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Inan effort to open space on the primary disk of my desk computer, I have worked to uninstall all programs I no longer use. Much to my amazement many (especially Scooby-Doo, installed for my great neice who no longer uses it and uses 575 MB of space) programs fail with a message to the effect that the dll it needs is not present!! So how do I get rid of them? I have looked at what Microsoft says to do but have not tried the "safe mode" yet. What do you recommend?

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  • clifford783 Sep 28, 2010

    YES, but I also found another, but questionable solution. From "shareware" an "error expert" program that has a normal and forced uninstall routine. Forced uninstall did get rid of Scooby-Doo, but now my machine thinks new hardware is present and goes looking for "PCI modem" installation software??

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Hi there,

You can do it manually. It will be tedious, but effective.

Windows Explorer is the best tool for the job

Most of what you will be deleting can be found in the Program Files folder.

We are NOT going to address anything that might be residing in the Windows folder for any reason. That way your Operating System will remain intact and functional.

To bring up Windows explorer:

  1. Click Start
  2. Click All Programs
  3. Click Accessories
  4. Click Windows Explorer
To find where ScoobyDoo Lives
  1. Click Start
  2. Click All Programs
  3. Locate the entry for the ScoobyDoo program
  4. Right Click on it (a menu will pop up)
  5. Click on Properties (The Properties screen will appear)
  6. There will be a line titled Target. It should start like, "C:\Program Files\\
  7. The Directory Name you found is where you need to go in Explorer
  8. Once there, in the left column, Right Click on that Directory Name
  9. On the menu, Click Delete (Yes you are sure)
You will notice nothing has changes as far as space available.
This is because everything you deleted is now in the RecyleBin

  1. Scroll down to Recycle Bin and Click on it.
  2. Click on File
  3. Click Empty Recycle Bin
  4. This is your last chance to keep anything.
  5. Once the Bin is empty, your drive will reflect the space that has been freed
The same procedure will work on other non-used programs.

Stay away from Windows. OK?

Best regards

Mike
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