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Windows 7 64 bit and unwanted programs

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#1 instacat


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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.

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 11:28 AM

Once you get all of the stuff off, that you don't want ... use free Macrium to make a system image back up.

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Posted 09 May 2010 - 02:03 PM

Revo uninstaller will remove anything it can find. Please read instruction carefully. It will give you options to clean all the little bits left over but you must do just as it instructs.

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Posted 09 May 2010 - 03:05 PM

Yes, I recommend uninstalling all the crapware using Revo...then immediately make a system image you can restore later, if needed. That will save you the time it takes to do a full restore, then uninstall all the crapware again. :huh:

Macrium is a good backup program, but there are others, as well. There's even one built right into Windows 7! How To Use Backup and Restore in Windows 7 - How-To Geek :huh:

Edited by keyboardNinja, 09 May 2010 - 03:06 PM.

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