Old software removal

Ibm ps 2 / Model 30
February 11, 2011 at 15:43:30
Specs: XP sp3, 1.2 ghz/ 1 gig
I bought an ibm thinkpad r31 with XP OS. It runs great but the HD is almost full. I need to delete some of the programs but am not familiar with some of them and don't want to delete anything important. I don't have the install disks to start over. I have looked in the control panel add/remove and some software has not been used since '03. Still it may be something important. Is there a way to know what I can delete (to Recycle Bin maybe) and what I should leave. Have looked in program folders for readme files to get a clue, but some are not clear. Is it just trial and error?


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February 11, 2011 at 17:31:52

I bought a few old thinkpad off ebay in the past, first thing I do is wipe the drive and install this:

I would create a cd of this verision:
boot from the cd and see if every thing works, network , wireless, sound ect....

if every works I would considered installing it. Your using someone else (old) XP install, god knows whats on it.


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February 11, 2011 at 17:33:46
"control panel add/remove"
Google the names. Then use this.
Revo Uninstaller
I use Advanced Mode. Screenshots of how to use.

Set your browser or browsers to 50mb temp files.

Managing your Internet Explorer Temporary Internet Files
Amount of Disk Space to Use.
This shows the amount of disk space that will be allocated for your Temporary Internet Files. By default Windows uses 10 percent of your Windows system partition. This amount can be significant if you use the 10 percent model. It is advised that you change this setting to a lower number such as 50 MB.
Safely Delete the Temporary Internet Files

Set System Restore to Minimum.
Start > My Computer > right click & select Properties.
Select System Restore & untick > Turn off System Restore on all drives.
Select the drive with the operating system on, click Settings & set it on Min or slightly higher.
Any other drive or partition, click Settings & tick > Turn off System Restore on this drive.

Remove your temp files with this.

ATF Cleaner
Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
Under Main choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
If you use Firefox browser
Click Firefox at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
If you use Opera browser
Click Opera at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.
For Technical Support, double-click the e-mail address located at the bottom of each menu.
This will remove all files from the items that are checked so if you have some cookies you'd like to save, please move them to a different directory first, or use CCleaner. http://img830.imageshack.us/i/cclea...

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February 11, 2011 at 19:31:20
Fellas Thanks for the suggestions. I'll followup on them


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