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Win95 FAQ Part 9 of 14: Maintanence
Section - 9.5. How do I completely remove...

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     * 9.5.1. ...Windows 95 components? 
   All the OS components are in Add/Remove Programs/Windows Setup. You
   can add and remove them from there, and Win95 deletes the required
   files from your hard disk as well.
   Other additional components you add in this requester (like dial-up
   scripting) are removable from the main Install/Uninstall tab.

     * 9.5.2. ...programs "Designed for Windows 95"? 
   All programs Designed for Win95 have an uninstaller you can access
   from Add/Remove Programs/Install/Uninstall. If not, complain to the
   publisher of the program. If that doesn't work, complain to Microsoft,
   who awarded the logo to them.
   A program's uninstaller will remove its components and Registry
   entries, if properly written. If the program included extra
   subsystems, such as DirectX or QuickTime, their uninstaller will
   usually leave them for other programs to use. These extra subsystems
   should also have their own uninstaller.

     * 9.5.3. ...drivers for unused hardware and printers? 
   Printers are rather conveniently removed; if Explorer realizes you
   removed a printer and no other printer uses its drivers, it will offer
   to delete the offending files.
   Other hardware drivers will remain, however. So, if you want to remove
   files used by a given piece of hardware, run Device Manager and
   bring up that device's properties. Bring up the "Driver" tab, copy
   this list where the driver files are, and delete them after you remove
   that device. You have to look BEFORE you remove the device, and not
   AFTER, or the list disappears with the device entry.

     * 9.5.4. ...Internet Explorer (TM) ? 
   If you use MS-Plus you need to remove Internet Explorer from Plus'
   uninstaller. IEXPLORE 2.0 will have its own uninstaller, but the
   uninstaller will keep the Internet Setup Wizard and its control
   panel entry in tact. You can always re-run the setup wizard even if
   you installed a different browser to replace IEXPLORE. It also keeps
   the Internet Mail client for MS-Exchange installed, which won't
   disappear unless you remove Exchange.
   NOTE: According to Win95 Annoyances, IEXPLORE will keep many pieces of
   itself in the system after you uninstall it this way. IEXPLORE 2.0
   does a better job of uninstalling itself, but it still keeps the Setup
   Wizard, mail client for Exchange, and auto-dialer in tact. You should
   keep these really, but you can delete the "Program
   Files/Plus!/Microsoft Internet" folder afterwards.
   To keep the file type registrations in tact, you should re-install
   your browser of choice after you uninstall Internet Explorer.
   IEXPLORE's uninstaller will destroy any changes you made to .HTM and
   .HTML file type entries.

     * 9.5.5. ...The Microsoft Network? 
   Remove the BillNet icon from the Desktop, then remove BillNet from
   Add/Remove Programs/Windows Setup,. This will remove the main MSN
   control program and the Exchange mail client, but it will install a
   "Set up the Microsoft Network" installer in its place. You can simply
   delete the Program Files/The Microsoft Network folder completely
   afterwards, even though it says "This will impact one or more
   registered programs." Big deal.
   Win95 Annoyances says the BillNet icon's Delete option goes away after
   you remove it from Add/Remove Programs/Windows Setup. I found,
   however, that the icon will go away by itself after you re-start.
   There's always TweakUI as well.

     * 9.5.6. ...dumb Windows 3.x programs? (How to use third party
   Get a decent Designed for Win95 uninstaller if you want the
   flexibility of removing Win 3.1 apps cleanly.
   The only uninstaller which actually works (that I saw, anyway) is
   CleanSweep 95 from Quarterdeck, but it only works if you install
   the Win 3.1 program AFTER you install CleanSweep.
   To use CleanSweep, just try running any program called "SETUP" or
   "INSTALL" or any number of variants. The CleanSweep monitor kicks in
   and asks you if you want to monitor the installation. On occasion, a
   Setup program might not like this (and crash the install monitor), in
   which case you can manually start logging (by clicking on the Install
   Monitor in the Taskbar) before running the setup program, and manually
   stop it.
   Also available now is Remove-IT 95 by Vertisoft. This program does a
   great job of completely nuking The Microsoft Network, including all
   Registry entries.
   My Boss, Jim Farewell, firmly believes you should use a "Professional
   Uninstaller" to monitor all app installations, including Designed
   for Win95 ones. OK, have it your way. Just be prepared.

     * 9.5.7. ...old DOS and Windows 3.x files? 
   Win95 Setup will maintain your old DOS and Windows, if you chose to
   install on top of your existing Windows setup. Later on, you can
   remove the old DOS and Windows files from Add/Remove
   If you installed Win95 in a different directory, you can also simply
   delete the old DOS and Windows folders in Explorer. Win95 Setup
   would've included your old DOS directory in your path, however, so
   maybe leave that one alone until you decide you don't need the old DOS
   utilities anymore.

     * 9.5.8. ...Windows 95? 
   You can also uninstall Win95 from Add/Remove
   Programs/Install/uninstall, if you installed on top of your existing
   Windows. If you installed in a different directory, however...
    1. Re-boot the computer with your old DOS disk
    2. From the DOS prompt, type SYS C: (This restores the original DOS
       system files)
    4. Re-boot off the hard drive
   Then you can remove your Win95 directory, PROGRA~1 directory, and any
   hidden or system files you don't recognize. The easiest way to do this
   is run Win 3.1 File Manager, and have "Show Hidden/System Files"
   turned on in View/File Types".

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