what programs can be deleted from xp

August 22, 2011 at 11:03:17
Specs: Windows xp
i bought a used thinkpad t60 and i dont know which programs are needed to run xp and which ones can be safely removed

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August 22, 2011 at 11:12:49
That's pretty tough to answer because we have no idea what's installed.

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August 22, 2011 at 12:43:08
The simple answer is that NO added programs are needed to run WinXP. That said, without any added programs what will you use the computer for? Only you can decide what you want and/or need.

Don't remove any Windows updates or service packs.

If you have working restore disks for the thinkpad you could delete the restore partition and use it for general use. Before doing that, verify your restore set is good.

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August 22, 2011 at 18:47:43
The best way is to use the OEM recovery disks and put it back to OEM state.
IBM used to offer a good collection of basic apps that most users would find enough.

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August 23, 2011 at 01:19:33
sarahdee7, I agree with all that's been suggested so far. Something else that might help you (?). Windows has certain files that MUST be present in order for it to work. Individual proggies may require others.
Find a list of 'musts' @:
The previous owner might have put stuff on there that only he needed? Who knows?
Ed in Texas

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August 23, 2011 at 01:35:51
I'd look for the manufacturers driver download, then boot from a Windows XP install disk. Delete all partitions and create a new one. Install a fresh copy of XP, install the downloaded drivers, install anti-virus etc. Update everything. I usually follow Black Vipers recommendations for trimming services, around this point, to free up resources.

Completely clean install, only thing better is a good protection/housekeeping regimen. Keeping it clean can be easier than you'd think.I like the layer of protection given by using Firefox browser, with the NoScript addon. A good A/V (I use Avast) and firewall (if needed, I'm behind a hardware firewall), along with a weekly running of CCleaner, just about does it. I like to install Unlocker and MSConfig CleanUp (two handy little utilities. That's my basic regimen, and my system stays clean and quick.

Of course, don't install anything you'll rarely use, and (especially laptops) keep vents and fans clean.

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