Re: Upgraded fine but now want to do a clean install
On Wed, 7 Mar 2007 21:21:20 -0500, "Bill Clark"
>I upgraded to Vista Premium over XP weeks ago with almost no problems or
>issues. What I've found now however is that there is a lot of junk on my 2
>year old Dell system (3Ghz, 1GB, 80 GB) that I don't want - I need to clean
>house a little. An example, all those powertoys for XP, well they still
>show up on my installed programs list but I can't uninstall them or get rid
>of them. Not to mention various other little freeware programs that have
>their tentacles all over the place. So, my questions are - if I do a clean
>install, will I have to activate Vista again and if so will I have to do
>phone activation since I've already activated the upgrade version? Should I
>even bother doing a clean install if my upgrade install is running fine just
>to tidy things up a bit?
Why tempt fate? I would only do a clean install as a last resort and
only then if something wasn't working.
While early, doubt if there is any good ones out yet, soon there
should be Vista capable Registry Cleaners that will clean up for you.
They've gotten a lot smarter over the years.
If you're the riverboat gambler type you can delete orphanded files
and junk from the Registry manually using that applet's build-in
search feature to locate the entires one at a time. Then just delete
the entire sub folder from the Programs folder for the application
you're trying to get rid of if it won't go away from add/remove in
Control Panel. A long drawn out process I only do it if some
application is acting up otherwise aside from the space they take up
they shouldn't cause any problems.