I just don't think I have the time to go through and manually delete al of this stuff. I mean, I can see the value in this email for those with 12GB hdds.
We all know WinXP is bloated, and it's install is massive, but I can't find sitting in front of my PC for 30min-1hr manually deleting files as something I look forward to. My rigs running XP are running smooth, so I personally would not go through all of this.
However, as stated above, a very informative post.
NotBold_Fortune... I want to be clear that I definately see the value of your list, and can see why many people would find this information extremely valuable. You are right, for those that wait on M$oft for answers, we would be wasting our lives away.
No problem, sammy5gs, I did see that in your post, and I didn't misinterpret it. We're okay.
I wanted to put up that statement, though, and now was as good a time as any. You will see shortly, people are going to start posting negatives here soon. It happens all the time. It is quite the controversial subject, with many opinions about it.
Below I have a "short list" of files perfectly safe to delete. This short list will still save a considerable amount of hardrive space. Some XP users may feel a little more comfortable following this list as a guideline rather than the master list above. The master list I use is pretty extreme, and is geared more to the advanced, "fearless", computer user.
Just like you would do before you apply any major change to your system...backup. It is so very important to backup our systems regularly. Believe it or not, technically, I haven't re-installed XP in over a year's time.
I do a lot of tweaking and deleting tests, and sometimes I need to re-install...but I only have to re-install XP, and then immediately install the Drive Image program so I can get to a backup image I have saved, either on another partition, or on a 700MB CD. So I never have to "start from scratch", so to speak.
I have numerous backup images on 700MB CDs...dating back to over a year ago. All I have to do is pop one in, copy it to another partition, and use it to restore my system to a different place in time.
That is actually the main reason I delete files. I do need the extra space for this backup method. I have to have my stored backup images each below 700MB. (That's the "compressed backup image" Drive Image makes, not the actual size of the installation on disk. You need to use my master list above to downsize to that point.) The more programs I install, the more disk space is taken up, and more the need to delete some files to save space.
Although this is a short list it is still too long to post here, so I have it here.
Such a disapointment. My daughter bought herself a copy of XPLite. I played around with it for awhile. This piece of $40.00 crap is just that...crap. After 98Lite, and the fantastic job they did on that program, I certainly expected more.
It deletes very few things. Like I really need to spend $40.00 to delete User Avatars, and Windows Tour.
The two things I was interested in that were on the free trial, and touted as only being available on the "Pro" version, (Pro version...that's a laugh...these guys put together an utterly amatuerish program), MS Data Access Components (MDAC) and Windows Management Instrumention, aren't even on the $40.00 ripoff version....and there is no update!
What a piece of crappy garbage. But let me tell you how I really feel.