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ARCHIE SOFTWARE I don´t know for what is the ARCHIE sofware, it was installed for Best Buy, kind of demostrate sofware, but every time when I turn on the computer or restart, the sofware run again and take to long to let me work. besides that, doesn´t let me change the user, and this is very annoying. The solution that you gave me, doesn't work, because, just like I told you, when I try in your way, the sofware start to unistall, but after a couple seconds, a box appears with the next text: ARCHIE uninstall, Please insert an Original ARCHIE disc now, so, i can´t uninstall this program. If you have other solution, please help me out. Thanks

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  • Anonymous Jun 29, 2008

    I have tried everything in the world to get rid of "Archie" even going into the register, NOTHING works. I would like to kill the bastard who put this in the computer at Best Buy. I hope they rot in hell. I bought a Sony Vios it has the exact same problem. NO one knows how to get rid of the SOB.

  • nbhatnagar Oct 25, 2008

    unable to uninstall this crappy software ... "A.R.C.H.I.E" ...

    please help .. i bought this laptop for my dad and now he is getting annoyed due to this software....

    any help is appreciated....

  • Anonymous Dec 08, 2008

    Pleas help me to kill A.R.C.H.I.E. SOFTWARE

  • Anonymous Dec 19, 2008

    ARCHIE is actually stored inside ThawSpace image which is a program that works with DeepFreeze 6. Shift+Ctrl+Alt+F6 will bring it up. I tried to bypass it with this guide but I had no luck. Maybe one of you have better luck than mine.

  • kanduri99 Feb 01, 2009

    I too have the same problem. If you guys know the solution let me know

  • lnfinity Apr 16, 2009

    What I have learned is that the archie software is a version of Deep Freeze. Still working on how to get around it, but I will be attempting to boot from a dos disc so I can remove the evil


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As a BestBuy employee, I have had experience dealing with Archie. Sure, it limits the computer to an almost unusable state, but we're required to use it in order to protect our display units. BestBuy employees should be fully removing the software before you purchase it, but if they fail to do so properly, there is still hope.

Option 1: Take the unit back to BestBuy and have a Geek Squad agent remove it using an Archie disc.

Option 2: Take the unit back to BestBuy and have a Geek Squad agent fully restore your unit.

Option 3: Use the included recovery discs to restore your unit back to its factory settings. If, however, your specific model does not come with these discs included (HP, Sony, etc...), and you would rather not make another trip to BestBuy, please follow option 4.

Option 4: Create your own recovery discs and fully restore your unit. If you're running Vista, open your Start menu and type "rec" in the search box. Most models will come up with a Recovery Disc Creation program. It's important to have these discs anyway, so you might as well create them now and save yourself money in the future. Follow through with the restore afterward and you're set to go.

Sorry guys for the inconvenience. Believe me, we don't enjoy the software any more than you do.

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I just talked to the local Best Buy, the archie software is proprietary and has to be removed (should have been removed prior to leaving the store!!) in store. I was advised to bring the system back to the store and they would remove it for me

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It installs a root kit driver perio.sys or something similar, this takes a snapshot of the system, any changes are removed on reboot.

Simplest solution to get around this problem is as follows:

1. After boot screen and before Windows starts up, keep tapping ALT-10, this will bring up Gateway's Recovery Solution to Factory Defaults. Ignore warnings and install over primary partition. It will copy files and then you will go throught the Windows 7 (or whatever) install as you would as if you bought a new PC.

2. After going through that process you will still be left with the annoying BestBuy App, you can uninstall this through Programs in the Control Panel. However it still leaves remnants around, see next step.

3. Click on Start Menu and in the search box type msconfig and the the enter key. Click on Startup tab, uncheck the Bestbuy app. Exit app DO NOT RESTART yet.

4. Again from Start Menu/Search box, type regedit got to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\
Under there click on Run or RunOnce and delete any item that contains bestbuy


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JUST restart it and press ALT & F10 at the same time then follow the rest to reset complet C drive

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Replace the hard drive with a new one. Then reinstall your OS, drivers etc.

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