Physically cleaning computer hardware, both as maintenance and post-accident

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Clean up installation after incomplete / interrupted setup

The setup of an arbitrary application was interrupted, and the name of it does not appear in the "Add or Remove Program" list. I've tried to use the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility from Microsoft ...
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Can I wash an old cherry keyboard in a dishwasher? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I put keyboards in the dishwasher? I found a mechanical cherry keyboard (That looks A LOT like the IBM Model M but isn't) but it is disgustingly filthy, all keys and ...
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Tips for cleaning touch screen

Is cleaning a touch screen LCD any different to cleaning normal LCD? Should one avoid using window cleaner solutions as well? Is distilled water and microfiber the only recommended method? Touch ...
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Windows Installer Cleanup Utility retired, alternative?

So the Windows\installer folder (and the WinSxS folder, but that's another story) is eating up quite a LOT of space on my hdd. Windows Installer Cleanup utility was the tool of the trade before, but ...
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Is it safe to delete the Windows logs folder?

Is it safe to delete the contents of the following Windows logs folder: C:\Windows\Logs (OS: Windows Vista) Directory of c:\Windows\Logs 10-02-2009 21:23 <DIR> . 10-02-2009 ...
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Cleaning a keyboard of oil?

How does one remove oil, lubricant, or the liquid from a snow globe from the plastic sheets (with conductive traces) of a keyboard? Originally, I didn't think that the liquid was conductive, or not ...
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How can I uninstall my Huawei modem on Mac?

I've installed many things trying to make this modem works, until I finally found something that should work on the official website. Now it isn't working, and I hope if I uninstall all other things ...
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How to get pasta sauce out of your keyboard [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to clean a keyboard Possible Duplicate: How can laptop keyboard keys be removed and replaced? I was eating lasagna and it spilled all over the keyboard. ...
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Clean my Windows 7 of software remains

does anybody know a tool which cleans windows 7 out of old folders which remained in C:\ after uninstalling a software. For example I removed VS 2005 years ago and still have some folders under ...
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what is a good utility to “clean” up my Mac? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Cleaning Up Mac OS X I recently read about MacKeeper, a utility to optimize, clean up, secure, etc..., your Mac. I think this is a cool idea but I don't want to pay for ...
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How to effectively clean a keyboard [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to clean a keyboard My keyboard used to look so clean and shiny (when I bought it). Now it looks dull, old, dusty. How do I clean between the buttons and is there a ...
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Windows Application Sandboxing or Virtualization

For a new development task, I will have to use Microsoft Windows (I haven't used Windows for several years). Normally, I run different applications in several virtual machines. With Windows this ...
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Is it safe to delete the Isolated Storage folders?

I've found a lot of files in this folder: C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\assembly These files seem to be used for Isolated Storage. Are they safe to delete? If so, how do I delete them? I do ...
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Clean Print Cartridge Heads

I have a HP printer and I remember that on Windows XP the drivers had a section to clean printer head cartridges. On Windows Vista, I don't have this option. Do you know any general software which ...
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What files and/or directories can be removed from a Windows XP install without breaking anything?

This is after installation (I haven't got the option of nLite or similar tools to slim the install disc). I'll be taking a hard disk image (using Norton Ghost running off a BartPE CD). To be exact, ...
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cleaning an inspiron 500 m [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you clean your laptop? I have been running my inspiron 500 m in a very dusty (plaster dust) environment. I would like to remove the bottom cover and clean the ...
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Useful Computer cleaning tools (Software) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Good software for cleaning the computer? At my work we have a lot of old computers. To clean them I usually use CCleaner and a regular defrag. But is this enough? What ...
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How do I clean my ThinkPad's keyboard and palm rest?

I have a Lenovo W500 and the keyboard and palm rest are getting dirty and shiny. Pedantic as I am, I'd like to clean it. I read that disassembling and removing those parts is easy. I couldn't find how ...
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Is there a HP DeskJet 5940 maintenance tool for Windows 7 x64?

According to HP, the printer is not yet supported on Windows 7, so this could well be the answer. The printer is supported by Microsoft's drivers, but as far as I can tell, this is just a basic driver ...
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Reimage PC: Myth or Fact to speeding up a slow PC?

I have a 4-5 year old PC running Windows XP for software development at work. It struggles to run all development tools I need at the same time. Management feels I need to reimage my computer to ...
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Fixing sticky keys without removing the keys?

we had an E-Machine netbook brought in today that has sticky keys. (don't ask me why we said we'd fix it) Well, I've looked at a few howtos for fixing it, but they all require removing the keys. When ...
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How to clean green gunk off case fans?

I just bought a used custom-built computer locally. In the process of checking the hardware, I notice that the case fans have accumulated a lot of green "gunk" and I've tried wetting the edge of a ...
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Asus z53 laptop overheating problem

I'm wondering if anyone encountered overheating of an Asus laptop? Especially the z53 model? Usually the right side of the laptop and vent in the upper corner is blowing hot air when under even ...
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Uninstalled programs cleaner

Generally, I'm looking for a recommendation for an uninstalled programs cleaner ? What is it ? You have a program, you uninstall it, and it leaves a bunch of crap on your machine, starting from ...
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can I delete the files in /windows/installer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it safe to delete from C:\Windows\Installer? Is the /windows/installer folder for files used during installation, and were not deleted for some reason? Can I delete ...
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Storing disassembled electronics

Background I had a recent spillage of coffee on my MacBook (aluminium Unibody late-2008 model). I immediately turned it off and left it to dry out for about 24 hours and all appears to be well, with ...
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Cleaning Canon's print head tips

Printer in question: Canon Pixma iP3300 ... a relatively low grade model printer (otherwise, I wouldn't be doing something like this), has a removable print head, and 4 cartridges that fit inside (C, ...
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Tips for cleaning sticky mouse buttons?

I have a filthy optical mouse. Its buttons are very sticky and I can barely right-click. Any suggestions for how to clean it?
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Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tips for getting latte or soda out of your keyboard? (Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard 4000) Spilled a glass of tea on my keyboard. The key does not work nor does the ...
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Cleaning iMac 24" (aluminium) with household products

The title is pretty self explanatory, how should I clean my iMac without having to break the bank with 'specialist' computer products.
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Clean Print Cartridge Heads - WHY?

I just saw this question: Clean Print Cartridge Heads Now, I just cannot help but wonder... Why would you ever need to do this? I remember having a HP deskjet printer in the past too, which could do ...
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What is a good tool to scrub MetaData from files? [closed]

I am curious if there is a good program that will remove MetaData from multiple document types? Some programs have a "prepare document" feature but it generally only applies to one file type or ...
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How to clean HP6715 laptop?

hp6715 series - I need to open it and clean it, and by the looks of it, it doesn't seem to be that simple of a job. I searched through hp's pages, but couldn't find any manual that describes the ...
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Sterilizing Computer Surfaces

I have an acquaintance who works at a school where there was a suspected case of swine flu and they had to sterilize all the surfaces in the school, including the computers in the computer lab. What ...
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Can I put keyboards in the dishwasher?

After a few years, keyboards develop a fine patina of what I refer to as "hand jam". I've heard that they can be safely cleaned in the dishwasher as long as you let them thoroughly dry out (like for ...
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Stop Vista creating GBs of error report files

I was using the Disk Cleanup for Vista and I noticed that I have over 20GB of queued or archived Windows Error Report files. I only have an 80GB boot drive so I really need that space. Since they are ...