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Old 22. Mar 2009, 03:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Locate and delete residue of uninstalled programs

I have grown tired of hunting around in all corners of this old XP Home SP3 looking for leftovers of old, uninstalled programs. No matter how careful you shut the programs down before using Add/remove programs they never uninstall properly. Not even the uninstall tools that some manufacturers offer from their homepages can do the job.

Revo uninstaller is of some help but a search with search companion's advanced settings in hidden files, folders, programs often reveals more residue. Belarc is also not bad. But still: they don't find it all.

The problem is that you need to know what to search for. And I can't remember all the programs and other downloads that I've had on this machine over the years.

So what I'm looking for is a program that can list all sorts of uninstalled, damaged or odd files, folders, drivers and more.

Suggestions of all kind are very welcome...

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I do not if this is what you are looking for, but you could use CCleaner and Little Registry Cleaner to clean you registry of unused entries. As for folders that are left behind, try a program that will search for and delete empty directories. CCleaner and Little Registry Cleaner will remove entries in the Registry that are related to apps that are no longer installed, as well as file types that are no longer used because they were associated with the previously installed program.

As for the drivers part, possibly try reading the following article. It may help: Remove Old Windows Device Drivers
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Old 22. Mar 2009, 04:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have CCleaner and Glary Utilities. The article, however, is new to me and I'll go and have a look. Thanks! :-D
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Tho it is not free, TuneUp Utilities seems to find quite a bit of data in my Registry that CCleaner, Glary Utilities, Revo Uninstaller and Little Registry Cleaner cannot. I have done scans with All of the above, finishing with TuneUp Utilities, then running Registry Mechanic to ensure than nothing was messed up and it never seems to find an issue. TuneUp Utilities seems to do a very good job of cleaning my computer. Just an idea that you might look into

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I do realize that modifying the registry is not a recommendation by any means and I know of several other computer technicians who do not even use registry cleaners. However, through my experience I have found that yes, they are not a requirement, but if the proper program(s) is used and the user knows what they are doing, then it has its benefits.
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Old 22. Mar 2009, 04:24 AM   #5 (permalink)
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This isn't just about registry cleaners. I would love to se all residue listed somehow...
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I realize that, but the majority of programs that are installed and then removed leave registry entries, more so than files. One directory you will want to check is your Application Data, which is located under Documents and Settings and then within the User (named) folder. It is hidden so you will have to Show Hidden Files and Folders. I am unaware of a program that will remove this data that is left within this folder from uninstalled programs, tho Revo Uninstaller will find these files. Especially if you use the Advanced Search option when the initial scan is performed before it runs the built-in installer.
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I was afraid of that: no program available for the job.
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It shouldn't be hard to do, though, if you are aware of what programs are installed. Simply go thru each folder and it will name the programs and then remove those that are not needed. Be careful when doing this. It will not harm your computer, however removing folders that are related to programs that are still installed will simply remove your settings.
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I just moved all my documents to a new user profile and deleted the old one. That took care of quite a lot. I also ran Easy Duplicate Finder in order to keep house. But I still find odd things here and there.

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Very good Anything else I can assist you with?
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