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Windows 7: Remove Built-in Programs in Windows 7

03 Nov 2011   #1
werty12345

Windows 7 Ultimate (32bit)
 
 
Remove Built-in Programs in Windows 7

I would like to know how can I remove some of the built-in programs in Windows 7 like Address Book, Notepad, Calculator, etc permanently.

Nzyme


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03 Nov 2011   #2
Storm Shadow

Windows 7 Ultimate Service Pack 1
 
 

I don't think you can ever delete those applications. Its system default applications.
Why would you ever want to delete those things?
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03 Nov 2011   #3
derekimo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by werty12345 View Post
I would like to know how can I remove some of the built-in programs in Windows 7 like Address Book, Notepad, Calculator, etc permanently.

Nzyme



Not sure why you want to get rid of them, notepad and calculator are 1 Mb.

Why bother, just don't use them. They don't take up space and they aren't resource hogs.


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03 Nov 2011   #4
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Is there a particular reason why you want to remove them?

Their resource use is very low and Notepad in particular can be very useful for compiling batch files. As for Calculator, I'm always using it - especially when my wife has overspent on her housekeeping budget!
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03 Nov 2011   #5
werty12345

Windows 7 Ultimate (32bit)
 
 

Ok, I was just curious if this was possible but would like to remove the "heavier" programs like speech recognition, backup, aero etc...
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03 Nov 2011   #6
Bongo

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

I have no idea if this will work but go to C:\Windows\System32 and take ownership Take Ownership Shortcut and give your self permission Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups of calc.exe and are renaming it to calc.bak.exe and see if that works. You may need to go to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories and or C:\Users\YOUR USER NAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories to remove the shortcut. If you do not see them use this tutorial to unhide them. Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide
Afterwords restart your computer to see if it's disabled I have read there is a possibility that Windows will automatically enable it again. If it does work you will have to find the other .exe and do the same thing.
Jerry
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03 Nov 2011   #7
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by werty12345 View Post
Ok, I was just curious if this was possible but would like to remove the "heavier" programs like speech recognition, backup, aero etc...
They can't be removed just disabled.
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03 Nov 2011   #8
Storm Shadow

Windows 7 Ultimate Service Pack 1
 
 

You can turn off features like:
  • Games - Internet Games
  • Internet Explorer 9
  • Internet Information Services - FTP Server
  • Internet Information Services Hostable Web Core
  • Media Features
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.51
  • Services for NFS (Network File System)
  • Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications
  • TIFF Filter
  • Windows Gadget Platform
  • Windows Search
  • XPS Services
  • XPS Viewer
Few more...

Here is how:
Windows Features - Turn On or Off

That's the last thing you can do.
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