Posted 08 May 2010 - 01:44 AM
I have an eMachines ET 1810-03R; Intel PDC E2210, 3GB; 320GB HD; DVD-RW; 6USB; with Windows 7 Premium Home Version, with a 60-day Norton Internet Security 2009, with Norton online backup pre-installed. Also pre-installed were Adobe version 9 , Windows Office, Excel, Power Point, the numerous other free trial versions, ebay, netflix, and other junk files I don't use and don't want on my computer.
I have had to completely restore my computer to the factory default settings several times since I bought it in December 2009. Each time I do the complete restore, I have to spend more time trying to eliminate the junk that comes "free" and already installed. I have found that most, if not all of these programs have hidden files, and apparently some hidden run options.
All I want, is to remove these files completely, so I can then backup my computer from that point, and not have to do this routine each and every time.
Even files like Earthlink, Netzero, and out-dated versions of Adobe have shown very resistant when I try to uninstall them. I know about going into the registry under local machine/software, and current user/software to look for leftover commands in the registry that should be invalid after installing the product.
What am I doing wrong here?
Also, is there a way to make a set of "recovery discs" AFTER I uninstall the junk programs; and have my settings, folders, options, etc. set the way I want them to STAY? I did a "backup disc" of the entire computer once, but when I tried to restore the computer from the backup, I couldn't find any of my files easily, and I was unfamiliar with the new "look" of the backup, so I just restored again.