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Questions about Windows operating system

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by outlaw612, Dec 13, 2004.

  1. outlaw612

    outlaw612 1/2 ton status

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    Ive got an old computer my son is gonna use for games. I bought it used and its got a bunch of programs and junk on it. Is there anyway to completely wipe the hard drive clean without losing the windows 98 thats installed on it? (I dont have any CD's for reinstalling anything thats on there.)

    Is there another option other than just deleting all the programs?

    Thanks for your help.
     
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    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    without a windows cd all you can do is go to the control panel and uninstall any programs you dont want
     
  3. outlaw612

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    Thats what I figured. Thanks for the reply.
     
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    How do I remove deleted programs from the registry?
     
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    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    Highlight each entry and hit the delete button . When you remove a program lots of stuff likes to stay in the registry :k5: :k5:
     
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    Wait! If you don't have install disks to recover from and you make a mistake hacking around in the registry, you will have yourself a high tech boat anchor... I recommend leaving the crap in the registry unless you pick up a cleaning program that can automate the process and recognize non-linked entries that are safe to nuke.
    A line that looks like "EvileSoftwareRegKey1" may have a reference or a link to "Abffg344381991802ffbb5540088", and deleting one without the other could leave you hosed, win98 unable to boot properly.

    If you do decide to play around, make sure you backup the reg files. To do so, in regedit, click "registry->export" and save the file somewhere easy to find, like c:\. I forget win98 alot, but I think there are two files that compose the complete registry; they should be .dat files in the windows folder, but I can't remember much more than that.
     
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    If you have a code number thingy I can send you a disc
     
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    Actually, good point. You can get the key out of the registry.

    I believe it's under
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion, it's one of the values in the right pane.

    Just be sure, before you start, that your OS is the same version as the one you have on the CD. For Win98, there was an initial release, and a second release. The keys aren't interchangeable, if yours is Win98 and you glean a Win98 key from it, then try to reinstall from Win98SE setup files, the key check will fail.

    I totally forgot, at my side job, we used to do this for clients that would bring a machine in and ask for a wipe and reinstall, but didn't have the source disks and didn't want to pay for an upgrade.

    Another thing I forgot about, some installers put the install files in the windows folder. I can't remember for squat what the folder name is, though. If you search the windows folder for *.cab, you should turn up a whole bunch together in one folder. Odds are that those are your setup files.
     
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    My disc in the first edition
     
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    Ill try to find the code. Im waiting on the memory to get here so I can get it set up. It may be after Christmas but Ill get back to you about the CD. I appreciate the offer. :thumb:
     
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    Thanks for the info. As soon as i get it setup Ill try finding the key.
     

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