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    Okay I have this here computer,I didn't buy it someone else did.It came with all kinds of software and programs on it I never use.It claims that only 18.2% of my avalible disk space has been used,but I don't believe that.My question is,can I clean everything off my hard drive to the point that all I have are the few programs I want?And if that is possible or feasible how would I go about it?
    I just need one more tool,just one!

  • #2
    If you're running Windows (any version) go to start>settings>control panel>add/remove programs and uninstall each program one by one. Don't just delete the folder or the program cuz the windows registry needs to do it right or you'll mess it all up. As an aside...when you remove a program and get a message that tells you a file may be used by another program and do you want to delete it, ALWAYS answer "no to all". It won't hurt to leave a program segment in place, but it can be a real bitch if you take out something that another program might use. Then THAT program won't work properly either. If that program happens to be Windows you're screwed....have to re-install Windows from original disk.

    To really do a proper job of it, I reformat the hard drive and re-install Windows from scratch, along with all sound, video, LAN, and modem drivers. Then install only the programs you want.

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    • #3
      You can use the Windows control panel to add and remove most programs. Find it, and remove the programs you don't want.

      That said, with today's large hard disks, it's quite likely that you are only using 18.2% It's likely you don't need more space. However, if slow response is the issue, you can take programs out of the start menu, defragment the disk, etc. What's the problem you want to solve?

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      • #4
        Make sure you run scandisk and then defrag after you follow the procedure outlined above. Do not delete anything you do not know exactly what it is or does! And whatever you do, DO NOT COMPRESS ANY FILES - EVER!

        If you have the Windows setup disks and the book or certificate of authenticity (it has a loooong serial number on it) you can reformat and reinstall. if you choose this route makes sure you write down all your computers settings (network,ip, modem, etc) and get the current drivers for your hardware on disk before proceeding.

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        • #5
          If you still have over 80% of teh drive left, why not just leave the programs there. You might not use them today, but you might need them one day. Think of it as extra tooling in a shop that seems to have plenty of extra space (wouldn't that be nice?)..

          John

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          Pursue Excellence and the rest will follow.
          Pursue Excellence and the rest will follow.

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          • #6
            If you decide to remove the programs, the advice above is the way to go. If it was me, I would leave them on but do not have them start automaticly. Just being on the hard drive should not slow or hurt anything. With Window 98 you can check or uncheck the programs you want to start each time the machine starts. Go to Start/Run/type in "msconfig"(OK)/choose SETUP tab and uncheck all you do not want to run. Someone else would have the 'how to' for the other Window versions. Hope this helps. Gerry

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            • #7
              What they said.
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              • #8
                Not knowing what programs are on there, I can't say whether they will ever cause you any grief, but most likely they won't. If there are a lot of files that have been created using the programs, like text, or pictures, they can be deleted without causing any problems at all, except those files can no longer be viewed once they're gone. If that is just someone else's stuff that's of no value to you, good riddance. In many cases, the files take up more space than the program itself, so if drive space is the issue, just delete the folder those useless files are in, and get some space back. A huge number of text files will not really take up much space, but pictures will, especially if they are BMP's (.bmp) or files that have been created using a program like Corel. Video clips and movies take up lots of space. All files like this can just be deleted, delete the folder they are in if there's nothing in the folder you want to keep. As others have said, if you really want to get rid of the program(s), then use the uninstal feature that came with the program, and if there isn't one, go to add-remove programs in control panel and do it that way. After you're done cleaning up, run the defrag program, then it's a good idea to shut down, wait 30 secs or so, and restart. If windows doesn't report any problems, you're good to go.
                I seldom do anything within the scope of logical reason and calculated cost/benefit, etc- I'm following my passion-

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                • #9
                  Music files were on one machine I ended up with. Eat up large amounts of hard drive.

                  You never really know what you might need next week. I got a free text engraving program that uses Windows Font's.. On one machine I had them all, on the other just two. Shame to delete something you might need later.

                  David.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks all,I just learned about defragging today,first Thrud,Then guy at work told me,did it and it did help.

                    The problems I have been having are that explorer is contiuningly being corrupted by something hidden in a file somewhere,Norton,Adaware,Spybot none have found anything and since there are lots of things like MS money that I never use why not cut down on excess bagage?

                    Anyway I have reinstalled Explorer twice and I have to run auto repair on it three times a month on average,I also keep getting an MSHTML.DLL."has caused an error" message thats when everything goes to crap.
                    I just need one more tool,just one!

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                    • #11
                      Sounds like what you really need is a reinstall of the operating system, which Explorer is an integral part of.

                      John

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                      Pursue Excellence and the rest will follow.
                      Pursue Excellence and the rest will follow.

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                      • #12
                        Ya,did just that about four times now,no luck.
                        I just need one more tool,just one!

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                        • #13
                          WS

                          Make sure you go to the windows update site and update your windows - there are numerous security problems and fixes. keep doing it until there are no more fixes then do it once per week. If you are useing norton securities make sure you udate that at least weekly as well - same with anti-virus software.

                          One free anti-Active-x program you can get is SpywareBlaster from www.javacool.com download it and then check for updates. then <select all> and <immunize> this will protect you computer form lots of crap.

                          If you are running XP also download xp-AntiSpy - this is the only way you can get rid of Microsoft Messenger completely along with some other MS spyware. It is also free - seach for it on the web.

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                          • #14
                            WS, if I am understanding it, you have formatted the drive, then reinstalled windoze, more than once now, and still the problem. What version are you installing? Next time you reinstall, format 'unconditionaly'. I'm told this will erase the drive back to new, whereas the regular format won't. I'll leave it to the computer literate among us to say how to do this, but I believe it's a simple addition to the command to format, adding _u, I think. I'd love to hear from someone who knows about this.
                            Did you download and instal the update for your version of windows?
                            Beyond that, there may be a problem with the bios on the motherboard, possibly a bios update is in order, and it may even be that the cmos battery is going bad. Only other thing I can think of is that IE may need to be updated, download the latest available patch for your version, whatever is still available.
                            I seldom do anything within the scope of logical reason and calculated cost/benefit, etc- I'm following my passion-

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                            • #15
                              Last 2 times my computer acted strangely, I had to replace the MB to fix it. The errors were not consistent though.
                              You could always try another browser, like Netscape.
                              If you have the disks for all the software you need, then reformat your HDD and reinstall everything. There's nothing like a clean install.
                              Location: North Central Texas

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