Which programs should be removed?

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Rudy558

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This is my first post, I hope I put this topic in the right spot, if not I'm sorry, feel free to move it.

I'm going through my Dad's computer and trying to free up space and increase speed. I figured a good way to do that is to get rid of unnecessary programs. The problem is I can't always tell what is necessary. He has a HP Pavilion dv1000 with Windows XP Home Edition with service pack 3.

Here are the programs listed in the Add or Remove Programs list:
Adobe Flash Player 10 Plugin
Adobe Reader 9
Adobe Shockwave Player
Apple Application Support
Apple Mobile Device Support
Apple Software Update
Bonjour
Broadcom 802.11 Wireless LAN Adapter
CCleaner
Conexant AC-Link Audio
Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator Driver for Mobile
Intervideo DVD Check
InterVideo Home Theater
InterVideo WinDVD
Java(TM) 6 Update 3
Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1
Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Service Pack 2
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
Microsoft Compression Client Pack 1.0 for Windows XP
Microsoft Standard Edition 2003
Microsoft Security Essentials
Microsoft User-Mode Driver Framework Feature Pack 1.0
Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 ATL Update kb973923 - x86 8.050727.4053
Microsoft Visual C++ Redistribute
MSN Toolbar
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB927978)
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB936181)
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB954430)
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB973688)
MSXML 6.0 Parser (KB933579)
REALTEK Gigabit and Fast Ethernet NIC Driver
Sansa Media Converter
Slide
Soft Data Fax Modem with SmartCP
Sonic Audio Module
Sonic Copy Module
Sonic Data Module
Sonic Express Labler
Synaptics Pointing Device Driver
Texas Instruments PCIxx21/x515 drivers.
VisCalc
Windows Media Format 11 runtime
Windows Media Player 11
Windows XP Service Pack 3

Sorry that it's a long list, I just want to do a good job. I figure some of these are drivers and needed updates, but I'm not entirely sure which are which.
Thanks in advance!
 
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Is the disk getting full?

The number of programs installed has nothing to do with speed unless they are running. A better plan would be to reduce programs running in the background that are not necessary. Use a startup manager (and a reference for what they are) and disable the ones that you don't need or want because you can start them manually when you need them.

Others can't really tell you what programs to keep since we don't know what you use and for what.

Startup Control Panel
MZ Startup Manager
Startup Control Panel (Exe version for Vista)
Emsa Startup Manager
EM Startup Manager
WheresJames Startup Manager

Startup Programs Reference
 

flavallee

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What's the exact model number of that HP Pavilion dv1000 laptop? If you don't know for sure, look at the sticker and advise what the product number is.

How much RAM does it currently have?

What's the hard drive capacity and how much free/used space is there?

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As Elvandil already said, it's difficult to advise you what to uninstall because we don't know what your father uses that laptop for.

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Java(TM) 6 Update 3 is very outdated and should be replaced with Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0.23(6 Update 23).

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Rudy558

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Sorry for the slow reply, college started...

I guess i should have left out the speed part, I'm just trying to clear up space by getting rid of unused junk programs that aren't needed to run the computer. I left out any programs I know he will use from the above list.

The s/n is CNF52833KG
The p/n is EC144UA#ABA

1.24 gigs of RAM

16.16 gigs free of 74.3 gigs in C:

zbd21: no I haven't tried that, but I'll definitely check it out! thanks :D

Thanks for your fast responses!
 

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The p/n is EC144UA#ABA

1.24 gigs of RAM

16.16 gigs free of 74.3 gigs in C:
According to that product number, that computer is a HP Pavilion dv1311se laptop. Here is the support site for it that you should add and save in your browser favorites/bookmarks list so you can readily refer to it when needed.

It originally came with 512 MB of RAM, so more has obviously been added to it - which is good. (y)

If the C drive is 74.30 GB and has only 16.16 GB of free space, some de-cluttering and reclaiming of free space should be done.

Right-click Recycle Bin, then click Properties. Move the slider from its default value of 10% to 3%, then click Apply - OK.

Right-click My Computer, then click Properties - System Restore(tab). Move the slider from its default value of 12% to 3%, then click Apply.

While you're still there, turn off System Restore, then click Apply - OK, then restart the computer.

Go back into System Restore(tab), then turn System Restore back on, then click Apply - OK, then restart the computer again.

Check the C drive and see how much free space there is now.

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