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#1 Omato3


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Posted 07 January 2008 - 11:58 PM

Okay, I have a windows XP Dell Dimensions DIM2400 Home Edition. Version 2002, Service Pack 2

Question 1. How do I find out if I am the Administrator? Would I be able to find it on my comptuer and if I am the admin. but forgot under what name I used, how can locate it?

Question 2. When I received my computer a few years ago, it came with Music match for windows media and Music Match Jukebox. Do I need those or can I delete them from the add/remove programs?

Question 3. On the local disk, there is a folder called 1386. There are a bunch of files and what not in there and some of these files are compressed files. Can I delete these compressed files? I am low on disk space and it keeps telling me to free space on the drive by deleting old or unnecssary files, click here. I click it and it brings up my disk cleanup. I've run it several times, but it hasn't made a difference.
The compressed files start with a bunch of numbers like 3EC317800etc etc. with a date modified in Nov. 2004. All of these compressed files are dated in Nov. 2004.

Edited by Omato3, 08 January 2008 - 12:34 AM.

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 12:40 AM

Hi Omato3,

1. I'm working in Vista Home Premium now, but for the user account info, I think this should work on XP, as well.

Go into your Control Panel, double-click on User Accounts, go to Manage another account. In Vista, it then lists all user accounts, including their types.

2. You should be able to uninstall those programs without any ill effects. My recollection is that I uninstalled them when I first got XP a number of years ago. I'd suggest that if you're asked during the process if you want to remove any shared files that you say no. In other words, elect to keep any shared files.

Hope this helps. :thumbsup:

ETA: Oops. You added question 3 while I was writing this post. Sorry, but I can't help you with that one.

Edited by Dialer, 08 January 2008 - 12:42 AM.

#3 usasma


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Posted 08 January 2008 - 07:54 AM

If you are the Administrator (and haven't renamed the account) your account name will be Administrator. If you have an administrator account, you'll be able to tell by using Dialer's advice.

If you don't use the Music Match stuff it's safe to uninstall.

As for the i386 folder - that contains copies of the operating system files. If you ever need to restore your system, it'll likely look there for the files to restore from. If you have a complete set of Dell Restore disks (Operating System, Applications, Drivers, and other disks) then it should be safe to remove that folder. But that will remove the ability to recover by activating the recovery option in the boot menu - so you'll have to use another way to recover the system.

If you don't have the complete set of recovery CD's, then don't delete that folder. You may want to check with Dell about the cost of a set of recovery CD's.

External USB hard drives are becoming fairly inexpensive these days and using one for your data may be a way to free up extra disk space. It'll also provide a place to backup your data in case of a system failure.
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