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Can't uninstall pre-installed Microsoft Works

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  1. Spop

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    I have Microsoft Works 5.0 pre-installed on my computer from the company. I just installed Microsoft Office XP. I tried to go to add/remove programs and kick MS Works, but it nagged me for a cd. Is there another way I can get rid of Microsoft Works?
     
  2. EBSchrader

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    My Compaq Presario came with Works and Word preinstalled. I uninstalled Works, since I knew I would never need it. If you don't have a CD with the original programs that came with your computer, then perhaps you could use one of the shareware or freeware programs that are designed to uninstall programs.

    Did you check the actual files in the Works folder to see if there is an Uninstall incon? Usually that works quite well and is the recommended way to get rid of programs, if there is one.
     
  3. EBSchrader

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    *ahem* That should read Uninstall ICON. *blush*
     
  4. Spop

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    Thanks for your help. One more problem. I went to the works folder and deleted everything, but there is still a ghost image on my computer and there might be an entry in my registry. How can I get rid of these things too?
     
  5. EBSchrader

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    I hope someone else can help you with registry. That is not my forte. What do you mean by a ghost image?
     
  6. kiwiguy

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    If you simply "deleted everything", you may have a bit of a problem in the future. These programs get many keys embedded in the registry, and if the file cannot be found there can be mysterious errors occur. Its many more than "an entry", you might try one of several registry cleaners around, but its high risk stuff.
    Only uninstalling will work in many cases.

    By "ghost image" do you mean a restore image? Before you blat that, you might want to consider restoring to a point prior to the deletion.

    Is the program (Works) not working under XP, or do you just want to release the disk space? I can understand the lack of the original install CD if it was a bundled restore disk for the previous OS.
     
  7. Spop

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    Yes, MS Works was running perfect, but I got Microsoft Office XP and I don't need them both, so I felt that if I uninstalled MS Works I would have more disk space. What is meant by a ghost image is an icon of a program you tried to remove that won't go away.
     
  8. EBSchrader

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    Can't you right-click on it and delete the icon?
     
  9. Spop

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    my computer will not let me do that.
     
  10. EBSchrader

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    Perhaps I should have asked first, where does the icon appear? Its location might determine how to remove it.
     
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    If you want to get rid of registry entries, I've had good luck with RegCleaner. Just do a clean registry and it finds entries to programs that are no longer on your pc, then you just delete them. I've used it for 4 years now never had a problem, but if you do it makes a backup for you to restore to.
    RegCleaner 4.3 by Jouni Vuorio
    Should be freeware
     
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