Completely Remove Installed Software At Later Point

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  1. frank7

    frank7 Registered Member

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    I am using Macrium Reflect Free for disk imaging of the OS.

    Then I install software, a, b and c, (in this order/chronologically) and if it runs fine and all is good a new image is made after each piece, a, b and c.

    This goes on and on until I find there is software that I do not want any more. Removing it leaves traces and the OS is (often) not what it was before.

    How can I go back in time and only remove a particular software, let's say a, but still keep the other, newer software, here b and c, that was installed later on?

    Thank you for any help with this, not sure if something like this exists, I really mean to ask this question, so sorry if the answer is obvious, not too knowledgeable concerning this type of imaging.

    If something like this does not exists as a software, like Macrium Free, is there another method, perhaps involving several applications to achieve the wanted result, the complete removal of software at a later point in time without touching the other current system files and installations.

    Please help me with this, thank you.
     
  2. Peter2150

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    Hi frank7

    First I would strongly suggest you upgrade to Macrium Std. The time you save with incrementals will be well worth the price.

    You can achieve what you want, but with a bit or work.

    Here is what I would do.

    First image the system.

    Then install a, and see if you like it. Maybe live with it a day or two.
    Then add b and do the same thing.
    finally add c.

    The only other way is going to be a lot of imaging and jockeying images around.

    Pete
     
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    Hi Frank! Freebies of this type are pretty hard to find, especially if you want them to be effective.

    I have used PAID versions of TOTAL UNINSTALL in the past with excellent results. I even used it against the absolute acid test in my book... removing, completely, Acronis True Image, which is infamous for leaving not only tons of REGISTRY entries in your Windows system, but also many Acronis drivers which were never removed.
     
  4. frank7

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    Thank you for your replies and info therein!

    Pete, I find it strange that a software for this has not been developed, though theoretically I understand that some installations write changes to the same entries that other installations have done to before, and thus removing the entry would cause the other install to fail? Thinking about getting Macrium Standard, yes. Would be great to have an application that can really track and also combine entries in a way so that, let's say after six month and 12 new applications later, it can still be removed completely, like it never touched the system.

    Frog I am checking out Total Uninstall and read great reviews about it. Thanks heaps!! Perhaps this is really what I am looking for, though somehow I feel safer with the imaging and possibly jockeying. Besides Total Uninstall, what paid apps do you know to solve this case? Total Uninstall alternative, or would you say Total Uninstall is the Macrium of software removers, if that is the case I am definitely not searching further.
     
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    Frank you always have to be careful with uninstallers not made by the developer. There can be some strange side effects. When I find myself wanting to uninstall something like you are saying, I just go ahead and do the windows uninstall and let it go at that.

    Pete
     
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    I see what you mean. Regular images combined with this or another remover and registry cleaner/scanner should do the trick. Thank you for the help!
     
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    Yeah, browsers of most kinds, email, utils all portable and like it.

    Next stop learning about virtual machines since I will be needing those for ie 7 to latest for testing.

    Did not know about Toolwiz, will check that out! Thank you!!

    After a quick look at the list: DAMN, thank you! Lots of everthing concerning what I want to learn about. Great!
     
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    I recommend to not use any uninstallation helper program unless you're knowledgeable about what to remove and what not to. I use Geek Uninstaller.
     
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    I usually try programs first with VirtualBox. If I want to see how a given program works on my physical system, I use Toolwiz Time Freeze if the program doesn't require a reboot.
     
  12. frank7

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    Yeah I want to learn how VirtualBox works. Never done it and need it, any good tuts on it? I guess Sandboxie is not good for apps hat need a restart? Because I was thinking to try out I could keep certain apps sandboxed and if I see I really use them, put them on the system, would that work also?
     
  13. Peter2150

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    Sandboxie is a great security tool, but it really isn't a virtual machine. You can't install anything in sandboxie that reqauires a driver, etc.
     
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    Right and yes, respectively.
     
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