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  1. - Run Antibody's WIZTREE. It will show the size of the "System Volume Information" (SRP) folder in which the data for the SRPs are stored. How does the size of that folder develop over time ?

    - Even when one deletes all System Restore Points with CCleaner then that one folder won't be fully empty and still can contain GBs of data.

    - I wouldn't worry too much. When Windows finds out that the amount of free space has become to low it will automatically delete one or more SRPs.


  2. - Perhaps this sending of statistics to Piriform is the reason why CC (v5.45) keeps runnng after the user has closed the program ?

    - I don't mind that CC sends some data/statistics to Piriform to help the developers improve the program. But then CC should ONLY do that when the user shuts down the program. I do hope that this happens INDEPENDENT of the CC monitoring feature (This feature should be fixed).

    - I know that Defraggler also stores some statistics in a file called "Statistics.bin". Is this file send to Piriform as well ?


  3. - Same story here. I just downloaded and installed the latest version minutes ago. Then I disabled the Monitoring option but the CC system tray icon still remains active. Even when I restart the program.

    -  Task Manager on my Win 7 system tells me that CCleaner remains active even when I close CC with monitoring switched off. So, that's where CC seems to go "off the rails".

    - I also noticed that CC opens/can open a second "CCleaner64.exe" process when I click on the system tray icon for a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, ......... time. A 3rd thing I noticed is that CPU of the CC process cango up through the roof when I use the tray icon to open CC. Seems that the CC monitoring function is then restarted.


  4. - Your HD had a few "bad spots" and was somehow able to repair those "bad spots" because the value(s) of (at least) 2 SMART attributes are now higher. (#5 & 196). I assume that the HD was somehow able to "repair" those bad sectors and Windows also was able to "repair" itself.

    - SMART attributes #197 & 198 (2 notorious ones) are still at zero meaning that the HD was able to "repair" itself otherwise those 2 values would have been higher than zero.

    - I would recommend to make sure that you regularly back up your system especially after this "Warning". And keep looking at your HD with a healthy amount of caution.


  5. - My personal opinion is that one should be very careful with doing a full defrag. It will increase the wear and tear on your HD. On top of that Windows is also set to defrag every once and a while.

    - I only regularly defrag fragmented files in a few selected folders and have disabled the Windows Defrag.

    - Some of the SMART values of your HD are no longer at zero. E.g. #5 (Reallocation count) is no longer at zero.  And "Spin-Up"  time is also (too ?)  high. Check this out:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.M.A.R.T

     


  6. @LMacri:Wiztree-SRPs.thumb.PNG.8ea50d63a9ba87bd65ce69d35035f891.PNG

    - When there's too little free diskspace then Windows will delete - AFAIK - all SRPs.

    - Please do run Antibody's WIZTREE as well (tree view) and make a screenshot of the treeview.

    - I have 6 SRPs on my Win 7 system but I see no relationship between the 6 SRPs and the amount of subfolders in "System Volume Information". See picture attached.

    - As said before sometimes when I delete all SRPs then that one folder can still contain GBs of data.

     


  7. - Run Antibody's Wiztree. The program can pull up the size of the folder called "System Volume Information" in which the data/info for the System Restore Points (SRP) are stored. Even if the user deletes all SRPs (with e.g. CCleaner) then this folder still can contain GBs worth of data. I have come across one example where this folder still contained over 60 GB of data.

    - One also has to take into account that when the amount of of free disk space is too low for making a new SRP, then Windows will delete one or more or even all SRPs.


  8. - Currently, Microsoft follows the socalled "Monthly Rollup Update" policy for Windows 7 and Windows 8. This policy was introduced in the 2nd half of 2016.

    https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/windowsitpro/2016/10/07/more-on-windows-7-and-windows-8-1-servicing-changes/

    - But now Microsoft is moving to a similar policy for Windows Server 2008 SP 2 as well. See the web-article below, dated june 12, 2018.

    https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/windowsserver/2018/06/12/windows-server-2008-sp2-servicing-changes/

    (Is MS going to follow a similar policy for the Server version of Windows 8 ?? What's the name of that version ? Win Server 2012 ??)

     

    - My personal opinion is and remains that MS should issue a new Service Pack for Win 7, Win 8 and Win Server 2008. (MS DID issue a second Service Pack for Windows Server 2008 (SP2).) After that MS then can start issueing "Cumulative (Security) Updates" each month.  It would make the Windows update procedure/make life for MS and the users of Windows much much easier.


  9. - Question: Doesn't a SSD and a HD have some information stored somewhere in e.g. the firmware that tells the Piriform's software if the storage device is a SSD or a HD ?

    - I had some problems with a Hitachi Travelstar drive in the past. The documentation for that HD I pulled up from the interent told me that it contained a 512 byte information string. That documentation also told me what the meaning was of each byte & bit that was stored in that information string.

    https://1drv.ms/b/s!AluvxwylJSzygS-MO-XBZoGZnA40

    - I have an external USB 500 GB SSD and Defraggler does correctly recognize it's a SSD.


  10. - I agree. Defraggler doesn't always behave as it should, I know what you're talking about. The most likely reason is that the program gets "entangled" in "complicated situations" with other parts of Windows and other pieces of software.

    - Are there (large) differences between the two computer systems ? Like: Programs running in the background, additional Services running (did you tell DF to disable the Shadow Volume Service/VSS ?), Antivirus program running, etc.  There're differences between a normal system and a virtual machine (don't ask me what those differences are. Can anyone provide more details ??)

    - Do a socalled "Clean Boot" and run the program. Are there major differences in behaviour ? (Does Defraggler run after a "Clean Boot" ?)


  11. - Try this:

    - Run Defraggler to analyze that problem drive. Are there some type of files or folders that aren't being de-fragmented by DF ? E.g. the folder "System Volume Information" ?

    - Run Antibody's WIZTREE. This program gives an overview of the size of (large) files and folders. Is the folder "System Volume Information" (very) large ? In MBs and %. That folder contains the data for the System Restore Points and DF isn't able to move/defragment those files.

    - Disable the "System Restore" feature and restart. Then all those "Restore points" are gone. Is DF able to defragment the remaining files/folders ?


  12. - Install Tweaking's Registry Backup. This program makes a backup of all the registry files upon start up. When you have trouble then you use the same program to restore the registry files. Works much better than System Restore although it only makes a backup of the registry and not of other user data.

    - When Windows discovers that the amount of free disk space reaches a certain (very) low level then Windows will automatically (try to) delete one or more of the oldest/older Restore Points.


  13. - If you have enabled the "System Restore"  feature then Windows will make such a point every now and then. Even if you didn't install anything (for a long time). This is the most likely the reason why these points keep popping up and keep growing. Although I never figured out what the trigger is for this to occur. And then in combination with some action from DEFRAGGLER seems to trigger this "System Restore Point"feature as well.

    (Developers: Are you reading this ???)

     

    Here's something that should work:

    - Run Antibody's WIZTREE. It shows the size of the folder called "System Volume Information" is. This folder contains the info/data for those System Restore Points. Please give us that size.

    - Delete all System Restore Points. There's somewhere deep in Windows 7 itself an option to do that. (Control Panel > system > advanced system options). I assume that a similar option is also available in Window 10.

    - If that doesn't work then simply disable this "System Restore Feature" feature all together for all drives and restart. Then those points should be gone

    - If you want then re-enable the "System Restore" feature.

    - Please report if this was helpful.


  14. - After a lot of GOOGLEing (GOOGLing ???) I found this program on the MAJORGEEKS website that plays these animated GIF pictures (surprisingly !!!) well. After installing of the program can select a *.gif file. The *.gif file will be automatically opened with this program. The program is a viewer for *.gif files only. It will skip all other files that are in the same folder.

    http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/giv.html


  15. 1) This is odd, very odd. When I ran Windows Update a few days ago it recommended the "Roll Up" update for April 2018 but the size of that rollup was smaller than the previous "Roll up" of March 2018. Is MS about to change its update policy (again) ? Is MS working on a new Service Pack ? Or are/were there one or more (new) bugs in the previous "Roll Up Update" (march 2018) ?

    2) Then I ran WU today again and it now recommended (among 5 others) to install (Surprise #1) a "Cumulative Security Update for IE 11" from (Surprise #2) september 2016 !!! And 3 of those recommended (security) updates were from (surprise #3) 2014 and 2016 (twice) !!!

    (I must say that I ran the build-in "CleanUp" tool between 1) and 2). But I don't think that it should matter).

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