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Using decrapifier on a Vaio Vista Home Premium

By learninmypc
Sep 25, 2013
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  1. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,245   +232

    Ok, I use MPC-HC for online movies so I'll remove the other two.
     
  2. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,245   +232

    Done, but since its late, see ya tomorrow. :) Thanks.
     
  3. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,372   +167

    A new day. More crap:
    1. Vaio Content Folder Setting
    2. Vaio Content Metadata intelligent ..
    3. Vaio Content Metadata Manager ..
    4. Vaio Content Metadata XML ..
    5. Vaio DVD Menu Data Basic
    6. Vaio Entertainment Platform
     
  4. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,245   +232

    Ok, am starting. :)

    Is "Vaio Content Metadata Manager " same as "Vaio Content Metadata Manager Setting?"
     
  5. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,245   +232

  6. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,372   +167

    Yes. They are the same

    As to other question (re: yahoo info) we're uninstalling everything related to Vaio media ("content") management and players. You have VLC already plus I'd recommend Picassa, iTunes or any other widely used 3rd party software if you need other media managers/players as if you have questions on them you'll have many more people who can answer, for example, VLC player questions vs. questions about Vaio's media player

    We'll be keeping Vaio's helpful utilities (such as Event Service and Help and Support). Everything in post #103 is more stuff related to Vaio's media management/player
     
  7. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,245   +232

    The yahoo crap was my stupidity. I was going to edit it out but got sidetracked. I trust you & TS, NOT yahell.
    Ok, I'll uninstall that "Vaio Content Metadata Manager "& ready for further instructions.
     
  8. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,372   +167

    It's good to ask questions :) It helps one understand as well as help others not make inadvertent mistakes. Besides, we've already established we all have our "Duh, My bad" moments! :p
     
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  9. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,245   +232

  10. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,372   +167

    Here;s the rest of the list
    1. VAIO Media plus
    2. Vaio OOBE and Welcome Center
    3. Vaio Update 3
    Things you can uninstall but is up to you if you want to use it or not
    1. Vaio Memory Center - this sony's online backup service you need to pay for if you want to use it
    2. Vaio Power Management - this is sony's own power management software. If you're happy using Windows' power management settings, I don't think you need it. But you might want to check out if it has anything worthwhile to offer by way of settings or control you don't get from windows power management
    3. Vaio Wallpaper Contents - if you don't care about getting wallpaper patterns from Vaio
    After all is uninstalled, how does your computer behave? Any program prompts or popups when you logon?
     
  11. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,245   +232

    I just now got home, am getting on it & will post back. :)
     
     
  12. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,245   +232

    Despite just 2gb's of RAM, it boots up pretty fast & no problems. :) Hopefully it'll stay good. :)

    I thank you very much for your time. I couldn't of done it on my own. (y)
     
  13. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,372   +167

    Glad to hear the computer's running well. And happy I was able to help! :)
     
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  14. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,372   +167

    Postscript: Here's a method to reclaim more disk space

    As luck would have it, I just reinstalled 32-bit Vista Home Premium on an HP Pavillion dv4t for my niece. After installing all Windows updates including SP2 the Windows folder was a whopping 18.8GB!

    I found there's an MS tool that deletes the old Vista SP1 and SP2 service pack uninstall files on the machine. I ran it and it deleted 1GB of space! for my case. The only consequence is after deleting the Service Pack uninstall files, you no longer have the option to uninstall SP1 or SP2 (which I don't consider an issue). It's simple to do
    1. Open an Administrative command prompt window
    2. Type compcln.exe then hit Enter
    3. When prompted type y
    Here's the screen shot of my Admin command prompt window

    compcln2.JPG
     
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  15. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,245   +232

    Coincidentally, I wanted to see how much disc space before & after. Here are the screenshots
    Harddrive before.JPG
    Harddrive after.JPG
    First one is before & 2nd is after.

    Thanks for the added info, but at this time I'll be happy with it as is. :)
     
  16. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,245   +232

    Ok, kindly tell me where I went wrong. I downloaded DriveImage XML to my desktop & put a folder on my USB harddrive to save it. I followed the Bleepingcomputer link but there was an error message that popped up dut since I couldn't post it
    I don't know what to do except forget about an image.
    I also tried to save it to a DVD-RW but no.
     
  17. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,372   +167

    Sorry but I have never used DriveImage XML myself (nor Macrium Free). I just knew they were free products (I've seen others use) and found the Bleeping Computer instructions on the topic for you.

    I use (a paid version) of Acronis True Image for myself. So can't really help with any instruction specifics on the Bleeping Computer guide :confused:
     
  18. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,245   +232

    Ok, thanks. :)
     
  19. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,372   +167

    Oh. I shoulda thought of this before......

    Hiren's Boot CD already comes packed with an array of free useful tools. I checked checked the latest version. It includes both DriveImageXML and Macrium free for you.

    You'll find the list of utilities inlcuded in Hiren's Boot CDHERE. You can download the ISO HERE. Verify the ISO MD5 value before you burn it.

    Filesize: 592.5 MB (621283886 bytes)
    ISO MD5: 7EFC81ADBBD551D56F6021C439C6837C
    ZIP MD5: D342BBD6BF7554ABA24A376E41675DBF
     
  20. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,245   +232

    Thank you. :)
     
  21. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,002   +1,502

    I'll stand behind Hiren's BootCD as well. I downloaded version 15.2 just the other day and have been using their bootcd for many years now.

    List of assorted tools I use most that are consolidated on this disk:
    • CCleaner
    • Defraggler
    • Opera Browser
    • Total Commander
    • Malwarebytes
    • Irfanview
    • Notepad++
    • CPU-Z
    • GPU-Z
    • Speccy
    • Seagate Discwizard
    • WinDirStat
     
  22. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,245   +232

    I appreciate all this info, but having zero knowledge of it, from LookingArounds post, how do I "Verify the ISO MD5 value before you burn it."? I know what verify means, but I don't understand how to. :confused: Yes, you guessed correctly, I have never done this. Lucky or blessed, hmmm :)
    Lastly, I do have ccleaner,M-bam,Defraggler & Speccy but not the others. :)
     
  23. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,002   +1,502

    Md5Checker will allow you to compare MD5 values against those posted for legit downloads.
     
  24. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,245   +232

    OK, one last question, how much space do I need for a harddrive with 38.2 USED & 65.8 GB free?
    Thats the Vista harddrive. I hope you understand what I mean. :)
     
  25. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,002   +1,502

    I would estimate the backup file to be about 15GB, maybe even 20GB. It will roughly be about half the actual used amount of the drive being imaged.

    I'm not sure if you are aware or not so I will mention the backup image cannot be stored on the drive that will be imaged/restored.

    Hope that was the answer you was looking for.
     


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