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I got too uninstall-happy


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Hey guys,

I'm going to college in a few weeks and as some of you may know I recently bought a desktop computer for my dorm. I've got that completely taken care of and I'll use that for a combination of work and games, but I'd like to use my old laptop as a completely work oriented machine. I recently installed MS Office Ultimate after having some trouble with the file I downloaded via Microsoft and Digital River's "Ultimate Steal" offer. I cleaned out my registry and stuff and then the installation of MS Office went flawlessly.

Cleaning out my registry gave me the idea to just go on a massive uninstall binge so that the only programs remaining on my laptop would be MS Office Ultimate, iTunes, some sort of web browser and maybe a few maintenance utilities so that I have no games to distract me and nothing to slow down my computer when I'm using it for work.

So yesterday I decided to start unstalling things and everything was going just fine until I started to uninstall Adobe Photoshop CS3 and the Sony Ericsson PC Suit I have on my computer so I can transfer pictures and music back and forth. I actually UNINSTALLED Photoshop without a hitch but when I looked on the external hard drive that it had been installed on (I wanted to wipe the HD clean) I saw there were still a few Adobe files left and when I tried to delete them I got an error message saying that deleting these files may cause some programs to stop working. I thought the only programs that would be affected were adobe programs like Image Ready and Photo Stock, etc. so I paid it no heed and deleted the files anyway. Then I moved onto uninstalling the Sony Ericsson PC suit which worked fine up until the end at which point a driver error message popped up that reappeared whenever I tried to exit it. I had to force-shut-down my laptop and when I booted up everything seemed to be fine, except for the fact that when I ran MS Word it came up with a window telling me it had to "configure the necessary files", which it now does every time I run it, and all the text on my computer is italicized.

To try and fix the issue I loaded a system restore point, which didn't really fix anything so I tried loaded an even earlier one, which to my knowledge hasn't fixed the issue yet either. Now there are programs on my add/remove software list that should already be uninstalled and don't react when I click the "remove" button, MS Word still configures whenever it launches (which it didn't do before), and all the text on my computer is still italicized. I thought the system restore would bring back whatever files I shouldn't have deleted but I guess I made a bigger booboo than I had originally suspected.

Please, help!
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