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Hi,

I'm intending to uninstall all the programming developers tools and programs that I have installed for my school and I'm having trouble identifying which are the important ones that I should keep. I'm worried I might delete something that is required to run my system normally.

Is there a program I can run that prints out all the programs that I currently have installed so you can tell me which are the required ones that is runtime mandatory and which are the tools and programs that I can delete?
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As a general rule anything that shows up in Add/Remove programs or Programs & Features will not bring the operating system down. You should be able to get rid of anything you need to with no issues.
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As a general rule anything that shows up in Add/Remove programs or Programs & Features will not bring the operating system down. You should be able to get rid of anything you need to with no issues.

Thanks for your help! Does this apply to hotfixes as well? I do know for sure hotfixes are windows mandatory patches though I may be wrong. :s

Is there a way to copy and paste the whole list of installed programs on my laptop so that you guys can have a look and give me a heads up to what I should delete to ease up my laptop for some space and increase the speed/performance?
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Hotfixes are security updates and should not be removed unless there is a major issue, which in 95% of cases there is not.
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Hello! I'm not sure what your asking?? If your wanting to post all your programs that on your C drive on Geeks to Go, you can do that by Clicking on System Information. Then click Software Environments. Then click on Program Groups.
Select All=Copy. Then you can paste all your programs in a post. I don't know why you would want to do that. Your the only one that can decide which programs you want to keep. Getting rid of programs you don't use is a good way to free up disk space, but that has to be your decision. If it's related to windows I would leave it alone. Hope this helps. Geeks to Go don't know which programs you want to keep. Keep the ones you use and ditch the rest. I would back up my OS before doing any major deleting.
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Hello jiber!
Just for fun; here is all my programs. I wouldn't expect Geeks to Go to know which programs I use. I hope this helps.
Accessories All Users:Accessories All Users
Accessories DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner:Accessories DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner
Accessories\Accessibility All Users:Accessories\Accessibility All Users
Accessories\Accessibility DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner:Accessories\Accessibility DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner
Accessories\Communications All Users:Accessories\Communications All Users
Accessories\Entertainment All Users:Accessories\Entertainment All Users
Accessories\Entertainment DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner:Accessories\Entertainment DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner
Accessories\System Tools All Users:Accessories\System Tools All Users
Accessories\System Tools DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner:Accessories\System Tools DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner
Administrative Tools All Users:Administrative Tools All Users
Administrative Tools DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner:Administrative Tools DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner
Avira All Users:Avira All Users
Avira\AntiVir Desktop All Users:Avira\AntiVir Desktop All Users
CCleaner All Users:CCleaner All Users
CCleaner DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner:CCleaner DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner
CDBurnerXP All Users:CDBurnerXP All Users
CPUID All Users:CPUID All Users
CPUID\HWMonitor All Users:CPUID\HWMonitor All Users
CPUID\PC Wizard 2010 All Users:CPUID\PC Wizard 2010 All Users
Duplicate Cleaner All Users:Duplicate Cleaner All Users
Eraser All Users:Eraser All Users
Everything DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner:Everything DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner
FastStone Capture All Users:FastStone Capture All Users
FastStone Photo Resizer All Users:FastStone Photo Resizer All Users
Foxit PDF Creator All Users:Foxit PDF Creator All Users
Free Registry Cleaner DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner:Free Registry Cleaner DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner
Free Registry Defrag DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner:Free Registry Defrag DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner
Full Tilt Poker All Users:Full Tilt Poker All Users
Games All Users:Games All Users
HP All Users:HP All Users
HP DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner:HP DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner
HP\PSC All-In-One 1300 series All Users:HP\PSC All-In-One 1300 series All Users
ImgBurn DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner:ImgBurn DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner
Macrium All Users:Macrium All Users
Macrium DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner:Macrium DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner
Macrium\Reflect All Users:Macrium\Reflect All Users
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware All Users:Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware All Users
Microsoft Silverlight All Users:Microsoft Silverlight All Users
Online Armor All Users:Online Armor All Users
PowerTools Lite All Users:PowerTools Lite All Users
Revo Uninstaller DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner:Revo Uninstaller DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner
SUPERAntiSpyware All Users:SUPERAntiSpyware All Users
Seagate All Users:Seagate All Users
Seagate\SeaTools for Windows All Users:Seagate\SeaTools for Windows All Users
Smart Defrag All Users:Smart Defrag All Users
Spell Checker For OE 2.1 DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner:Spell Checker For OE 2.1 DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner
SpywareBlaster All Users:SpywareBlaster All Users
Startup All Users:Startup All Users
Startup DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner:Startup DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner
Unlocker DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner:Unlocker DONETTA-C46FD94\Owner
Wipe 2011 All Users:Wipe 2011 All Users
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Geeks to Go don't know which programs you want to keep.

That's a little too black & white for me.

We can definitely help Jiber here in making recommendations why we would recommend keeping certain programs, or removing others.

@Jiber,
If you post a list of the programs you have installed on your PC I can help you with recommendations on what programs to keep and what programs to remove.

Regards,
Olrik
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Geeks to Go don't know which programs you want to keep.

That's a little too black & white for me.

We can definitely help Jiber here in making recommendations why we would recommend keeping certain programs, or removing others.

@Jiber,
If you post a list of the programs you have installed on your PC I can help you with recommendations on what programs to keep and what programs to remove.

Regards,
Olrik

Hello sorry! I don't understand black & white. My post has all my programs. I know this is not my thread and I don't want to hi jack it. I just don't understand how you would know which ones I need and which ones to thrash. I guess I don't understand what the OP is asking. I wanted to show him how to copy and paste all his programs without having to type each one separately. I meant no harm nor was saying Geeks to Go couldn't help.Geeks to Go can always help. Thank you!!
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I just don't understand how you would know which ones I need and which ones to thrash.

What we do is let people know what different programs do, so they can make the determination if it's something they use or need. We don't tell them to just delete stuff. If it's something pretty general, like Office, Adobe, Firefox, or something else they most likely use, then we won't suggest they remove it. If it's a specialized program that might have a limited application, then we can certainly provide a description of what it's used for. In this particular, jiber is looking to uninstall programs he used for school, so it will probably be easier to identify them.
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Hello sari.
Thanks for your reply. I guess I didn't understand what the OP was asking. I know you can't copy and paste from Add/Remove, but you can from Windows Explorer, if that will help.I thought he was asking for a easy way to list all his programs. They should all be in programs folder in Explorer. And now I'll mind my own business because I have no clue what programs you would have from school;we didn't have computers when I was in school :D . I'm going to watch this thread, it sounds interesting :D
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I would actually suggest to jiber to do a couple screen shots of the add/remove program group.

A great program for that is Gadwin Printscreen Free. This program allows you to do screen shots of a full window or you can take only what you want. You can also save it in multiple formats.
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How do I get the list of my installed programs?

Edit:

Apparently Absolute Uninstaller has that ability! Here's my list..


Report created on

Programs installed on your computer (Total 226 Programs):
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7-Zip 4.65
Absolute Uninstaller 2.8.0.636
Acer Crystal Eye webcam
Acer Crystal Eye webcam
Acer eAudio Management
Acer eDataSecurity Management
Acer Empowering Technology
Acer eNet Management
Acer ePower Management
Acer ePresentation Management
Acer eSettings Management
Acer GridVista
Acer Mobility Center Plug-In
Acer VCM
Adobe Flash Player 10 ActiveX
Adobe Flash Player 10 Plugin
Adobe Reader 9.4.0
Adobe Shockwave Player 11
Agere Systems HDA Modem
Apple Application Support
Apple Mobile Device Support
Apple Software Update
Atomic Alarm Clock 5.61
AusLogics Disk Defrag
AVG 2011
AVG 2011
AVG 2011
BlackBerry Desktop Software 4.6
BlackBerry Desktop Software 4.6
Bonjour
BroadBand on Mobile
Broadcom Gigabit Integrated Controller
ccc-Branding
CCleaner (remove only)
Crystal Reports Basic for Visual Studio 2008
CyberLink YouCam
CyberLink YouCam
D3DX10
DEVIL MAY CRY 4
Diner Dash
DivX Setup
Download Accelerator Plus (DAP)
eReg
ERUNT 1.1j
FL Studio v7.0
Fraps
Funshion
Futuremark SystemInfo
Garena 2010
Google Updater
HijackThis 2.0.2
Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite - ENU (KB971091)
Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite - ENU (KB973674)
Intel PROSet Wireless
Intel® Matrix Storage Manager
iPhone Explorer 2.100
iTunes
Java™ 6 Update 21
Java™ 6 Update 3
Java™ 6 Update 5
Java™ 6 Update 6
Java™ 6 Update 7
Java™ SE Development Kit 6 Update 6
Junk Mail filter update
KeyNote 1.6.5
Launch Manager
Logitech Gaming Software
Logitech SetPoint 6.15
Microsoft Document Explorer 2005
Microsoft Document Explorer 2005
Microsoft Document Explorer 2008
Microsoft Document Explorer 2008
Microsoft Help Viewer 1.0
Microsoft Help Viewer 1.0
Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
Microsoft Office Access MUI (English) 2007
Microsoft Office Access Setup Metadata MUI (English) 2007
Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007
Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007
Microsoft Office Excel MUI (English) 2007
Microsoft Office Groove MUI (English) 2007
Microsoft Office Groove Setup Metadata MUI (English) 2007
Microsoft Office InfoPath MUI (English) 2007
Microsoft Office OneNote MUI (English) 2007
Microsoft Office Outlook Connector
Microsoft Office Outlook MUI (English) 2007
Microsoft Office PowerPoint MUI (English) 2007
Microsoft Office Proof (English) 2007
Microsoft Office Proof (French) 2007
Microsoft Office Proof (Spanish) 2007
Microsoft Office Proofing (English) 2007
Microsoft Office Proofing Tools 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
Microsoft Office Proofing Tools 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
Microsoft Office Proofing Tools 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
Microsoft Office Publisher MUI (English) 2007
Microsoft Office Shared MUI (English) 2007
Microsoft Office Shared Setup Metadata MUI (English) 2007
Microsoft Office Word MUI (English) 2007
Microsoft Search Enhancement Pack
Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010 Object Model - ENU
Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010 Object Model - ENU
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office Runtime (x86)
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office Runtime (x86)
Mobile Broadband Modem
Moyea YouTube FLV Downloader version: 3.1.2.0
Mozilla Firefox (3.5.13)
MSVCRT
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB936181)
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB941833)
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB954430)
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB973688)
MSXML 4.0 SP2 Parser and SDK
Neffy 1,2,0,22
NTI Backup NOW! 4.7
NTI CD & DVD-Maker
NVIDIA PhysX
O2Micro Flash Memory Card Reader Driver Installer(x86)
OpenOffice.org Installer 1.0
Orion
Pando Media Booster
PixiePack Codec Pack
PowerISO
QuickTime
Razer Tarantula
RealPlayer
Realtek High Definition Audio Driver
Security Update for 2007 Microsoft Office System (KB2288621)
Security Update for 2007 Microsoft Office System (KB2288931)
Security Update for 2007 Microsoft Office System (KB2289158)
Security Update for 2007 Microsoft Office System (KB2344875)
Security Update for 2007 Microsoft Office System (KB2345043)
Security Update for 2007 Microsoft Office System (KB969559)
Security Update for 2007 Microsoft Office System (KB976321)
Security Update for CAPICOM (KB931906)
Security Update for Microsoft Office Access 2007 (KB979440)
Security Update for Microsoft Office Access 2007 (KB979440)
Security Update for Microsoft Office Excel 2007 (KB2345035)
Security Update for Microsoft Office Groove 2007 (KB2494047)
Security Update for Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007 (KB979441)
Security Update for Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007 (KB979441)
Security Update for Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 (KB982158)
Security Update for Microsoft Office PowerPoint Viewer (KB2413381)
Security Update for Microsoft Office Publisher 2007 (KB2284697)
Security Update for Microsoft Office system 2007 (972581)
Security Update for Microsoft Office system 2007 (KB974234)
Security Update for Microsoft Office Visio Viewer 2007 (KB973709)
Security Update for Microsoft Office Word 2007 (KB2344993)
Service Pack 1 for SQL Server 2008 (KB968369)
Skype Toolbars
Skype™ 5.1
Synaptics Pointing Device Driver
Tixati
Update for 2007 Microsoft Office System (KB967642)
Update for Microsoft Office 2007 Help for Common Features (KB963673)
Update for Microsoft Office Access 2007 Help (KB963663)
Update for Microsoft Office Excel 2007 Help (KB963678)
Update for Microsoft Office Infopath 2007 Help (KB963662)
Update for Microsoft Office OneNote 2007 (KB980729)
Update for Microsoft Office OneNote 2007 Help (KB963670)
Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 (KB2412171)
Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 Help (KB963677)
Update for Microsoft Office Powerpoint 2007 Help (KB963669)
Update for Microsoft Office Publisher 2007 Help (KB963667)
Update for Microsoft Office Script Editor Help (KB963671)
Update for Microsoft Office Word 2007 Help (KB963665)
Update for Outlook 2007 Junk Email Filter (KB2508979)
VC Runtimes MSI
Ventrilo Client
Ventrilo Server
Videora iPod classic Converter 3.08
Videora iPod touch Converter 6
Virtual DJ - Atomix Productions
Visual Studio Tools for the Office system 3.0 Runtime
Visual Studio Tools for the Office system 3.0 Runtime
VLC media player 1.0.0
WebCam Recorder
Windows Live Communications Platform
Windows Live Essentials
Windows Live Essentials
Windows Live ID Sign-in Assistant
Windows Live Installer
Windows Live Mail
Windows Live Mail
Windows Live Messenger
Windows Live Messenger
Windows Live MIME IFilter
Windows Live Movie Maker
Windows Live Movie Maker
Windows Live Photo Common
Windows Live Photo Common
Windows Live Photo Gallery
Windows Live Photo Gallery
Windows Live PIMT Platform
Windows Live SOXE
Windows Live SOXE Definitions
Windows Live Sync
Windows Live UX Platform
Windows Live UX Platform Language Pack
Windows Live Writer
Windows Live Writer
Windows Live Writer
Windows Live Writer Resources
Windows Media Player Firefox Plugin
Windows Mobile 5.0 SDK R2 for Pocket PC
WinRAR archiver
Wireless@SG SingTel (1.0.0.0)
Xvid 1.2.2 final uninstall
YouTube Downloader App 3.00
Zuma Deluxe
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Programs installed on your computer (Total 226 Programs):

Edited by jiber, 13 April 2011 - 06:09 AM.

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Are those Acer programs a mandatory for regular running on my laptop as well?

I just want to clean up some space so I can get some new programs that I intend to install to use.. And I'm running on "red alert" hdd now so thats why I want to clear up things that I've got from school. List any potential programs that may take up space too. If I need it I'll prolly not uninstall it so no harm listing it out too! :D

Also, does registry entries take up much space? Any difference between using the uninstaller from the program folder itself and using the "Programs and Features" in control panel?
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First off it will be difficult for us to give you exactly what to remove. We can make recommendations though.

What does

And I'm running on "red alert" hdd now

mean?

Some things you can definitely uninstall are:

1. Java™ 6 Update 3
Java™ 6 Update 5
Java™ 6 Update 6
Java™ 6 Update 7
Java 6 Update 24 is available so then you can uninstall Java™ 6 Update 21

2. HijackThis 2.0.2 This should only be used by experienced users (it is also not used on Geeks to Go and is also not kept up to date).

My next concern is the multiple instances of some programs (they all have the same name). They could be separate installs or could be updates to the same program.
Unless you can click on separate links to each one of them to start a program, then I tend to believe they are some sort of updates.

Leave anything dealing with Acer because it is essential.

DO NOT USE ANY REGISTRY CLEANERS!

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The bar that states how much free and used space that you see on your C:\ drive or D:\ drive at 'My Computer', it is red and has been red for some time already. Every time I delete some programs it reflects on my C:\ drive that I've got maybe a GB back. But after awhile the GB just gets used up again. I'm suspecting a malware or some kind of virus eating up my space..

Yes recommendations is what I'm looking for in fact. I am well aware that no one knows what I do not want and not want..

I used to be from G2GU and that is why I have HJT.

My C:/ drive is clogged up with many files that I do not know.. things like:

TmpA466826237
mpg2splt.ax
mshtml.dll
bthservsdp.dat
iBSS.n81ap
DUMP4920.tmp
hiberfil.sys
pagefile.sys
3d0a2ff1-382d-44a8-b238-eb8992995.txt
-20080226.log
vcredist_x86.log

Some files takes up much space but most of it just a KB or two..

I'm wondering though, could it be all those Malware and Spyware cause my drive to clutter up as well?
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