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start menu apps... are any necessary?

  1. #21


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I uninstalled all apps using Revo Uninstaller Pro.

    I found most in Program Files\Windows Apps.

    I gained several GBs of space by doing so.

    I just removed the entire folders at one go.
    Instead of App by App.

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  2. #22


    Posts : 41
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post

    I just removed the entire folders at one go.
    Instead of App by App.
    what do you mean by that?

    Revo Uninstaller Pro

    • Uninstall stubborn programs
    • Delete leftover data after regular uninstall


    that sounds nice... might give it a try

    thanks to everyone who helped...

    i mostly wanted to find out what certain things were
    which ones are needed and which ones were online
    cause some of the names are deceptive
    and windows likes to surprise you
    by suddenly getting you online
    when you didn't want to be there...

    i did a lot of research
    and discovered things along the way
    and got it narrowed down to
    just a few things left to do...

    all the wildtangent games are gone
    thanks to shawn i found a tutorial
    that showed me where the GameUX reg key was
    i deleted it and rebooted and the games folder was gone...

    just wanted to share that...

    i might try the uninstall program
    and see what it can find...
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  3. #23


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    what do you mean by that?
    I just found the Windows Apps folder & uninstalled it.
    C:\Programs\Windows Apps

    & Wild Tanget too with Revo.
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  4. #24


    Penn's Forest
    Posts : 216
    Win8.1 Pro | Win10TP Pro - boot to VHD


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    I uninstalled all apps using Revo Uninstaller Pro.

    I found most in Program Files\Windows Apps.

    I gained several GBs of space by doing so.

    I just removed the entire folders at one go.
    Instead of App by App.
    I'm not sure removing the WindowsApps folder is the best advice. I don't know what else depends on the folder. It is a Hidden folder and access is denied if I try to look inside (so I assume it is a system folder)

    It's better, IMO, to use Windows native programs to install and uninstall, resorting to 3rd party programs as a last resort. Brute force often has unforeseen consequences (and I speak from my own experience of breaking things).

    Bill
    .
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  5. #25


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    It is a Hidden folder and access is denied if I try to look inside ...
    It wasn't hidden on my computer.
    I didn't even have to take ownership of it to uninstall it.
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  6. #26


    Penn's Forest
    Posts : 216
    Win8.1 Pro | Win10TP Pro - boot to VHD


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    It is a Hidden folder and access is denied if I try to look inside ...
    It wasn't hidden on my computer.
    I didn't even have to take ownership of it to uninstall it.
    Interesting!

    I suppose that's one reason I don't suggest brute force solutions to other members. Every machine is different.

    Plus I don't want to have to figure out a way to undo something on someone else's computer if it causes issues down the road

    It's easier to say "Right click the app and click uninstall" and if they want it back say "Go to the Store and open My Account/My Apps, Apps not installed on this PC, then select the app you want to reinstall".

    It just makes it easier for everyone - especially since members on this die of the monitor don't have aces to the other member's machine.

    We all have our methods, eh?

    Bill
    .
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  7. #27


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    We all have our methods, eh?
    Each to their own.

    BTW--- I keep 2 Macrium images at all times so if I mess up I can easily fix things.
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  8. #28


    Posts : 41
    Windows 8.1 x64


    the WindowsApps folder under Program Files?

    it was hidden on mine too
    and i had to take ownership to see what was inside...

    tons of stuff about a gig
    all this stuff i thought i uninstalled
    through windows control panel was there...
    netflix, ebay, xbox, bing etc
    when it said it uninstalled...

    but there were also things there like
    windows scan, calculator, sound recorder,
    microsoft media playreadyclient,
    help and tips, windows alarms, VCLibs...

    don't know what some of these are
    so i'm thinking of using revo uninstalller
    to remove what's left of what i uninstalled
    and leave it at that...

    interesting note here:
    there was a program called synaptics
    a program for the mouse touchpad (for a laptop)
    it was really creepy
    so i decided i'd be better off without it
    and use the driver that came with windows
    but when i uninstalled it and rebooted
    the mouse pointer drags
    even though it's on fast...

    is there another driver or program i can use
    to fix that? it's an hp
    i might have to look around for that...
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  9. #29


    Anytime I buy a new computer I immediately format it and re-install the OS fresh to remove any bloatware and junk. Especially if it came from an OEM.
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  10. #30


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by orlandotek View Post
    Anytime I buy a new computer I immediately format it and re-install the OS fresh to remove any bloatware and junk. Especially if it came from an OEM.
    That's now a lot easier thanks to this download, Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help For Windows 8 anyway.
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