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Direct X: Safe Removal?


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#1 alpad

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Posted 01 August 2007 - 01:18 AM

Okay... I am about half way through the Tweakguide ... amazing stuff... informative, yet provoking some questions too.

Right now I am trying to clean up my C: (which has only 19% free space) transferring some content to E: (at about 84% free right now) I have over the past 2 years without much guidance gotten frustrated and deleted directly from C: as well as from the control panel -- add/delete programs.

(Sorry I don't seem to be able to say this proficiently.)

Well, right now I have found about 31 blue 2 drawer icons for Direct X files on my C: (titles are very similar to these and vary from dxdllry_x86 to April 2006_MDX1_x86_Archive to April 2005_d3dx9_25x64.)

I believe they are 'DirectX' and I don't believe I use or need DirectX, but before I move all 31 to the recycle bin, I want to confirm if this is the way to go about this. I couldn't find anything here about Direct X, but on another site I read that it is very hard to delete DirectX.

Earlier I was trying to uninstall a bunchof games ... which are not used on my computer and at one point I couldn't get the add/delete programs icon to open anymore... so I abandoned the issue.

I moved a bunch of pictures around today and now I have a lot of fragmented files, but I am only about half way finished with it .. moving the pics from C: to E: ... I wanted to move the entire program from C: to E: but I couldn't figure out how to do it. I thought about installing the program again and hoping for a chance to designate E: but I didn't try.

Well, I have like 19 G between C: and E:, C: being larger, of course.

I had Win 98 upgraded to XP .. can I delete the old files for 98? This is always offered as a part of the checkdisk cleanup...

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Posted 01 August 2007 - 06:29 AM

If you've still got the original 98 media (you'll need it if your XP is an upgrade version) you can safely delete the old Win98 stuff.

I haven't tried this program for eradicating DirectX, but you may want to give it a shot: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Secu...radicator.shtml
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Posted 01 August 2007 - 09:02 AM

When I go to add/ remove programs, it only lists XP and does not say it is an upgrade .. . is there somewhere else I can confirm that it is/ is not an upgrade?

If it is an upgrade, what would I have to leave in place beside the 98 installation files? setup temp files (670 KB), backupfiles (127,922K)?

Another quick ? what is the relationship of a program listed in the START menu and on add/remove programs? Shouldn't anything listed in the program list be in the add/ remove programs listing?

Thanks so much for your help.

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 05:41 AM

You don't have to leave the files in place unless you don't have the original installation media (Windows 98 disks)
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Posted 02 August 2007 - 12:48 PM

I do not have any disks. I bought my computer cheap from it's 2nd owner... who couldn't find them. 2 years ago it was worked on the husband of an acquaintance of a friend. If he wouldn't have been able to get it going -- it was destined for a recycling bin.

This is what I am looking at:

When I run the desk clean-up utility these come up:

Win 98*alpad installation files at 642,821 KB
Win 98 setup temp. files at 670 KB
Back up files for previous OS (Win 98) at 127,922 KB


As for DirectX, I created a folder and put all 21 icons in it -- tired of seeing all that. Seems like removing it might create an obsessive mission.

I think I am just going give up on the idea of cleaning up my hard drive for now and just buy a bunch of jumpdrives and use them for storage.

My system defrags with 17% free space ... for now, I gotta be happy with that. I have run out of time to do anything else.

Thanks so much




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