – i’d love to see a podcast explaining more in depth on using netstat and port explorer – tracking down suspicious activity

  • Michael Satterfield says:

    Thanks for adding the podcast it really is a great help.

  • Steve Wilbanks says:

    Hi Bryce,

    First of all, this is an awesome website and I thank you for all of the great information it contains. I am fairly new to the site but not to repairing and troubleshooting PC’s. In this video, it shows that during your maintenance, you use a program called ATF cleaner. This program has a box that you ticked to delete prefetch files. This process has been of controversy for many years. Do you delete these files due to the misconception that this speeds up the system or to remove any possibility that they might be corrupt. I refer to an article for evidence that this does not speed up a system by deleting the files at: http://www.edbott.com/weblog/?p=24. In this article, titled “Bogus XP advice”, the author has timed start times before and after deleting the files and found a significant increase by leaving the files there.

    Steve

  • jim says:

    Bryce,

    Excellent content and presentation. Can you do a podcast that shows how and what you use to make them. It looks like you record what you are doing while using a live mike, but I see in one you show the system rebooting and I can’t see how the recording process would continue during that process. The pace, resolution, ease of stop/start, and screen shrink/swell are very simple, clean and easily learned. Please continue making these and updating them with new ideas and details. I’d certainly like to see Windows 7 versions later.
    Thanks for the effort.

  • Parso says:

    Love it Bryce, as Jim above says the ONLY negative would be that I haven’t seen Vista or 7 vids but I am sure they will come in time.
    Thanks for these podcasts all the same and keep up the great work mate.

    Cheers.

  • Andrew says:

    Hey Bryce thank again for your help, i would like to make you notice that the video is unavailable now and i cannot watch it nor download it, if you can do something to bring it up again for me to download i would be very grateful.

    Thanks Again.
    Keep It Up.