Monday, June 21, 2010

Cafe World Tip 19: Cafe Slow - Updated: Windows Registry

G'day to all the chefs.
This is going to be a much shorter entry about Cafe World - and the 3rd (at least) posting I have made about the Cafe running very slowly. 
First off, a recap on my other tips to speed up your computer and what might help:
1.  Defrag
2. Clear the Cache (frequently)
3. CHKDSK (check the disk)
4.  Reboot.
None of that worked today.  My cafe was running SO slowly, it was almost torturous.  I have competition in having a lot of neighbors and I want to keep ahead of all of them, having my cafe running so freakin' slow that I really can't play the game.
So, I tried restoring the registry to an earlier point a few days ago.  It worked magnificently - but didn't last.  Today, I did it again.  After doing all the rest of that stuff listed above, this was like a miracle.  My cafe was running at normal (awesome) speeds again!!
The following is how to do the operation - this is for Windows only, copied and pasted right off of Microsoft Support site (very easy to do, not time consuming, yes the computer will reboot, but definitely worth the effort if you are having problems and have tried everything else):
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Manual steps to restore the registry in Windows XP


Use System Restore to undo registry changes in in Windows XP

Click Start, click Run, type %SystemRoot%\System32\Restore\Rstrui.exe, and then click OK.

On the Welcome to System Restore page, click Restore my computer to an earlier time (if it is not already selected), and then click Next .

On the Select a Restore Point page, click the system checkpoint. In the On this list select the restore point area, click an entry that is named "Guided Help (Registry Backup)," and then click Next. If a System Restore message appears that lists configuration changes that System Restore will make, click OK.

On the Confirm Restore Point Selection page, click Next. System Restore restores the previous Windows XP configuration and then restarts the computer.

Log on to the computer. When the System Restore confirmation page appears, click OK..
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The question, of course, is - WHAT date to restore it to?  I went to the furthest date back that was available - and will do that everytime now.  Yes, I will restore the thing as often as I need to, it only takes a few minutes and makes the game SO much funner to play!
I have also considered reinstalling Windows and then creating a restore point right there, at the installation date.  This would renew registry to pristine conditions.  For now, I am not going to do that - the results of restoring the registry have been so freakin' wonderful, I don't need to do that. 

I have seen all over the internet sites that want you to pay them for their software to clean up the registry for you - why bother?  Just do it yourself, restore!!

Monday

It was a strange (or more like: miraculous)  thing to wake up this morning and find absolutely NO kids in the house whatsoever.  The female tenant had her bedroom door open.  Dunno about you, but I find that to be very odd behavior at best.  Another female tenant used to leave her bedroom door open as well - and that turned into a very BAD situation.  The only thing I can say is that if a person complains about noise while leaving their bedroom door open, perhaps it's time to go find a new place to live. 

Whatever.  Tenant issues - as long as I have tenants, there will be issues.  The ex-Marine is leaving (stated anyway) at the end of next month.  Still no word on whether the Army reservist is coming back or not (however, she continues to have her mail sent to my house, I assume she is coming considering she also has a tax refund check sitting there waiting for her).  If she does not show, I'm returning all of that mail - a rather large stack of it - to sender. 

Regardless of tenants, the kid situation started to get way out of line.  School's out, apparently my house was going to be the local kid hangout.  Although that doesn't bother me, the noise levels DID.  I went out once last night and informed them if the noise levels did not die down considerably, all electronics would be shut off and they would all be leaving, my son would be going to his bedroom, thanks for playing, have a great day.

THAT shut them up.  They know that not only will I do it, I will LEAVE it that way for several days. 

Whatever. I slept very well last night - first time in quite a while - meaning I'm even more tired this morning.  That should pass as the day moves on and I get to working, which starts in just a few minutes. 

Oh, I did smoke a cigar and eat my wonderful steak with mushrooms, pearl onions and tomatoes slathered in balsamic vinegar with spices thrown in. I did marinate the steak in a mixture of the vinegar with beer and other things to soften it up a little.  Absolutely delicious if I do say so myself, and yes, I do say so, lol.

G'day.

ben

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