Uninstalling Programs not in Windows Features or Programs & Featur

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Barney Bornn, Jul 30, 2007.

  1. Barney Bornn

    Barney Bornn Guest

    I'm running Windows Vista Home Basic on a Compaq Presario laptop. (Well, it
    was cheap.)

    There are several programs I want to remove:

    Online Services (Which expands to Easy Internet Services and a list of
    online services in the US),

    Windows Calendar, Windows Contacts, and Windows Mail (which I don't need
    because I have Office Pro installed), and

    Windows Photo Gallery.

    They are not listed in Programs and Features or in Windows Features, but
    they show up in the Start Menu.

    HP told me I could just delete the exe files, but I find that difficult to
    believe because just deleting them would leave the Registry unchanged.

    Is there a way of removing these programs without messing up the Registry?
     
    Barney Bornn, Jul 30, 2007
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  2. Those are Windows Vista system files & folders and are integrated.
    They cannot be removed.

    --
    Carey Frisch
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows - Shell/User

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    in message I'm running Windows Vista Home Basic on a Compaq Presario laptop. (Well, it
    was cheap.)

    There are several programs I want to remove:

    Online Services (Which expands to Easy Internet Services and a list of
    online services in the US),

    Windows Calendar, Windows Contacts, and Windows Mail (which I don't need
    because I have Office Pro installed), and

    Windows Photo Gallery.

    They are not listed in Programs and Features or in Windows Features, but
    they show up in the Start Menu.

    HP told me I could just delete the exe files, but I find that difficult to
    believe because just deleting them would leave the Registry unchanged.

    Is there a way of removing these programs without messing up the Registry?
     
    Carey Frisch [MVP], Jul 30, 2007
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  3. Barney Bornn

    Barney Bornn Guest

    Every time I use Vista it becomes more obvious: Microsoft did not improve
    the operating system, they merely changed it. And as is so often the case
    change for the sake of change is counterproductive.

    The same is true of Office 2007.

    Barney
     
    Barney Bornn, Jul 30, 2007
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  4. Hi Barney

    Do you want to totally remove these applications? Or just remove them from
    the Start Menu?

    It is quite easy to remove them from the Start Menu - just right-click on
    the item, and choose "Delete" from the context menu. If you get a "Please
    confirm" dialogue, just press Continue.

    Contacts, Photo Gallery etc are part of the system, they are quite deeply
    spliced into Windows. You can probably remove them totally with some deep
    hacking, but I don't recommend it. If you get them off the Start Menu, they
    can live unobtrusively in the background.

    Hope it helps,
     
    Andrew McLaren, Jul 30, 2007
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  5. Why did you purchase Windows Vista and Office 2007?
     
    Jupiter Jones [MVP], Jul 31, 2007
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  6. Barney Bornn

    Barney Bornn Guest

    Hi Jupiter,

    I had heard bad things about Vista, and I planned to wait until Microsoft
    issued a service pack before getting a new computer. But I needed a laptop
    and couldn’t find one with XP on it, because they all had Vista. So I got
    Vista.

    But I doubt that Microsoft will fix a lot of the things I find obnoxious
    about Vista. I don’t think they’ll change the silly folders that look as
    though they’ll spill their contents. I doubt that they’ll fix the view you
    get when you open Windows Explorer, even though the Vista version is awkward
    and harder to use. I hope, but I’m skeptical about the prospects that
    they’ll fix the design mistakes that make it nearly impossible to share files
    and printers between computers running Vista and computers running XP on a
    wireless network. I’m certain they won’t change things to allow me to remove
    programs like the ones I listed in my first post from my system, where they
    use up disk space.

    Vista is certainly different from XP, but it is certainly not better.

    I didn’t want Office 2007, either, but I needed it for compatibility
    reasons. When I started using it I found, again, change for the sake of
    change. Outlook and Word are harder to use, with a more complex menu system
    that hides many of the functions I used to use.

    This is hardly the place for a technical evaluation of Vista and Office
    2007, and I must admit that I’m not qualified to provide one anyway. I’m
    simply a user who is confronted with change that accomplishes nothing and
    makes my life more difficult.

    I wish my laptop were running XP. I wish I didn’t need to read and create
    files with a docx extension. (“docx,†by the way is not included in the
    Office 2007 dictionary, so gives you an error if you use it.)

    Have I answered your question?

    Barney
     
    Barney Bornn, Aug 1, 2007
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  7. Dell still sells laptops with windows XP, here is one:
    http://www.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/latit_d430?c=us&l=en&s=bsd&cs=04
    Other OEMs probably also Windows XP available.
    Windows XP should be available somewhere preinstalled at least until
    January 2008.

    Windows Vista has a few Reliability packs not yet widely available
    that when released may address some of your concerns.
    Some things relating more to personal preference are less likely to be
    changed.

    The Windows Vista Service Pack is rumored to be available early next
    year coinciding with the release of Windows Server 2008.

    --
    Jupiter Jones [MVP]
    http://www3.telus.net/dandemar
    http://www.dts-l.org
     
    Jupiter Jones [MVP], Aug 1, 2007
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