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Hi
I'm going through my old desktop and i want to wipe out all of the old programs (everything), but I want to keep windows on the HDD. Is there a program that I can use to do that?
Thanks!
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That'd be a lot more work than it's worth.

Any reason you can't just simply reinstall Windows?
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post #3 of 6
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Originally Posted by goman123123 View Post

Hi
I'm going through my old desktop and i want to wipe out all of the old programs (everything), but I want to keep windows on the HDD. Is there a program that I can use to do that?
Thanks!

heh not really... depends on the os windows vista and 7 can do that. if you reinstall windows with out formatting it will . OLD you windows directory along with the program files then you can remove what you want in the .oldwindows directory.

if its xp and your worried the license key, google magic jellybean and you can view your windows cd key. then you can reinstall xp with the key.
post #4 of 6
Uninstall all programs you dont want via Control Panel>Programs and Features and then run CCleaner to clean old registry entries etc.
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Originally Posted by beers View Post

That'd be a lot more work than it's worth.

I think the same... And nothing is better working than a format C in the long end...

Format C with Win 7 takes only half an hour till an hour...

Half way Sean's first post you can click the spoiler where you can download the full up-to-date (latest service packs) windows 7 versions you like, 32/64 etc

Download it and use your serial

http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds
   
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post #6 of 6
It's better to do a full reinstall, but CCleaner can catch most data.

1) Uninstall Programs
2) Wipe out their folders from Program Files and Program Files (x86)
3) Create a new User account.
4) Delete old User account. (from new one)
5) Run CCleaner free-space-wipe

HKLM registry keys might slip through, and anything in the DEFAULT user folder(s), but that should catch all the user files and HKCU stuff. Odds of anything important slipping through: low
     
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