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A question for my dad, I swear. :)

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by ysr_racer, Nov 11, 2004.

  1. So my dad bought a new E Machines PC. Before he even hooked up to the internet he wanted to remove AOL & MSN (he's gone thru those nightmares before).

    Instead of just going to the control panel and add / remove software he just searched on AOL and deleted everything that came up. Then he did the same thing with MSN.

    When he went to restart his PC he got a popup message that said something about Windows files had been changed, it might affect the stability of Windows and to insert his SP1 disk.

    He canceled the message and restarted his PC. It seems to be working fine.

    Did he do any damage?
     

  2. pfrigm

    pfrigm

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    I'll second that. Yes he did. Boot from the restore disk (I think E Machine includes one), restore to factory... reboot the machine and uninstall the RIGHT way. Never just delete files from a Windows machine unless you want a lot of grief.
     
  3. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

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    Yep. That approach leaves far too many hanging references to AOHell and M$N in the registry, ect.

    I remove their folders and assorted dross AFTER I remove them in the CP, but not before.
     
  4. Thanks for the info. Will the restore disk have AOL & MSN on it?
     
  5. lomfs24

    lomfs24

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    More than likely.