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Windows 7: Need to know what I can delete from Program files.

20 Sep 2012   #11
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

You must learn how to backup your data - that's vital. Do this:

1. Get an external disk that attaches via USB - e.g. something like this - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

2. Install this function and COPY your files to that disk - Context Menu - Add Copy To Folder and Move To Folder

3. If you do not have too much data, you can even use a 32GB USB stick like this. It is only $20 after rebate -

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20 Sep 2012   #12

not sure honestly!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JohnGrigg View Post
I love helping people clean out their pc from crapware and useless applications.

Could you upload a screenshot of the uninstall programs list?

I know you typed the list above but i want to see what it looks like in windows.
Yeah give me 2 sec.
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20 Sep 2012   #13

not sure honestly!

heres the screen shots in attachments.

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20 Sep 2012   #14

not sure honestly!

Is there a way to factory reset my laptop? This is all alot of trouble and id rather rest my laptop completly & just download what I use again. I only use 5 applications on my laptop.
google crome, itunes, utorrent, dvix, & final video downloader
Also. Dose anyone know a site that I can back up my movies/ video to? I dont have an external hard drive to use and i have no CDs
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20 Sep 2012   #15

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

@mia: A factory restore will overwrite your data. Essentially, you need the mfgr recovery disc to do this - it will reformat the drive, partitions it and installs software as it was when it was manufactured.

Bongo and WHS suggest something different - a CLEAN reinstall of Windows using your license key (COA). They provided two different paths to the same end result - a squeaky clean machine.

It is by far the best and safest thing to do - especially with a floor model. The only thing you have to be concerned with is your personal files. They will have to be backed up to something. External drives are relatively inexpensive now, pennies per megabyte.

Figure out how much data you have - a ballpark inumber will do. Subtract the free space on your drive from the total capacity. Let's say your c:\ drive is 120 Gb and there is 70 Gb free - you, the OS, and programs have used 50 Gb.
An 80 Gb external drive would suffice for your back purposes.

Search this forum for a tutorial on how to back up your data. Then take the plunge. You can always reinstall only the software you want and you'll be certain there's nothing lurking in the shadows from the floor model.
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21 Sep 2012   #16

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by miarunsthrough View Post
Also. Dose anyone know a site that I can back up my movies/ video to? I dont have an external hard drive to use and i have no CDs
You can backup anything you want to online services such as Carbonite. costs money, you may have to agree to a contract, and it will take some time to get everything backed up. I hear it is quite a slow process.

Nor am I sure how reliable it is.

An external hard drive is a far better choice---the most reliable and the cheapest per gigabyte.

You can get a 500 GB external hard drive for maybe $70 or $80.

DVDs are a possibility, but they hold less than 5 GB each and are not highly reliable.

You could use a USB thumb drive, but they are relatively low capacity and relatively high cost per gigabyte.
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21 Sep 2012   #17
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

In the long run, you will not survive without an external hard drive. On-line backups take a lot of time (because of the limits of the internet speed), may cost money and are not always safe.

If you don't use an external drive for frequent imaging and backup of your data, I will guarantee that you will be in a lot of trouble one day. Losing your data will be one of the problems.
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21 Sep 2012   #18
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

The first thing you must decide is whether you want to learn how to do the things you are requesting. You have been given great methods of how to complete your desired objectives. Some of the people trying to help you have decades of experience doing just what you are requesting. The Tutorials have been successfully use by tens of thousands of people. If you don't have external media for backup you will have to get some; we can't do that for you. The good people here can guide you through the process but they can't do it for you. It's time to put on your learning cap and let these people guide you.
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21 Sep 2012   #19

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
Find big files

From the screenshots i cant see anything thats taking up alot of space and most of the things there are drivers or useful software.

I would recommend you use WinDirStat to find the large files on your computer and decide whether you need them or not. Download HERE.

I recently looked at my friends computer and his was full of movies that he could easily put on his external HD. He only had 29 GB left and had 250GB+ of movies.
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21 Sep 2012   #20


If you run Factory Recovery it just reinstalls all of the bloatware and duplicate utilties which have better versions built into Win7.

That's why you should instead Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 to get a better performing Win7 without all of the bloat. We will help you all along the way.

If you keep what you have or Factory Restore, be sure to Clean Up Factory Bloatware
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