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How do I get all the junk off my new computer?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Jumper, Jul 19, 2004.


  1. Jumper

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    Hi all!

    I just bought a new HP desktop from Circuit City (chain store here in Michigan and probably the midwest). It has all kinds of trial software stuff like AOL9.0, upgrade to this, upgrade to that, etc. I want get it off the computer to free up the RAM it eats up. But I'm not making much progress. Not all of the programs show up in add/remove programs section of the control panel. Any good advice?
     

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  2. NetNinja

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    If you are in the start programs section look for a particular software package and see if there is an uninstall program.

    If Not then you may be SOL. That is why I don't purchase Dept Store machines. Eveybody wants to sell you something.

    If you have the original install CD (which you probably don't) I would reinstall from scracth.
     

  3. David_G17

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    start -> settings -> control Panel -> add/remove programs

    or remove Microsoft all together and install Linux.
     
  4. Jumper

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    Thanks. I think...
     
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    caution: drastic measure. could require format if you delete the wrong files.
    press ctrl+alt+del and see what processes are running.

    if some look suspicious, search google to see what they are.

    start->run->regedit

    search for the file names.

    remove instances of those you are certain you don't need.
     
  6. ronin_asano

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    a simpler way to do the above:

    open regedit. choose search. type 'run' in the dialog. check keys, uncheck values and data.

    check 'match whole string only'

    run the search. delete offending programs from the list. this will keep them from starting at boot time.

    press f3 and repeat until you get the 'finished searching registry' message.

    always back up the machine first.
     
  7. Jumper

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    Thanks! That was what I was looking for. :)
     
  8. ronin_asano

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    glad to help.

    understand that does not uninstall those offending programs, but it will keep them from starting at boot time and sucking down system resources.
     
  9. SamBuca

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    Directly modifying the registry is extremely dangerous and can cripple your system. If you're asking how to stop these programs and/or remove them, then you're not experienced enough to touch the registry.

    Start -> Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs

    Remove the ones you don't want. Randomly wiping out searches in the registry is BAD.
     
  10. ronin_asano

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    he said some of them did not appear in add/remove. that's why i suggested clearing the run key, and the run key only.
     
  11. SamBuca

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    If this person feels skilled enough to mess around with startup programs, then why not have him run 'msconfig' and temporarily disable them to make sure they aren't necessary?
     
  12. ronin_asano

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    because msconfig is a plague.

    and i advised backing up the machine before screwing with the registry.
     
  13. SamBuca

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    You're not thinking like a regular person. How do you backup the registry? Where do you put it? How do you restore it? What happens if Windows doesn't load?

    The average person doesn't know what we know. Using 'msconfig' and just unchecking something for an easy restore can possibly save him a huge hassle.
     
  14. Hando

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    since you are talking about freeing RAM i am guessing you want to remove some services that run at startup.

    at least on win 2k it is: startup/control panel/administrative tools/ services.

    look for things that suggest that the service is associated with AOL (for example) and than disable it.

    good thing is you dont delete anything so you can go back in safe mode and reactivate it if something goes wrong.

    while i have done some modifications with regedit i wouldnt suggest it if you are not sure what you are doing.

    my $.02
     
  15. Hando

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    backing up the registry is more than easy. restoring it too. the only problem is that if you cant boot up windows, it is hard to restore it (i personaly dont know how to do it) and exporting the whole registry takes time and the file is quite big from my experience.
     
  16. ronin_asano

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    i said back up the machine, not just the registry. the windows help will tell a user how to use ntbackup.

    if windows doesn't load, you can use the recovery disk, then restore the backup.

    the average person shouldn't screw with msconfig either. what i suggested was a surgical pruning of a specific area of the registry. the run key rarely if ever contains any program that is vital and required for the machine to boot.
     
  17. HerrGlock

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    Turn computer off
    Insert Fedora Core 2 boot CD
    Follow instructions on screen
    reboot.

    You'll not have to worry about that junk on your computer.

    ;j

    Now, back to the actual help you've been getting

    DanH
     
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