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Which programs should be removed?

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by Rudy558, Jan 3, 2011.

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  1. Rudy558

    Rudy558 Thread Starter

    Jan 3, 2011
    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
    Broadcom 802.11 Wireless LAN Adapter
    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
    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.
    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!
  2. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    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
  3. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
    First Name:
    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?


    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.


    Java(TM) 6 Update 3 is very outdated and should be replaced with Java Runtime Environment Update 23).

  4. zbd21


    Mar 2, 2005
  5. Rudy558

    Rudy558 Thread Starter

    Jan 3, 2011
    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!
  6. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    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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