Delete the undeletable?

Fujitsu siemens / D1826-g
February 4, 2009 at 13:43:46
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 3.401 GHz / 3070 MB
I'm in trouble.
I need to free up space on my D:
So I started to unistall. To my suprice and frustration. XP does not allow this on many of my games.
I have to admit, I thought It was a "cracked game-problem". I thought to myself: There's your punishment. So I started with my bought once. Same problem.
Downloded the SUPER-Program REVO Unistaller and CCleaner. But no luck.
What to do?

Q: Can I just delete the folder and run CCleaner and hope for the best?

Best,

/Alex


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#1
February 4, 2009 at 14:27:28
Why do you think WinXP doesn't allow your to uninstall the games?

Explore the folder for the game and you may find an uninstall file. Many times labeled Unwise. If there is no uninstall in the game folder then look in Control Panel> add/remove programs to remove it that way.

Uninstalling by simply deleting the folder is not the best method as it will leave all kinds of reminents. It can be done if you use a registry cleaner afterward but I don't believe you need to go that route.


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#2
February 4, 2009 at 14:30:10
"XP does not allow this on many of my games." Are you trying to uninstall using Add/Remove Programs?

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#3
February 4, 2009 at 22:20:09
Thanks for these quick responses.

They don't show up in add/remove.
I uses Hunter-mode in REVO. It did not find the uninstall file (package). This is my dead end.
I'm at work right now. Not in front of my gaming PC. Will check for Unwise, tonight.

I'm afraid I have never worked with the registry files. Is there another software, better then REVO or do I have to do delete the games manually? And how can this be done?


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#4
February 5, 2009 at 04:23:05
Try the Windows Install Clean Up Utility. Available here:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290301

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#5
February 5, 2009 at 05:48:17
What games are you trying to remove?

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#6
February 6, 2009 at 02:40:41
From the top of my mind: RB6 LV1, Middle earth, Silent HunterIII, Splinter Cell and Boog& Eliott


Thanks for any help!

/Alex


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#7
February 7, 2009 at 04:44:16
Hi again,

No luck. Windows Install Clean up does not recognize them...
Also, I find, in some cases the uninstall. No Unwise. They do not work or make me proceed to a install instead.

Please help me!

Best regards,

/Alex


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#8
February 7, 2009 at 06:27:25
You could just remove the folders. Is there any other data on the partition? If not, just reformat that volume.

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#9
February 7, 2009 at 07:26:47
But registery will turn very mad, right?
I have the Norton360 backup there, another 10-15 installed programmes.

What do you mean by "just remove"?


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#10
February 7, 2009 at 07:52:42
I am not a gamer so I am not familiar with any of the names you posted. That said, the companies that own those games may have help forums at their websites. You may learn how to safely remove the games there.

If no luck that way and you must get rid of the games you can just go into Program files and delete the folders for each game. Then run a registry cleaner.

A good safe registry cleaner is part of CCleaner. Download and install CCleaner. Run both the cleaner module and the registry module.

I believe this program to be safe but there is always some risk of deleting needed registry items. For that reason I suggest you save a backup of the files CCleaner registry cleaner intends to remove. I save the file to the desktop.

Because you want to remove multiple games I suggest you do one at a time and run the registry cleaner each time you remove a game. Reboot and then do another one. Saving a restore file each time.

After a few days if everything in your computer is working fine you can then delete the backups.


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#11
February 7, 2009 at 08:14:31
Thanks Othehill!

I guess I will try this. I will report back.
Btw, will CCleaner do an automated backup? Or do I have to do a regedit/export?

Best,

/Alex


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#12
February 7, 2009 at 09:03:12
CCleaner will ask you if you want to save a backup. I recommend you change the path from the default to the desktop. That way you will delete it after a few days and all is well.

One thing to note. CCleaner's clean module will remove all the cookies. This means you will need to login for your email and for sites like the one we are on.

There is a way to exclude any cookies you wish to exclude. I do that for my email and a few sites. Just thought I would mention it because some folks can't remember passwords and get touchy when they can't login to a site after using CCleaner.

If you can't remember your passwords I suggest you change them while you have site access and then writ them down.

The above info about cookies refers to the Cleaner module, not the registry module.


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#13
February 7, 2009 at 11:10:15
Thanks, too late ;-)

Luckily I have a good memory...

Will report back if successful.

Best,

/Alex


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