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Unix / Linux has always had documentation built-in from day 1, it always has. In fact its a requirement of adding any new feature. Just type "man" (short for manual) in a Terminal window and it's all there.

Windows does not do documentation, that's for techies, not us average users. How can they possibly make money if they tell you how to get around problems you encounter.
There are tonnes of windows documentation available online, some of it good but some of it less so, but making sense of some of it is a challenge.

Microsoft knowledgebase articles are usually good and reliable, but not always written in a user friendly manner. Unfortunately any Google search will trawl up dozens of miracle apps that are claimed to make your machine faster, but usually do no such thing.

Reverting to the OP's original question, one point that I don't think has been discussed is antivirus. In my experience many of the consumer-focused AV and security apps will slow any machine to a crawl while providing little worthwhile protection. Many such apps come bundled with new machines sold by the big emporiums as an added value bundle.

It is sometimes possible to exclude certain files from scanning, but this is a bit of a faff. In my experience Kaspersky uses very little in the way of system resources but is effective. Windows own security app also has a light touch and does a perfectly adequate job for most people.
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Re: Clearing RAM app.............

There is indeed a ton of information on Windows online, but I've yet to find a simple summary of the many tools available in the OS. It's worse than reading Ts&Cs! Searching the web for a particular problem invariably results in a load of forum threads (not like this one!) with conflicting advice from armchair experts but little reliable knowledge.

I tried searching settings to find how to change log file settings, OM, but it reported "no results". I don't even know where the log file is stored I'm afraid.

I've read a bit about CCleaner but I'm not clear whether it always clears browser history and cookies or whether that can be selective. My browser history is valuable as I have a lousy memory . It's quicker than searching my bookmarks!

The man command in Linux is useful provided you know what command you need; I could never invent "grep" in a thousand years .
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The man command in Linux is useful provided you know what command you need; I could never invent "grep" in a thousand years .
'apropos' is your friend here. eg <apropos search> brings up all the commands for searching (but you probably knew this).

'grep' is a handy command, but 'sed' (the stream editor) takes the award for immense power (and opaqueness), though if I could chose only one program on any machine, it would have to be 'emacs' (not 'vi')!

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I've only dabbled in Raspbian (the linux variant used on the Raspberry Pi computers) and it is very powerful, but also very arcane! I've built a network music system using two RPis, one as a server and a second as the music player. This involved a fair amount of system commands gleaned from web sites that invariably have misprunts and bugs in their code examples, but I got there in the end. Having said that I haven't a clue what much of the resulting code actually means but it does work. Mostly . I hadn't come across "apropos" or "sed" though Jim .

I did learn one thing though - it's far, far easier to get two RPis to talk to each other over my home network than two Windows machines, let alone a Windows machine and an RPi. Samba, anyone? .
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Don't look at 'sed' Otto, it'll frighten you and make your hair stand on end!

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Have another look at my profile pic Jim - that was a few years ago too

Actually many years ago I worked on a Unix-based system that used something like sed, adapted for the specialised tasks for which we needed it. It used text macros if I remember rightly.
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... another thing that can slow down Windows is its habit of logging system events. The problem is that when the log file reaches its set size it removes one entry (the oldest) to write the newest and this takes a long time. You can change the settings to clear the log file or start a new one.
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Its all handled by the Event Viewer.
Control panel -> Administrative Tools -> Event Viewer (on Windows 8.1)



Click on "Event Viewer (Local)" and you will see the screen above. Anything at its maximum side (eg 20MB/20MB) may be slowing the system down.

Select the event log in the left hand pane (eg: Application)



and scroll down the list of events looking at the date and time. If there are lots from the last few hours then you can improve performance by switching from "overwrite (oldest first)" to "archive when full" (which starts a new file). You can change the storage method by right clicking on the event log name (eg Application) and choosing "properties". If there only a few entries per hour then there is no need to change anything. (I made the change for the screenshot to show the difference as my machine is fine but I have had to do this on other machines in the family).
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Re: Clearing RAM app.............

Thanks OM. In Windows 10 "Windows Administrative Tools" is accessible from the Start Menu and "Event Viewer" is among the drop-down entries. I have thousands of events logged, mostly under Applications (9,203) and Security (28,531)! I'm tempted just to clear the whole lot and start again - is that safe? This machine is probably 7 or 8 years old.
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Thanks OM. In Windows 10 "Windows Administrative Tools" is accessible from the Start Menu and "Event Viewer" is among the drop-down entries. I have thousands of events logged, mostly under Applications (9,203) and Security (28,531)! I'm tempted just to clear the whole lot and start again - is that safe? This machine is probably 7 or 8 years old.
CCleaner can be set to clean all those files whenever you run it.

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Thanks OM. In Windows 10 "Windows Administrative Tools" is accessible from the Start Menu and "Event Viewer" is among the drop-down entries. I have thousands of events logged, mostly under Applications (9,203) and Security (28,531)! I'm tempted just to clear the whole lot and start again - is that safe? This machine is probably 7 or 8 years old.
I don't see why not. You could leave the most recent entries if you prefer.

Do you still have the original Windows 7 or 8.x installation on your hard drive? If so there is no reason why it shouldn't be removed.

I like to run Disk Cleanup regularly. (From File Explorer right click on C:\ drive then Properties, Disk Cleanup). If you then go on to Cleanup System Files it will identify a lot of junk that can be safely removed.
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