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#1 CHansohn

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 04:34 PM

I have had windows 7 installed on my computer for almost a year and I have installed and uninstalled a lot of software. as a result the Program files folder has become cluttered with old files and folders to software no longer installed on my computer. is there an easy way to clean all that up other then reinstalling the entire Operating System? I still have a lot of software on there that would take forever to reinstall it.

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 06:32 PM

Well, the best thing you can do when uninstalling software is to use Revo Uninstaller. It scans the hard drive and registry for leftover files and entries (some programs don't clean up after themselves, as you have also shown). I always use it when uninstalling software, with excellent results. :huh:

But, since you've already uninstalled these programs and are simply left with the clutter left behind, there are a few options:

Option 1: Clean install of Windows 7. I know you said you don't want to do this, but it is an option, nonetheless.

Option 2: Reinstall all those old programs, then uninstall them using Revo. I know it seems counter intuitive to do this, but the thing is, Revo can't see those program leftovers right now. Once the programs have been uninstalled, their entries as installed programs are gone, and you're just left with the leftovers. Revo was made to remove the leftovers immediately following uninstallation (everything is done through Revo, so it keeps track of what's going on). So, theoretically, if you reinstalled those programs, Revo would be able to fully remove them this time.

Option 3: Search out the clutter manually and delete what you find.

That's about it, as far as my knowledge goes.

The biggest problem with program leftovers are security programs (firewall, antivirus, etc...). For example, if you don't use the Norton Removal Tool, Norton will leave parts of the program all over your computer when you uninstall it. This can come back later to haunt you (I've seen it happen many times). There isn't really a danger/risk with other common programs like video players, word processors, games, etc...besides the obvious loss of hard drive space.
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#3 CHansohn

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 03:12 PM

Yea I have my computer auto defrag once a week when I'm at work. and my dad gave me a program called uninstall master. to bad there isn't an easy way to remove those folders. oh well I'll probably reinstall the OS when I have a week to burn.

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 08:42 PM

No program can uninstall a program that has been removed part way; because it can't find it. I always use REVO first. It removes the program just like Add/Remove would and then goes deeper and cleans the left overs. The options that keyboardNinja has posted is the only way I know of that will keep things clean. M/S has a program that says it will clean up left overs but it has never worked for me on programs that arn't M/S programs.

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Posted 05 May 2010 - 06:54 AM

hi,,, as stated you can remove them manually from program files and the registry,,,,, if you do remove stuff in the reg then i would back up the registry first just in case,,, if your not happy with editing the reg then leave it alone,,, here's a link with the edit info
http://www.ehow.com/how_6216751_uninstall-...gram-files.html
good luck.
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