Mailbag – October 3rd 2010

How to delete windows.old folder?

People have been asking me, how can I delete the Windows.old folder in my C: drive after upgrading Windows?

A lot of people try and just right click and delete but this will only present you with aces denied issues. Well the best way to delete this folder is to use Disk Clean-up Tool by doing the following:

1. Start/All Programs/Accessories/System Tools/Disc Cleanup

2. When the dialog box comes up, select the drive that has the .old files on it and click OK

3. The system then scans for the files to be cleaned up and another dialog box opens with the selection.  Click on the button labelled Clean up system files at the bottom of that dialog box.

4. Another dialog box will come up, select the drive again that has the .old files on it.  The system will perform another scan for the system files that need to be cleaned up.

5. After scanning, another dialog box opens up and there you will find a list of check boxes.  Scroll through and check on the box labelled older versions of Windows and click OK.

Disk Cleanup

It will take about 10 – 20 minutes dependent on how big the folder is, but essentially that’s all you have to do.

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The Best Windows Media Center Tweak Ever?

I stumbled across this registry tweak today for improving the TV playback quality. I’m definitely going to give this a try to see what difference it makes? Source here.

“Edit the Registry and change the DefAvgBitRate value to a much higher value than is currently in the system. By default its set to 20000000. I set it to 80000000 and the quality improvement was astonishing! Even my wife noticed!

Where is this key?

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Media Center/Service/Video/Tuners/DVR

Why does this work so well? Simple. What you are doing here is changing the default bitrate that Media Center will record television shows at. Every time you watch television, you are watching recorded TV.”
Update: I made the registry change but I’m not sure I noticed a difference in the TV playback quality? Let me know what you think about this ?
The Best Windows Media Center Tweak Ever?
I stumbled across this registry tweak today for improving the TV playback quality. I’m definitely going to give this a try to see what difference it makes? Source here.

“Edit the Registry and change the DefAvgBitRate value to a much higher value than is currently in the system. By default its set to 20000000. I set it to 80000000 and the quality improvement was astonishing! Even my wife noticed!

Where is this key?

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Media Center/Service/Video/Tuners/DVR

Why does this work so well? Simple. What you are doing here is changing the default bitrate that Media Center will record television shows at. Every time you watch television, you are watching recorded TV.”
Update: I made the registry change but I’m not sure I noticed a difference in the TV playback quality? Let me know what you think about this ?