System Recovery issues with WIN XP

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April 23, 2013 at 20:49:45
Specs: Windows XP, AMD Sempron 3200/1gb
I am giving away this PC and did a System Recovery to get rid of programs and files that were not necessary for the pc to operate, but all of the files are still on my programs menu and in the program files folder on the "C" drive, I do have a XP operating system disk for a loptop that I used to have, but not one for this PC. In looking at the add/remove program in the control panel none of the programs show up. If I go in and just delete the programs files in the program file folder, will this cause problems? I was going to do a format on the "C" drive, but had issues in getting it done, so that is why I took the Recovery method,
Long way on how to ask how to safely remove the program and files.......

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April 24, 2013 at 00:08:08
If you just delete the programmes in the programme folder it will cause problems for the new owner as all the registry entries will still be there.

The correct way to remove them is the Add/Remove in control panel. I would have thought that self explanatory.

When you have done, clear out the Recycle Bin so they cannot be recovered.

I cannot imagine whatever made you think that system restore would actually delete anything. For future reference, System restore doesn't do anything with user installed applications, neither delete nor restore. It only works on system files to get an unresponsive OS working ageing.


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April 24, 2013 at 09:57:13
Just wipe the HDD & give it away without an OS installed.

"I was going to do a format on the "C" drive, but had issues in getting it done"

How did you attempt to do it? You can't format C from Windows, you need to boot off the XP disk or another 3rd party disk that contains a format utility.

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April 24, 2013 at 10:30:07
I did a system recovery, not system restore. System recovery should put the PC back to the way that it was when it came new, I have done recovery before and never had this issue. I know about leaving registry keys when doing what was stated, but I was going to run CCleaner after I was done to help eliminate left over keys. As stated in my first comment was that I went to ADD/REMOVE first, but the programs aren't listed in there. In the computer AOL is listed in the start menu, when I go to the uninstall program that AOL comes with, it brings up a screen asking what version that I want to uninstall, the screen is blank like none are installed.

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April 24, 2013 at 16:19:38
There is no System Recovery as part of Windows. I think you might be referring to something that comes with the computer. As you said "PC" I assume it is not the Notebook in your spec. Is it HP perhaps? In which case, yes, it might well retain your personal data - unlike Factory Restore.

If you take out the files, even with the registry cleaner in CCleaner it will not remove all the invalid registry entries, so you might have issues. It is a fairly docile (safe) registry cleaner.

Your method is probably the only option for AOL but could you list the other programs you are trying to uninstall - there might be a better way forward.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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