This mode runs each item that is checked, in that order.
Some items execute fully automated when in D7 Auto mode, while they do not if run individually. Read about these items below.
Beside the D7 Auto Mode Start button, in the current theme's highlighted text (usually light blue) you'll see several options that also utilize the check box configuration you have on this tab. Like Select All and Select None, the Save Config and Load Defaults options apply only to the check box configuration on this tab.
- Clear All Event Logs - This attempts to clear all Windows event logs and will back them up automatically to \Support.
- Generate Reports - This will generate all pre-configured reports you have selected.
- Time Zone Check - This checks the Windows time zone setting and corrects it if inaccurate (according to your setting in D7 config). Note this cannot be done programmatically on Windows Vista and it will just alert you, however on XP and 7 it can automatically be corrected. See the Behavior section of this manual for details on configuration for your specific time zone, which is available in D7 > D7 Config.
- Internet Time Sync - This option attempts to sync your PC clock with time.nist.gov (or another NTP provider you specify in D7 config.)
These items are not fully automated, and will require some user interaction when in D7 Auto Mode.
- Check Desktop and Start Menu Shortcuts - D7 initiates a quick check of your desktop and start menu to see if there are any broken shortcuts - Note this isn’t always accurate, and produces some false positives with some network shares/drives and also on 64bit operating systems.
- Check for Orphan Dirs in Program Files - Scans the Windows installer registry keys and your %programfiles% directory and reports everything in %programfiles% that does not have an installer entry associated with it. When results are displayed, it can also scan that directory to see if any EXEs or DLLs exist inside.
- Reset IE to Defaults - This option brings up the IE Reset dialog, allowing you to reset all settings to defaults.
- MS FixIt - IE8 Performance - This is a FixIt from Microsoft that is supposed to maximize performance in IE8. I personally believe it just resets most settings to defaults and gives you the option to disable 3rd party add-ons.
- Auto Uninstall - This option launches the uninstall mechanism for your pre-configured apps in the Auto Uninstall definitions list, utilizing the SILENT uninstall option when available. Useful for removing a lot of toolbars and other unwanted apps that you see on many systems. Click the Auto Uninstall label to configure and add/remove apps to your Auto Uninstall lists.
These items are fully automated, and require no user interaction when in D7 Auto Mode.
- Delete Temp Files - This deletes temp files (the %temp% directory) for ALL user accounts, and in %windir%\temp
- Temp Internet Files - Deletes temporary internet files for ALL user accounts, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome temp files.
- Delete IE Cookies - Deletes Internet Explorer Cookies for ALL user accounts.
- Delete IE History - Deletes Internet Explorer History for ALL user accounts.
- Delete $NTUninst Dirs - This function deletes $NTUninstallxxxxx and $NTServicePackUninstall$ directories in %windir% to free up disk space. WARNING: After using this item, you will no longer be able to uninstall Windows updates/service packs!
- Purge System Restore -
- On Vista/7, purges all System Restore Points.
- On Windows XP. I leave the last three restore points (REGISTRY HIVES ONLY, files are still deleted from all restore points!) to give you something to work with incase you need to restore a registry backup for some reason.
- Delete All IE Toolbars - Deletes the registry keys responsible for loading IE toolbars.
- Delete All IE BHOs - Deletes the registry keys responsible for loading IE BHOs.
- Prefetch Options (XP) - For Windows XP, this allows you to configure prefetch options when run individually. In Auto Mode, it automatically applies your pre-configured options from the last run. On Vista/7 this option is ignored.
- Empty Recycle Bin - Does what it says!
- CleanMgr - Runs Windows own cleanmgr.exe, but fully automated, preconfiguring it to cleanup everything except MS Office files, Memory Dumps, and disabling compression of old files.
- Defrag Startup Items - D7 scans your startup locations and registry for programs that automatically start with Windows, and defrags them one at a time using Sysinternals contig.exe!
- Defrag Paging File & Reg on Reboot (XP) - Utilizes Sysinternals pagedfrg.exe to defrag the paging file, hibernation file, and registry hive files on reboot (as these items cannot be defragged while Windows is currently running.)
- Process Idle Tasks - Windows internal Prefetch & Defrag, etc. tasks that Windows normally performs automatically every 3 days while the system is idle. This is the equivalent of running rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks from a command prompt.
This section covers all the custom applications you can use as part of D7 Auto on the maintenance tab.
- Custom App x - These are configurable with your own apps, via D7 > D7 Config > Custom Stuff or by clicking on the label.
- System Restore Point - Creates a Windows System Restore Point automatically, after maintenance has completed.
Removed Items - Items were moved to a different area of D7:
- Install UPHClean - Installs UPHClean from your 3rd Party Tools directory. (MOVED TO CUSTOMIZE/INSTALL PAGE)
- When clicked manually, it launches an D7 interface allowing you to install, AND CONFIGURE the features of UPHClean. Normally configuration of UPHClean is entirely a manual registry editing effort - no more!
- When checked as part of D7 Auto, it merely installs UPHClean silently, if it is not already present on the system.