Checking PC health



Mitch Tulloch
07-09-2005, 11:22 PM
Anyone have recommendations for third-party software that home users can use
to check the health of their PCs?

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Mike Hall \(MS-MVP\)
07-09-2005, 11:22 PM
Mitch

Try out CheckIT Pro.. I had the free version many moons ago.. it was ok..

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"Mitch Tulloch" <info@REMOVE_THIS_mtit.com> wrote in message
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> Anyone have recommendations for third-party software that home users can
> use to check the health of their PCs?
>
> --
> Cheers,
> Mitch Tulloch, MVP
> =======================================
> website: http://www.mtit.com
> my blog: http://itreader.net <--check it out!
>
> ***This message is provided "as is" with no warranties, and confers no
> rights***
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>
>

Mitch Tulloch
07-09-2005, 11:22 PM
Thanks Mike, found it at http://tinyurl.com/7uf2z but it costs $69. I'm
wondering if there's anything cheaper or free out there that can do the
job...

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=======================================
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"Mike Hall (MS-MVP)" <mike.hall.mail@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
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> Mitch
>
> Try out CheckIT Pro.. I had the free version many moons ago.. it was ok..
>
> --
> Mike Hall
> MVP - Windows Shell/User
> http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
>
>
>
>
>
> "Mitch Tulloch" <info@REMOVE_THIS_mtit.com> wrote in message
> news:uBKOwCjVFHA.2124@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>> Anyone have recommendations for third-party software that home users can
>> use to check the health of their PCs?
>>
>> --
>> Cheers,
>> Mitch Tulloch, MVP
>> =======================================
>> website: http://www.mtit.com
>> my blog: http://itreader.net <--check it out!
>>
>> ***This message is provided "as is" with no warranties, and confers no
>> rights***
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>>
>>
>
>

Richard Urban
07-09-2005, 11:22 PM
CheckIT comes with Norton SystemWorks 2005, if you have that. It must be
installed separately!

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Richard Urban

aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)

If you knew as much as you think you know,
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"Mitch Tulloch" <info@REMOVE_THIS_mtit.com> wrote in message
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> Thanks Mike, found it at http://tinyurl.com/7uf2z but it costs $69. I'm
> wondering if there's anything cheaper or free out there that can do the
> job...
>
> --
> Cheers,
> Mitch Tulloch, MVP
> =======================================
> website: http://www.mtit.com
> my blog: http://itreader.net <--check it out!
>
> ***This message is provided "as is" with no warranties, and confers no
> rights***
>
>
> "Mike Hall (MS-MVP)" <mike.hall.mail@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
> news:Oasp6HjVFHA.3532@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
>> Mitch
>>
>> Try out CheckIT Pro.. I had the free version many moons ago.. it was ok..
>>
>> --
>> Mike Hall
>> MVP - Windows Shell/User
>> http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> "Mitch Tulloch" <info@REMOVE_THIS_mtit.com> wrote in message
>> news:uBKOwCjVFHA.2124@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>>> Anyone have recommendations for third-party software that home users can
>>> use to check the health of their PCs?
>>>
>>> --
>>> Cheers,
>>> Mitch Tulloch, MVP
>>> =======================================
>>> website: http://www.mtit.com
>>> my blog: http://itreader.net <--check it out!
>>>
>>> ***This message is provided "as is" with no warranties, and confers no
>>> rights***
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>
>

Mitch Tulloch
07-09-2005, 11:22 PM
Oops, oh yeah...

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"Richard Urban" <richardurbanREMOVETHIS@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> CheckIT comes with Norton SystemWorks 2005, if you have that. It must be
> installed separately!
>
> --
> Regards,
>
> Richard Urban
>
> aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)
>
> If you knew as much as you think you know,
> You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
>
>
> "Mitch Tulloch" <info@REMOVE_THIS_mtit.com> wrote in message
> news:%23cqOkajVFHA.2616@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>> Thanks Mike, found it at http://tinyurl.com/7uf2z but it costs $69. I'm
>> wondering if there's anything cheaper or free out there that can do the
>> job...
>>
>> --
>> Cheers,
>> Mitch Tulloch, MVP
>> =======================================
>> website: http://www.mtit.com
>> my blog: http://itreader.net <--check it out!
>>
>> ***This message is provided "as is" with no warranties, and confers no
>> rights***
>>
>>
>> "Mike Hall (MS-MVP)" <mike.hall.mail@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
>> news:Oasp6HjVFHA.3532@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
>>> Mitch
>>>
>>> Try out CheckIT Pro.. I had the free version many moons ago.. it was
>>> ok..
>>>
>>> --
>>> Mike Hall
>>> MVP - Windows Shell/User
>>> http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> "Mitch Tulloch" <info@REMOVE_THIS_mtit.com> wrote in message
>>> news:uBKOwCjVFHA.2124@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>>>> Anyone have recommendations for third-party software that home users
>>>> can use to check the health of their PCs?
>>>>
>>>> --
>>>> Cheers,
>>>> Mitch Tulloch, MVP
>>>> =======================================
>>>> website: http://www.mtit.com
>>>> my blog: http://itreader.net <--check it out!
>>>>
>>>> ***This message is provided "as is" with no warranties, and confers no
>>>> rights***
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>
>

Mitch Tulloch
07-09-2005, 11:22 PM
What do others use to check their PC's health? Anyone have any suggestions,
especially freeware? :-)

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Cheers,
Mitch Tulloch, MVP
=======================================
website: http://www.mtit.com
my blog: http://itreader.net <--check it out!

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"Mitch Tulloch" <info@REMOVE_THIS_mtit.com> wrote in message
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> Anyone have recommendations for third-party software that home users can
> use to check the health of their PCs?
>
> --
> Cheers,
> Mitch Tulloch, MVP
> =======================================
> website: http://www.mtit.com
> my blog: http://itreader.net <--check it out!
>
> ***This message is provided "as is" with no warranties, and confers no
> rights***
>
>
>

Rock
07-09-2005, 11:22 PM
Mitch Tulloch wrote:
> What do others use to check their PC's health? Anyone have any suggestions,
> especially freeware? :-)
>

Just the internal tools in XP.

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Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User

Kenny
07-09-2005, 11:22 PM
Try this:
http://www.pcpitstop.com/

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Kenny Cargill


"Mitch Tulloch" <info@REMOVE_THIS_mtit.com> wrote in message
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> What do others use to check their PC's health? Anyone have any
> suggestions, especially freeware? :-)
>
> --
> Cheers,
> Mitch Tulloch, MVP
> =======================================
> website: http://www.mtit.com
> my blog: http://itreader.net <--check it out!
>
> ***This message is provided "as is" with no warranties, and confers no
> rights***
>
>
> "Mitch Tulloch" <info@REMOVE_THIS_mtit.com> wrote in message
> news:uBKOwCjVFHA.2124@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>> Anyone have recommendations for third-party software that home users can
>> use to check the health of their PCs?
>>
>> --
>> Cheers,
>> Mitch Tulloch, MVP
>> =======================================
>> website: http://www.mtit.com
>> my blog: http://itreader.net <--check it out!
>>
>> ***This message is provided "as is" with no warranties, and confers no
>> rights***
>>
>>
>>
>
>

Jim Macklin
07-09-2005, 11:22 PM
www.pcpitstop.com



"Rock" <rock@mail.nospam.net> wrote in message
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| Mitch Tulloch wrote:
| > What do others use to check their PC's health? Anyone
have any suggestions,
| > especially freeware? :-)
| >
|
| Just the internal tools in XP.
|
| --
| Rock
| MS MVP Windows - Shell/User
|

Ken Gardner
07-09-2005, 11:22 PM
"Rock" wrote:

> > What do others use to check their PC's health? Anyone have any suggestions,
> > especially freeware? :-)

> Just the internal tools in XP.

I second this response. XP already has everything anyone needs to keep it
in top condition. Keep Windows XP up to date, including SP2 with default
settings. Don't download or install suspect software, especially if it is
"free." Always look for the "Designed for Windows XP" logo, and be very
careful about installing any software that doesn't contain it. Don’t click
on popup ads. Run chkdsk, Disk Cleanup, and Disk Defragmentator at least
weekly. Learn how to use Task Manager to monitor CPU and RAM usage. Learn
how to use Event Viewer, and learn how to fix any errors it finds using its
"Help and Support" feature, Google, or these newsgroups. Stay away -- far
away -- from "tweaks" and system utility software, especially "utility
suites" and – above all – memory managers.

If you simply run XP the way Microsoft originally designed it to run, your
OS will stay healthy. If you really want to know if your computer is
performing at optimal condition, go to www.edbott.com and read his tips
regarding how to use Task Manager. If you really want to know if your
computer has problems, learn how to use Event Viewer.

Ken

Mitch Tulloch
07-09-2005, 11:24 PM
Hi Ken, I totally agree with this too. I just wanted to get some feedback
from people who feel they've found added value in some third party tool for
helping monitor the health of their home computers...

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Cheers,
Mitch Tulloch, MVP
=======================================
website: http://www.mtit.com
my blog: http://itreader.net <--check it out!

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"Ken Gardner" <KenGardner@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> "Rock" wrote:
>
>> > What do others use to check their PC's health? Anyone have any
>> > suggestions,
>> > especially freeware? :-)
>
>> Just the internal tools in XP.
>
> I second this response. XP already has everything anyone needs to keep it
> in top condition. Keep Windows XP up to date, including SP2 with default
> settings. Don't download or install suspect software, especially if it is
> "free." Always look for the "Designed for Windows XP" logo, and be very
> careful about installing any software that doesn't contain it. Don't
> click
> on popup ads. Run chkdsk, Disk Cleanup, and Disk Defragmentator at least
> weekly. Learn how to use Task Manager to monitor CPU and RAM usage.
> Learn
> how to use Event Viewer, and learn how to fix any errors it finds using
> its
> "Help and Support" feature, Google, or these newsgroups. Stay away -- far
> away -- from "tweaks" and system utility software, especially "utility
> suites" and - above all - memory managers.
>
> If you simply run XP the way Microsoft originally designed it to run, your
> OS will stay healthy. If you really want to know if your computer is
> performing at optimal condition, go to www.edbott.com and read his tips
> regarding how to use Task Manager. If you really want to know if your
> computer has problems, learn how to use Event Viewer.
>
> Ken

Seafarer
07-09-2005, 11:25 PM
On Wed, 11 May 2005 08:52:01 -0500, "Mitch Tulloch"
<info@REMOVE_THIS_mtit.com> wrote:

>Anyone have recommendations for third-party software that home users can use
>to check the health of their PCs?
>
>--
>Cheers,
>Mitch Tulloch, MVP
>=======================================
>website: http://www.mtit.com
>my blog: http://itreader.net <--check it out!
>
>***This message is provided "as is" with no warranties, and confers no
>rights***
>
>
>
What's this folder on my XP SP2 PRO then? it's marked as PC Health but
I don't know what it does.As my system is running fine I don't want to
open it and mess things up.

Bert Kinney
07-09-2005, 11:25 PM
Hi Seafarer,

Description of Windows XP System Information (Msinfo32.exe) Tool
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q308549/

System Information in Windows XP provides a new view of changes to
the computer. Rather than a separate history view for each category as
was shown in Windows 98, Windows XP enables you to view all changes to
the computer since a certain date, and time.

The history information is provided in the same three main categories
that were provided in the Standard view: Hardware Resources,
Components and Software Environment. History Information is provided
by WMI, and is stored in the Extensible Markup Language (XML) data
files located in Windows\PCHealth\HelpCtr\Datacoll.

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Regards,
Bert Kinney MS-MVP Shell/User
http://dts-l.org/

Seafarer wrote:
> What's this folder on my XP SP2 PRO then? it's marked as
> PC Health but I don't know what it does.As my system is
> running fine I don't want to open it and mess things up.

Seafarer
07-09-2005, 11:26 PM
On Fri, 13 May 2005 14:33:04 -0400, "Bert Kinney" <bert@NSmvps.org>
wrote:

>Hi Seafarer,
>
>Description of Windows XP System Information (Msinfo32.exe) Tool
>http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q308549/
>
> System Information in Windows XP provides a new view of changes to
>the computer. Rather than a separate history view for each category as
>was shown in Windows 98, Windows XP enables you to view all changes to
>the computer since a certain date, and time.
>
>The history information is provided in the same three main categories
>that were provided in the Standard view: Hardware Resources,
>Components and Software Environment. History Information is provided
>by WMI, and is stored in the Extensible Markup Language (XML) data
>files located in Windows\PCHealth\HelpCtr\Datacoll.
>
>--
>Regards,
>Bert Kinney MS-MVP Shell/User
>http://dts-l.org/
>
>Seafarer wrote:
>> What's this folder on my XP SP2 PRO then? it's marked as
>> PC Health but I don't know what it does.As my system is
>> running fine I don't want to open it and mess things up.
>
>
Many thanks I'll check it all out.Regards

thisisnotadisplayname
07-10-2005, 12:22 AM
Speedfan: http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php

monitors S.M.A.R.T. status and some other things i don't use.

Smartmontools: http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/

as above, butI only CLI no GU.

UBCD: http://ubcd.sourceforge.net/

Bootable cd image, containing a wide variety of free(ware) diagnostic
utilities.

"Mitch Tulloch" wrote:

> Anyone have recommendations for third-party software that home users can use
> to check the health of their PCs?
>
> --
> Cheers,
> Mitch Tulloch, MVP
> =======================================
> website: http://www.mtit.com
> my blog: http://itreader.net <--check it out!
>
> ***This message is provided "as is" with no warranties, and confers no
> rights***
>
>
>
>


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