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    Windows Setup

    I want to remove some screen savers that installed with XP. They are listed in control panel, but they seem to be system files and I'm afraid to just delete them. I did a Google search and one suggestion was to go to Add Remove > Windows Setup, that's where my problem begins. I don't see Windows Setup, I used to a while ago and downloaded some Windows games.

    With Windows Setup I could uncheck the screen savers I no longer want on my PC. Would deleting them from Add or Remove be possible?
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    Re: Windows Setup

    The option you want is named "Add/Remove Windows Components" (see screenshot below).
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    Re: Windows Setup

    Thanks Hans, I couldn't remember the proper name for the life of me. You hit the nail on the head. How do I get it back?
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    Re: Windows Setup

    Do you mean that that option isn't there at all? If you have windows XP Pro, you should be able to use the group policy editor (gpedit) to restore the option, but I wouldn't know how to do it in Windows XP Home.

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    Re: Windows Setup

    Gloria,

    First, to check whether the Add/Remove applet is alive and well, go to Start>Run, type in "appwiz.cpl" (without the quotes) and click OK (or press Enter).

    If the Add/Remove applet starts, then it's a problem with the shortcuts. The easiest and most immediate way to fix it is to go to C:WindowsSystem32 folder, find the appwiz.cpl file and put a shortcut to it somewhere handy.

    If it doesn't start, you can try replacing it with a new copy through System File Checker. Rather than running the whole SFC routine, you can go to Start>Run, type in "msconfig" (without the quotes), click OK and on the General tab, click the "Expand File" button. Tell it you want to extract appwiz.cpl, tell it to extract it from either C:I386 or your XP CD (which you'll need to put in the CD drive) and tell it to extract it to C:WindowsSystem32.
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    Re: Windows Setup

    Add/Remove is alive and well. I just didn't know how to reach Add/Remove Windows Components. I found how to reach it after I posted my request for help. I started Add/Remove and found Add/Remove Windows Components. I clicked on Accessories & Utilities and found games but no Screen Savers. In Windows 98 they were listed, but seem to have been removed from Windows XP. I unchecked some games and Windows Setup removed them for me. They were installed when I installed a fresh copy of Windows after the format.

    Therefore I will have to try and remove them from Add/Remove Programs and hope everything turns out OK.

    Thanks anyway for your assistance.

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    Re: Windows Setup

    It's there Hans, and it's alive and well. See my post to Viking33 for how I found what I was looking for.

    Thank you for your reply to my request for assistance.

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    Re: Windows Setup

    The screen savers that come with Windows XP are not listed in Add/Remove Windows Components. Do you have a particular reason for wanting to remove them? Together, they take up 3 MB or so, less than 0.01% of the storage space on your hard disk.
    And if you removed them, they'd come back next time you have to repair your installation...

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    Re: Windows Setup

    I found one listed as Internet Games, what they are and where they are, is beyond me. I've never had occassion to use it and the size was: 8.5 MB, it was removed.
    I have enough stuff on my computer that I use, things I have no use for and never will use, I prefer to remove, That's my only reason for removing Windows games.
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    Re: Windows Setup

    There should be no problem removing games - the games that come with Windows are listed in Add/Remove Windows Components and other games should be listed in the main part of the Add or Remove Software control panel.
    But you also mentioned screen savers, and my reply referred to those.

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    Re: Windows Setup

    There are no games listed under Add/Remove Windows Components. I checked every heading's details and NO Games. If you see them what listing are they under?
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    Re: Windows Setup

    My MS Windows Games are found in Add/Remove then Add/Remove Windows Components. Then make sure Accessories and Utilities is highlighted and click on Details. Games are listed under this category. Pic below for you to see!


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    Re: Windows Setup

    Here's a screen shot of where to remove the Games installed by MS with the Windows installation. Start > Control Panel > Add Remove Programs > Add / Remove Windows Components opens Windows Component Wizard > Accessories & Utilities > click Accessories & Utilities to highlight it and then click the Details button and then uncheck Games (to learn more about the individual games and how much space you will save, click on each game to highlight it and then click the Details button. After you've made your changes just cancel or back your way out. Save any changes as requested.
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    Re: Windows Setup

    And here's a screenshot of the C:WINDOWSsystem32 location of the system installed screensaver files.
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    Re: Windows Setup

    Thanks Doc,
    I will look for them there.
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