Got a lot of obsolete apps - is there a tool I can use to clean?

By nadmaj
Sep 5, 2009
  1. Hi ya,

    I've got a lot of obselete programmes and applications installed on my pc (vista 32 bit) but not sure which ones i need and i don't need. I don't want to be blind and get rid of the ones that i don't know about causing problems and loosing data by having to reinstall vista again. so is there a tool i can use to clean my pc of the obselete programmes.

  2. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,020

    No program will tell you which programs you want to keep, or uninstall, but if you open your control panel, and lok at your add/remove programs, start out with the obvious ones. I would like to tell you that when you're selecting programs in the add/remove programs page, it tells you the last time the programs were run, which should also give you an idea, but unless it has been improved in Vista, it hasn't been all that great in XP.
  3. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    Actually, there is a 'tool'- it's called Google and it is your friend!

    Once you're searched and identified the process, use this sequence to uninstall:

    1. If the program has it's own uninstaller, use that.
    2. If the program does not have it's own uninstaller, uninstall in Add/Remove Programs.
    3. If you have entries that will not 'remove' in Add/Remove Programs- some get partially uninstalled in deletions and then the 'remove' process doesn't work- use this:

    Windows Installer Clean Up Utility> HERE
    Download and save to desktop
    Double click to Open
    Run and find the files for the programs and delete.
  4. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,020

    Ok, you have my attention.
    I can say Google is pretty good (I hope, since I use it many times each day).
    But how does Google know what programs you want / don't want.
    Am I missing something, or are you saying to go through the whole list in add/remove programs, and research each one to see what the program is?
    That would make sense because I have downloaded tools in the past which just ends up accumulating and I used Google that way.
  5. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    It's like this:

    Oh gosh ! That one went right over your head strategic!

    That was my polite way of saying use Google to search for the name of the program and it's uses. If you don't need/want/use it, uninstall it!

    So much for being too subtle!:rolleyes:
  6. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,020

    Gimme a break Bobbye! :haha:
    I had a long day. Oh and thanks for clearing that up! :)
  7. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    Holiday coming up!

    Happy Barbecue tomorrow! :wave:
  8. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,020

    Gee thanks!
    Same to you ;)
  9. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    crap cleaner. select tools and remove the ones you don't want
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