uninstall Office XP

By everstar
Apr 12, 2003
  1. I installed Office XP on my computer-450mHz AMD K-6. It slowed my other programs down considerably. I uninstalled and reinstalled Win 98se. It still runs slow and my other programs still run slow. If anyone has some ancient advice I would appreciate it.
  2. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 621

    I think that's probably due to three things. Reduced disk space, much larger registry, and disk/swap file fragmentation, only one of which you really have any control over.

    What I would do is uninstall Office, delete all temp, browser cache, and unnecessary files, empty the recycle bin, defragment the hard drive, set the swap file to a fixed size (~500MB), install Office, defragment again. That may make a moderate difference.
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    It actually may be a little more complicated than that. I noticed this when I was having a problem a while back with something in office xp so I decided to uninstall, reboot then reinstall. Noticed upon reinstalling that it remembered everything in outlook as if I had never uninstalled it. It still had all my old e-mail addresses/accounts before I even attempted to set them back up. So obviously it doesnt' get completely uninstalled, and I bet whavever it leaves behind is the cause of his problem.
  4. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 621

    I agree with that but I'm a little confused if everstar uninstalled Office XP or Win98. Like I said what I suggested will only give some modest improvement by reorganizing the HD. His system is rather slow to begin with. I've noticed Office 2k upon install to my system slows it down, not much but I can notice it. I think a lot of it has to do with the big increase in the size of the registry and all those integrated features that get hooked into the OS when you install office.

    everstar, I don't know what your budget is. if you are running the original drive you may speed things up by getting a newer, faster drive ($60) and doing a fresh install on it. Remember to set a fixed swap file in the beginning to keep it from fragmenting all over the place. With Win 9x that really makes a big difference.
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