Simple Breakdown of the Tool:
Stage 0: Prep
Checks out the environment in which REDACTED will be running, performs a few very basic housekeeping tasks to help REDACTED run smoothly, and gives you a possible path to resurrection should Something Bad happen.
Stage 1: Tempclean
Cleans out a buttload of cache files to free up space on your system.
Stage 2: De-bloat
Uninstalls a myriad of well-known and rarely-liked bloatware in order to free up space on your system and (often) give you a bit of a performance boost.
Stage 3: Disinfect
Runs multiple anti-malware utilities to seek and destroy most malware.
Stage 4: Repair
Checks and attempts to repair permissions issues, your operating system, and the basic structure of your hard drive.
Stage 5: Patch
Updates several very common third-party apps (if they’re already installed on your system), and installs any pending Windows updates.
Stage 6: Optimize
Resets your Windows page file and defragments your hard drive (automatically disabled if you’re running an SSD).
Stage 7: Wrap-up
Sends a job completion email (if configured to do so), saves a log of its activity, and reboots the system (if the flag was set at launch).
Stage 8: Custom Scripts
REDACTED will execute any custom batch scripts installed in the appropriate folder. See Executing 3rd-Party Custom Scripts for full details.
Stage 9: Manual Tools
These are additional tools that are included with REDACTED but aren’t actually run automatically with REDACTED because they don’t support command line use, can’t be automated, and/or are only useful in very specific circumstances.
The tool is broken down into ten (10) distinct stages.
A full execution will go through Stages 0-8, but individual stages can be run by themselves if you wish. (For example, you can choose to run only Stage 3 and nothing else.)
I’ve included a full breakdown of the tool’s actions for any given stage alongside the download link below.
Tron (AKA TronScript)
Source Code: https://github.com/bmrf/tron
Always make sure you’re getting the latest version from the subreddit. The link I included is the latest as of 4/28/2021.
It’s a collection of scripts, and they’re all open source.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a clean install, nothing beats that “Fresh Windows” feeling, but if that’s not an option, this should be your next choice.
Not many people talk about it, and I think people on this site, of all places, could use it.