Clean uninstalls and how to....?

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  1. Longboard

    Longboard Registered Member

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    I want to know how best to do clean uninstalls while trialling utilities and am looking for opinions and advice please.

    I know of some of the commercial uninstallers:
    Ashampoo
    Total Uninstall
    I see there are strong supporters of TU but there are occassional posts about leftover reg entries.

    and free options:
    Zsoft Uninstaller: possibly not as effective as TU

    How would they compare to using InCtrl5 and UndoReg ??

    Or a sequential set of registry back-ups with ERUNT to rollback any changes in the registry.

    How would FDISR and anchoring go to move from snapshot to snapshot?
    This may lead to some storagespace issues

    ANy thoughts?
    ANy favourite approaches?
    Thanks.
     
  2. ErikAlbert

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    I recently tested 21 registry cleaners, using FDISR.
    I had only 7 snapshots available to do this.

    I created 7 test snapshots, for each snapshot one registry cleaner, because I didn't want to combine them in one snapshot.
    Then I did a copy/update of a healthy snapshot to 7 test snapshots to remove the tested registry cleaners.
    Then again 7 test snapshots for the next 7 registry cleaners + removal
    Then again 7 test snapshots for the next 7 registry cleaners.
    Then I removed all 7 snapshots and everything was gone. FDISR acts like 100% uninstaller.

    Of course I have a system partition of 70gb to do this.

    Add/Remove Programs is a bad uninstaller, everybody knows that.
    3th party uninstallers, like Total Uninstall aren't perfect either.
     
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  3. Longboard

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    Heh
    Good one E-A. FDISR is a special isn't it so many ways to use it>

    What happened to your lean nad mean multi-partition system with "tiny" system partition.? Still going? Change of approach?

    I forgot to put in OP about opinions re just uninstall as possible then run a suitable reg scrubber.

    ( I have done this approach before and I know this will still leave regkeys behind. "Cripple/Trial ware will often leave nested keys some where to enforce the end of the trial period. I accept this might happen but am not really happy having dross build up. )

    Which Regcleaner did you end up settling for: still happy with Stopmpsoft?

    Regards
     
  4. ErikAlbert

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    I bought StompSoft Registry Repair already. Unfortunately way TOO LATE.
    I need my registry cleaner from the very beginning, right after installing winXPproSP2 and everything was already installed, when I found "Registry Repair".
    So I have to re-install my computer from scratch to prove that the combination :
    "Add/Remove Programs + Total Uninstall + StompSoft Registry Repair" is a 99%-solution for uninstalling softwares completely.
    At this moment, I can't recommend it, because it isn't tested yet.
     
  5. ErikAlbert

    ErikAlbert Registered Member

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    I don't know about what you are talking. :)
    I don't have a multi-partition system. Just 3 partitions : C, D, E for three physical harddisks.
    Maybe you confuse me with another member, we have so many of them.
     
  6. Longboard

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    Now that sound interesting!
    How have you set up ??
     
  7. ErikAlbert

    ErikAlbert Registered Member

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    Internal harddisk-1 [C:] = 74gb
    contains WinXPproSP2 + All Applications + All FDISR-snapshots (snapshot for work and tests)

    Internal harddisk-2 [D:] = 74gb
    contains only personal data + emails + email-address-books, all organized in folders.

    External harddisk [E:] = 160gb
    contains :
    - 7 backup-files (.tib) of partition [C:], monday upto sunday
    - 7 backup-files (.tib) of partition [D:], monday upto sunday
    - several archived snapshots (.arx)
    - special backup-files (.tib), created during installation from scratch
    all organized in folders.

    So this is the absolute minimum of partitioning : one partition-letter per harddisk.
     
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