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    Uninstall Applications? (Win XP SP2)

    Is it necessary to uninstall all applications prior to doing a clean-install? I read that you should uninstall all possible applications and empty the IE temp files but this seems unnecessary if you are going to Format the drive. I have read many of the posts about clean-installs but they don't seem to touch on this aspect. I want to make my clean-installs as clean as possible - without wasting time.

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    Re: Uninstall Applications? (Win XP SP2)

    If you are going to do a complete re-installation, starting with formatting the disk, then you don't need to delete or deinstall anything.

    The only exception to this is if you have applications installed on a disk drive that is not your boot disk

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    Re: Uninstall Applications? (Win XP SP2)

    If you want a really clean installation, you could always use a new hard disk! Otherwise what Stuart says should be adequate for your purposes...

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    Re: Uninstall Applications? (Win XP SP2)

    Thanks John and Stuart. I suspected as much but I had always uninstalled everything after reading (a long time ago) that the proper way to do a clean-install was to uninstall all apps but to leave their folders there. (?) So many places that list the steps for a clean-install tell you to
    <UL><LI>Empty Internet Explorer cache
    <LI>Scan for viruses
    <LI>Defrag
    <LI>Scandisk[/list]and I have never been sure if any of the steps were worth the effort. For instance, why empty the IE cache? Wouldn't it all be overwritten anyhow? I guess a lot of doubt comes from the fact that I don't really understand what "Format" does. Windows warns you that all data will be lost - but is it really gone? If it is just marked for deletion then even Defrag would be a waste of time. No? As you can tell, this is a bit confusing to me.
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    Re: Uninstall Applications? (Win XP SP2)

    Sherry

    In summary, FORMAT wipes out everything on the disk, and may then add the boot sector and "system files" which facilitate the boot process. So deleting files (rather than backing them up if you want to keep them!) before doing a format is a Waste of Time, since FORMAT does that only too efficiently for you.

    May I suggest you read <!mskb=313348>Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 313348<!/mskb> and perhaps <!mskb=302686>Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 302686<!/mskb>, which give an account of what gets done on a format of a disk partition, among other things?

    NTFS is recommended by Microsoft as the best file system for the large hard disks commonly encountered.

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    Re: Uninstall Applications? (Win XP SP2)

    John,
    Thanks for the KB links - they did help me to understand what goes on. And now that I know, my clean-installs will be even faster! <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

    Thanks again.
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