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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by boyoh53, Feb 16, 2004.

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  1. boyoh53

    boyoh53 Thread Starter

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    Hello, C:\WINDOWS\System32. There are about 50 .dll keyboard files from all the different countries around the world. Would it be safe for me to delete most of these that I will never use. XP Home SP1.
    On one of the forums the mod. speaks about de-registering .dll
    files. Is this neccesary? If it is how do I go about it? :) TIA.
     
  2. Bold_Fortune

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    I delete ALL "kbd*.dll" files...which are for foreign language keyboard layouts, except for "kbdus.dll" which is the United States Keyboard layout, and the one I use.

    A WORD OF CAUTION about kbd*.dlls. kbd*.dlls are Keyboard Layout files. My settings are for U.S. English, so I only need and keep the "kdbdus.dll". All others I remove from system32.

    I've heard about another way to go about deleting the kdb*.dlls your system doesn't need. I've never tried this command, but if you would like to try, it here it is: Go to Start > Run. Copy and paste this in and click OK: del c:\windows.alt\system32\kbd*.dll
    Supposedly, this will remove all the kdb*.dlls your system doesn't need.

    KBDAL.DLL > Albania Keyboard Layout
    kbdaze.dll > Azerbaijan_Cyrilic
    kbdazel.dll > Azerti-Latin
    kbdbe.dll > Belgian Dutch
    kbdbene.dll > Belgian
    kbdblr.dll > Belarusian
    kbdbr.dll > Brazillian
    kbdbu.dll > Bulgarian
    kbdca.dll > Canadian Multilingual
    kbdcan.dll > Canadian National Standard
    kbdcr.dll > Croatian/Slovenian
    kbdcz.dll > Czech
    kbdcz1.dll > Czech_101
    kbdcz2.dll > Czech_Programmer's
    kbdda.dll > Dannish
    kbddv.dll > Dvorak US English
    kbdes.dll > Spanish Alternate
    kbdest.dll > Estonia
    kbdfc.dll > Canadian French
    kbdfi.dll > Finnish
    kbdfo.dll > Faeroese
    kbdfr.dll > French
    kbdgae.dll > Gaelic
    kbdgkl.dll > Greek_Latin
    kbdgr.dll > German
    kbdgr1.dll > German_IBM
    kbdhe.dll > Greek IBM 220
    kbdhe220.dll > Greek IBM 319
    kbdhe319.dll > Greek
    kbdhela2.dll > Greek IBM 220 Latin
    kbdhela3.dll > Greek IBM 319 Latin
    kbdhept.dll > Greek_Polytonic
    kbdhu.dll > Hungarian
    kbdhu1.dll > Hungarian 101-key
    kbdic.dll > Icelandic
    kbdir.dll > Irish
    kbdit.dll > Italian
    kbdit142.dll > Italian 142
    kbdkaz.dll > Kazak_Cyrillic
    kbdkyr.dll > Kyrgyz
    kbdla.dll > Latin-American Spanish
    kbdlt.dll > Lithuania
    kbdlt1.dll > Lithuanian
    kbdlv.dll > Latvia
    kbdlv1.dll > Latvia-QWERTY
    kbdmac.dll > FYROMacedonian_Cyrillic
    kbdmon.dll > Mongolian
    kbdne.dll > Dutch
    kbdnec.dll > JP Japanese Keyboard Layout for (NEC PC-9800)
    kbdno.dll > Norwegian
    kbdpl.dll > Polish
    kbdpl1.dll > Polish Programmer's
    kbdpo.dll > Portuguese
    kbdro.dll > Romanian
    kbdru.dll > Russian
    kbdru1.dll > Russia(Typewriter)
    kbdsf.dll > Swiss French
    kbdsg.dll > Swiss German
    kbdsl.dll > Slovak
    kbdsl1.dll > Slovak(QWERTY)
    kbdsp.dll > Spanish
    kbdsw.dll > Swedish
    kbdtat.dll > Tatar_Cyrillic
    kbdtuf.dll > Turkish F
    kbdtuq.dll > Turkish Q
    kbduk.dll > United Kingdom
    kbdur.dll > Ukrainian
    kbdusl.dll > Dvorak Left-Hand US English
    kbdusr.dll > Dvorak Right-Hand US English
    kbdusx.dll > US Multinational
    kbduzb.dll > Uzbek_Cyrillic
    kbdycc.dll > Serbian_Cyrillic
    kbdycl.dll > Serbian_Latin
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    If you want to unregister them all at once, this little app puts "register" and "unregister" into the context menu when you right click on a DLL. You can highlight them all and in one click unregister them all.

    http://www.programmersheaven.com/zone16/cat633/22092.htm
     
  3. boyoh53

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    Hello Bold_Fortune. I d/loaded the little box, says it is installed but I can't get it up on the right click.
    What is the difference if they are unregistered or not? Would it be OK to just delete them without unregistering? :)
     
  4. KeithKman

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    I'm sure it would be fine to delete the ones you don't need.

    but

    "Don't fix it if it isn't broken." - I live by this quote.
     
  5. boyoh53

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    :D Thanks KeithKman, I typed the name of the file into box and hit
    unregister/delete and message came back "failed".

    As you say "Don't fix it if it isn't broken." I'll leave it as it is in the knowledge that it can be done anyway.

    Also thanks to Bold_Fortune. (y)
     
  6. Bold_Fortune

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    The registry entries for these files are here:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layouts

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Control\Keyboard Layouts

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Keyboard Layouts

    Just remove the ones your system doesn't need.

    Unregistering a DLL, "from what I understand", will remove some registry entries for a file that some registry cleaners won't.

    I've never found a registry cleaner that will remove these particular entries for kbd*.dlls, so I've always removed them by hand.
     
  7. boyoh53

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    Thanks Bold_Fortune thats the .reg entries and System32 .dlls
    all gone. There are rows of country initials under another Keyboard heading. I see the numbers correspond with ½ dozen
    or so that I kept. I'm sure they can go down the same path? Out.:D You think so? I know I'm taking the risk. :cool:
     
  8. Bold_Fortune

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    "I know I'm taking the risk."

    Taking risks has nothing to do with it, boyoh53. It's all about having fun with your computer. Good Luck, buddy. ...And have some fun with it!
     
  9. boyoh53

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    Thanks for the good wishes, Bold_Fortune. (y)
     
  10. boyoh53

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    Thanks again Bold_Fortune, another lot cleaned out.
    It is fun you know.!!
     
  11. Bold_Fortune

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    boyoh53, you want to see something about removing unnecessary files from XP...that's really fun?

    It's a very long "pinned" thread on another site. I start posting some really fun stuff about midway through it.

    This kind of file removal is not for the faint of heart.

    http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=80511&st=165

    My XP installation size:

    Windows Directory (all files and sub-folders)…
    1320 Files
    56 Folders
    256 MB ...Size on disk

    System32 Folder…
    1167 Files
    17 Folders
    229 MB ...Size on disk
     
  12. boyoh53

    boyoh53 Thread Starter

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    I stopped off at Neowin to-day reading about the new RegCleaner, somebody mentioned it didn't clean Applications so I put it on disk and deleted it. :cool:
     
  13. boyoh53

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    Hello Bold_Fortune, you are lucky your computer goes at all. :rolleyes: That is a lot of stuff out of it.

    I notice you have MSN gaming folder and contents gone? I could only get contents cleared, even went into safe mode to delete
    folder and "no go". You make quite a hobby out of it. ;)

    Got the *.fon's sorted now.
     
  14. Bold_Fortune

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    Hey, boyoh53. The reason my MSN Gaming folder is gone, along with other "impossible to remove" XP folders, is I have System File Protection disabled.
     
  15. boyoh53

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    Thanks Bold_Fortune, after I posted first thing I tried was deleting MSN Gaming Folder and away it went. I have tried many
    different times to do that and at last it's gone. (y)

    I have a feeling I might draw a line under my work for time being
    "just in case". ;)
     
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