Quote: Originally Posted by FizzeBu
My problem is, that I always install lots of crap and I have to reinstall my OS about every month. That's really annoying ...
You didn't say, but I'm guessing your problem is with the uninstall. You're finding it's not (yet!) working as advertised (after all these years of hoped-for improvement)? And you'd rather reinstall the OS, than having to 'dig out' the remains, manually?
Or, you mean, you're having a problem with winsxs going out of control? For that, yes, the cure is periodic reinstallation (or a different operating system
?). That can't be cured, only endured.
Years ago, after a problem with a certain proprietary video player ... it had to be pulled out of the Registry by hand ... I started using monitored installs, with the corresponding uninstalls, for everything
. I also started avoiding RealPlayer,
but that's another story ...
I started this back in the days of Windows98SE, and am happy to get your confirmation that continuing this with Windows 7 is still worth my time and effort. IMO, the opacity of the Windows Registry is the culprit, when combined with poorly-written software.
My current first-choice is Randy Hall's Primo/CheckUnIn combination
-- because it's small, free and it lets you see what it's doing.
The monitored install file generated by Primo is read by CheckUnIn, following a regular uninstallation. Two files are generated by the latter that are used to automatically pull-out whatever the MS Windows uninstallation left behind.
The nice things is, you can examine these files to see how sloppy (or rarely, how neat) the MS Windows un-installation was. Then just run them directly: one a batch file, and the other a .reg file. Then your file system and your Registry is cleaned.
The next item was already mentioned, but only in a Wikipedia link. Here's a bit more detail on its working, for anyone who's never used it.
If I'm not sure if a program is a 'keeper' I set up a sandbox for it in Sandboxie
. Other than sandboxing things that touch the Internet, the utility's original purpose, it can also be used to load and execute (most) programs, for evaluation purposes.
Deleting the sandbox removes all traces of the installation, that would normally have been written to the filesystem and to the Registry.
With these two, not only do I not have to periodically reinstall the operating system, but it continues to work like new. Windows 2000 lasted (and is still lasting) about six years, and I hope Windows 7, with care, will do the same.
Let us know if this solves your problem.