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Uninstalling Programs In Windows 2000 Pro


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#1 madec68

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Posted 30 September 2008 - 10:36 AM

My computer is running windows 2000 pro, how can I go about cleaning up unnessisary files and programs. I've uninstalled some unused programs, but some things have to be manually removed. Any helpful ideas?

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Posted 01 October 2008 - 08:00 AM

Most of the general guides for windows xp apply to W2K

Xp is just a continuation of W2k with plug and play implemented and a firewall added and a lot of useless eye and ear candy added

What's critical is having sp4 and the rollup installed and being behind a good nat/hardware firewall from the beginning
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Posted 06 October 2008 - 05:58 PM

Yup, there are a lot of similarities between Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
One tool built into Windows 2K Pro is Disk Cleanup. Start, Programs, Accessories, and either under there are System Tools is Disk Cleanup, which you can use to clean up unnecessary files. It's perfectly safe.

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 02:43 PM

First uninstall things from Windows' Add-Remove Programs utility.

Then goto C:\Program Files and see if any uninstalled program has left behind some folder etc. You can safely move it to a backup location, wait for 2 weeks and then delete it. You should not delete it right-away because it may be needed, in that case you can restore it. Be extra careful and dont over-do it.

After this you can use free CCleaner tool to clean garbage files and garbage in your registry.

http://www.ccleaner.com/

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 07:46 PM

Beware, though, as registry cleaners are extremely powerful tools and can render your OS useless. Registry cleaners, in general, are not recommended anyways because they do not speed up your computer at all and cause more harm than good.
Two places on registry cleaners:
http://www.windowsbbs.com/showthread.php?t=61015
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/166645/is-there-any-good-registry-cleaner-freeware/

Edited by trashcan7, 07 October 2008 - 08:44 PM.


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Posted 12 October 2008 - 05:27 PM

If you are running out of disk space, then you need to move the large files such as music and video files to another medium or delete them.

What programs are you having trouble with removing thru the Add/Remove program? Some can be difficult and each would have their specific problem or a special tool may be needed. You can do a search for removal instructions or post back here.

Are you having any problems with the computer?

Ccleaner is a good program for cleaning up temporary files, logs, cookies, etc. During install you will be offered the Yahoo Toolbar. UNcheck if NOT wanted. http://www.ccleaner.com/
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