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Add/remove Utility In Xp Gives Inaccurate Usage Data


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#1 Soze

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Posted 07 February 2006 - 11:33 AM

In attempting to delete programs I no longer/never use, I ran into a strange problem.
Almost everything is listed as rarely used in the Add/Remove utility.
Programs I use everyday (Firefox, Windows Office, etc) show up as being rarely used, often stating they have not been used since July, 2005.
I downloaded CCleaner and ran the analysis, but chickened out on cleaning anything due to the fact I'm afraid it will delete files based on this faulty usage data.
Anyone here run into this?
How do I fix my Add/Delete utility such that it accurately reflects the usage of programs?
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Posted 07 February 2006 - 11:42 AM

How does Add/Remove Programs get the size and other information?
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Posted 07 February 2006 - 11:54 AM

Thanks QM for the link/info.
Guess I can stop worrying about THAT.
On to more pressing concerns...

On a side note:
Do people here recommend CCleaner, or is there a better utility?
Stupid question of the day: Do I need to go through each entry from CCleaner individually, or is there a level of trust I can assume wih CCLeaner?
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Posted 07 February 2006 - 12:15 PM

I can't speak for everyone but it is a good all purpose cleaner used by many. Just be careful with using the "scan for registry issues". If your not familiar with working with the registry then I suggest you not use that feature. If you do, then make sure you back up your registry first. Read here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756

Never assume or trust anything your not familiar with. However, these are the settings I normally recommend.

1. Before first use, select Options > Advanced and UNCHECK "Only delete files in Windows Temp folder older than 48 hours"
2. Then select the items you wish to clean up.

In the Windows Tab:
• Clean all entries in the "Internet Explorer" section except Cookies.
• Clean all the entries in the "Windows Explorer" section.
• Clean all entries in the "System" section.
• Clean all entries in the "Advanced" section.
• Clean any others that you choose.


In the Applications Tab:
• Clean all except cookies in the Firefox/Mozilla section if you use it.
• Clean all in the Opera section if you use it.
• Clean Sun Java in the Internet Section.
• Clean any others that you choose.

3. Click the "Run Cleaner" button.
4. A pop up box will appear advising this process will permanently delete files from your system.
5. Click "OK" and it will scan and clean your system.
6. Click "exit" when done.

Edited by quietman7, 07 February 2006 - 12:45 PM.

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Posted 07 February 2006 - 12:43 PM

Thanks QM.
That is exactly the kind of advice I can use!
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Posted 07 February 2006 - 03:49 PM

Your welcome Soze.
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