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Which programs can i uninstall from my control panel?


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#1 jjock86

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 04:53 PM

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 05:14 PM

Definitely the outdated Adobe Reader 8 ... update it http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?platform=windows&product=10

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 05:31 PM

Why do you want to uninstall anything?

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 06:23 PM

Why do you want to uninstall anything?


because i just upgraded to windows 7 and want to streamline my laptop

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 06:30 PM

If you run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor (http://windows.microsoft.com/upgradeadvisor) it will let you know if any installed apps are incompatible. Other than that, there's no reason to uninstall anything before upgrading.

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 06:46 PM

If you run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor (http://windows.microsoft.com/upgradeadvisor) it will let you know if any installed apps are incompatible. Other than that, there's no reason to uninstall anything before upgrading.


im talking about after the upgrade. i already upgraded. i expected it to wipe everything off my comp but it didnt. i just have tons of programs i dont need.

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 06:54 PM

No harm done if you leave them installed, unless you are very short of disk space. But it's entirely up to you.

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 07:38 PM

ya i just really wanna get rid of clutter.. so many programs.........

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 11:34 PM

Definitely the outdated Adobe Reader 8 ... update it http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?platform=windows&product=10

That page looks unnecessarily complicated for someone who just needs to get Adobe Reader X. Here's a more straightforward link: direct download (from FileHippo).

As for what to uninstall, I made a quick list of things I would personally uninstall from that list:

  • Octoshape add-in for Adobe Flash Player
  • Facebook Plug-In
  • Photo Viewer V2.4
  • Microsoft Office Professional 2007 Trial
  • AviSynth 2.5
  • Cyberlink YouCam
  • Adobe Flash Player 8 ActiveX
  • fddshow [rev 1443][2007-08-29]
  • HP Help and Support
  • Spelling Dictionaries Support for Adobe Reader 8
  • HP Total Care ADvisor
  • HP Customer Experience Enhancements
  • HP Easy Setup - Frontend


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Posted 26 January 2011 - 07:44 AM

ya i just really wanna get rid of clutter.. so many programs.........

Okay, I understand good housekeeping :) . Just two things to consider. First, uninstalling programs will have zero effect on system performance (unless the hd is full). Second, before uninstalling a lot of things I'd suggest creating a disk image. No harm in making sure you have a safe haven :)

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 11:14 AM

uninstalling programs will have zero effect on system performance (unless the hd is full).

Are you sure that's entirely correct? Many programs have processes running in the background even if you don't use them - it would be good practice to uninstall programs you don't use. Just make sure you know what you're uninstalling, of course.

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 11:55 AM


uninstalling programs will have zero effect on system performance (unless the hd is full).

Are you sure that's entirely correct? Many programs have processes running in the background even if you don't use them - it would be good practice to uninstall programs you don't use. Just make sure you know what you're uninstalling, of course.


Yes, I'm sure :). Programs that are not running should not have anything running in the background.

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 01:23 PM

Your laptop seems fine. It has all the basic programs, and I believe it has lots of disk space too. You don't need to uninstall anything.

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 02:56 PM

i just really wanna make sure i dont have any malice programs or ones that run in the background and slow down my laptop. its been rather laggy the past few months

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 03:00 PM

If you want to scan for malware, uninstalling programs has nothing to do with that. And again, if the programs aren't running then nothing is running in the background. If it was my system I'd leave well enough along. But -- it's your system, so......... :)




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