Add/Remove Windows Components

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February 28, 2009 at 17:32:00
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.657 GHz / 766 MB
For some reason my 'Add/Remove Windows Components' is bugged or not working correctly.
The second I open up this window, instead of giving me a prompt of what to install/uninstall (like it is supposed to) it skips that screen and goes right into the next screen. (which is the loading screen that tells you what is installing/uninstalling)
After about 5 seconds of loading, I get the completition screen, and the only clickable button is the "Finish" button.

Since it skips that first screen, I am not able to choose what I want to uninstall, hence not being able to get rid of anything..

So I am wondering if there is another possible way to uninstall these programs, without using the 'Add/Remove Windows Components' window.
Common sense tells me there is, since this is just a GUI screen enabling you to perform certain actions. It must be possible to do this through a command of some sort?

I am trying to uninstall MSN messenger, pinball, WordDoc, accessability features, ect.

I have Windows XP Professional with SP3

Any help at all would be greatly appreciated!

-Jim


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#1
February 28, 2009 at 17:48:29
I sometimes use MyUninstaller by Nirsoft in situations where Windows Add/Remove failed to properly uninstall programs. Go HERE to read the description of the freeware utility before you download it, or else wait for someone else's opinion.

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#2
February 28, 2009 at 17:57:56
Thanks, I ran MyUninstaller. I was able to get rid of one thing I needed to (that MSN Browser that comes with WinXP)
But none of the other Windows Components were listed there.

With a simple google search, I was able to find a command to uninstall pinball though.
Rundll32.exe setupapi,InstallHinfSection Pinball.Remove 132 pinball.inf
Haven't been lucky enough to find any other commands

Anyone else got any other advice? I still need to uninstall WordPad, WMP, Accessibility Options, all the games that come with Windows, ect

-Jim


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#3
February 28, 2009 at 18:06:48
I didn't realize you wanted to get rid of unwanted programs installed by Xp itself. You can't use Add/Remove component routine. You need to do it in a different way. Go HERE to read the instructions.

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#4
February 28, 2009 at 18:12:51
That page just simply tells you how to unhide certain components, so you are able to uninstall them in the 'Add/Remove Windows Components' screen.
My problem is that I cannot uninstall anything from that screen. It is bugged and doesn't work
So that page doesn't help at all

That's what I explained in my original post :P
I am looking for a different way to uninstall them because that way doesn't work.

-Jim


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#5
February 28, 2009 at 18:21:20
I conceded. Tell us why you wanted to remove something that is part of windows design? Hiding them is sufficient IMO.

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#6
February 28, 2009 at 18:24:20
Revo uninstaller (freeware) is an old favourite of mine. It is very comprehensive.

Although I have never used it to remove Windows components, it claims to do this on their page I have linked below:

http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo...


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#7
February 28, 2009 at 18:30:36
Because I have a pretty small hard drive and every bit of space counts. I remember other times I uninstalled these unneeded components, I freed up a good 40-50mb of valuable space

I guess this isn't a very important problem, I could live with it. I just have OCD and want to get these things uninstalled.

-Jim


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#8
February 28, 2009 at 18:36:02
Jim, if you are thinking that uninstalling those programs will speed up your system, it won't. Uninstalling programs only frees up hard drive space.

If you are running short of disk space, I suggest adding a hard drive.


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#9
February 28, 2009 at 18:46:04
Sorry I didn't realise you were concerned with conserving drive space and I'm suggesting downloading extra stuff.

I guess you could always uninstall the uninstaller when you have finished with it.

Below is a page linked to Microsoft which might be more what you are after:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/222444

<Edit> I have to agree with Aegis though... the best solution would be to add an extra HDD. They are relatively inexpensive these days.<Edit>


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#10
February 28, 2009 at 18:51:47
Hey btk1w1

Thanks for the MSKB. I don't think it actually remove anything from the hard drive. It only remove (hide) the programs from windows because you can always add it back.

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#11
February 28, 2009 at 19:04:09
thanks btk1w1
that article is very helpful!

and also. this isn't very relevant, but has anyone here ever bought from tigerdirect.com?
they have 100GB sata drives for $35, and Kingston 1GB DDR2 ram sticks for only $12!
It is so cheap I am almost skeptical
especially the 1GB ram, I've seen the same thing at BesyBuy for like $115
It's not fake, is it?

-Jim


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#12
February 28, 2009 at 19:09:08
Cheers for the heads-up XpUser.

To be truthful I've never really concerned myself with the removal of Windows components.

It would appear that MS never intended for them to be completely removed from their OS's?


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#13
February 28, 2009 at 19:23:29
I just stumbled across this article online which describes your plight with the Windows Components completion screen appearing.

If you are still working on this it might be worth a gander:

http://www.winhelponline.com/articl...

I'm not sure about memory & HDD prices elsewhere, but here in Australia they have continued to drop for quite a while now and the places I shop for them (reputable suppliers) have become very very affordable.


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#14
February 28, 2009 at 20:40:54
cool! thanks a lot btk1w1. that program fixed it right up and now it works

-Jim


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#15
February 28, 2009 at 21:11:52
There are many utilities to strip Windows components out before installing. As far as removing Optional Windows components goes you can use the Add/remove Windows Components button.

Is that what isn't working correctly for you? That option will allow you to remove the games and other items. Find it in the add/remove programs in Control Panel. Look on the left. Third item down.


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