Lexmark Uninstall Question

February 7, 2005 at 13:41:28
Specs: XP, Celeron 333Mhz/256MB

After a week of following suggestions made here, and by Lexmark, and not solving my printer problem (computer won't reboot with USB cable for printer plugged in), I've decided to take it back and get an HP instead.

After uninstalling the printer I did a search and find I still have Lexmark drivers on my computer (windows/drivers cache/i38 & TEMP/_ISTMP3.dir), a lxk1100 folder with drivers & stuff in it (updated drivers I downloaded from Lexmark site I think), and at least a couple of Lexmark program (LEXPPS.exe & LEXBCES.EXE) in my Prefetch folder, and some ".lex" files (not sure if connected to my printer or not) ... here are my questions:

1. Can I delete this stuff without causing my computer problems? What's the safest way to do it?

2. If I leave it all alone, will it cause problems if I install an HP (or other brand) printer?

I hate leaving the crap on my hard drive, but don't want to do anything that will cause problems so severe I need to go to XP repair, or worse yet ... uninstall/reinstall XP. :(

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February 7, 2005 at 13:50:53

You should be able to delete those no problem, as I googled those two you mentioned and they are Lexmark related. Check google for the rest of them. There are probably tens, maybe hundreds of dead Lexmark entires in your registry too, there were in mine. But, again be careful what you delete, and when in doubt, google! .LEX is a Lexmark extension, but other programs use it as well, like HP, Adobe, etc. Lexmark does a pretty poor job of uninstalling files. HP was the way to go for me too.

A good computer takes good care of their computer

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February 7, 2005 at 13:56:02

Hi Rhonda- Do you have a system restore point before the lexmark install? If so try that.

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February 7, 2005 at 16:59:16

And to think Crapmark was started by a bunch of ex IBM'ers who thought they had a better idea. I bet IMB was sure glad to see them go. I personally would like to see Crapmark go down in flames and real soon. Such poorly written and junky hardware should be a crime...

I may be crazy, but I'm not stupid...

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February 7, 2005 at 17:01:51

Should have read...
Such poorly written software and junky hardware should be a crime...

I may be crazy, but I'm not stupid...

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February 8, 2005 at 09:27:09

Where would I go to find the "system restore point"? If I can find it, I'll try it. I'll try anything at this point.

Someone posted to my previous thread on this Lexmark problem a site to download a Lexmark tool to remove the junk. I downloaded it but haven't used it yet. Here's the link:


Once I had the exe name I was able to google and find this same file at Lexmark:


I'm going to try every suggestion I get to make sure I remove every single Lexcrap item on my hard drive.

Thank you, Per, for all the advice you've given me on this problem. You may not be familiar with Lexcrap, but you've helped me learn more about utilizing XP. :)

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February 8, 2005 at 09:29:51

I wish I had gotten your opinion before I ever bought this printer, but you can now count me among those who now know to avoid Lexcrap/Crapmark products like the plague.

Thanks for your advice & support! :)

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February 8, 2005 at 09:32:56

El Klandero,
Thank you for your advice. I'll use the removal tool I spoke of in response #5, then if I find any sign of Lexmark on my computer I'll remove them one-by-one. And I'll be sure to google for each one to be certain ... thanks! :)

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February 8, 2005 at 12:15:25

Sorry I took so long to respond. Go start-programs-accessories-system tools-system restore and find a dated point before the install and follow the insructions.

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February 9, 2005 at 13:43:02

Thank you, Per!!! :)

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