removing un-necessary components of vista home premium

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by J.P., Sep 18, 2007.

  1. J.P.

    J.P. Guest

    I recently bought a new laptop which came pre-loaded with windows
    vista home premium. One of the first things I noticed was that ~30
    gigs of the disk drive were already in use. I've uninstalled all of
    the junk software that came preloaded. At this point I'm looking at
    features of vista home premium that I simply have no use for.

    I would like to uninstall the following programs:

    Windows Mail
    Windows Media Center
    Windows DVD Maker
    Windows Movie Maker
    Windows Contacts
    Windows Calendar

    For each and every one of these applications that came with vista home
    premium I am either using an application I consider better or I simply
    don't need the software Microsoft has graciously provided to me.

    There is no way to remove them through the add/remove programs or
    windows components utilities in windows that I can see. Is it even
    possible to take this stuff completely off the system without breaking
    vista? I.E., if I just go delete them from the file system am I
    risking breaking windows? Is there any safe and reliable way to get
    rid of this stuff so I can reclaim the wasted drive space?
     
    J.P., Sep 18, 2007
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  2. The items you listed are all Windows Vista system components
    and cannot be removed. Please perform a Disk Cleanup.

    Click on the blue Vista start button and then on the Computer
    entry in the Start Menu. Right-click on your hard drive and
    select Properties > Disk Cleanup > Files from all users.....
    More Options > Clean Up (System Restore and Shadow Copies).


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    Carey Frisch
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Shell/User

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    I recently bought a new laptop which came pre-loaded with windows
    vista home premium. One of the first things I noticed was that ~30
    gigs of the disk drive were already in use. I've uninstalled all of
    the junk software that came preloaded. At this point I'm looking at
    features of vista home premium that I simply have no use for.

    I would like to uninstall the following programs:

    Windows Mail
    Windows Media Center
    Windows DVD Maker
    Windows Movie Maker
    Windows Contacts
    Windows Calendar

    For each and every one of these applications that came with vista home
    premium I am either using an application I consider better or I simply
    don't need the software Microsoft has graciously provided to me.

    There is no way to remove them through the add/remove programs or
    windows components utilities in windows that I can see. Is it even
    possible to take this stuff completely off the system without breaking
    vista? I.E., if I just go delete them from the file system am I
    risking breaking windows? Is there any safe and reliable way to get
    rid of this stuff so I can reclaim the wasted drive space?
     
    Carey Frisch [MVP], Sep 18, 2007
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  3. Another great Vista 'feature'. It saddles you with all of this crap you
    can't remove.

    JP,

    http://www.netomatix.com/Development/VistaAddRemove.aspx
    Go to this link and it will tell you how to get to the 'add/remove
    windows components' where you can look for any of the items you listed
    below and remove them if you like. Good luck.




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    free speech rights under the First Amendment and is a cornerstone of the
    creativity and innovation that is a hallmark of this country. Consumer
    rights in the digital age are not frivolous."
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    The poster formerly known as 'The Poster Formerly , Sep 19, 2007
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