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    Recover Disk space (XP Home)

    I have only had my Sony Laptop for 6 months and would like some help please. It came preinstalled with many programs and even though I have not installed many more I am already down to only 39% free on my C Drive.I never use a lot of these programs which include (would you believe) four for digital photography and movies. I would like to burn them to a CD and keep them in case I ever need them, then totally remove them from the system. I have Disks from Sony but am not sure if everything is there to recover these programs.Can I do this , or has anyone any advice as to how to make sure they can be reinstalled in the future? All advice will be most gratefully received. Thank you.

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    Re: Recover Disk space (XP Home)

    Elaine, if the programs are installed you won't be able to put them onto a CD for storage. The best analogy is to think of software as coming in a large packing carton. When you install the software, you're opening the packing carton and assembling the contents. Unline a packing carton, the contents stay inside and can be used again and again. But once you take them out and assemble them, they can't be dismantled and packed back up.

    Check the CDs that came with your Sony. Nearly all manufacturers include the software that is pre-installed on CDs that ship with the system, in the event that you ever need to format and re-install. If you're not sure, call Sony and ask them if all pre-installed software is included on CD. You bought it - they owe you that much as a customer!
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    Re: Recover Disk space (XP Home)

    I agree with Mark.
    What programs are you NOT using that you would like to remove at this time?

    Remember that the OEM's of these laptops add a lot of tools that are needed for the computer towork properly, like the battery charging software, I have seen several people want to remove this.

    By the I have a Sony VIAO and so does my wife, mine running XP Pro and her XP Home.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Recover Disk space (XP Home)

    Thanks to both for quick reply.
    WyllyWylly I think I will have to contact Sony to make sure that everything I might need is on the CDs of which I have three. They say that you can recover the system, software and drivers but have been unable to identify some programs. There is a lot of stuff and Windows says it cannot open some of them so I don`t know what is there.They say to uninstall a corrupted program before trying to reinstall it , so that leads you to think that all you need must be on the disks.Thanks for the analogy. It`s amazing how how an explanation like that can help a computer illiterate like me.
    Dave A Since you also have a Sony Vaio (which I like very much) you will know exactly what my problem is.The programs I would like to remove are Arcsoft Panorama Maker, Movie Shaker, Picture Gear, Image Station, Smart Capture, DV Gate, and perhaps Sonic Stage too as I usually use Media Player. I don`t want do make any irreversible changes, but these programs are just taking up space. If I removed them, do you think I would gain enough space for it to be worthwhile? As a newcomer I avoid the registry like the plague, but is anything going to happen there or be lost if I delete the programs completely? Many thanks again to both of you for your help and I`m looking forward to your next answer. Elaine.

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    Re: Recover Disk space (XP Home)

    These programs do NOT take up that much space, unless you have a very small harddrive, what size is in your laptop? What ever you do do NOT do a delete, if they are listed in the "Add and remove programs" of Control panel you should remove them from there. You my take a look at the different CD's by browsing the different folders using Explorer (My Computer), just hold the shift key down while the CD is loading and the "Autorun" should NOT run. This will tell you what is on what CD.

    I have a older PCG-FX150, which came with Me and has a 20 gig harddrive. The drive is partirtoned into 2 drives. I am running the factory install setup on the CD drive and dual boot with XP Pro on the Drive. I did my beta testing on this machine and now I am running the production version of XP. Sony provided ALL of the required SW and drivers for this model to run XP.

    My wife's machine is a newer model which was XP ready and had ME also. Sony provided a XP Home version for this model, it included the SW and drivers needed to run XP Home. Both machine are running just great.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Recover Disk space (XP Home)

    DaveA Yes most of the programs are in Add/Remove so I will take your advice and just remove them from there. I have searched the CD and found some of them but I suppose they will all be there somewhere. Sounds like my Sony has similar software to your wife`s minus the ME.I have a 20Gig Hard Drive divided almost equally between C and D.The system is running well and I like it very much, I was just afraid of putting too much on it for purposes such as defragging etc.Thanks very much for all your help which I will no doubt need again!

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    Re: Recover Disk space (XP Home)

    A big space eater on XP is the System Restore function. You can adjust the size XP is allowed to use by right clicking on MY Computer then selecting Properties. Then click on the System Restore tab. You may want to turn off the Restore for D:. Then you can adjust the size of the restore for C: to around 300 MB (the exact seeting is up to you and how many restore points you want to keep. 300 MB should give you about 10 restore points.
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    Re: Recover Disk space (XP Home)

    Thanks for the advice joeperez, I knew that you could turn off System Restore altogether, or delete all previous Restore points, but I did not know that it was possible to limit the space it used. I have taken it down a lot and have gained 6% on my C Drive! Wonderful. Thanks very much.

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    Re: Recover Disk space (XP Home)

    Something else I don't see in this thread, Elaine, is the subject of temporary files. Sometimes it's amazing how much space that "junk" can take up on a hard drive. While you're getting up to speed on the topic, just to see if there's a problem, run Windows Explorer and do a search on your drive for files *.tmp and see what your come up with. Whatever it is, they can be safely deleted. THEN you might want to delve deeper into the topic. If you do, post again and one of us can lead you to a couple of places to do some reading and find out how to start a routine for regular housecleaning of the temporary junk.

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    Re: Recover Disk space (XP Home)

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    You're quite welcome!! I assumed you'd already limited the size of your Recycle Bin and TIF. If you haven't you probably want to as the MS defaults are pretty bad. You may also want to run the Disk Cleanup tool at Start | All Programs | Accessories | System Tools | Disk Cleanup. I'm not a big fan of the MS broad brush, mysterious goings on with this tool. Try going to http://www.langa.com (publishes a good newsletter) and doing a search of old newsletters for 'disk cleanup'. There's a .bat run for WinXP that you'll need to modify for your own situation but it may be worth the effort.

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    Re: Recover Disk space (XP Home)

    To bigaldoc and joeperez, Just happened to be here at same time as you tonight and got swamped by your replies! Well.. I asked for it didn`t I...Advice I mean. I want to find out about it all,so yes to all the offers of finding out about proper housekeeping.I`m off to do the search for temp files and I`m sure there will be plenty. I am new to this lark but really want to learn, so be kind and break me in gently please.Now here is another example of my (un)proficiency. I have not put a limit on any of the defaults such as recycle bin as I did not know this was possible either . I DO know about the Disk Cleanup, though, and use it (Hooray), Will also add a visit to "langa" to my list, so looks like I`m going to be pretty busy with all your suggestions. Keep them coming. Get back to you soon. Many ,many thanks for your help .
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    Re: Recover Disk space (XP Home)

    Elaine, to limit the recycle bin just right click and select properties. Then either do a global adjustment or adjust each drive. To adjust the size on the Temporary Internet Files click start and then right click Internet Explorer and select Internet Properties. Click the settings button in the Temporary Internet Files section on the General tab. Adjust the size as you see fit. Generally, if you have a broadband connection you don't need as much space reserved. You may need to play with the size to see what fits your browsing the best.

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    Re: Recover Disk space (XP Home)

    I'd like to add my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> here -

    I've had weird IE problems when the cache size is set too large. For broadband (cable, DSL and T1) I usually keep it very small - 10MB at most. For dial-up, 25-35MB seems to be the magic number. Any larger than that, and oddball issues crop up - such as trying to right-click and save an image, and only having BMP allowed as the file type.

    Either way.....keep it small, and it will respond better.
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    Re: Recover Disk space (XP Home)

    How odd that you mentioned that....I've used that for a while and even posted a link to it on my website. I did determine that it decides to delete cookies every once in a while, which normally isn't a problem.....but I hate going to the Lounge and not seeing my favorite skin! I've read about the TIFF problem, too - fortunately, there aren't many of those around because of their size, but it pays to be aware.... <img src=/S/eyeout.gif border=0 alt=eyeout width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Recover Disk space (XP Home)

    Mark, Do you mean it deletes cookies outside the parameter set on its options? I'm sure the author would 'like' to hear about that. I've got the most current version 1.55 build 147 and not noticed that behavior. You can set the number of days for unused cookie deletion to 99999 (that's pretty long) if you don't want it to delete any cookies.

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