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    Default Removeing all bar the op system

    Hello all,

    So i have a dell pc, and am in the prosess of upgradeing the ram to 2x1gig and adding a new graphics card and once this has arived. i want to reset the op system and clean up my pc.

    but as everyone knows dell puts alot of crap on there pcs which just is not needed!

    im useing a windows xp media center with sp3

    i would like if possible to rid my pc of everything bar xp and media center
    no games no software nothing bar what is needed to run the pc and let me add my own software

    is there anyway to do this? i have the disks not useing ctrl- F11 at boot up

    Narkotic.

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    Default Re: Removeing all bar the op system

    Just hit up some of the torrent sites and download the install software for what you want. Just make sure to get the ones listed as software only and not the ones with the built in keygens or activation bypass hacks. Once you have the retail version of the installation disk you can install it and use the key that came with your version of Windows. Media is only that... the license is what costs so much. Alternatively you can get with Microsoft and purchase the install disk for XP Media Center. Some of your local PC shops may also have the media disk for sale.

    Keep in mind that you will likely still have to get on Dell's website to get the drivers you will need for your system components. It would be best to do this before the reinstall.
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    Default Re: Removeing all bar the op system

    Hi darhtanion

    i have the disks all ready and haveing a quick look on ebay there like 80 for the disk
    i just wanted to know if there was a way to take it all off with out me haveing to spend any money useing the disks i all ready have.
    i can get rid of most the programs that show up in add remove
    but know there still be files left behind somewhere and dont really want to be deleteing and files i shouldnt one disk says

    dvd is not for reinstallation programs or drivers... and like you said i can find them on the dell website but when loading it if i remember right it wont left me finish till i have addded the other disk which has the crap on it

    could there be anyway to by pass this part or a progam i could use to find anything other then opp system and delete it

    Narkotic.

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    Default Re: Removeing all bar the op system

    Not really what you want but will remove a lot of garbage after installation: http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/
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    Default Re: Removeing all bar the op system

    I understand that you have reinstall disks ... provided to you from Dell with your machine ... but that was the purpose of my recommendation. When you get the install disks that are the retail version (i.e. NO CRAPWARE), you can perform a fresh install of WinXP wihtout the extra garbage that comes from an OEM manufacturer. They include this junk in the install disks and there is no way that I am aware of to get around it since it is usually nothing more than an image of the original installation that is blown back to your box.

    I have heard of programs similar to what PrairieDawg recommends above, but if you simply get the install disks then you don't have to worry about it since the crap won't be installed in the first place.

    Also, your note that the disks cost a lot on eBay... you will be buying not only the disk but a license as well. If the seller is only giving you the install disk for that amount, you would be getting robbed. That is also why I suggested some of the available torrent sites; to get the install disk for free then use the number that is located on the little sticker on your machine. This gives you the fresh install without the bloat, but will often require a trip to the Dell website to pick up any drivers that you need since Windows may not recognize your hardware configuration.
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