Uninstalling software password protected.

Found 14th Oct 2010
Got a laptop from my uncle's old work place, and although its fairly outdated (3 years), it will be fine for the little one to use.

However, he's managed to uninstall everything (now only has Windows XP on) apart from one thing, which requires a password to complete the uninstall process?

Any clues/ideas how I can get around this - not sure what the progra/software is called but would like rid of this to start with a fresh slate so to speak

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try start,my computer,hard drive,program files then find the file you want right click and delete it may work.you may also be able to right click the same folder and click properties and see if there is a sharing option or security option on it but you should really know what it is your trying to get rid of first.

chuck in an O/S boot disk and format the drive

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Alfonse

chuck in an O/S boot disk and format the drive


+1

far easier and cleaner than uninstalling years of crap

it will still be slow without a reinstall

Original Poster

thought about a format/install but only have a Windows XP Home CD, and Im sure uncle said Laptop currently has XP Pro installed. Can I use a HOME CD with a XP PRO code?

Disco

thought about a format/install but only have a Windows XP Home CD, and Im … thought about a format/install but only have a Windows XP Home CD, and Im sure uncle said Laptop currently has XP Pro installed. Can I use a HOME CD with a XP PRO code?


no you cant but you can check what operating system your running by clicking start,control panel then system a box will appear with processor and ram specs and also show the operating system version.

dcx_badass

Deleting the files WILL NOT uninstall it, so that's a stupid … Deleting the files WILL NOT uninstall it, so that's a stupid suggestion.Anyway, could do with knowing the name of the program to be able to help properly.



if thats directed at me then thats very rude! and uninstalling does the same thing except it removes it from the registry also which can be done by other means and as the program is password protected is a good way of deleting it (stoping it from running and wasting ram and drive space) unless you no the password of course????

nightstud

if thats directed at me then thats very rude! and uninstalling does the … if thats directed at me then thats very rude! and uninstalling does the same thing except it removes it from the registry also which can be done by other means and as the program is password protected is a good way of deleting it (stoping it from running and wasting ram and drive space) unless you no the password of course????


Some programs change system files as well as registry entries. It's password protected for a reason. By deleting the programs folder you risk the chance of "breaking windows" because of a lost link. Yes some programs can be deleted this way such as winamp but others such as Norton and Nero can't that's why you need to know the program before any help can be given.

could try this method that is used to get rid of symantec endpoint. Also try the obvious passwords computer, the company name or even the software name ie symantec.

Use software to get the deleted data back.

trog0

Some programs change system files as well as registry entries. It's … Some programs change system files as well as registry entries. It's password protected for a reason. By deleting the programs folder you risk the chance of "breaking windows" because of a lost link. Yes some programs can be deleted this way such as winamp but others such as Norton and Nero can't that's why you need to know the program before any help can be given.


thats why you always set a system restore point first and of course always make a system backup but hey hoo ive done what ive sugestted dozens and dozens of times on many different pc's and laptops to get rid of annoying programs,viruses,malware etc.. and never had one problem ive also taken a complete folder from program files ie: steam with all my games and placed it in the same location on a different pc copied the shortcut for it to the desktop and yes the program works fine without installing thats not to say what your saying isnt right im just saying that i know from much experience my method works.

nightstud

thats why you always set a system restore point first and of course … thats why you always set a system restore point first and of course always make a system backup but hey hoo ive done what ive sugestted dozens and dozens of times on many different pc's and laptops to get rid of annoying programs,viruses,malware etc.. and never had one problem ive also taken a complete folder from program files ie: steam with all my games and placed it in the same location on a different pc copied the shortcut for it to the desktop and yes the program works fine without installing thats not to say what your saying isnt right im just saying that i know from much experience my method works.



Yes, and I know from my experience that this can cause problems. Yes with malware the quickest fix is to delete the program files/folders but you should always follow up with uninstaling and removing references from the system registry otherwise it's posssible the problem will reccurr. I dont know enough about steam to comment on it but try moving a copy of norton to another system using that method.

Edited by: "trog0" 18th Oct 2010

Download a copy of XP that's already on the laptop, do a total reinstall.

As long as you have a legit serial key, just create a new install disc using an ISO

dcx_badass

System restore does not restore deleted files. Seriously, stop giving out … System restore does not restore deleted files. Seriously, stop giving out bad advice.


did i say it did?
im on about deleting a specific program not files and then using a program to correct the registry if needed and like i said in my first comment you should no what the program is before doing anything.

trog0

Yes, and I know from my experience that this can cause problems. Yes with … Yes, and I know from my experience that this can cause problems. Yes with malware the quickest fix is to delete the program files/folders but you should always follow up with uninstaling and removing references from the system registry otherwise it's posssible the problem will reccurr. I dont know enough about steam to comment on it but try moving a copy of norton to another system using that method.


why would you want to its tiny to download and free and im pretty sure its not an antivirus the op is refering to .

nightstud

why would you want to its tiny to download and free and im pretty sure … why would you want to its tiny to download and free and im pretty sure its not an antivirus the op is refering to .



I wouldn't want to, but, I was just expanding on your comment that you can just copy a folder to another computer and the program contained therein would work faultlessly. Yes the program might not be an antivirus program but my advice still stands don't just delete the program folder without knowing what it installs and where.

trog0

I wouldn't want to, but, I was just expanding on your comment that you … I wouldn't want to, but, I was just expanding on your comment that you can just copy a folder to another computer and the program contained therein would work faultlessly. Yes the program might not be an antivirus program but my advice still stands don't just delete the program folder without knowing what it installs and where.


im not having a go at you mate and will no longer be commenting on this thread as the op has not been on here in six days but as ive said in comment number 1 and 16 you shouldnt change anything unless you know what it is and in comment 12 i agreed with you and lastly it seems to me no one on here has done what i suggested as there either to scared because of something they have been told or read.
when a program refuses to uninstall by other means and lets say you know what the program is and does then this method will work fautlessly as you put it. and as the op never came back to say what the program is this disagreement is pointless and ill point out one last time if you dont know the program dont touch it!
goodbye.
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