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[b]I cannot update my guide here because it is in 10 parts. Each part requires one post because of its length. The guides forum here only allows to update the first post of my guide. You can view the fully updated guide in its entirety here...[/b]

[url="http://www.graphixanstuff.com/Forum/index.php?showforum=68"][color="#FF0000"][b]SLIMMING DOWN WINDOWS XP: THE COMPLETE GUIDE[/b][/color][/url]

[url="http://boldfortune.blogspot.com/"][color="#FF0000"][b]MY BATCH FILES ARE AVAILABLE HERE[/b][/color][/url]

[b]UPDATE:[/b]

[b]My site went down for the full month of September. I really haven't much control over the site, because it really isn't "my" site. The site belongs to a generous lady named Sadie who lives in England. She gave it to me to support my work on Slimming Down Windows XP: The Complete Guide.

The guide was always for you. That is why I created it. It is my gift to those who always wanted to know which files they can delete from Windows XP, but couldn't find their answers. My site was only an afterthought.

Should the unforeseen happen, should my site go down again, whether temporarily or permanently, you should know that two other sites now host my guide for you, [url="http://www.wincert.net/forum/index.php?showforum=122"][color="#FF0000"]WinCert.net[/color][/url] and Jan's [url="http://www.graphixanstuff.com/Forum/index.php?showforum=68"][color="#FF0000"]Graphix an Stuff[/color][/url].

Slimming Down Windows XP: The Complete Guide has always been and will always be a work in progress. I edit and make changes to its contents on a continuous basis. I will continue my work on my guide on [url="http://www.bold-fortune.com/forums/index.php?showforum=13"][color="#FF0000"]my site[/color][/url] as well as on the above two sites.

Sincerely,

Bold_Fortune[/b]






[size=4][b]Thanks go out to Fred Langa for his acknowledgment of Slimming Down Windows XP: The Complete Guide in The LangaList.[/b][/size]

[i]Bold,

Awesome job on the "Slimming Down XP" article. I especially like the fact that your penchant for deleting files is tempered by the idea that (1) the OS should still work as required and (2) that there be zero errors in the Event Viewer. Like you, I can't stand errors in the Event Viewer; makes me feel dirty! And any schmuck can delete files willy-nilly, but it takes real talent, thought, and patience to do it the way you did. I can only imagine how long all the trial and error must have taken. Years, I'd bet.

Anyway, just wanted to drop a note letting you know that your efforts are appreciated.

Ugly Genius[/i]

[b]From Gizmo's Top Picks, Ian Richards' Support Alert Newsletter:[/b]

[i]If you want to slim down your version of Windows, I suggest you read Bold_Fortune's "Complete Guide to Slimming Down Windows XP" first. It will not only tell you what to do, but also alert you to the pitfalls you need to avoid. Highly recommended.[/i]


[size=3][b]Why I Don't Use Programs Like XPLite and nLite[/b][/size]

Sure, programs can be written that will remove some applications and their specifics. Many programmers use the "inf file method". That is to say, if files are listed within the .inf file for a certain Windows component, all you have to do is remove those particular files, and wallah! component gone.

[b]Deleting whole components, however, oftentimes also removes some files that are necessary to an individual's use of a computer.[/b]

Users put their computers to many different uses. And all have very different needs from another.

Let me give you a couple of examples of what I'm talking about.

[b]You decide you no longer want Windows Media Player on your system.[/b]

You set your file removal program to delete all files associated with WMP. ...Which would mean you also won't be needing the codecs installed for WMP. [b]So you set the program to also delete all WMP codecs.[/b]

[b]But you're also a big fan of Yahoo Chat.[/b]

Only now, you can't get Yahoo Chat to work properly. You want to talk with your friends in Voice, but you no longer have the ability[b]...because along with all the other WMP codecs, you've deleted the specific codecs that allow this function.[/b]

So now we're talking about a program that would have to have a setting to delete Windows Media Player and all its codecs, while keeping only the codecs needed by Yahoo Chat.

There are many other variables that would also need to be written into the program. It would have to take into consideration all of the many individual users who all put their computers to all very different uses.

[b]You don't play games on the Internet.[/b]

Then you won't be needing all the DirectX files. Unless you decide you like Windows Media Player after all. Then you're going to need to keep nine specific DirectX files on your system.

In this instance, you would need have incorporated into your file removal program a special setting that would single out and keep the specific DirectX files needed for WMP, while deleting the other ninety-six DirectX files that you won't be needing, because you don't play games on the Internet.

[b]You elect to remove DirectX with your file-removal program.[/b]

You don't play games on the Internet. You could care less if Windows Media Player needs nine specific DirectX files. Because you never use it anyway, and you had the program remove WMP too.

Then you make yourself a nice TV dinner. Grab a bottle of pop from the refrigerator. And make yourself comfortable in front of your computer. It's movie time!

You pop in a DVD. Up springs NVDVD Player. Only it's telling you, "Sorry, you don't seem to have the proper files installed on your system."

You see, NVDVD Player needs seven specific DirectX files to work.

[b]So you decide to re-install DirectX so you can watch your movie.[/b]

[b]And now you've defeated your purpose (Remember your purpose?) to remove all unnecessary files from your system. ...Because now you have ninety-eight DirectX files installed on your system that you really don't need.[/b]

File removal programs give you a choice: keep an entire Windows component and all its associated files, or remove the component completely, and lose functionality elsewhere.

[b]You set your program to remove the Computer Management and Disk Management.[/b]

(The only reason I personally would have for accessing Computer Management would be to utilize Disk Management. The only reason I would have for utilizing Disk Management would be to format a drive. I do that with XP's installation disc during the installation process. The only utilities I need in Computer Management are the Services and Event Viewers, and I can access both from my Start Menu.)

[b]Your program takes out these files:[/b]

capesnpn.dll....Microsoft Certificate Template Management Extension
certmgr.dll.....Certificate MMC (Microsoft Management Console) Snap-In Tool
certmgr.msc.....
compmgmt.msc....Computer Management Console
diskmgmt.msc....Disk Management Console
DISKPART.EXE....
DmAdmin.exe.....Local Disk Manager Administrative Service
dmconfig.dll....Logical Disk Manager Configuration Library
dmdlgs.dll......Disk Management Snap-in Dialogs
dmdskmgr.dll....Disk Management Snap-in Support Library
dmdskres.dll....Disk Management Snap-in Resources
dmintf.dll......Disk Management DCOM Interface Stub
[b]dmocx.dll[/b].......TreeView OCX
DMREMOTE.EXE....Logical Disk Manager
DmServer.dll....Logical Disk Manager service dll
dmutil.dll......Logical Disk Manager Utility Library
dmview.ocx......Disk Management Snap-in
fsmgmt.msc......Microsoft Common Console Document (Shared Folders)
localsec.dll....Local Users and Groups MMC Snapin
lusrmgr.msc.....Microsoft Common Console Document
mmcshext.dll....MMC Shell Extension DLL
mycomput.dll....Computer Management
ntmsapi.dll.....Removable Storage Public Interfaces
ntmsmgr.dll.....Removable Storage Service
osuninst.dll....Uninstall Interface
sendcmsg.dll....Send Console Message
smlogcfg.dll....Performance Logs and Alerts Snap-in

[b]Oops![/b] Now you can't get into your Device Manager, because Device Manager is dependent upon the [b]dmocx.dll.[/b]

[b]See what I mean? There are just too many variables involved. It is impossible to have a file removal program remove whole components without disrupting an individual's use of a computer. Many times, while removing components, these programs remove along with them files that also have other uses.[/b]

"Aha!" you say. "nLite has an 'additional files to keep' box. Why not use this nLite feature to keep all the files you don't want it to remove along with certain whole components?"

With some 1,800 individual system32 files alone, a person would have quite a few decisions to make. You would really need to know your stuff to setup that program effectively.

And it is not always [i]just[/i] about the choices we make about which files to keep or delete. It is also about which registry entries should be intact after the installation.

Some files we delete should never be UnRegistered...meaning their registry entries, or at least some of them, should never be removed. The files themselves can be removed, but UnRegister them, and you've got problems.

If certain files are removed before the installation, their registry entries are not delivered to the registry. Would it not follow, that if some of their registry entries are needed, they would not be present?

Some people refuse to look at this, or choose to ignore it. I personally believe it is one of the reasons programs that remove files pre-installation are doomed to forever leave the individual user with post-installation problems.

Take for example my favorite (or at least one of the more interesting) .OCX files, the [b]daxctle.ocx.[/b]

This one .OCX file is attached to 11,741 Registry Keys and 12,864 Values under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface...and every one of them will be removed by UnRegistering it.

[b]11,741 Registry Keys and 12,864 Values [/b] That's a lot. ...No, that's really a lot. And those numbers show up [i]after[/i] I have run registry cleaners. I have seen it associated with as many as 13,583 Registry Keys before any registry cleaner was used.

It's not so much I need the daxctle.ocx on my system, I don't. But UnRegistering it removes registry entries that belong additionally to other files that I do need on my system. [b]I can delete the daxctle.ocx, no problem. But UnRegister it, and Windows Media Player will not play...anything.[/b]

Here are a few other examples of files I delete, but I do not UnRegister.

[b]initpki.dll[/b].....(Microsoft Trust Installation and Setup). Contains functions that support encryption. Should I UnRegister this file, I experience a few problems with Internet Explorer displaying certain items on Webpages, and also some problems entering certain Websites. [b]I can delete the initpki.dll and no such problems will occur...just so long as I do not UnRegister it.[/b]

[b]mssip32.dll[/b].....(MSSIP32 Forwarder DLL). Should I UnRegister this file, Microsoft Update will not function. [b]I can delete the mssip32.dll and Microsoft Update will still function...just so long as I do not UnRegister it.[/b]

[b]softpub.dll[/b].....(Softpub Forwarder DLL). Contains functions that support encryption. Should I UnRegister this file, I experience a few problems with Internet Explorer displaying certain items on Webpages, and also some problems entering certain Websites. [b]I can delete the softpub.dll and no such problems will occur...just so long as I do not UnRegister it.[/b]

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Many people have asked for my personal batch files. I have declined to release them to the general public. I will however help you get started making your own batch files. You can then add any individual files you want to them. Which individual files you choose to remove from your system will be entirely up to you.

[b]I have incorporated a failsafe feature into my batch files.[/b]

Files and folders will be [b]moved[/b] and [b]saved[/b] (Not deleted permanently. Later that will be up to you.) to a backup folder on C:\. The backup folder is simply named "Backup".

Within the Backup folder, you will find the files and folders you removed, in [b]smart placement.[/b] Their order of appearance will be identical to how XP's files and folders appear on your C Drive.

When you remove files and folders from the WINDOWS and system32 directories, in the Backup folder you will first see a WINDOWS folder. Within the WINDOWS folder you will see the individual files and subfolders you removed, including the system32 folder. And within the system32 folder you will see its individual files and subfolders you removed. The same applies to the Documents and Settings and the Program Files directories.

I created this smart placement so you would always know exactly where these files and folders came from should you decide to replace any to their original locations.

[b]Note: Be sure to temporarily delete the Backup folder filled with files and subfolders before using any registry
cleaners. The registry cleaners will more than likely correct the files paths to the Backup folder, rather than remove their paths.[/b]

This batch file I designed with individual system32 files in mind.

Copy and Paste between the lines to Notepad. Save as "any name you choose.bat" Then insert your file choices where I have mine.

[code]IF NOT EXIST "c:\backup\WINDOWS\system32" md c:\backup\WINDOWS\system32
MOVE c:\WINDOWS\system32\$winnt$.inf c:\backup\WINDOWS\system32\
MOVE c:\WINDOWS\system32\aaaamon.dll c:\backup\WINDOWS\system32\
MOVE c:\WINDOWS\system32\ac3filter.cpl c:\backup\WINDOWS\system32\[/code]
I designed this particular batch file below a little differently, with the inf folder files in mind. As with the system32 batch file above, it will "move and save" (not delete) files to a Backup folder on C:\.

This one, however, will move [b]all files[/b] in the inf folder (C:\WINDOWS\inf), and will [b]instantaneously[/b] return the inf files you choose to keep to the inf folder. All this takes place so fast you'll think the files you chose to keep never moved at all.

[code]IF NOT EXIST "c:\backup\WINDOWS\inf" md c:\backup\WINDOWS\inf
MOVE c:\WINDOWS\inf\*.* c:\backup\WINDOWS\inf\
IF NOT EXIST "c:\WINDOWS\inf" md c:\WINDOWS\inf
MOVE c:\backup\WINDOWS\inf\865.INF c:\WINDOWS\inf\
MOVE c:\backup\WINDOWS\inf\acpi.inf c:\WINDOWS\inf\
MOVE c:\backup\WINDOWS\inf\branches.inf c:\WINDOWS\inf\[/code]
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[b]One very important step before we set about deleting files together.[/b]

[b]Create a full system backup image using a good backup program like Acronis or Ghost.[/b]

[b]This backup image should be of a full install of XP.[/b] It should include all of your programs, drivers, setting changes, and tweaks applied...everything you normally do to make your Windows experience an enjoyable one.

[b]So now when you set about deleting files, you'll always have a the perfect safeguard.[/b] And you should never have to say on a forum, [b]"I deleted this, and now that doesn't work!"[/b]

Well, revert back to your backup image, and don't delete that anymore.

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[b]The first thing I do[/b] is download the "Preview Version of XPLite." It's really makes it easy to disable Windows File Protection.

Go to this page. In the upper right-hand corner click on "Download Preview".

[url="http://www.litepc.com/xppreview.html"]http://www.litepc.com/xppreview.html[/url]

Open its zip folder and copy the "XPLite_TRIAL.exe" to your Desktop or a folder of your choice.

Open it and go to its "Windows File Protection" tab. Select "Disabled" and then "Apply". Close the program and reboot your computer.

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[b]This registry tweak helps me easily UnRegister DLL and OCX Files I remove.[/b]

It puts two entries into the right-click context menu: "Register" and "UnRegister" when you highlight and right-click on a single DLL or OCX File, or when you highlight and right-click on multiple DLL and OCX Files.

It really makes Registering and UnRegistering DLL and OCX Files very easy. Plus it gives me the ability to UnRegister multiples (even hundreds) of these files at once.

[code]Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

;Add register / unregister to the context menu for .dll files
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.dll]
"Content Type"="application/x-msdownload"
@="dllfile"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dllfile]
@="Application Extension"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dllfile\Shell\Register\command]
@="regsvr32.exe \"%1\""
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dllfile\Shell\UnRegister\command]
@="regsvr32.exe /u \"%1\""

;Add register / unregister to the context menu for .ocx files
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.ocx]
@="ocxfile"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ocxfile]
@="OCX"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ocxfile\Shell\Register\command]
@="regsvr32.exe \"%1\""
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ocxfile\Shell\UnRegister\command]
@="regsvr32.exe /u \"%1\""[/code]
I normally do not use any registry cleaners, or UnRegister any DLL and OCX files, for a very long time after I have Slimmed Down my installation. I want to be certain everything is A-OK first.

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[b]One final word before we get started. What you will find in this Guide are the "possibilities" of which files and folders can be removed from a Windows XP Installation, while maintaining stability and keeping functionality in Microsoft's operating system.[/b]

The "possibilities" of what can be removed. That is very important to keep in mind before proceeding from here.

I could not expect anyone other than myself to remove everything listed in the guide. It would be practically impossible for anyone to duplicate what I do without running into problems.

Yes, I delete every file and every folder you will see listed....[b]but my computing needs are different from yours. My system is different from yours. The programs I have installed are different from yours.[/b]

[b]Which files and folders to remove from your own Windows XP Installations, you will have to make these choices for yourself.[/b] I have given you as much information about these files and folders as I could, given the limitations of my knowledge and understanding of their uses and functions.

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[b]Now let's remove some files.[/b]


[size=3][b]Slimming Down Windows XP: The Complete Guide PART 1[/b]

[b]TEMP and Junk Files[/b][/size]


There are a lot of very good TEMP and Junk File Cleaners out there. I use two: IE Privacy Keeper and CCleaner. I think they are both great. TEMP and Junk File Cleaners will remove most TEMP and Junk Files. There are some TEMP and Junk Files they do may miss, though.

[b]This is a list of TEMP and Junk Files I delete on my own because my TEMP and Junk File Cleaners miss them:[/b]

[b]*.bak Files[/b]...Backup Files

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[b]*.chk Files[/b]...Lost Cluster Log Files

[b]NOTE:[/b] If the [b]edb.chk[/b] is deleted from the C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore\Logs folder, you will need to reboot your computer before your next visit to the Microsoft Update Website...otherwise, the Microsoft Update Website will not function. The same holds true for the [b]edb.log[/b] located in this folder. Further note: the edb.chk can be deleted only after your system settles in from after rebooting, or after a time from a visit to the Microsoft Update Website.

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[b]*.cnt Files[/b]

[b]*.diz Files[/b]
[b]*.doc Files[/b]

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[b]*.edb Files[/b]...Exchange Server store (a database)

[b]This system *.edb file can usually be deleted after a reboot:[/b]

C:\WINDOWS\system32\CatRoot2\[b]tmp.edb[/b]

[b]These system *.edb files can be deleted only after your system settles in from after rebooting, or after a time from a visit to the Microsoft Update Website:[/b]

C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore\[b]DataStore.edb[/b]

C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore\Logs\[b]tmp.edb[/b]

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[b]*.gid Files[/b]......Windows Help Index Files

[b]*.lic Files[/b]

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[b]*.log Files[/b]

[b]I delete all *.log files I find. However, these system *.log files cannot be deleted:[/b]

C:\WINDOWS\[b]WindowsUpdate.log.[/b] (The WindowsUpdate.log can only be deleted if the Automatic Updates Service is stopped.)

C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\[b]NTUSER.DAT.LOG[/b]

C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\[b]UsrClass.dat.LOG[/b]

C:\Documents and Settings\NetworkService\[b]ntuser.dat.LOG[/b]

C:\Documents and Settings\NetworkService\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\[b]UsrClass.dat.LOG[/b]

C:\WINDOWS\Debug\[b]PASSWD.LOG[/b]

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C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\[b]ReportingEvents.log[/b]

If you look through the ReportingEvents.log in Notepad you will notice time-stamped, Microsoft Update installation information, which can date back quite awhile. Normally the ReportingEvents.log cannot be deleted, nor can its text be altered.

However, something interesting about the ReportingEvents.log file was discovered by nataliecv one of our forum members.

"If you go into Services and STOP Automatic Updates Service for a moment, ReportingEvents.log CAN be deleted. A fresh copy of the ReportingEvents.log will be created upon your next visit to the Microsoft Update Website, and it starts anew. NOTE: Do not forget to restart the Automatic Updates."

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C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\[b]default.log[/b]
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\[b]SAM.LOG[/b]
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\[b]SECURITY.LOG[/b]
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\[b]software.LOG[/b]
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\[b]system.LOG[/b]

[b]These system *.log files can usually be deleted after a reboot:[/b]

C:\WINDOWS\[b]Sti_Trace.log[/b]
C:\WINDOWS\[b]wiadebug.log[/b]
C:\WINDOWS\[b]wiaservc.log[/b]

C:\WINDOWS\system32\[b]CatRoot2\edb.log[/b]
C:\WINDOWS\system32\[b]CatRoot2\[/b]edbtmp.log

[b]These system *.log files can be deleted only after your system settles in from after rebooting, or upon a visit to the Microsoft Update Website:[/b]

C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore\Logs\[b]edbtmp.log[/b]

C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore\Logs\[b]edb.log[/b]

[b]NOTE:[/b] If the [b]edb.log[/b] is deleted from the C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore\Logs folder, you will need to reboot your computer before your next visit to the Microsoft Update Website...otherwise, the Microsoft Update Website will not function. The same holds true for the [b]edb.chk[/b] located in this folder. Further note: the edb.log can be deleted only after your system settles in from after rebooting, or after a time from a visit to the Microsoft Update Website.


[b]I DO NOT DELETE[/b] any [b]INSTALL.LOG[/b] or [b]UNINSTALL.LOG[/b] files. [b]Without them I cannot uninstall certain programs.[/b]

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[b]*.old Files[/b]....Backup Files

[b]*.query Files[/b]

[b]*.sav Files[/b]....Backup Files

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[b]*.txt Files[/b]

[b]I delete all *.txt files I find. However, these system *.txt files cannot be deleted:[/b]

C:\WINDOWS\[b]SchedLgU.Txt.[/b] (The SchedLgU.Txt can only be deleted if the Task Scheduler Service is stopped.)

C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\WebSetup\wuident.cab\[b]wuident.txt[/b] (The "wuident.txt" can only be deleted if the Automatic Updates Service is stopped.)

[b]I DO NOT DELETE these program *.txt files:[/b]

C:\Program Files\RAXCO\PerfectDisk\Readme.txt [b]because PerfectDisk 6 will not operate without its "Readme.txt" or "Register.txt" files.[/b] (PerfectDisk 8 does not include this file.)

C:\Program Files\RAXCO\PerfectDisk\Register.txt [b]because PerfectDisk 6 will not operate without its "Register.txt" or "Readme.txt" files.[/b] (PerfectDisk 8 does not include this file.)

[b]You yourself might want to take a look in any program's folder to consider which, if any, *.txt files just might be important to them.[/b]

[b]Additional Note:[/b] Windows Genuine Advantage installs the [b]WGAErrLog.txt[/b] to the C:\WINDOWS\Temp folder. Should you delete this file, be sure to reboot your system, so that a new WGAErrLog.txt can be created. Otherwise, Microsoft Update may not work for you.

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[b]Make Your Own TEMP and Junk File Cleaner[/b]

You can make your own TEMP and Junk File cleaner using Search Assistant.

In Notepad, make a list of TEMP and Junk File extensions you would like to remove.

Like so:

*.bak, *.chk, *.cnt, *.diz, *.doc, *.edb, *.gid, *.lic, *.gid, *.log, *.old, *.query, *.sav, *.txt

Copy and Paste your list into the search box of Search Assistant.

Be sure that under Search Options you have checked "Advanced Options."

Under Advanced Options check "Search system folders," "Search hidden
files and folders," and, "Search Subfolders."

Now run your search by clicking on Search Now.

Now, at the top of the Search Assistant, select File then Save Search.

Next time you want to search for those particular TEMP and Junk files, just click on your new search file.

Search Assistant will automatically popup, and your ready. Just click Search Now.

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[b]Here's an extensive list of TEMP and Junk Files I compiled. You may find it useful.[/b]

[b]*.~* [/b]......Temporary Files
[b]*.~mp[/b]......

[b]*.^* [/b]......Temporary Files
[b]*.^[/b]........Temporary Files

[b]*.---[/b]......Setup Temporary Files

[b]*.__[/b].......Temporary Files
[b]*__ofidx*.*[/b]...Microsoft Find Fast Indexer File

[b]*._dd[/b]......Lost Cluster Files
[b]*._detmp[/b]...Temporary Files

[b]*.&db[/b]......Temporary Files (dBASE IV)

[b]*.?$?[/b]......Temporary Files(st Reader)
[b]*.?~?[/b]......Temporary Files
[b]*.??$[/b]......Temporary Files

[b]*.$$$[/b]......MS-DOS Temporary Files

[b]*.!!![/b]......

[b]*.000[/b]......sequential file in split Zip archive?
[b]*.001[/b]......sequential file in split Zip archive?
[b]*.002[/b]......sequential file in split Zip archive?

[b]*.1st[/b]......(system.1st is a Windows diagnostic file)

[b]*.b~k[/b]......Backup File, some text editors
[b]*.bak[/b]......Backup Files
[b]*.bk[/b].......Backup File
[b]*.bk?[/b]......Potential junk
[b]*.bmk[/b]......
[b]*.bsc[/b]......Visual Studios Temp File

[b]*.cam[/b]......
[b]*.cb[/b].......
[b]*.chk[/b]......Lost Cluster Log Files
[b]*.cln[/b]......
[b]*.cnt[/b]......
[b]*.cpy[/b]......Backup Files

[b]*.da1[/b]......
[b]*.da2[/b]......
[b]*.db$[/b]......Temporary Files (dBASE)
[b]*.diz[/b]......
[b]*.dmp[/b]......Potential junk
[b]*.doc[/b]......

[b]*.edb[/b]......Exchange Server store (a database)
[b]*.err[/b]......Error File

[b]*.fic[/b]......Potential junk
[b]*.fix[/b]......
[b]*.fnd[/b]......Find Result Files
[b]*.ftg[/b]......Word List File of *.HLP
[b]*.fts[/b]......Word List File of *.HLP

[b]*.gid[/b]......Windows Help Index Files

[b]*.ign[/b]......
[b]*.ilc [/b].....Borland Temporary File
[b]*.ild [/b].....Borland Temporary File
[b]*.ilf [/b].....Borland Temporary File
[b]*.ilk[/b]......Visual Studios Temp File
[b]*.ils[/b]......Borland Temporary File
[b]*.ink[/b]......

[b]*.lgc[/b]......
[b]*.lge[/b]......
[b]*.lhx[/b]......
[b]*.lic[/b]......
[b]*.license.txt[/b]...Potential junk
[b]*.log[/b]......
[b]*.log.txt[/b]...Log Files Windows diagnostic files

[b]*.mp[/b].......Temporary Files
[b]*.MS[/b].......Microsoft Product Backup Files

[b]*.nav[/b]......Backup Files
[b]*.new[/b]......
[b]*.nu3[/b]......Symantec Backup File

[b]*.old[/b]......Backup Files
[b]*.out[/b]......

[b]*.par[/b]......
[b]*.pch[/b]......Visual Studios Temp File
[b]*.pvt[/b]......
[b]*.prv[/b]......Backup Files (bootlog.prv: Windows diagnostic file)

[b]*.query[/b]....

[b]*.res[/b]......Visual Studios Temp File

[b]*.sav[/b]......Backup File
[b]*.sdi[/b]......Archive Content File
[b]*.sik[/b]......Potential junk
[b]*.spc[/b]......Temporary Files (WordPerfect for Windows)
[b]*.syd[/b]......Backup Files

[b]*.tds[/b]......Borland Temporary File
[b]*.temp[/b].....Temporary Files
[b]*.tmp[/b]......Temporary Files
[b]*.txt Files[/b]

[b]*.umb[/b]......

[b]*.wbk[/b]......Word Backup Files


[b]*modemlog.txt[/b]...Windows Modem Log File

[b]*install*.txt[/b]...Potential junk

[b]*order*.txt[/b]...Potential junk

[b]*whatsnew*.txt[/b]...Potential junk


[b]0*.nch[/b]....Temporary Files created by MS Outlook Express

[b]ABEND.LOG[/b]...Novell Abend Log
[b]anti-vir.dat[/b]...Created by F-Prot Anti-Virus

[b]chklist.*[/b]...Lost Cluster Files

[b]eula.txt[/b]...Microsoft end-user license agreement

[b]file_id.diz[/b]...Description of Shareware

[b]ghosterr.txt[/b]...Norton Ghost Error File

[b]iebak.dat[/b]...Internet Explorer Junk File

[b]modemdet.txt[/b]...Windows Diagnostic File
[b]mscreate.dir[/b]...Setup Temporary File
[b]msoe.txt[/b]...Readme for Microsoft Outlook(tm) Express
[b]mssecure.xml[/b]...Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer File

[b]readme.txt[/b]...Potential junk

[b]pq_debug.txt[/b]...PowerQuest PartitionInfo file
[b]pspbrwse.jbf[/b]...Paint Shop Folder Image Information Cache File

[b]suhdlog.dat[/b]...Windows diagnostic File
[b]system.st[/b]...Windows diagnostic File

[b]twain???.mtx[/b]...TWAIN Temporary File

[b]ws_ftp.log[/b]...WS_FTP Temporary File

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[b]Slimming Down Windows XP: The Complete Guide PART 2[/b]

[b]Disabled Services [/b]




[b]25 Services remain showing in my Services window:[/b]



[b]14 Automatic:[/b]

Acronis Scheduler2 Service
Automatic Updates
DCOM Server Process Launcher
DHCP Client
Event Log
IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service
Plug and Play
Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
Shell Hardware Detection
System Event Notification
Task Scheduler
Themes

User Profile Hive Cleanup...(This Service I installed to help me with faster shutdowns. It really works, too.)

Windows Audio


[b]1 Disabled:[/b]

Windows Time


[b]10 Manual: [/b]

Application Management
Background Intelligent Transfer
Cryptographics Services
Help and Support
Local Disk Manager
Local Disk Manager Administrative Service
Network Connections
PDEngine...(Belongs to PerfectDisk)
PDScheduler...(Belongs to PerfectDisk)
Windows Installer



[b]When I delete a Service, I do not just delete that one file considered to be the Service itself. I delete other files too that are associated with that Service either directly or indirectly.

For example, I remove Performance Logs and Alerts Service by deleting its direct file, SMLOGSVC.EXE. But then, I no longer have use for all the Performance Counters and Performance Monitoring files that go along with it. So I'll remove those files, too.

Whether you choose to disable some, or all of the same Services I do, you are bound to start experiencing a few DCOM Errors in the Event Viewer upon first rebooting your machine.

I personally don't recieve any DCOM errors when I disable any of my Services. I'm just lucky, I guess.

Not really. I'll get them, too. But I'm going to show you how to eliminate these errors at the bottom of this page.[/b]



[b]These then are the Services I disable on my system:[/b]

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[b]Alerter Service[/b]

Delete this file from C:\WINDOWS\system32:

[b]alrsvc.dll[/b].....Alerter Service DLL

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[b]Application Layer Gateway Service[/b]

Delete this file from C:\WINDOWS\System32:

[b]ALG.EXE[/b]........(Application Layer Gateway Service). Used to configure the different accessibility options of your system.

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[b]Clipbook[/b]

Delete these 2 files from C:\WINDOWS\system32:

[b]CLIPBRD.EXE[/b]....(Clipboard Viewer). Used to view the contents of the object or data currently copied into memory (also known as the Clipboard).

[b]CLIPSRV.EXE[/b]....(Clipboard Server). The network dynamic data exchange (DDE) clipboard service used by Clipboard Viewer to access objects or data copied into memory.

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[b]COM+ Event System & COM+ System Application[/b]


Delete these 18 files from C:\WINDOWS\system32:

[b]catsrv.dll [/b]
[b]catsrvps.dll [/b]
[b]catsrvut.dll[/b]
[b]clbcatex.dll [/b]

[b]clbcatq.dll[/b].....<< This file may or may not delete for you. Windows won't allow it to be deleted on my system.

[b]colbact.dll[/b]
[b]comaddin.dll [/b]
[b]comrepl.dll[/b]
[b]comsnap.dll [/b]
[b]comsvcs.dll [/b]
[b]comuid.dll[/b]

[b]DCOMCNFG.EXE[/b]....(DCOM Configuration). Used to display and configure DCOM settings and configuration.

[b]es.dll[/b]

[b]mtxdm.dll[/b]
[b]mtxex.dll[/b]
[b]mtxlegih.dll[/b]

[b]stclient.dll[/b]

[b]txflog.dll[/b]


Then delete this folder and its contents:

[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\Com [/b]

It contains these 6 files:

comadmin.dll
comempty.dat
comexp.msc
comrepl.exe
comrereg.exe

mtsadmin.tlb

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[b]Computer Browser [/b]

Delete this file from C:\WINDOWS\system32:

[b]browser.dll[/b].....Computer Browser Service DLL

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[b]Distributed Link Tracking Client [/b]

Delete these 2 files from C:\WINDOWS\system32:

[b]dfsshlex.dll[/b]...Distributed File System shell extension

[b]trkwks.dll[/b].....Distributed Link Tracking Client

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[b]Distributed Transaction Coordinator [/b]

Delete these 9 files from C:\WINDOWS\system32:

[b]MSDTC.EXE[/b]......(DTC Console Program). The console for the Distributed Transaction Coordinator (DTC).

[b]msdtclog.dll[/b]...MS DTC log manager DLL
[b]msdtcprf.h[/b].....
[b]msdtcprf.ini[/b]...
[b]msdtcprx.dll[/b]...MS DTC OLE Transactions interface proxy DLL
[b]msdtctm.dll[/b]....MS DTC transaction manager DLL
[b]msdtcuiu.dll[/b]...MS DTC administrative component DLL
[b]mtxclu.dll[/b].....MS DTC amd MTS clustering support DLL

[b]xolehlp.dll[/b]....MS DTC helper APIs DLL

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[b]DNS Client[/b]

Delete this file from C:\WINDOWS\system32:

[b]dnsrslvr.dll[/b]...DNS Caching Resolver Service

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[b]Error Reporting Service[/b]

Delete these 4 files from C:\WINDOWS\system32:

[b]DUMPREP.EXE[/b]....(Windows Error Reporting). A dump reporting tool.

[b]DWWIN.EXE[/b]......(Microsoft Application Error Reporting). The application used to report errors in Microsoft applications.

[b]ersvc.dll[/b]......Windows Error Reporting Service

[b]faultrep.dll[/b]...Windows Error Reporting

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[b]Fast User Switching Compatibility[/b]

Has no file to delete (that I'm aware of anyway).

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[b]Fix-It Task Manager[/b]

Belongs to my Ontrack Registry Cleaner

I delete this file in C:\Program Files\Ontrack\Fix-It:

[b]mxtask.exe[/b]

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[b]Http SSL [/b]

Delete this file from C:\WINDOWS\system32:

[b]w3ssl.dll[/b]......SSL service for HTTP

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[b]Human Interface Device Access [/b]

Has no file to delete (that I'm aware of anyway).

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[b]Indexing Service [/b]

Delete these 14 files from C:\WINDOWS\system32:

[b]ciadmin.dll[/b]...CI Administration (MMC)
[b]ciadv.msc[/b].....
[b]cic.dll[/b].......CIC - MMC controls for Taskpad

[b]CIDAEMON.EXE[/b]..(Content Index Filter Daemon). Process that determines which files will be indexed on the hard disk for faster search queries.

[b]ciodm.dll[/b].....Indexing Service Admin Automation Objects

[b]CISVC.EXE[/b].....(Content Index Service). The Content Index engine that performs file indexing to improve performance of resource searches.

[b]idq.dll[/b].......Indexing Service ISAPI Extension
[b]infosoft.dll[/b]..Wordbreaker and stemmer dll
[b]ixsso.dll[/b].....Indexing Service Server-side Object

[b]LangWrbk.dll[/b]..English wordbreaker

[b]mimefilt.dll[/b]..Microsoft ® IMimeFilter Persistent Handler DLL

[b]nlhtml.dll[/b]....Net Library HTML filter

[b]offfilt.dll[/b]...OffFilt

[b]webhits.dll[/b]...Indexing Service Webhits

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[b]IPSEC Services[/b]

(See Routing and Remote Access below)

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[b]Messenger[/b]

Delete this file from C:\WINDOWS\system32:

[b]msgsvc.dll[/b]....NT Messenger Service


Then delete this folder and its contents:

[b]C:\Program Files\Messenger[/b]

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[b]MS Software Shadow Copy Provider[/b]

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[b]Netmeeting Remote Desktop Sharing[/b]

Delete these 7 files from C:\WINDOWS\system32:

[b]mnmdd.dll[/b].....Application Sharing Display Driver

[b]MNMSRVC.EXE[/b]...(NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing). Allows authorized users to remotely access your desktop.

[b]msconf.dll[/b]....Conferencing Utility Dll
[b]msh261.drv[/b]....Microsoft H.261 ICM Driver
[b]msh263.drv[/b]....Microsoft H.263 ICM Driver

[b]nmevtmsg.dll[/b]..NetMeeting Event Logging DLL
[b]nmmkcert.dll[/b]..NetMeeting Event Logging DLL


Then delete the Netmeeting folder and its entire contents:

[b]C:\Program Files\Netmeeting[/b]

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[b]Network DDE[/b]

and

[b]Network DDE DSDM[/b]

Delete these 5 files from C:\WINDOWS\system32:

[b]ddeml.dll[/b]......DDE Management library

[b]DDESHARE.EXE[/b]...(DDE Share). Displays the active DDE shares and enables property editing for these shares.

[b]NDDEAPIR.EXE[/b]...The server-side application programming interface (API) for the Network DDE Agent.

[b]nddenb32.dll[/b]...Network DDE NetBIOS Interface

[b]NETDDE.EXE[/b]...(Network DDE). A background network DDE provider.

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[b]Network Location Awareness (NLA)[/b]

Has no file to delete (that I'm aware of anyway).

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[b]Network Provisioning Service[/b]

Delete these 2 files from C:\WINDOWS\system32:

[b]xmlprov.dll[/b]...Network Provisioning Service
[b]xmlprovi.dll[/b]..Network Provisioning Service Client API

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[b]NVDIA Display Driver Service[/b]

Delete this file from C:\WINDOWS\system32:

[b]nvsvc32.exe[/b]

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[b]Performance Logs and Alerts[/b]

Delete these 23 files from C:\WINDOWS\system32:

[b]DISKPERF.EXE[/b]...(Disk Performance Counters). Used to switch performance counters for the disk subsystem on and off.

[b]LODCTR.EXE[/b].....(Load Counters). Used to add new counters to Performance Monitor.

[b]logman.exe[/b].....Performance Log Utility

[b]perfc009.dat[/b]...
[b]perfci.h[/b].......
[b]perfci.ini[/b].....
[b]perfctrs.dll[/b]...Performance Counters
[b]perfd009.dat[/b]...
[b]perfdisk.dll[/b]...Windows Disk Performance Objects DLL
[b]perffilt.h[/b].....
[b]perffilt.ini[/b]...
[b]perfh009.dat[/b]...
[b]perfi009.dat[/b]...
[b]perfmon.exe[/b]....Performance Monitor Command Line Shell

[b]perfmon.msc[/b]....Microsoft Common Console Document (System Performance Monitor). [b]I delete this file, and in Control Panel/Administration Tools I delete its shortcut, "Performance". [/b]

[b]perfnet.dll[/b]....Windows Network Service Performance Objects DLL
[b]perfproc.dll[/b]...Windows System Process Performance Objects DLL

[b]PerfStringBackup.INI[/b]

[b]perfwci.h[/b]......
[b]perfwci.ini[/b]....

[b]prflbmsg.dll[/b]...Perflib Event Messages

[b]SMLOGSVC.EXE[/b]...(Performance Logs and Alerts Service). An application that allows statistics to be monitored and collected on local and remote PCs.

[b]UNLODCTR.EXE[/b]...(Unload Counter). Used to unload Performance Monitor counters.

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[b]Portable Media Serial Number Service [/b]

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[b]Print Spooler [/b]

[b]I do not have a printer, so I remove every system32 file associated with the printing process.[/b]

I delete these 19 files from C:\WINDOWS\system32:

[b]cnbjmon.dll[/b]..Language Monitor for Cannon Bubble-Jet Printer

[b]htui.dll[/b].......Common halftone Color Adjustment Dialogs

[b]icm32.dll[/b]......Microsoft Color Management Module (CMM)
[b]icmui.dll[/b]......Microsoft Color Matching System User Interface DLL

[b]inetpp.dll[/b].....Internet Print Provider DLL
[b]inetppui.dll[/b]...Internet Print Client DLL

[b]localspl.dll[/b]...Local Spooler DLL
[b]lprhelp.dll[/b]....LPR Print Monitor
[b]lprmonui.dll[/b]...LPR Print Monitor UI

[b]msw3prt.dll[/b]....ISAPI dll for Web Printing

[b]ntprint.dll[/b]....Spooler Setup DLL

[b]photowiz.dll[/b]....Photo Printing Wizard

[b]PRINT.EXE[/b].......(Print). A command-line print utility used to send print jobs to a port.

[b]printui.dll[/b].....Print UI DLL

[b]spoolss.dll[/b].....Spooler SubSystem DLL

[b]SPOOLSV.EXE[/b].....(Spooler SubSystem App. Print Spooler Service). The spooler service for the print subsystem.

[b]win32spl.dll[/b]....32-bit Spooler API DLL

[b]winspool.exe[/b]....Windows 16-bit WOW Psuedo Printer Driver (loaded as WINSPOOL.DRV)

[b]wpnpinst.exe[/b]....Support exe for Internet Printing


Then I delete this folder and its contents:

[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool[/b]

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[b]Protected Storage[/b]

Delete these 3 files from C:\WINDOWS\system32:

[b]psbase.dll[/b]......Protected Storage default provider
[b]pstorec.dll[/b].....Protected Storage COM interfaces
[b]pstorsvc.dll[/b]....Protected storage server

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[b]QoS RSVP [/b]

Delete these 6 files from C:\WINDOWS\system32:

[b]RSVP.EXE[/b]......(Resource Reservation Protocol. QoS RSVP Service.). A protocol that sets up a reserved pathway with a specific quality of service for a set of data packets.

[b]rsvp.ini[/b]......
[b]rsvpcnts.h[/b]....
[b]rsvpmsg.dll[/b]...RSVP Messages DLL

[b]rsvpperf.dll[/b]..Microsoft

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[b]Slimming Down Windows XP: The Complete Guide PART 3 [/b]

[b]Documents and Settings Folders [/b]


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[b]C:\Documents and Settings...[/b]

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I completely delete the [b]Default User folder[/b], not just its contents.

Whenever a new user logs on for the first time, Windows copies settings from the Default User profile to the newly created user profile. Basically, the Default User profile is as a blueprint that Windows uses to initialize new logins.

I completely delete the [b]LocalService folder[/b], not just its contents.

I completely delete the [b]NetworkService folder[/b], not just its contents.

ALTHOUGH, I notice that the NetworkService folder will no longer delete for me, even with System File Protection disabled. It either has something to do now with SP2, or because I am now using DSL.

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[b]C:\Documents and Settings\All Users...[/b]

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[b]C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\DRM [/b]

Digital Rights Management (DRM) provides functions relating to Digital Rights.

Per Microsoft: The Windows Media DRM platform enables the secure delivery of protected content for playback on a computer, portable device, or network device.

I find I can still burn a music cd off my computer using Windows Media 10 without the DRM files and the cd will still play on my home cd player.

I delete the DRM folder and its contents.

[b]Then I delete these files from C:\WINDOWS\system32:[/b]

[b]drmclien.dll[/b]...DRM Client DLL
[b]drmstor.dll[/b]....DRM Store DLL
[b]drmv2clt.dll[/b]...DRMv2 Client DLL

[b]msnetobj.dll[/b]...DRM ActiveX Network Object
[b]mssap.dll[/b]......DRM

[b]WMDRMdev.dll[/b]...Windows Media DRM for Network Devices Registration DLL

[b]WMDRMNet.dll[/b]...Windows Media DRM for Network Devices DLL

[b]C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents (or Shared Documents)\My Pictures[/b]
I delete the My Pictures folder and its contents.

(When you delete the desktop.ini file from Shared Documents, the folder is renamed to simply Documents.)

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[b]Removing the subfolders in Documents (or Shared Documents) Permanently...[/b]

In order to permanently delete the My eBooks, My Music, My Pictures, My Videos subfolders from appearing in the Documents (or Shared Documents) folder in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents (or Shared Documents) and in My Documents in C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\My Documents, you first have to unregister the mydocs.dll, and then delete the folders.

(Although, it's very difficult to stop the Shared Music folder from returning in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents (or Shared Documents). We'll get to that down below.)

To unregister:

Start > Run > type in - regsvr32 /u mydocs.dll and click OK

[b]Then go here and delete their subfolders folders:[/b]

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents (or Shared Documents)

and here

C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\My Documents

Now, about the "Shared Music" folder in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents (or Shared Documents)....

Go to Windows Media Player Tools > Options > Library tab > Click on Monitor Folders > Highlight C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\My Music > then click Remove. You can even remove any other paths to folders you may see in there.

Now...

Again in WMP go to Tools > Options > Rip Music tab. Under "Rip music to this location" click the Change button. Then create your own special folder in a location of your choice. I made a folder called Temporary Downloads on my D Drive.

(Keep this in mind, if at some point you clear the MUI cache for ripping and burning Cd's, the new designated folder path you created in WMP could very well disappear, and WMP will default to the path C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\My Music.)

While you're in WMP, go to Tools > Options > Privacy and take the tick out of "Update music files by retrieving media info from the internet." I do this mostly to stop album cover art from cropping up on my computer. You may like the album art.

The "Shared Music" folder in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents (or Shared Documents), is the most difficult folder to keep from returning.

However, you can delete the Value data of a certain registry string. (Let me say here, this is to be done in addition to what I have outlined above.)

Navigate in the Registry Editor to...

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders.

In the right panel look for this entry...

My Music REG_SZ C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\My Documents\My Music

You will notice that since you unregistered the mydocs.dll as I outlined above, that the Value data for "My Pictures" and "My Video" have already been removed.

Double click on My Music, and delete the Value data. Don't delete the entire String, just the value data.

Now navigate also to here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders

In the right panel look for this entry...

CommonMusic REG_SZ C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\My Documents\My Music

Just as you did above, Double click on CommonMusic, and delete the Value data. Don't delete the entire String, just the value data.

[b]NOTE: If you use MRU Blaster, the Value Data you just removed will return here:[/b]

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders.

...and also, the My Music folder in C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\My Documents will return.

...and, the "Rip music to this location" you chose in Windows Media Player will revert back to C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\My Documents\My Music.

[b]NOTE: Using Ad-aware to remove the MRU[/b] (Most Recently Used), the Value Data you just removed will return Here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders

...and, the Shared Music folder back to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents will return.

[b]There is one another part of this tweak that needs some work. I don't have it figured out yet, so if you have any ideas, let me know...

When you rip a music CD, the "Shared Music" folder will return to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents (or Shared Documents) ...no matter what. But this is the only time, as far as I can see.[/b]

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[b]C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories\Accessibility [/b]
I delete the Accessibility folder and its contents.

[b]Then I delete these additional files that belong to Accessibility Options...[/b]

[b]From C:\WINDOWS\Help:[/b]

[b]acc_dis.chm[/b]
[b]access.chm[/b]
[b]access.hlp[/b]
[b]accessib.chm[/b]

[b]magnify.chm[/b]
[b]magnify.hlp [/b]

[b]osk.chm[/b]
[b]osk.hlp[/b]

[b]utilmgr.chm[/b]
[b]utilmgr.hlp[/b]

[b]From C:\WINDOWS\system32:[/b]

[b]access.cpl[/b]
[b]accwiz.exe [/b]

[b]mag_hook.dll[/b]
[b]magnify.exe[/b]

[b]narrator.exe[/b]
[b]narrhook.dll[/b]

[b]osk.exe[/b]

[b]sethc.exe[/b]

[b]utilman.exe[/b]

[b]C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories\Communications [/b]
I delete the Communications folder and its contents.

This removes its shortcuts from my desktop. I rarely access them anyway. If I do I'll usually enter the Control Panel to get to them.

[b]C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Templates [/b]
I delete the Templates folder.

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[b]C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft... [/b]

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[b]C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Crypto[/b]
I delete the Crypto folder and its subfolders.

[b]C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Dr Watson [/b]
I delete the Dr Watson folder.

The Dr Watson folder will eventually return unless you disable Dr Watson.

To Disable Dr. Watson go to this location in your registry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AeDebug

Delete the AeDebug key.

[b]C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\HTML Help[/b]
You can delete this folder.

However, the HTML Help folder will return should you open an HTML Help File (.chm extention file).

[b]C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch [/b]

I delete the shortcuts I never use in Quick Launch. Then I move the ones I do use to C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

I keep the Quick Launch folder in case certain programs look for it when they are installing.

[b]C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Media Index [/b]
I delete the Media Index folder.

[b]C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Media Player [/b]
I delete the Media Player folder and its contents.

[b]C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Network [/b]

Inside the Network folder are two subfolders, Connections and Downloader.

You can the delete the Network folder and its contents.

However, the Network folder will be re-generated upon your next visit to Windows Update, along with one of its subfolders, Downloader.

The subfolder, Connections, and its contents, will not be re-generated. Since one of the subfolders within the Connections folder, the Pbk folder, contains a sharedaccess.ini file, I personally leave the Network folder alone.

[b]C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\User Account Pictures [/b]
I delete all the avatars.

[b]C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\User Account Pictures\Default Pictures [/b]
I delete the avatars I will probably never use, but keep the folder in case I want to place a few of my avatars in the folder.

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[b]C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME...[/b]

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[b]C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Favorites[/b]
I delete "MSN.com" and "Radio Station Guide".

[b]C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Favorites\Links[/b]
I delete the Links folder and it's contents.

You need to apply this reg tweak to delete the Links folder permanently:

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Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar]
"LinksFolderName"=""

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[b]C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\My Documents\My eBooks[/b]
I delete this folder.

[b]C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\My Documents\My Music [/b]
I delete this folder and its contents.

[b]C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\My Documents\My Pictures[/b]
I delete this folder and its contents.

[b]C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\SendTo[/b]
I delete any SendTo items in the right-click context menu I will never use, and place a few of my own here I'd rather have.

[b]C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories\Entertainment [/b]

I take the Windows Media Player shortcut here and cut and move it to the C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories\Entertainment, just to keep everything together.

Then I come back and delete the...

C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories folder

[b]C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Templates [/b]
I delete the contents of the Templates folder but keep the folder, as it will not delete.

[b]C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\UserData[/b]
You can delete the contents of this folder, but keep the folder.

New contents for the UserData folder will be re-generated upon your next visit to Windows Update.

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[b]C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data...[/b]

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[b]C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Help[/b]
I delete the Help folder.

[b]C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Identities[/b]
I delete the Identities folder and its contents.

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[b]C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Microsoft... [/b]

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[b]C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Microsoft\Credentials [/b]
You can delete the Credentials folder and its contents.

However, the Credentials folder and its contents will be re-generated by Windows immediately upon rebooting. So there's really not much point in deleting it.

[b]C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Microsoft\CryptnetUrlCache\Content

and

C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Microsoft\CryptnetUrlCache\MetaData [/b]

I delete the files in the sub-folders of the CryptnetUrlCache: [b]Content[/b] and [b]MetaData[/b].

[b]I find the files in Content and MetaData, the sub-folders of the CryptnetUrlCache folder, really interesting.[/b]

The very first time I deleted all the files within these two folders, it really blew my mind...

I looked in some of the files in these folders using Notepad, and it looked like a record of URL History of some kind.
By the name of the folder, "CryptnetUrlCache," I figured they must logically be cache-type files.

I deleted all the files within these two folders. Then I cleaned up my system as usual with my Temp File Cleaners. Rebooted, and defragged. Zowie! My browser windows started opening up so much faster it was simply unbelievable.

So, I asked my friend, 2McAbre, about them...

Per 2McAbre:

Those folders are where XP stores a "verified and certified" websites security certificates for such things like SSL (Secure Socket Layers) logins for if you are paying a bill, or shopping at Amazon.com.

If you want to empty these folders (with msie open) "Click on Tools", select "Internet Options" then click on the "Content" tab.

In the center area where it says "Certificates"

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[b]Slimming Down Windows XP: The Complete Guide PART 4[/b]

[b]Program Files Folders[/b]


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[b]C:\Program Files...[/b]

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[b]C:\Program Files\ComPlus Applications[/b]
I delete the ComPlus Applications folder.

ComPlus Applications. This folder contains files used by ComPlus applications. If there are no ComPlus applications installed on your XP machine, this folder will be empty. COM+ builds on the Microsoft Component Object Model (COM) integrated services and features, making it easier for developers to create and use software components in any language, using any tool.

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[b]C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer...[/b]

Internet Explorer. This folder contains the files and executables for Internet Explorer


[b]C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Connection Wizard [/b]
I delete the Connection Wizard folder and its contents.

[b]C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\PLUGINS[/b]
I delete the PLUGINS folder.

[b]C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\SIGNUP[/b]
I delete the SIGNUP folder and its contents.

[b]I also these files that belong to them in C:\WINDOWS\system32:[/b]

[b]icfgnt5.dll[/b]....Internet Connection Wizard
[b]icwdial.dll[/b]....Internet Connection Wizard Autodialer
[b]icwphbk.dll[/b]....Internet Connection Wizard
[b]inetcfg.dll[/b]....Internet Connection Wizard Library
[b]isign32.dll[/b]....Internet Signup

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[b]C:\Program Files\Messenger[/b]
I delete the Messenger folder and its contents.

[b]C:\Program Files\microsoft frontpage [/b]
I delete the microsoft frontpage folder and its contents.

[b]C:\Program Files\Movie Maker[/b]
I delete the Movie Maker folder and its contents.

[b]C:\Program Files\MSN[/b]
I delete MSN folder and its contents.

[b]C:\Program Files\MSN Gaming Zone[/b]
I delete the MSN Gaming Zone folder and its contents.

[b]C:\Program Files\Netmeeting [/b]
I delete the Netmeeting folder and its contents.

[b]I also delete these files that belong to NetMeeting in C:\WINDOWS\system32: [/b]

[b]mnmdd.dll[/b]

[b]MNMSRVC.EXE[/b]...(NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing). Allows authorized users to remotely access your desktop.

[b]msconf.dll[/b]
[b]msh261.drv[/b]
[b]msh263.drv[/b]

[b]nmevtmsg.dll[/b]
[b]nmmkcert.dll [/b]

[b]C:\Program Files\Online Services[/b]
I delete the Online Service folder and its contents.

Online Services. This folder contains files used to establish Internet connectivity. These files enable you to set up Internet access through MSN or to select another available Internet service provider.

[b]C:\Program Files\Uninstall Information[/b]
I delete the Uninstall Information folder.

[b]C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\Skins[/b]
You can delete here any Windows Media player skins you will never use.

[b]C:\Program Files\WindowsUpdate[/b]
I delete the WindowsUpdate folder.

This WindowsUpdate folder once belonged to Windows Update before SP2. Now it is no longer used by Windows Update. Instead Windows Update now uses C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution.

[b]C:\Program Files\xerox [/b]
I delete the xerox folder and its contents.

Xerox. This folder contains all the files used by Xerox applications. By default, this folder is empty.

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[b]C:\Program Files\Common Files...[/b]

Common Files. This folder contains files shared with the Microsoft applications.

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[b]Let's do the folders for MSAC separately[/b] so you'll have a better understanding of what it is we are removing.

[b]MSAC (MS Data Access Components)[/b]

Per X-teq: Microsoft Data Access Component (MDAC) includes a service DataFactory, that allows developers to easily access data over the internet on this machine.

However, it can happen that this technique is a security problem. If configured in "Unsafe Mode", it allows hacker to execute code, query data and other ugly things. This bug was fixed with MDAC 2.0, but can still be a problem.

[b]C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\DAO [/b]
I delete the DAO folder and its contents.

[b]C:\Program Files\Common Files\MSSoap[/b]
I delete the MSSoap folder and its contents.

[b]C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\ado[/b]
I delete the ado folder and its contents.

[b]C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\msadc [/b]
I delete the msadc folder and its contents.

[b]C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\Ole DB[/b]
I delete Ole DB folder and its contents.

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[b]C:\Program Files\Common Files\Services[/b]
I delete Services folder and its contents.

[b]C:\Program Files\Common Files\SpeechEngines[/b]
I delete the SpeechEngines folder and its contents.

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[b]C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared...[/b]

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[b]C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\MSInfo[/b]
I delete the MSInfo folder and its contents.

This is the System Information Utility.

I use "EVEREST Home Edition" for my system information needs. I think it's much much better. It offers many more details.

[url="http://www.lavalys.com/products.php?lang=en"]http://www.lavalys.com/products.php?lang=en[/url]

[b]C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Speech[/b]
I delete the Speech folder and its contents.

[b]C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Stationary[/b]
I delete any stationary in the Stationary folder I most likely won't use.

[b]C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Folders [/b]
I delete the Web Folders folder and its contents.

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[b]Slimming Down Windows XP: The Complete Guide PART 5[/b]

[b]WINDOWS Folders[/b]


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[b]C:\WINDOWS...[/b]

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[b]Individual Files I remove from C:\WINDOWS:[/b]


any [b]*.bak[/b] Files

All [b]*.bmp[/b] Files

any [b]*.log [/b]Files (I regularly delete any ".log" Files that turn up in this folder.) [b]"WindowsUpdate.log" will not be deleted in SP2.[/b]

any [b]*.old[/b] Files

any [b]*.tmp[/b] Files

any [b]*.txt[/b] Files ([b]"SchedLgU.txt" will not delete.[/b] It belongs to Task Scheduler)

[b]_default[/b]...Shortcut to MS-DOS Program. Which is an invalid 16-bit program in XP.

[b]clock.avi[/b]

[b]control.ini[/b] (zero-length file)

[b]desktop.ini[/b]

[b]NOTEPAD.EXE[/b] (There is another one in system32 I keep.)

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[b]soundman.exe[/b] (Realtek Audio Configuration Utility)

If I were to keep soundman.exe, I would also need to keep hid.dll (Hid User Library) in C:\WINDOWS\system32, as it needs this file to open.

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[b]system.ini[/b] (XP doesn't use this. However it will usually return after awhile anyway.)

[b]TASKMAN.EXE[/b] (There is a duplicate in system32.)

[b]twain.dll[/b] ....Twain Source Manager (Image Acquisition Interface) I don't have a scanner.

[b]twain_32.dll[/b]..Twain_32 Source Manager (Image Acquisition Interface) I don't have a scanner.

[b]twunk_16.exe[/b]..(Twain Working Group) Thunking Server. Allows 16-bit DOS applications to make 32-bit calls.

[b]twunk_32.exe[/b]..(Twain Working Group) Thunking Server. Allows 32-bit DOS applications to make 16-bit calls.

[b]win.ini[/b] (XP just ignores it anyway.)

[b]WINHELP.EXE[/b]....(Windows Help). A 16-bit Windows Help reader.

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[b]C:\WINDOWS\$hf_mig$[/b]
I delete the $hf_mig$ folder and its contents.

Per Microsoft: When a security update, critical update, update, update rollup, driver, or feature pack installs GDR (General Distribution Releases) version files, the hotfix files are also copied to the %windir%\$hf_mig$ folder. This supports migration to the appropriate files if you later install a hotfix or service pack that includes earlier versions of these files. For example, consider the following scenario:

1. You apply a security update that installs a GDR version of File.dll with a version number of 5.2.3790.1000 and copies a hotfix version of File.dll with a version number of 5.2.3790.1000 to the %windir%\$hf_mig$ folder.

2. You apply a hotfix that includes a hotfix version of File.dll with a version number of 5.2.3790.0000.
In this scenario the hotfix installation in step 2 installs the hotfix version of File.dll (version number 5.2.3790.1000) from the %windir%\$hf_mig$ folder instead of the hotfix version of File.dll (version number 5.2.3790.0000) from the hotfix package.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\$NtUninstallKBxxxxxx$[/b]
I delete all the $NtUninstallKBxxxxxx$ folders and their contents.

These $NtUninstallKBxxxxxx$ folders contain the uninstall files for the Windows Updates.

They have nothing to do with the Updates being in good working order on your system. If you are certain that you won't need to uninstall any of these Updates, by all means, delete these folders.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\addins[/b]
I delete the addins folder.

ActiveX controls (.ocx) files. The addins folder is always empty on my system.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\AppPatch [/b]
You can delete the AppPatch folder and its contents.

The AppPatch folder contains application compatibility .dlls and Appfix packages.

Personally, I don't delete the AppPatch folder and all its contents. When I do, I start receiving Application Popup Error messages in the Event Viewer when I open certain applications.

These are benign error messages for the most part. Your applications will usually still work and function properly under most circumstances.

Myself, I will not tolerate ANY error messages on my system.

[b]I will not delete from my system ANY file or any folder that will cause ANY errors...in the Event Viewer, or anywhere else on my system.[/b]

I really dislike seeing error messages on my system...even if they are only benign Application Popup errors...or even the most benign of all errors, DCOM errors.

[b]However,[/b] I've found that if I keep these 3 files in the AppPatch folder and delete the other 7 files, I do not recieve any Application Popup errors in the Event Viewer when I open certain programs:

[b]ACGENRAL.DLL[/b]

[b]DRVMAIN.SDB[/b]

[b]SYSMAIN.SDB[/b]

[b]C:\WINDOWS\Config[/b]
I delete the Config folder.

The Config folder contains configuration .idf files used by the MIDI sound system. Depending on system configuration, this folder might be empty.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\Connection Wizard [/b]
I delete the Connections Wizard folder.

Connection Wizard. Files used for establishing Internet connectivity. Can be an empty folder.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\Cursors[/b]
I delete any cursors and animated cursors in here I will never use.

Contains static and animated cursor files. You can use these files by configuring the Mouse applet in the Control Panel.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\Debug[/b]

The Debug folder contains .log files that can be used to debug network connectivity and other setup functions.

I delete the Usermode subfolder folder

I delete the WPD subfolder and its contents.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Installations[/b]
I delete the Download Installations folder and its contents.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files[/b]

Contains ActiveX controls and Java applets that have been downloaded from the Internet.

I delete the contents of the Download Installations folder, and, every so often, I check there for any ActiveX controls or Java applets installed I don't want there.

[b]Alternatively,[/b] you can view and delete these ActiveX controls or Java applets by going to Internet Properties -> under Temporary Internet files click on Settings -> then under Temporary Internet files folders click on View Objects.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\Driver Cache\i386 [/b]

The Driver Cache folder contains a platform subdirectory and a copy of the driver.cab file so that new devices can be easily installed without needing the Windows XP CD. Might contain sp1.cab or sp2.cab if installing an integrated copy of the operating system (Sliptreamed CD).

I delete the drivers.cab and the sp2.cab

I have backup copies of the drivers.cab and the sp2.cab on a backup image I have saved on another partition. Should I ever need one of their original files, I can get it from this backup image.

I DO NOT DELETE ANY NEW FILES EVER CREATED IN i386. As new Updates arrive from Microsoft, newer versions of files are sometimes placed in the "i386" folder. These would then be the only copies of these newer files I will have.

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[b]C:\WINDOWS\Fonts [/b]

Many .fon extension fonts (The red A fonts) hide, so you need to run a search for *.fon in Search Assistant.

Open Search Assistant.

Be sure under "More Advanced Options" you have "Search for hidden files and folders" selected.

Do a search for *.fon

About 138 of these Fonts should show up.

Highlight these specific 15 Fonts...

[b]cga40woa.fon [/b]
[b]cga80woa.fon[/b]

[b]coure.fon[/b]

[b]dosapp.fon[/b]

[b]ega40woa.fon[/b]
[b]ega80woa.fon [/b]

[b]modern.fon [/b]

[b]roman.fon [/b]

[b]serife.fon [/b]

[b]smalle.fon[/b]

[b]sserife.fon[/b]

[b]symbole.fon [/b]

[b]vgafix.fon [/b]
[b]vgaoem.fon[/b]
[b]vgasys.fon[/b]

At the top of Search Assistant click on "Edit". Then select "Invert Selection". Now you can delete all the other 123 unnecessary Fonts all at once because they will now be the ones highlighted, and the fonts you want to keep won't be.

TTF Font Extentions:

Here is a list of the 19 remaining *.ttf Fonts (The blue-green O fonts) I have in C:\WINDOWS\Fonts.

To see them all the *.ttf fonts, because some are hidden, you need to do a search with your Search Assistant for *.ttf

You can do the Search Assistant trick above to keep these and remove all the others.

[b]arial.ttf [/b]
[b]arialbd.ttf[/b]
[b]arialbi.ttf[/b]
[b]ariali.ttf [/b]

[b]framd.ttf[/b]
[b]framdit.ttf[/b]

[b]lucon.ttf[/b]

[b]marlett.ttf[/b]

[b]micross.ttf[/b]

[b]tahoma.ttf[/b]
[b]tahomabd.ttf[/b]

[b]times.ttf[/b]
[b]timesbd.ttf[/b]

[b]trebucbd.ttf [/b]

[b]verdana.ttf [/b]
[b]verdanab.ttf[/b]
[b]verdanai.ttf [/b]
[b]verdanaz.ttf[/b]

NOTE: To delete the wingding.ttf font, you may have to open the Fonts folder itself, and first delete the Webdings.ttf font, and then the wingding.ttf font.

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[b]C:\WINDOWS\Help[/b]
You can delete all individual help files in the Help folder.

Personally, I keep most of the HELP Files in the Help folder, and only delete those I know I won't be using or maybe contain subject matter I'm not interested in.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\Help\Tours[/b]
I delete Tours folder and its contents.

[b]Then I delete this file that belongs to it in C:\WINDOWS\system32:[/b]

[b]tourstart.exe[/b]

[b]C:\WINDOWS\ime [/b]

The ime folder contains files to support the Input Method Editor. Provides language support for Windows XP.

I delete the ime folder and its contents.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\inf[/b]

[b]I delete all the .PNF files in the inf folder.[/b]

PNF files, are cache-type files that help making the opening of some applications quicker and more responsive.

These are files when deleted will re-create themselves should its corresponding .inf file by the same name be called upon.

Per Rob Elder: "It's a "pre-compiled" version of the ASCII .INF file that gets created when the Setup first processes a particular .INF file. It's done to speed up searches of the .INF files (as you've noticed there are LOTS of those on the system in Windows 2000/XP); if the dates of the .INF and .PNF files compare favorably (.PNF is later than .INF) the corresponding .PNF file will be used (if present)."

[b]Here's what I do...[/b]

If, after I give it some time, (30 days or more), I see that corresponding .PNF files are not re-created alongside the .INF files of the same name, (That would mean my system isn't using those particular .INF files.), I will then go ahead and delete the never-used INF files.

Some people will tell you that it is okay to delete the entire contents of the inf folder, including all the .INF files.

[b]I totally disagree with that.[/b] INF files aren't just about installing new hardware. [b]Just to be able to get into the Windows Component Wizard, your system needs 36 INF files.[/b]

Here are a couple of examples:

Acronis True Image's Explore Image function needs these 3 .INI Files in C:\WINDOWS\inf:

certclas.inf
layout.inf
volume.inf

Windows Disk Cleanup needs these 36 .INI Files in C:\WINDOWS\inf:

accessor.inf

certclas.inf
communic.inf
comnt5.inf

dtcnt5.inf

fp40ext.inf
fxsocm.inf

games.inf

ieaccess.inf
igames.inf
iis.inf
ims.inf

layout.inf

msmsgs.inf
msnmsn.inf
multimed.inf

netbeac.inf
netiprip.inf
netlpd.inf
netoc.inf
netsnmp.inf
nettpsmp.inf
netupnp.inf

oeaccess.inf
optional.inf

p2p.inf
pinball.inf

rootau.inf

setupqry.inf
startoc.inf
sysoc.inf

tsoc.inf

wbemoc.inf
wbemsnmp.inf
wmaccess.inf
wmpocm.inf

[b]In the meantime, however...[/b]

I picked this tip up from NeoMayhem.

Do a search for mdm*.* and delete all the *.inf files that comes up. There were 181 mdm*.* files in my inf folder.

These are all modem drivers, and it is very unlikely you will ever need them. You either have a modem already installed, or if you don't, and decide to add one later, it will come with its own set of drivers.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\java[/b]
I delete the java folder and its contents. It is no longer used for Microsoft's (Java) Virtual Machine after SP2.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\lastgood [/b]
I delete the lastgood folder and it's contents.

Usually the lastgood folder and its contents will delete on its own after a reboot, after the installation of something or other. But every once in awhile it doesn't.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\Media[/b]
I delete most of the sounds Windows makes here.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\msagent[/b]

The msagent folder contains Microsoft agent files, which are software services that support using animated characters in the Windows interface to assist users in manipulating the operating system.

I delete the msagent folder and its contents.

[b]Then I delete these help files that belong to it in C:\WINDOWS\Help:[/b]

[b]agt0c0a.hlp[/b]
[b]agt040b.hlp[/b]
[b]agt040c.hlp[/b]
[b]agt040e.hlp[/b]
[b]agt041d.hlp[/b]
[b]agt041f.hlp[/b]
[b]agt0405.hlp[/b]
[b]agt0406.hlp[/b]
[b]agt0407.hlp[/b]
[b]agt0408.hlp[/b]
[b]agt0409.hlp[/b]
[b]agt0410.hlp[/b]
[b]agt0413.hlp[/b]
[b]agt0414.hlp[/b]
[b]agt0415.hlp[/b]
[b]agt0416.hlp[/b]
[b]agt0419.hlp[/b]
[b]agt0816.hlp[/b]

[b]C:\WINDOWS\msapps[/b]

The msapps folder contains files for backward-compatibility with applications that use shared components.

I delete the msapps folder and its contents.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\msdownld.tmp[/b]
I delete the msdownld.tmp folder and its contents.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\mui [/b]

MUI (Multilingual-User Interface) Packs give companies flexibility in making language options available to users.

I delete the mui folder.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\nview [/b]
I delete the nview folder and its contents.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\Offline Web Pages[/b]

Any Web pages designated as offline accessible are stored in the Offline Web Pages folder, along with any images and other files that go with it.

I delete the Offline Web Pages folder and its contents.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\OPTIONS[/b]
I delete the OPTIONS folder and its contents.

These are the cab files for my Fast Ethernet NIC Driver Setup Utility.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\PCHealth[/b]
I delete all the contents in the PCHealth folder, but I keep the folder.

PCHEALTH. Contains files and subfolders to support the Microsoft Help Center Service. These files support all the Windows XP Help services, including features such as Remote Desktop Assistance.

[b]IMPORTANT: Before you do this "move" msconfig (not copy) from inside the C:\WINDOWS\PCHEALTH\HELPCTR\Binaries to inside the System32 folder, or you will loose it. [/b]

Also, you will no longer be able to view System Information. I use the free program "Everest - system information, system diagnostics and benchmarking" instead. It's much better than Windows System Information.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\PeerNet[/b]
I delete the PeerNet folder and its contents.

Per Microsoft: The optional Windows Peer-to-Peer networking component provides a framework for peer-to-peer programs to communicate directly between computers over Network Address Translation (NAT) devices and over the Internet.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\PIF [/b]
I delete the PIF folder and its contents.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\Profiles [/b]
I delete the Profiles folder and its contents.

Seemingly useless folder created by Adobe Reader.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\Provisioning [/b]
I delete the Provisioning folder and its contents.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\pss[/b]
I delete the pss folder and its contents.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\RegisteredPackages[/b]
I delete the RegisteredPackages folder and its contents.

The RegisteredPackages folder contains installation files. They looked to me like mostly belonging to Windows Media Player 10.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\Registration[/b]

In the Registration folder I delete all the *.clb files--one at a time--except the one that Windows will not allow me to delete.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\Registration\CRMLog[/b]
I delete the CRMLog folder

[b]C:\WINDOWS\repair [/b]
I delete the repair folder and its contents.

Registry backup files. These files are updated if you use NTBackup and choose to back up system state files.

Per Rob Elder: "There are backup copies of the hive files in the systemroot\repair directory. But if you are not running MSBackup, they are from the day that the operating system was installed. If you're using MSBackup then they are from the date of the last backup."

[b]C:\WINDOWS\security[/b]
I delete the security folder and it's contents

The security folder contains subfolders and files related to security. Includes log files that define the default security applied during setup and templates for assigning new security privileges.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\setupupd[/b]
I delete the setupupd folder and its contents.

Dynamic Update storage location

[b]C:\WINDOWS\ShellNew[/b]
I delete the ShellNew folder.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution [/b]

The "ReportingEvents.log" file will not delete.

I delete all the contents of these 4 subfolders of SoftwareDistribution...

DataStore
Download
EventCache
SelfUpdate < This folder is always empty on my system.

The contents of WebSetup and WuRedir subfolders will be restored upon your each and every visit to Windows Update...so there is really no reason to delete their contents.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\srchasst[/b]
I delete the srchasst folder and its contents.

The srchasst folder contains files and subfolders for the Search Companion. I like the way Search Companion performs without these XP updates. (Even though the little puppy is kind of cute.)

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[b]C:\WINDOWS\system[/b]

System. Contains 16-bit versions of protected and real mode drivers and .dll files used by applications. These files are provided for backward-compatibility with older applications. Additional 16-bit driver files can be stored in this folder.

Some older applications you install might look for files contained in the system folder. However, most program makers these days no longer use these files when adapting their programs to Windows.

I predict someday soon these files will become obsolete, and Windows will write them right out of their Operating Systems.

All but 3 of these backward-compatibility files majority files have duplicates in the system32 folder.

[b]If you want,[/b] you can cut and paste all the files from C:\WINDOWS\system to C:\WINDOWS\system32. Then delete the system folder.

The files system32 does not already have will then be placed there, and you shouldn't have any problem installing older applications.

[b]These are the 3 files system32 does not already have:[/b]

[b]setup.inf [/b]
[b]stdole.tlb[/b]
[b]TAPI.DLL[/b]

[b]What I do[/b] is delete the system folder and its contents. Then I delete all the duplicate backward-compatibility files in C:\WINDOWS\system32. (I do this in PART 9 of the guide.)

[b]At that time, however, I will be keeping in the system32 folder this one file:[/b]

[b]WINSPOOL.DRV [/b]

One older program I have (PrintFolder) needs this file. (WINSPOOL.DRV also seems to be one of the more important files in the lot, as it is the most difficult to delete. It usually deletes only after a reboot.)

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[b]C:\WINDOWS\Temp[/b]
I delete any files I ever find in the Temp folder.

Note: It's a good idea to delete these files after a reboot. Some programs you install still use these temporary installation files to complete their installation on the next boot.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\twain_32[/b]

Imaging files for scanners.

Twain_32. Contains files to support Twain technology, enabling a scanner document to be inserted into a file.

I delete the twain_32 folder and its contents because I don't have a scanner.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\Web[/b]
I delete the web folder and its contents.

The Web folder contains files and subfolders to support Internet printing and document access.

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[b]C:\WINDOWS\WinSxS[/b]

The WinSxS folder stores the shared components of side-by-side applications. These can be multiple versions of the same application or the same assembly.

I took on the dreaded WinSxS folder with surprising success.

For you yourself to do this, you must be willing to look inside the Layout.ini file located in C:\WINDOWS\Prefetch. You'll need to spot, and single out, the particular files and folders your system needs.

There are some very long numbered files and subfolders within the WinSxS folder. Your numbered files and subfolders may not be the same as mine.

...Then again, we may have the same numbers. I don't know. I haven't looked in your WinSxS folder.

First I delete every .cat file in the Manifests subfolder and all the subfolders in the Policies subfolder.

Remaining now within C:\WINDOWS\WinSxS\Manifests are 12 files. I kept these 6 files, and deleted the 6 others not listed in the Layout.ini file:

C:\WINDOWS\WINSXS\MANIFESTS\X86_MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.COMMON-CONTROLS
_6595B64144CCF1DF_6.0.2600.2180_X-WW_A84F1FF9.MANIFEST

C:\WINDOWS\WINSXS\MANIFESTS\X86_MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.GDIPLUS
_6595B64144CCF1DF_1.0.2600.2180_X-WW_522F9F82.MANIFEST

C:\WINDOWS\WINSXS\MANIFESTS\X86_MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.NETWORKING.DXMRTP
_6595B64144CCF1DF_5.2.2.3_X-WW_468466A7.MANIFEST

C:\WINDOWS\WINSXS\MANIFESTS\X86_MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.NETWORKING.RTCDLL
_6595B64144CCF1DF_5.2.2.3_X-WW_D6BD8B95.MANIFEST

C:\WINDOWS\WINSXS\MANIFESTS\X86_MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.NETWORKING.RTCRES
_6595B64144CCF1DF_5.2.2.3_EN_16A24BC0.MANIFEST

C:\WINDOWS\WINSXS\MANIFESTS\X86_MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.SYSTEMCOMPATIBLE
_6595B64144CCF1DF_5.1.2600.2000_X-WW_BCC9A281.MANIFEST

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Remaining now within C:\WINDOWS\WinSxS\Policies are 6 subfolders. I kept these 5 and delete the 1 other not listed in the Layout.ini file:

C:\WINDOWS\WINSXS\POLICIES\X86_POLICY.1.0.MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.GDIPLUS
_6595B64144CCF1DF_X-WW_4E8510AC\

C:\WINDOWS\WINSXS\POLICIES\X86_POLICY.5.1.MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.SYSTEMCOMPATIBLE
_6595B64144CCF1DF_X-WW_A0111510\

C:\WINDOWS\WINSXS\POLICIES\X86_POLICY.5.2.MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.NETWORKING.DXMRTP
_6595B64144CCF1DF_X-WW_362E60DD\

C:\WINDOWS\WINSXS\POLICIES\X86_POLICY.5.2.MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.NETWORKING.RTCDLL
_6595B64144CCF1DF_X-WW_C7B7206F\

C:\WINDOWS\WINSXS\POLICIES\X86_POLICY.6.0.MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.COMMON-CONTROLS
_6595B64144CCF1DF_X-WW_5DDAD775\

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Within C:\WINDOWS\WinSxS are 10 subfolders whose names begin with "x86_Microsoft". Only 1 of these 10 "x86_Microsoft" subfolders is listed in the Layout.ini file:

C:\WINDOWS\WINSXS\X86_MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.COMMON-CONTROLS
_6595B64144CCF1DF_6.0.2600.2180_X-WW_A84F1FF9\

Here's the rub...

One other of these ten subfolders IS NOT LISTED IN THE LAYOUT.INI FILE. And that 1 subfolder needs to be pinpointed, and kept, too. Otherwise, your screen is going to go goofy on you when you reboot.

That one other needed subfolder that is not listed in the Layout.ini file, has something in common with one of the files in the MANIFESTS subfolder, and one of the subfolders in the POLICIES subfolder:

C:\WINDOWS\WINSXS\MANIFESTS\X86_MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.GDIPLUS
_6595B64144CCF1DF_1.0.2600.2180_X-WW_522F9F82.MANIFEST

and

C:\WINDOWS\WINSXS\POLICIES\X86_POLICY.1.0.MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.GDIPLUS
_6595B64144CCF1DF_X-WW_4E8510AC

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The commonality in MANIFESTS is GDIPLUS & X-WW_522F9F82.

The commonality in POLICIES is GDIPLUS & 6595B64144CCF1DF

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Got it figured out yet? I gave you some pretty big hints.


This is the subfolder:

x86_Microsoft.Windows.GdiPlus
_6595b64144ccf1df_1.0.2600.2180_x-ww_522f9f82

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So, I keep:

C:\WINDOWS\WinSxS\x86_Microsoft.Windows.GdiPlus
_6595b64144ccf1df_1.0.2600.2180_x-ww_522f9f82 (Which isn't listed in the Layout.ini file.)

and

C:\WINDOWS\WINSXS\X86_MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.COMMON-CONTROLS
_6595B64144CCF1DF_6.0.2600.2180_X-WW_A84F1FF9 (Which is listed in the Layout.ini file.)

and delete the other 8 subfolders.

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[b]Slimming Down Windows XP: The Complete Guide PART 6[/b]

[b]system32 Folders[/b]


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[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32...[/b]

The system32 subfolder contains most of the files used by Windows XP. This is the primary storage location for DLLs, Control Panel applets (.cpl), device drivers (.drv), help files (.hlp and .cnt), MS-DOS utilities (.com), language support files (.nls), screensavers (.scr), setup information files (.inf), and a handful of other files used for support, configuration, or operation.

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[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\3com_dmi[/b]
I delete the 3com_dmi folder.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\1025, 1028, 1031, 1033, 1037, 1041, 1053, 2052 & 3076[/b]

I delete all the empty number folders except 1033 (The English Language). Folder number 1033 isn't empty.

These numbered folders contain locationization languages files. Most of these folders will be empty. The English language is 1033.

Per Microsoft: Localization (language) files for a specific language, corresponding to the number assigned to this folder. This folder remains empty unless Windows XP Professional is localized for this particular language.

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[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\CatRoot[/b]

and

[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\CatRoot2[/b]

The [b]Catroot[/b] folder contains security catalog files.

The [b]Catroot2[/b] folder contains catalog database files.

[b]You might be able to delete both the CatRoot and Catroot2 folders and their contents[/b] It really depends on your system.

You may have some third-party programs installed that may require certain .CAT files to be present. The .CAT files are located here:

C:\WINDOWS\system32\CatRoot\{F750E6C3-38EE-11D1-85E5-00C04FC295EE}

Some people can delete them and experience no problems. Others can't.

On my system, I find that Acronis True Image looks for a couple of these .CAT files when I use its Explore Image function. If not there, a Windows Hardware Installation window will popup telling me "The software you are installing for hardware: Generic volume has not passed Windows Logo testing to verify its compatibility with Windows XP...and so on."

If I choose to continue the installation an error message from Acronis will popup saying, "Cannot assign drive letter to a partition from the image archive."

The short of it, Acronis True Image's Explore Image function will not work without certain .CAT files present.

[b]Some third-party programs you have installed may also depend upon the presents of certain .CAT files.[/b]

I also discovered on my system these two .CAT files seem to be looked for at various times:

"oemO.CAT" and "1.CAT".

When the oemO.CAT and 1.CAT files are not present, errors are reported to "dberr.txt", which is created in C:\WINDOWS\system32\CatRoot2.

I noticed these errors occur for me when opening Device Properties in Device Manager, and when I use Acronis True Image's Explore Image function.

I've also spotted other .CAT file errors in dberr.txt at various times: FP4.CAT, IMS.CAT, MSMSGS.CAT, msn7.cat, msn9.cat, MSTSWEB.CAT, NTPRINT.CAT, SP2.CAT, startoc.cat and wmerrenu.cat.

There are so many .CAT files my system points to, it's hardly worth it for me to delete the .CAT files.

[b]I do however delete all the Hotfix .CAT files (KB*.* files).[/b] You'll be able to spot them by their assigned Hotfix numbers.)

[b]Here's something you can do if you like...[/b]

Place the all the .CAT files in a separate folder for a time. Periodically check "dberr.txt" in C:\WINDOWS\system32\CatRoot2. See if any errors show up pointing to missing .CAT files. Then put those .CAT files back into C:\WINDOWS\system32\CatRoot\{F750E6C3-38EE-11D1-85E5-00C04FC295EE}

When you have all the proper .CAT files in place, "dberr.txt" will stop showing up.

dberr.txt..........Log file for catalog file registrations. Contains information about catalog files that are not registered, and exists only if any nonregistered catalogs are identified.

dberr.txt is also created if catalog files are missing.

[b]For the Catroot2 folder, I will configure one of my Temp and Junk File Cleaners (IE Privacy Keepers) to delete all the individual TEMP Files (not the folders) that return here fairly often. All the files created and re-created in the Catroot2 folder are TEMP Files. They have *.chk, *. emb, *log, and *.txt extensions.[/b]

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[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\Com [/b]

Component Object Model (COM) objects.

I'll delete the Com folder and its contents.

Then I'll open up the Control Panel/Administartive Tools and delete the "Component Services" shortcut there.

Also, while I'm in Control Panel/Administartive Tools, I'll go ahead delete "Data Sources (ODBC)" as I do not use this either.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\config [/b]

Contains the Registry hives used during bootup and is the storage location for the System, Security, and Application log files viewed through Event Viewer.

I delete every file in the config folder that Windows will allow me to. Some files in the config folder Windows won't let you delete. These are your actual registry.

All other files in here can be deleted without any problems to your system.

[b]These are the only 13 files that are important in C/WINDOWS/system32/config:[/b]

AppEvent.Evt
default
default.LOG
SAM
SAM.LOG
SecEvent.Evt
SECURITY
SECURITY.LOG
software
software.LOG
SysEvent.Evt
system
system.LOG

[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile[/b]
I delete the systemprofile folder and all its contents.

The systemprofile folder contains a standard profile for the local system.

I've found it best to delete the "systemprofile" in safemode for a clean deletion.

The systemprofile folder itself, and a few empty subfolders, may return once you boot back up. Or it may not.

It's one of those weird folders. Like so many folders you delete from Windows XP. With one installation, you can delete a particular folder like the systemprofile folder, and it never returns. The very next day you can install Windows XP all over again, delete the systemprofile folder, and it re-generates itself after a time. (Beats me.)

[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\dhcp[/b]
I delete the dhcp folder.

The dhcp folder is an empty folder used to hold Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) database files if the host becomes a DHCP server.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\DirectX[/b]
I delete the DirectX folder and its subfolder, Dinput and its contents.

The DirectX folder Contains files to support the accelerated performance features of game devices.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache [/b]

I delete every file in the dllcache folder, but keep the dllcache folder itself.

The dllcache folder contains backup copies of the operating system files that are under the Windows File System Protection system.

I have backup copies of all the individual files in the dllcache folder on a backup image I have saved on another partition. Should I ever need one of its original files, I can get it from this backup image.

I DON'T DELETE ANY NEW FILES EVER CREATED IN THE DLLCACHE FOLDER. As new Updates arrive from Microsoft, newer versions of files are sometimes placed in the dllcache folder. These would then be the only copies of these newer files I will have.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc [/b]
I delete the files in the etc subfolder.

The HOSTS files within the etc folder are seldom used in today's environment. They are leftover from the days before DNS, and the only mapping that's in there by default is for the loopback address.

Valid hosts files have NO extensions (.sam is a Sample file)

[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\export[/b]
I delete the export folder.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\ias[/b]
I delete the ias folder and its contents.

If there is no Internet connection capability, the ias folder is an empty folder used to hold configuration files for the Internet Authentication Service. This service is typically found on servers. If the machine has a device capable of connecting to the Internet, the IAS folder should not be empty. It will contain two files: DNARY.MDB (used to phrase IAS log files) and IAS.MDB (used to store remote access policies).

I delete the ias folder and its contents.

[b]Then I delete these individual files from C:\WINDOWS\system32:[/b]

[b]iasacct.dll[/b]
[b]iasads.dll[/b]
[b]iashlpr.dll[/b]
[b]iasnap.dll[/b]
[b]iaspolcy.dll[/b]
[b]iasrad.dll[/b]
[b]iasrecst.dll[/b]
[b]iassam.dll[/b]
[b]iassdo.dll[/b]
[b]iassvcs.dll[/b]

[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\icsxml [/b]
I delete the icsxml folder and its contents.

The icsxml folder contains files for Univeral Plug and Play.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\IME[/b]
I delete the IME folder and its contents.

The IME folder contains files for Input Method Editors. (Language files)

[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv[/b]
I delete the inetsrv folder.

The inetsrv folder contains files used by the World Wide Web service. This folder is empty.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\Lang [/b]
I delete the Lang folder and its contents.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed[/b]
I delete the Macromed folder and its contents.

I don't want to have anything to do with Macromedia.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\MsDtc [/b]
I delete the MsDtc folder and its contents.

The MsDtc folder contains Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator files that control transaction output and message delivery between two different applications or processes.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\mui [/b]
I delete the mui folder and its contents.

The mui folder contains Multilingual-User Interface files that are created by applications, such as Service Pack 1.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\npp[/b]
I delete the npp folder and its contents.

The npp folder contains files to support collecting network traffic from an XP PC by a Network Monitor server.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\oobe [/b]
I delete the oobe folder and its contents.

OOBE is Contains "Out of Box Experience" files that prompt users to complete product activation and registration and to create a new user other than Administrator. This feature is activated only after setup.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\ras [/b]
I delete the ras folder and its contents.

The ras folder contains the default scripts used by Dial-Up Networking.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\ReinstallBackups[/b]

In the ReinstallBackups folder I'll delete all backup subfolders and their files when I'm certain I will be keeping all of my updated drivers.

When the ReinstallBackups folder is empty, I will delete the folder itself. It will be re-generated when you update some drivers again.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\Restore [/b]
I delete the Restore folder and its contents.

This is the System Restore App. If you delete this, System Restore will no longer work.

I don't use system restore. I use Acronis TrueImage. So I delete the Restore folder and its contents.

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[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\Setup[/b]

The Setup folder contains setup files for additional services, such as FrontPage Server Extensions and Microsoft Fax.

You will also need a most of these files within the Setup folder to access the Windows "Optional" Components Wizard (Disk Cleanup -> More Options tab -> Cleanup button).

[b]I myself have no use for these additional services, nor the Windows "Optional" Components Wizard. So I delete the Setup folder and its contents, and also these 2 files from C:\WINDOWS\system32:[/b]

[b]loadperf.dll[/b]..Load & Unload Performance Counters

[b]resutils.dll[/b]...Wrapper Dll for Richedit 1.0

(Both files are needed to access Windows "Optional" Components Wizard.)

[b]As a matter of fact, I have no use for Disk Cleanup itself, so I also delete these files from C:\WINDOWS\system32:[/b]

[b]CLEANMGR.EXE[/b]...(Disk Space Cleaner). A utility used to remove unused temp files from a hard drive to reclaim used space.

[b]compact.exe[/b]....File Compress Utility (Compresses the File System to save space.) Which is rendered pretty much useless without Disk Cleanup.

[b]dataclen.dll[/b]...Disk Space Cleaner for Windows

[b]sysocmgr.exe[/b]....System stand-alone Optional Component Manager

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[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\ShellExt [/b]
I delete the ShellExt folder.

By default, the ShellExt folder is empty.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\SoftwareDistribution[/b]
I delete the SoftwareDistribution folder and its contents.

NOTE: I keep the SoftwareDistribution on C:\WINDOWS.

The softwareDistribution folder in system32 really isn't necessary because Windows Update uses the folder by the same name that's in C:\WINDOWS. When the SoftwareDistribution folder in system32 is (or if ever is) utilized I couldn't tell you.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool [/b]
I delete the spool folder and its contents ONLY BECAUSE I DO NOT HAVE A PRINTER.

The spool folder is used by the printing system to store spooled print jobs and related files. The Printers subfolder is used to store spool files. The other folders found here vary based on printer drivers and configuration.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\usmt[/b]
I delete the usmt folder and its contents.

USMT stands for User State Migration Tool. The usmt folder contains files to support both USMT and the File and Settings Transfer Wizard. Both tools enable user files and settings to be copied to another PC.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem[/b] (Windows Management Instrumentation)

Used by Web Based Enterprise Management to store its data and executable files and utilities. The Microsoft implementation of WBEM is the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Service. With WMI, programmers can create applications that control network devices, using the same commands regardless of platform.

This has to be one of the most widely misunderstood things about XP.

Even BlackViper, who we all regard highly for his expertise with respect to Services, I doubt seriously understands Window Management Instrumentation thoroughly.

For years he was telling us how "important" it was to keep WMI
enabled.

These days, however, BlackViper has changed his tune.

These days he says: "With Service Pack 1a, this service was not really required. However, after the installation of Service Pack 2, Security Center and Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing require this service.

This service is also required if you want to see the "Dependencies" tab in service configuration and you want everything to go smoothly. I do not recommend disabling this service as more applications may begin to use this in the future."

People have been beating me up for years for disabling Windows Management Instrumentation. Partly because of BlackViper saying it was a no-no to disable.

Guess now it's okay, though...because he says it is. People rather hear it from experts I guess...even when those experts are wrong.

To be fair, most pros I've bumped into tell us not to disable this Service...and none of them really have a good explanation as to why we shouldn't.

I know you have been told that WMI is very important to the operation of your system. I have never found it so.

Even when I run Si-Soft Sandra, the program tells me that disabling this Service on my system would be a good thing.

If you look in Disk Cleanup, Windows even displays the option to uninstall WMI. However, it doesn't allow you to. (Weird, why would it be listed as an "optional component" ?)

Plus, did you know it can make for a faster boot time and a little less memory usage when you disable it? It does.

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[b]IMPORTANT: First, move the "framedyn.dll" from C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem to C:\WINDOWS\system32. It is the only important file in the folder. [/b]

Sometimes when you run System Restore you'll get the error 'System restore was unable to start due to a missing framedyn.dll. Please reinstall the application to fix this problem'.

Without "framedyn.dll" you might also get an error when right-clicking on My Computer. Keeping this file in the system32 folder prevents this from happening.

You will also need to disable Windows Management Instrumentation in Services.

[b]When you go to disable WMI in Services, you will also be disabling Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS).[/b] Windows will pop up window up telling you that when you go to disable WMI.

[b]Before I disable Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS), I first turn off Windows Firewall itself:[/b]

Start > Control Panel > Firewall > Put a tick in "Off (not reccomended)"


[b]The files listed below belong to Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS).[/b]

[b]From C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers:[/b]

[b]ip6fw.sys[/b].....IPv6 Windows Firewall Driver
[b]tcpip6.sys[/b]....IPv6 driver

[b]From C:\WINDOWS\system32:[/b]

[b]firewall.cpl[/b]..Windows Firewall Control Panel
[b]fwcfg.dll[/b].....Windows Firewall Configuration Helper

[b]IPSEC6.EXE[/b]....(Ipv6 Security Configuration Utility). A tool for configuring IPv6 security.

[b]ipsecsvc.dll[/b]..Windows IPSec SPD Server DLL

[b]IPV6.EXE[/b]......(Ipv6 Configuration Utility). A tool to install and configure IPv6.


[b]Then go into safemode and delete the entire contents of C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem.[/b]

I've found it best to delete the contents of the wbem folder in safemode, because there are about three of its files that will not delete for me unless I do.


[b]Upon rebooting, delete these 5 additional files from C:\WINDOWS\system32:[/b]

[b]cmprops.dll[/b]....WMI Snapins

[b]licwmi.dll[/b].....Windows Product Activation Configuration WMI provider

[b]mmfutil.dll[/b]....WMI Snapin Helpers

[b]servdeps.dll[/b]...(WMI Snapins) The "servdeps.dll" file may not delete for you until you reboot. It may not even delete after a reboot. Either way, it's not all that important.)

[b]wmimgmt.msc....[/b]


You might as well delete this folder and its contents, too:

[b]C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\MSInfo[/b]

And its shortcut here:

[b]C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories[/b]

The System Information Utility will not work without WMI.

I use "EVEREST Home Edition" for my system information needs. It's much better, I think. It offers many more details.

[url="http://www.lavalys.com/products.php?lang=en"]http://www.lavalys.com/products.php?lang=en[/url]

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[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\wins [/b]
I delete the wins folder.

The wins folder contains files to support the Windows Internet Name Service (WINS). The wins folder is empty.

[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\xircom [/b]
I delete the xircom folder.

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[b]Slimming Down Windows XP: The Complete Guide PART 7 [/b]

[b]NLS Files and Keyboard Layout Files [/b]



[b]There are two areas of files that YOU MUST BE MOST CAREFUL WITH:

*.NLS Files....Multiple Language Resource Files. Character Translation; National Language Services driver (font or font map)

and,

KBD*.DLL Files...which are Language Keyboard Layouts.

IF YOU BLOW THIS ONE, YOUR SYSTEM IS NOT GOING TO REBOOT.[/b]



[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32[/b]

[b]*.NLS Files and KBD*.DLLS Files. [/b]


[b]With the arrival of SP2 there are now some 85 KBD*.DLL Files in the system32 folder...you only need one of them.[/b]

KBD*.DLL Files are Keyboard Language Layout files.

[b]My system is U.S. English, so I only need and keep the "KBDUS.DLL". [/b]

All the others I remove...

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You'll need to set the Folder View of the system32 folder to "Arrange Icons By Type".

In the system32 folder, I highlight all the KBD*.DLL Files by first clicking on the first KBD*.DLL File, while pressing and holding down the Shift Key on my Keyboard.

Then I click on the last KBD*.DLL File, while still holding down the Shift Key.

I then lift up on the Shift Key and then press and hold down the Ctrl Key below it.

Then I click on the one KBD*.DLL File I need to keep (In my case, the KBDUS.DLL). This takes that particular file out of the highlighted grouping.

Then I delete the remaining highlighted KBD*.DLL Files.

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A good registry cleaner will do the job for you of removing the unused KBD*.* on your system.

Or you can manually edit the registry in these three locations of your registry:

1. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Keyboard Layouts
2. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Control\Keyboard Layouts
3. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layouts

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Or, to manually remove the other KBD*.* entries from the registry, what I do is first Export these 3 registry keys:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Keyboard Layouts\00000409

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Control\Keyboard Layouts\00000409

and

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layouts\00000409

I save them as KBDUS DLL 1, 2 & 3, respectively.

Then I delete these 3 registry keys:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Keyboard Layouts

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Control\Keyboard Layouts

and

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layouts

And then I import back into the registry the 3 KBDUS DLL.regs files I first exported.

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Or, you could even leave these registry entries alone. They won't hurt anything.

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[b]Here is a list of the 84 KBD*.DLL Files I delete: [/b]

[b]KBDAL.DLL[/b] > Albania Keyboard Layout
[b]kbdaze.dll[/b] > Azerbaijan_Cyrilic
[b]kbdazel.dll[/b] > Azerti-Latin
[b]kbdbe.dll[/b] > Belgian Dutch
[b]kbdbene.dll[/b] > Belgian
[b]kbdblr.dll[/b] > Belarusian
[b]kbdbr.dll [/b]> Brazillian
[b]kbdbu.dll[/b] > Bulgarian
[b]kbdca.dll[/b] > Canadian Multilingual
[b]kbdcan.dll[/b] > Canadian National Standard
[b]kbdcr.dll[/b] > Croatian/Slovenian
[b]kbdcz.dll[/b] > Czech
[b]kbdcz1.dll[/b] > Czech_101
[b]kbdcz2.dll[/b] > Czech_Programmer's
[b]kbdda.dll[/b] > Dannish
[b]kbddv.dll[/b] > Dvorak US English
[b]kbdes.dll[/b] > Spanish Alternate
[b]kbdest.dll[/b] > Estonia
[b]kbdfc.dll[/b] > Canadian French
[b]kbdfi.dll[/b] > Finnish
[b]kbdfi1.dll [/b]> Finnish-Swedish with Sami Keyboard Layout
[b]kbdfo.dll [/b]> Faeroese
[b]kbdfr.dll[/b] > French
[b]kbdgae.dll[/b] > Gaelic
[b]kbdgkl.dll[/b] > Greek_Latin
[b]kbdgr.dll [/b]> German
[b]kbdgr1.dll[/b] > German_IBM
[b]kbdhe.dll[/b] > Greek IBM 220
[b]kbdhe220.dll[/b] > Greek IBM 319
[b]kbdhe319.dll[/b] > Greek
[b]kbdhela2.dll[/b] > Greek IBM 220 Latin
[b]kbdhela3.dll[/b] > Greek IBM 319 Latin
[b]kbdhept.dll[/b] > Greek_Polytonic
[b]kbdhu.dll[/b] > Hungarian
[b]kbdhu1.dll [/b]> Hungarian 101-key
[b]kbdic.dll [/b]> Icelandic
[b]kbdinbe1.dll[/b] > Bengali (Inscript) Keyboard Layout
[b]kbdinben.dll[/b] > Bengali Keyboard Layout
[b]kbdinmal.dll[/b] > Malayalam Keyboard Layout Keyboard Layout
[b]kbdir.dll[/b] > Irish
[b]kbdit.dll [/b]> Italian
[b]kbdit142.dll[/b] > Italian 142
[b]kbdkaz.dll[/b] > Kazak_Cyrillic
[b]kbdkyr.dll[/b] > Kyrgyz
[b]kbdla.dll[/b] > Latin-American Spanish
[b]kbdlt.dll[/b] > Lithuania
[b]kbdlt1.dll[/b] > Lithuanian
[b]kbdlv.dll[/b] > Latvia
[b]kbdlv1.dll[/b] > Latvia-QWERTY
[b]kbdmac.dll[/b] > FYROMacedonian_Cyrillic
[b]kbdmaori.dll[/b] > Maori Keyboard Layout
[b]kbdmlt47.dll[/b] > Maltese 47-key Keyboard Layout
[b]kbdmlt48.dll[/b] > Maltese 48-key Keyboard Layout
[b]kbdmon.dll[/b] > Mongolian
[b]kbdne.dll[/b] > Dutch
[b]kbdnec.dll [/b]> JP Japanese Keyboard Layout for (NEC PC-9800)
[b]kbdno.dll[/b] > Norwegian
[b]kbdno1.dll [/b]> Norwegian with Sami Keyboard Layout
[b]kbdpl.dll[/b] > Polish
[b]kbdpl1.dll[/b] > Polish Programmer's
[b]kbdpo.dll[/b] > Portuguese
[b]kbdro.dll[/b] > Romanian
[b]kbdru.dll[/b] > Russian
[b]kbdru1.dll[/b] > Russia(Typewriter)
[b]kbdsf.dll[/b] > Swiss French
[b]kbdsg.dll[/b] > Swiss German
[b]kbdsl.dll[/b] > Slovak
[b]kbdsl1.dll[/b] > Slovak(QWERTY)
[b]kbdsmsfi.dll[/b] > Sami Extended Finland-Sweden Keyboard Layout
[b]kbdsmsno.dll [/b]> Sami Extended Norway Keyboard Layout
[b]kbdsp.dll [/b]> Spanish
[b]kbdsw.dll[/b] > Swedish
[b]kbdtat.dll [/b]> Tatar_Cyrillic
[b]kbdtuf.dll[/b] > Turkish F
[b]kbdukx.dll[/b] > United Kingdom Extended Keyboard Layout
[b]kbdtuq.dll[/b] > Turkish Q
[b]kbduk.dll[/b] > United Kingdom
[b]kbdur.dll[/b] > Ukrainian
[b]kbdusl.dll[/b] > Dvorak Left-Hand US English
[b]kbdusr.dll[/b] > Dvorak Right-Hand US English
[b]kbdusx.dll[/b] > US Multinational
[b]kbduzb.dll[/b] > Uzbek_Cyrillic
[b]kbdycc.dll[/b] > Serbian_Cyrillic
[b]kbdycl.dll[/b] > Serbian_Latin

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[b]A WORD OF CAUTION about NLS files: Delete any one of these you're not supposed to and your system will not reboot. Delete others, and some web pages will not be displayed for you.[/b]

NLS Files = Multiple Language Resource Files. Character Translation; National Language Services driver (font or font map).

[b]My system settings are for U.S.English.[/b]

[b]If you live outside of the U.S. using a foreign from U.S. computer you will need to check within your Layout.ini file within your Prefetch folder to see exactly which NLS files your system uses.[/b]

[b]For my U.S.English settings...[/b]

[b]I keep these NLS Files[/b]

[b]c_437.nls[/b]
[b]c_932.nls[/b]
[b]c_1250.nls[/b]
[b]c_1251.nls[/b]
[b]c_1252.nls[/b]
[b]c_20127.nls[/b]
[b]c_28591.nls[/b]
[b]c_28605.nls[/b]
[b]ctype.nls[/b]
[b]l_intl.nls[/b]
[b]locale.nls[/b]
[b]sortkey.nls[/b]
[b]sorttbls.nls[/b]
[b]unicode.nls[/b]

[b]I remove all of these NLS files[/b]

[b]c_037.nls[/b]
[b]c_500.nls[/b]
[b]c_737.nls[/b]
[b]c_775.nls[/b]
[b]c_850.nls [/b]
[b]c_852.nls[/b]
[b]c_855.nls [/b]
[b]c_857.nls[/b]
[b]c_860.nls[/b]
[b]c_861.nls[/b]
[b]c_863.nls [/b]
[b]c_865.nls[/b]
[b]c_866.nls [/b]
[b]c_869.nls[/b]
[b]c_874.nls[/b]
[b]c_875.nls[/b]
[b]c_936.nls[/b]
[b]c_949.nls[/b]
[b]c_950.nls[/b]
[b]c_1026.nls[/b]
[b]c_1253.nls[/b]
[b]c_1254.nls[/b]
[b]c_1255.nls[/b]
[b]c_1256.nls[/b]
[b]c_1257.nls[/b]
[b]c_1258.nls[/b]
[b]c_10000.nls [/b]
[b]c_10006.nls [/b]
[b]c_10007.nls[/b]
[b]c_10010.nls[/b]
[b]c_10017.nls[/b]
[b]c_10029.nls[/b]
[b]c_10079.nls[/b]
[b]c_10081.nls[/b]
[b]c_10082.nls[/b]
[b]c_20261.nls[/b]
[b]c_20866.nls[/b]
[b]c_20905.nls[/b]
[b]c_21866.nls [/b]
[b]c_28592.nls [/b]
[b]c_28593.nls[/b]
[b]C_28594.NLS [/b]
[b]C_28595.NLS [/b]
[b]C_28597.NLS [/b]
[b]c_28598.nls[/b]
[b]c_28599.nls[/b]
[b]c_28603.nls [/b]
[b]geo.nls[/b]
[b]l_except.nls[/b]

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TOOOO DAMN LONG BRO!!!! :angry: LINK TO A PERSONAL PAGE OR SUMMFIN!

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nice guide.
thanx :yes:

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[b]Slimming Down Windows XP: The Complete Guide PART 8 [/b]

[b]Unnecessary Drivers[/b]



[b]Many drivers are universal for all XP systems, but every XP system needs different drivers.[/b]

Some drivers are there because of third-party programs we have installed. Some drivers are there because of the particular Sound Card we use. Or the particular Video Card. Everybody is going to have something different installed, and a different system setup.

I can't tell you which drivers you personally need. I only know the drivers my system needs.

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[b]Here's a tip to start you off in the right direction...[/b]

Look inside the Layout.ini file within C:\WINDOWS\Prefetch.

Here you can see listed which drivers are important to your system.

[b]A word of caution with this Layout.ini trick:[/b] All your essential drivers may not be listed in your Layout.ini file. Then again, they just may.

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[b]These 79 Drivers are not listed in my Layout.ini file, so I delete them:[/b]

[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers[/b]

[b]acpiec.sys[/b].....ACPI Embedded Controller Driver
[b]amdk6.sys[/b]......Processor Device Driver
[b]amdk7.sys[/b]......
[b]arp1394.sys[/b]....IP/1394 Arp Client
[b]asyncmac.sys[/b]...
[b]atmarpc.sys[/b]....IP/ATM Arp Client
[b]atmepvc.sys[/b]....ATM Ethernet Encapsulation Intermediate Driver
[b]atmlane.sys[/b]....ATM Lan Emulation Driver
[b]atmuni.sys[/b].....ATM UNI Call Manager

[b]bridge.sys[/b].....

[b]cbidf2k.sys[/b]....CardBus/PCMCIA IDE Miniport Driver
[b]cinemst2.sys[/b]...CineMaster C 1.2 WDM Main Driver
[b]cpqdap01.sys[/b]...Compaq PA-1 Player Driver
[b]crusoe.sys[/b].....Processor Device Driver
[b]cxthsfS2.cty[/b]...

[b]diskdump.sys[/b]...
[b]dmboot.sys[/b].....
[b]dmio.sys[/b].......
[b]dmload.sys[/b].....

[b]fastfat.sys[/b]....
[b]fsvga.sys[/b]......

[b]gm.dls[/b].........

[b]hidclass.sys[/b]....
[b]hidparse.sys[/b]...Hid Parsing Library
[b]HSFBS2S2.sys[/b]...
[b]HSFCXTS2.sys[/b]...
[b]HSFDPSP2.sys[/b]...
[b]HSFProf.cty[/b]....
[b]http.sys[/b].......

[b]imagedrv.sys[/b]...NERO IMAGEDRIVE SCSI miniport
[b]imagesrv.sys[/b]...

[b]irenum.sys[/b].....Infra-Red Bus Enumerator

[b]mcd.sys[/b]........Medium changer class driver
[b]mf.sys[/b].........Multifunction Enumerator
[b]mrxdav.sys[/b].....Windows NT WebDav Minirdr
[b]mrxsmb.sys[/b].....
[b]MSKSSRV.sys[/b]....
[b]MSPCLOCK.sys[/b]...
[b]MSPQM.sys[/b]......

[b]ndisuio.sys[/b]....NDIS User mode I/O Driver
[b]netbios.sys[/b].....
[b]nic1394.sys[/b]....IEEE1394 Ndis Miniport and Call Manager
[b]nikedrv.sys[/b]....NikeDrv Usb Driver
[b]nmnt.sys[/b].......Netmon NT Driver
[b]nwlnkipx.sys[/b]...NWLINK2 IPX Protocol Driver
[b]nwlnknb.sys[/b]....NWLINK2 IPX Netbios Protocol Driver
[b]nwlnkspx.sys[/b]...NWLINK2 SPX Protocol Driver

[b]oprghdlr.sys[/b]...ACPI Operation Registration Driver

[b]p3.sys[/b].........
[b]pcmcia.sys[/b].....PCMCIA Bus Driver
[b]processr.sys[/b]...
[b]psched.sys[/b].....

[b]rawwan.sys[/b].....Raw WAN Transport
[b]rdbss.sys[/b]......
[b]rio8drv.sys[/b]....Rio8Drv.sys Usb Driver
[b]riodrv.sys[/b].....RioDrv Usb Driver
[b]RMCast.sys[/b].....Reliable Multicast Transport
[b]rndismp.sys[/b]....Remote NDIS Miniport
[b]rootmdm.sys[/b]....Legacy Non-Pnp Modem Device Driver

[b]scsiport.sys[/b]...
[b]sdbus.sys[/b]......
[b]secdrv.sys[/b].....
[b]sffdisk.sys[/b]....
[b]sffp_sd.sys[/b]....
[b]smclib.sys[/b].....Smard Card Driver Library
[b]sonydcam.sys[/b]...1394 Desktop Camera Driver
[b]srv.sys[/b]........Server driver
[b]stream.sys[/b].....

[b]tape.sys[/b].......SCSI Tape Class Driver
[b]tosdvd.sys[/b].....TOSHIBA DVD Stream Minidriver
[b]tsbvcap.sys[/b]....WDM Toshiba Tecra Video Capture Driver
[b]tunmp.sys[/b]......Microsoft Tunnel Interface Driver

[b]usb8023.sys[/b]....Remote NDIS USB Driver
[b]usbcamd.sys[/b]....Universal Serial Bus Camera Driver
[b]usbcamd2.sys[/b]...Universal Serial Bus Camera Driver
[b]usbintel.sys[/b]...Universal Serial Bus Camera Driver

[b]vdmindvd.sys[/b]...CineMaster C WDM DVD Minidriver

[b]wpdusb.sys[/b].....
[b]ws2ifsl.sys[/b]....Winsock2 IFS Layer

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[b]Slimming Down Windows XP: The Complete Guide PART 9[/b]

[b]Miscellaneous[/b]



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[b]From the Root Directory, [/b]


[b]C:\...[/b]

[b]Zero-Length Files I Delete:[/b]

[b]AUTOEXEC.BAT [/b]
[b]BOOTSECT.DOS [/b]
[b]CONFIG.SYS[/b]
[b]IO.SYS[/b]
[b]MSDOS.SYS [/b]

[b]The only files that must be in the Root Directory for an NT based operating system are: BOOT.INI, NTDETECT.COM and NTLDR.[/b]

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[b]Active Directories Service[/b]

Per Microsoft:

Active Directories Service directory service provides a place to store information about network-based entities, such as applications, files, printers, and people. It provides a consistent way to name, describe, locate, access, manage, and secure information about these individual resources.

Active Directories Service acts as the main switchboard of the network operating system. It is the central authority that manages the identities and brokers the relationships between these distributed resources, enabling them to work together.

It also plays a critical role in an organization's ability to define and maintain the network infrastructure, perform system administration, and control the overall user experience of a company's information systems.


Normally, I would also delete these 3 files from C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem, except I always delete the wbem folder and its contents before I get to this part of the guide:

dsprov.dll
dsprov.mfl
dsprov.mof

[b]I delete these files from C:\WINDOWS\system32:[/b]

[b]activeds.dll[/b]....(ADs Router Layer DLL). [b]<< This file may not delete.[/b]

[b]activeds.tlb[/b]....Microsoft ® ActiveDS Typelib
[b]adsldp.dll[/b]......ADs LDAP Provider DLL

[b]adsldpc.dll[/b].....(ADs LDAP Provider C DLL). [b]<< This file may not delete.[/b]

[b]adsmsext.dll[/b]....ADs LDAP Provider DLL
[b]adsnt.dll[/b].......ADs LDAP Provider DLL

[b]dsprop.dll[/b]......Windows Active Directory Property Pages
[b]dsprpres.dll[/b]....Windows Active Directory Property Pages Resources
[b]dsquery.dll[/b].....Directory Service Find
[b]dssec.dat[/b].......
[b]dssec.dll[/b].......Directory Service Security UI
[b]dsuiext.dll[/b].....Directory Service Common UI

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[b]Windows Calculator files[/b]

[b]CACLS.EXE[/b]......(Change ACLs). A command-line utility used to change or edit permissions for files and folders.

[b]CALC.EXE[/b].......(Calculator). A GUI calculator that can act as a standard or scientific calculator.

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[b]These files belong to Connection Manager[/b]

Microsoft Connection Manager, a RAS add-on that manages the process of establishing dial-up connections to remote networks.

[b]cmcfg32.dll[/b]....Microsoft Connection Manager Configuration DLL
[b]cmdial32.dll[/b]...Microsoft Connection Manager

[b]CMDL32.EXE[/b].....(Auto Connection Manager). Tracks network addresses to their appropriate connection destinations to support auto-dial functions.

[b]cmmgr32.hlp[/b]....Help File

[b]CMMON32.EXE[/b]....(Connection Manager). The Connection Manager Monitor.

[b]cmpbk32.dll[/b]....Microsoft Connection Manager Phonebook
[b]cmsetACL.dll[/b]...Connection Manager ACL update

[b]CMSTP.EXE[/b]......(Connection Manager Installer). Installs and configures Connection Manager service profiles.

[b]cmutil.dll[/b].....Microsoft Connection Manager Utility Lib
[b]cnetcfg.dll[/b]....Connection Manager Library

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[b]I don't delete all DirectX files...just nearly all of them.

I keep a few DirectX files because NVDVD Player needs them to work.

I also found I only need 2 files that belong to DirectX for WMP 10 to do all the things I need it to: "dsound.dll" and "quartz.dll"

I don't play games on my computer so I really don't need the extra graphics and sound support DirectX gives.[/b]


[b]These are the files that belong to Direct3D that I keep:[/b]

[b]d3d8thk.dll[/b]....Microsoft Direct3D OS Thunk Layer
[b]d3d9.dll[/b].......Microsoft Direct3D
[b]d3dim700.dll[/b]...Microsoft Direct3D

[b]These are the files that belong to DirectShow that I keep:[/b]

(File versions: 6.5.2600.2180)

[b]devenum.dll[/b]....Device enumeration.

[b]msdmo.dll[/b]......DMO Runtime

[b]qdvd.dll[/b].......DirectShow DVD Playback Runtime

[b]quartz.dll[/b].....(DirectShow Runtime). [b]<-- I need this file for WMP 10 to do the things I need it to do.[/b]

[b]These are the files that belong to DirectX that I keep:[/b]

(File versions: 5.3.2600.2180)

[b]ddraw.dll[/b]......Microsoft DirectDraw

[b]dsound.dll[/b].....(DirectSound). [b]<-- I need this file for WMP 10 to do the things I need it to do.[/b]

[b]ksuser.dll[/b].....User CSA Library

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[b]DirectX Files I Do Delete:[/b]

[b]I do remove the Microsoft DirectX Diagnostic Tool. (A tool for troubleshooting DirectX components):[/b]

[b]DXDIAG.EXE[/b].....(DirectX Diagnostic Tool). A tool for troubleshooting DirectX components.

[b]dxdiagn.dll[/b]....Microsoft DirectX Diagnostic Tool

[b]I do not seem to need these DirectShow files for NVDVD, so I delete them.[/b]

(File versions: 6.5.2600.2180)

[b]actmovie.exe[/b]...DirectShow Setup Tool (Relied on by some screensavers and Microsoft applications for video graphics.)

[b]amstream.dll[/b]...DirectShow Runtime.

[b]mciqtz32.dll[/b]...DirectShow MCI Driver

[b]mpeg2data.ax[/b]...Microsoft MPEG-2 Section and Table Acquisition Module

[b]mpg2splt.ax[/b]....DirectShow MPEG-2 Splitter.


[b]msvidctl.dll[/b]...ActiveX control for streaming video
[b]mswebdvd.dll[/b]...MSWebDVD Module

[b]qcap.dll[/b].......DirectShow Runtime
[b]qdv.dll[/b]........DirectShow Runtime
[b]qedit.dll[/b]......DirectShow Editing
[b]qedwipes.dll[/b]...DirectShow Editing SMPTE Wipes

[b]I do not seem to need these DirectX files for NVDVD, so I delete them.[/b]

(File versions: 6.3.1.146)

[b]danim.dll[/b]......DirectX Media -- DirectAnimation
[b]datime.dll[/b].....TIME
[b]daxctle.ocx[/b]....Microsoft MMCtls

[b]lmrt.dll[/b].......Liquid Motion Runtime Control

[b]mmutilse.dll[/b]...Microsoft Multimedia Controls Utilities

(File versions: 5.3.2600.2180)

[b]ddrawex.dll[/b]....Direct Draw Ex (Provides functions for DirectDraw)
[b]dsound3d.dll[/b]...DirectSound3D LUT
[b]dsound.vxd[/b].....Virtual device driver
[b]dswave.dll[/b].....Microsoft DirectMusic Wave
[b]dxmasf.dll[/b].....Windows Media Source Filter (DirectShow core).
[b]dxtmsft.dll[/b]....DirectX Media -- Image DirectX Transforms
[b]dxtrans.dll[/b]....DirectX Media -- DirectX Transform Core

[b]dx7vb.dll[/b]......Microsoft DirectX for Visual Basic
[b]dx8vb.dll[/b]......Microsoft DirectX for Visual Basic

[b]encapi.dll[/b].....Encoder API

[b]pid.dll[/b]........Microsoft PID

[b]vbisurf.ax[/b].....VBI Surface Allocator Filter

[b]wstdecod.dll[/b]...WST Decoder Filter

[b]I do not seem to need these Direct3D files for NVDVD, so I delete them[/b]

(File versions: 5.1.2600.0)

[b]d3dim.dll[/b]......Microsoft Direct3D
[b]d3dpmesh.dll[/b]...Direct3D Progressive Mesh DLL
[b]d3dramp.dll[/b]....Microsoft Direct3D
[b]d3drm.dll[/b]......Direct3D Retained Mode DLL
[b]d3dxof.dll[/b].....DirectX Files DLL

[b]msvidc32.dll[/b]...Microsoft Video 1 Compressor

(File version 5.3.2600.2180)

[b]d3d8.dll[/b].......Microsoft Direct3D

[b]I do not seem need these DirectInput files for NVDVD, so I delete them:[/b]

(File versions 5.1.2600.0)

[b]diactfrm.dll[/b]...Microsoft DirectInput Mapper Framework
[b]dimap.dll[/b]......Microsoft DirectInput Mapper

(File versions 5.3.2600.2180)

[b]dinput.dll[/b].....Microsoft DirectInput
[b]dinput8.dll[/b]....Microsoft DirectInput

[b]I do not seem need these DirectMusic files for NVDVD, so I delete them:[/b]

[b]dmband.dll[/b].....Microsoft DirectMusic Band
[b]dmcompos.dll[/b]...Microsoft DirectMusic Composer
[b]dmime.dll[/b]......Microsoft DirectMusic Interactive Engine
[b]dmloader.dll[/b]...Microsoft DirectMusic Loader
[b]dmscript.dll[/b]...Microsoft DirectMusic Scripting
[b]dmstyle.dll[/b]....Microsoft DirectMusic Style Engline
[b]dmsynth.dll[/b]....Microsoft DirectMusic Software Synthesizer
[b]dmusic.dll[/b].....Microsoft DirectMusic Core Services

[b]dsdmo.dll[/b]......DirectSound Effects
[b]dsdmoprp.dll[/b]...DirectSound Effects Property Pages

[b]I do not seem need these DirectPlay files for NVDVD, so I delete them:[/b]

[b]dplay.dll[/b]......Microsoft DirectPlay
[b]dplaysvr.exe[/b]...Microsoft DirectPlay Helper
[b]dplayx.dll[/b].....Microsoft DirectPlay
[b]dpmodemx.dll[/b]...Modem and Serial Connection For DirectPlay
[b]dpnaddr.dll[/b]....Microsoft DirectPlay8 Address
[b]dpnet.dll[/b]......Microsoft DirectPlay
[b]dpnhpast.dll[/b]...Microsoft DirectPlay NAT Helper PAST
[b]dpnhupnp.dll[/b]...Microsoft DirectPlay NAT Helper UPnP
[b]dpnlobby.dll[/b]...Microsoft DirectPlay8 Lobby
[b]dpnmodem.dll[/b]...Microsoft DirectPlay8 Modem Provider
[b]dpnsvr.exe[/b].....Microsoft DirectPlay8 Server
[b]dpnwsock.dll[/b]...Microsoft DirectPlay8 Winsock Provider
[b]dpserial.dll[/b]...Microsoft DirectPlay Modem Service Provider
[b]dpvacm.dll[/b].....Microsoft DirectPlay Voice ACM Provider
[b]dpvoice.dll[/b]....Microsoft DirectPlay Voice
[b]dpvsetup.exe[/b]...Microsoft DirectPlay Voice Test
[b]dpvvox.dll[/b].....Microsoft DirectPlay Voice Voxware Provider
[b]dpwsock.dll[/b]....Microsoft DirectPlay Local Net Service Provider
[b]dpwsockx.dll[/b]...Internet TCP/IP and IPX Connection For DirectPlay

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[b]DivX 5.2.1[/b] installs some 15 files onto your system. They aren't all necessary for my use of the DivX Codec. I only need two of these installed files for DivX to work:[/b]

"[b]DivX.dll[/b]" (VFW codec DivX

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[b]Slimming Down Windows XP: The Complete Guide PART 10 [/b]

[b]Individual Files I Remove From The system32 Folder[/b]



[b]In PARTS 1-9 of Slimming Down Windows XP: The Complete Guide we removed over 700 Individual system32 Files in different steps taken.

In PART 10 we are going to remove another 600 system32 Files...only we're going to do it all at one time.[/b]



[b]This then is a list of the Individual Files I remove from the system32 folder with batch files I created.[/b]

[b]I don't give out my batch files for Individual system32 Files anymore.[/b] I got tired of people thinking what works for me will automatically work for them. It just doesn't work that way.

[b]Here is just one very simple example why.[/b] I remove with my system32 batch files the winfax.dll (Microsoft Fax API Support DLL) because I don't have a fax machine. You use my system32 batch file, thinking what works for me will automatically work for you. Your fax machine conks out. You blame me.

[b]Which Individual system32 Files you choose to remove from your XP installation will be entirely up to you.[/b] I've given you as much information as I could about these files to help you with your choices.

[b]If you want to a make batch files of your own[/b] to aid you in removing Individual Files from the system32 folder, I'll start you out with the command part of the my batch files script, and then you can add any Individual system32 Files you want.


[b]I have incorporated a failsafe feature I into my system32 batch files...[/b]

[b]The files will be moved and saved[/b] (not deleted permanately...later that will be up to you.) to a backup folder on C:\ The backup folder is simply named, backup.

Within the backup folder you will notice what I call "smart placement" of subfolders. Their order of appearance will look identical to how they look in XP. First you will see a WINDOWS folder. Inside the WINDOWS folder you will see a system32 folder.

I created this smart placement of folders so you would always know exactly where their files came from should you decide to replace any to their original locations. You see, these batch files can also be used for other folder files. Say you make a batch file for the .INF Files that are in the inf folder. In the backup folder you will first see WINDOWS, and then the inf folder...just like in XP.

Be sure to Temporarily delete the Backup Folder filled with files before using any registry cleaners ...the registry cleaners will more than likely correct the files paths to the backup folder, rather than remove the paths.

Copy and paste between the lines to Notepad. Save as "any name you choose.bat" Then insert your file choices where I have mine.

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IF NOT EXIST "c:\backup\WINDOWS\system32" md c:\backup\WINDOWS\system32
MOVE c:\WINDOWS\system32\6to4svc.dll c:\backup\WINDOWS\system32\
MOVE c:\WINDOWS\system32\aaaamon.dll c:\backup\WINDOWS\system32\
MOVE c:\WINDOWS\system32\acledit.dll c:\backup\WINDOWS\system32\
MOVE c:\WINDOWS\system32\admparse.dll c:\backup\WINDOWS\system32\

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[b]C:\WINDOWS\system32:[/b]



[b]12520437.cpx[/b]...Code page translator.
[b]12520850.cpx[/b]...Code page translator.

[b]6to4svc.dll[/b]....Service that offers IPv6 connectivity over an IPv4 network

[b]aaaamon.dll[/b]....Aaaa Monitor Dll
[b]acledit.dll[/b]....Access Control List Editor

[b]ac3filter.cpl[/b]..ac3filter Control Panel extension
Belongs to AC3Filter codec I have installed for some movies I watch.

[b]ahui.exe[/b].......Application Compatibility UI

[b]ALSNDMGR.CPL[/b]...Realtek AC97 Audio Control Panel
I use the RTLCPL.EXE (Realtek Audio Control Panel) instead.

[b]amcompat.tlb[/b]...
[b]ansi.sys[/b].......
[b]apcups.dll[/b].....APC Smart Provider

[b]APPEND.EXE[/b].....(Append). Allows applications to open or access files in folders other than the current working, or active, folder by appending the path parameter. This utility is from MS-DOS 5.0.

[b]asctrls.ocx[/b]....Active Setup Controls

[b]AT.EXE[/b].........(AT). Used to schedule tasks to occur at a specific time and date. It requires that the Scheduler service be running.

[b]atkctrs.dll[/b]....Windows NT AppleTalk Perfmon Counter dll

[b]ATMADM.EXE[/b].....(ATM). The ATM Call Manager utility.
[b]auditusr.exe[/b]...Audit User Program

[b]atmfd.dll[/b]......Windows NT OpenType/Type 1 Font Driver
[b]atmlib.dll[/b].....Windows NT OpenType/Type 1 API Library.
[b]atmpvcno.dll[/b]...Atm Epvc Install DLL
[b]atrace.dll[/b].....Async Trace DLL

[b]ATTRIB.EXE[/b].....(Attributes). Displays or changes file attributes (read-only, archive, hidden, or system).

[b]AUTOCONV.EXE[/b]...(Auto Convert). Used by the Windows XP setup routine to convert a FAT volume to NTFS.

[b]autodisc.dll[/b]...Windows AutoDiscovery API

[b]AUTOFMT.EXE[/b]...(Auto Format). The Auto File System conversion utility.

[b]AUTOLFN.EXE[/b]....LFN strip/restore utility (Auto Long Filenames). Used by the Windows XP setup routine to repair, copy, or enable long filenames on drives that have been converted from another file system (usually FAT) to NTFS. Also capable of converting long filenames to the 8.3 format.

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[b]batt.dll[/b].......Battery Class Installer

[b]When using a laptop, and Device manager could ask for the batt.dll when accessing the properties of your batteries. [/b]

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[b]bidispl.dll[/b]....Bidispl DLL
[b]bios1.rom[/b]......
[b]bios4.rom[/b]......

[b]bitsprx2.dll[/b]...Background Intelligent Transfer Service Proxy
[b]bitsprx3.dll[/b]...Background Intelligent Transfer Service 2.0 Proxy
[b]blastcln.exe[/b]...Blaster/Nachi Removal Tool

[b]BOOTOK.EXE[/b].....(Boot Acceptance). Used with the Last Known Good Configuration process to save the configuration parameters after a successful logon.

[b]BOOTVRFY.EXE[/b]...(Boot Verify). Used with the Last Known Good Configuration process to verify a boot selection.

[b]browsewm.dll[/b]...BrowseWM Player

[b]bthci.dll[/b]......Bluetooth Class Installer
[b]bthprops.cpl[/b]...Bluetooth Control Panel Applet (Wireless Company)
[b]bthserv.dll[/b]....Bluetooth Support Service
[b]btpanui.dll[/b]....Bluetooth PAN User Interface

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[b]capesnpn.dll[/b]...Microsoft Certificate Template Management Extention
[b]ccfgnt.dll[/b].....Internet Configuration Library

[b]certmgr.dll[/b]....Certificates snap-in

[b]certmgr.msc[/b]....[b]<-- When you click on certmgr.msc, displayed is the same information as when you look here: Internet Options -> Content tab --> Certificates... and Publishers...buttons. Only it displays the information in a Management Console.[/b]

[b]cdosys.dll[/b].....Microsoft CDO for Windows Library
[b]cdfview.dll[/b]....Channel Definition File Viewer
[b]cewmdm.dll[/b].....Windows CE WMDM Service Provider

[b]CHARMAP.EXE[/b]....(Character Map). A GUI utility that displays the characters in each font installed on the system.

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[b]These files cannot be removed with the batch file. They need to be deleted manually:[/b]

[b]cdplayer.exe.manifest [/b]
[b]logonui.exe.manifest[/b]
[b]ncpa.cpl.manifest [/b]
[b]nwc.cpl.manifest[/b]
[b]sapi.cpl.manifest [/b]
[b]WindowsLogon.manifest[/b]

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[b]ChCfg.exe[/b]......?? [b](I have no idea what this is.)[/b]
[b]chcp.com[/b].......Change CodePage Utility
[b]cmos.ram[/b].......

[b]CHKNTFS.EXE[/b]....(NTFS Drive Checker). Used to verify the integrity of Windows XP NTFS partitions.

[b]ckcnv.exe[/b]......Cookie Converter
[b]cnvfat.dll[/b].....FAT File System Conversion Utility DLL
[b]comcat.dll[/b].....Microsoft C Runtime Library
[b]comctl32.ocx[/b]...Windows Common Controls ActiveX Control DLL

[b]COMP.EXE[/b].......(Compare). An MS-DOS utility used to compare the contents of two files or sets of files.

[b]compatUI.dll[/b]...CompatUI Module
[b]compobj.dll[/b]....OLE 2.1 16/32 Interoperability Library

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[b]compstui.dll[/b]...Common Property Sheet User Interface DLL

[b]You may be unable to access Printer properties or Printing preferences for your printers without this file.[/b]

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[b]CONFIG.TMP[/b].....
[b]confmsp.dll[/b]....Microsoft IP Conferencing Media Service Provider

[b]CONIME.EXE[/b].....(IME Console). The console for the Input Method Editor used to convert non-Arabic letters from a 101-keyboard.

[b]console.dll[/b]....Control Panel Console Applet

[b]control.exe[/b]....Windows Control Panel (This is not the actual Control Panel.)

[b]CONVERT.EXE[/b]....(Convert). Used to convert partitions from FAT to NTFS and from NTFSv4 to NTFSv5.

[b]corpol.dll[/b].....Microsoft COM Runtime Execution Engine
[b]country.sys[/b]....
[b]cryptdlg.dll[/b]...Microsoft Common Certificate Dialogs
[b]cryptext.dll[/b]...Crypto Shell Extensions
[b]cryptnet.dll[/b]...Crypto Network Related API

[b]CSCRIPT.EXE[/b]....(Command Based Script Host). A command-line version of the Windows Script Host that enables you to run previously created VBScript and JScript from the command line.

[b]ctfmon.exe[/b] ....CTF Loader (The Language bar appears on your desktop automatically when you add handwriting recognition, speech recognition, or an Input Method Editor (IME) as a method of entering text. In addition, if you add a second language or keyboard layout, you can display the Language bar from the taskbar.)

[b]ctl3d32.dll[/b]....Ctl3D 3D Windows Controls
[b]ctl3dv2.dll[/b]....Ctl3D 3D Windows NT(WOW) Control

[b]Dcache.bin[/b].....
[b]dbgeng.dll[/b].....Symbolic Debugger Engine for Windows 2000
[b]DEBUG.EXE[/b]......(Debugger). A command-line debugging tool.

[b]DEFRAG.EXE[/b].....(Disk Defragmenter). A command-line utility that consolidates files so that they are saved in contiguous locations on the hard disk.

[b]desktop.ini[/b]....

[b]DFRGFAT.EXE[/b]....(FAT Defragmentation Tool). Used to defragment FAT partitions.

[b]dgnet.dll[/b]......Dgnet Module
[b]dgrpsetu.dll[/b]...Digi RealPort

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Thanks a lot..
It's too long tho..

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[b]............500 system32 Files I Do Not Delete...And Why............[/b]


[b]There are undoubtedly other uses for some of these files other than what I have placed here as my reasons for not deleting them. These are the first good reasons I bumped into that helped me decide why I didn't want to delete these files.[/b]

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[b]Needed by NVDVD[/b]

[b]acelpdec.ax[/b].....ACELP.net Audio Decoder

[b]DolbyHph.dll[/b].....Dolby Headphone Engine

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[b]Needed for Regedit[/b]

[b]aclui.dll[/b].....Security Descriptor Editor

[b]clb.dll[/b].....Column List Box

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[b]Needed just to restart computer[/b]

[b]AUTOCHK.EXE[/b]..(Auto Check Disk). Launches automatically during Windows XP bootup if a volume is marked as dirty (has bad clusters, has error blocks, or is otherwise damaged).

[b]bootvid.dll[/b].....VGA Boot Driver

[b]csseqchk.dll[/b]....CSSeqChk

[b]dpcdll.dll[/b]......Dpcdll Module

[b]hal.dll[/b]........(Hardware Abstraction Layer). A file that hides hardware complexities from Windows applications.

[b]kdcom.dll[/b].......Kernel Debugger HW Extension DLL

[b]shgina.dll[/b].....Windows Shell User Logon [b]<-- This file is needed just to restart your computer from your Desktop. Further, once you delete or move it from the system32 folder, even if you put it back, you still won't be able to restart from your Desktop.[/b]

[b]USERINIT.EXE[/b]..(User Initialization). Used to establish the operating environment for a user after logon.

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[b]This file is needed for Yahoo Messenger Installation[/b]

[b]AVICAP32.dll[/b].....AVI Capture window class

When installing Yahoo Messenger, I recieved this error pop-up message:

"This application has failed to start because AVICAP32.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem."

However, Yahoo Messenger did install succeesfully in spite of this error message.

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[b]These files belong to Windows Media Player 10[/b]

[b]avifil32.dll[/b].....Microsoft AVI File support library [b]<-- Needed for Plus! MP3 Audio Converter LE[/b]

[b]blackbox.dll[/b]..BlackBox DLL

[b]LOGAGENT.EXE[/b]..(Windows Media Player LogAgent). The application that logs errors with Windows Media Player.

[b]MsPMSP.dll[/b]....Microsoft Media Device Service Provider
[b]MSSCP.dll[/b].....Windows Media Secure Content Provider
[b]msvfw32.dll[/b]...Microsoft Video for Windows DLL
[b]MSWMDM.dll[/b]....Windows Media Device Manager Core

[b]qasf.dll[/b]......DirectShow ASF Support

[b]wmadmod.dll[/b]...Windows Media Audio Decoder
[b]wmadmoe.dll[/b]...Windows Media Audio Encoder/Transcoder
[b]WMASF.DLL[/b]......Windows Media ASF DLL
[b]WMDMLOG.dll[/b]...Windows Media Device Manager Logger
[b]WMDMPS.dll[/b]....Windows Media Device Manager Proxy Stub
[b]wmnetmgr.dll[/b]..Windows Media Network Plugin Manager DLL
[b]WMP.DLL[/b]........Windows Media Player Core
[b]wmp.ocx[/b] ......Windows Media Player
[b]wmpasf.dll[/b]....Windows Media Filter Shim
[b]wmpcd.dll[/b].....Windows Media Player
[b]wmpcore.dll[/b]...Windows Media Player
[b]wmpdxm.dll[/b]....Windows Media 6.4 Player Shim
[b]WMPLOC.DLL[/b].....Windows Media Player
[b]wmpshell.dll[/b]..Windows Media Player Launcher
[b]wmpui.dll[/b].....Windows Media Player
[b]wmsdmod.dll[/b]...Windows Media Screen Decoder
[b]WMVCORE.DLL[/b]....Windows Media Playback/Authoring DLL
[b]wmvdmod.dll[/b]...Windows Media Video Decoder

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[b]NLS Files = Multiple Language Resource Files. Character Translation; National Language Services driver (font or font map).[/b]

[b]For my U.S.English settings I keep these NLS Files[/b]

[b]c_437.nls[/b]
[b]c_932.nls[/b]
[b]c_1250.nls[/b]
[b]c_1251.nls[/b]
[b]c_1252.nls[/b]
[b]c_20127.nls[/b]
[b]c_28591.nls[/b]
[b]c_28605.nls[/b]
[b]ctype.nls[/b]
[b]l_intl.nls[/b]
[b]locale.nls[/b]
[b]sortkey.nls[/b]
[b]sorttbls.nls[/b]
[b]unicode.nls[/b]

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[b]Needed to view inside .cab files[/b]

[b]cabview.dll[/b]....Cabinet File Viewer Shell Extension

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[b]I need the cards.dll to play Windows Solitaire[/b]

[b]cards.dll[/b]......Entertainment Pack Cardplaying Helper DLL

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[b]Needed by Windows Update[/b]

[b]CDM.DLL[/b]........Windows Update CDM Stub

[b]DCIMAN32.DLL[/b]...DCI Manager

[b]dssenh.dll[/b].....Microsoft Enhanced DSS and Diffie-Hellman Cryptographic Provider

[b]iuengine.dll[/b]...Windows Update Control Engine

[b]JSCRIPT.DLL[/b]....Microsoft ® JScript

[b]licdll.dll[/b].....Licdll Module

[b]pidgen.dll[/b].....Pid3.0 generation

[b]wshext.dll[/b].....Microsoft ® Shell Extension for Windows Script Host
[b]WUAPI.DLL[/b]......Windows Update Client API
[b]wuauclt1.exe[/b]...Windows Update AutoUpdate Client
[b]WUAUCLT.EXE[/b]....(Windows Update). An auto-update client.
[b]wuaucpl.cpl[/b]....Automatic Updates Control Panel
[b]WUAUENG1.DLL[/b]...Windows Update AutoUpdate Engine
[b]WUCLTUI.DLL[/b]....Windows Update Client UI Plugin
[b]wupdmgr.exe[/b]....Windows Update Manager for NT
[b]WUWEB.DLL[/b]......Windows Update Web Control

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[b]These files are CHKDSK[/b]

[b]CFGMGR32.DLL[/b]...Configuration Manager Forwarder DLL

[b]CHKDSK.EXE[/b]..(Check Disk). A disk inspection tool that can search for and repair disk errors.

[b]dskquota.dll[/b]...Windows Shell Disk Quota Support DLL
[b]dskquoui.dll[/b]...Windows Shell Disk Quota UI DLL

[b]fmifs.dll[/b]......FM IFS Utility DLL

[b]ifsutil.dll[/b]....IFS Utility DLL

[b]MFC42.DLL[/b]......MFCDLL Shared Library - Retail Version

[b]rshx32.dll[/b]....Security Shell Extension

[b]twext.dll[/b]......Previous Versions property page

[b]ULIB.DLL[/b].......File Utilities Support DLL

[b]untfs.dll[/b]......NTFS Utility DLL

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[b]CMD.EXE[/b]....(Command Prompt). An executable that provides the command prompt (MS-DOS shell interpreter) for Windows NT.

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[b]Computer Management Consoles[/b]

[b]compmgmt.msc.....[/b]Computer Management Console

[b]devmgmt.msc[/b]......Device Manager
[b]dfrg.msc[/b].........Disk Defragmenter
[b]diskmgmt.msc[/b].....Disk Management Console

[b]eventvwr.msc[/b].....Event Viewer

[b]services.msc[/b].....Services Viewer

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[b]These files are needed for Cryptographic Services[/b]

[b]crtdll.dll[/b].....Cryptography Manager
[b]cryptsvc.dll[/b]...Cryptographic Services

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[b]Needed to view Summary tab in Properties of files[/b]

[b]cryptext.dll[/b]...Crypto Shell Extensions

[b]docprop.dll[/b]....OLE DocFile Property Page
[b]docprop2.dll[/b]...Microsoft DocProp Shell Ext

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[b]Needed to watch Yahoo movie trailers[/b]

[b]davclnt.dll[/b]....Web DAV Client DLL

[b]dbghelp.dll[/b]....(Windows Image Helper). [b]<-- Not really necessary to watch Yahoo movie trailers with, but you could get an error every so often telling you that the application could not find the dbghelp.dll, which can delay the showing of the movie trailer...although the movie trailer will still play without dbghelp.dll.[/b]

[b]dispex.dll[/b].....Microsoft ® DispEx

[b]hhsetup.dll[/b]....Microsoft

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OMG, thats it dude. I am reporting this and it will be gone. Fix this please. Edited by azPNG

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excellent guide, out of curiosity does your system boot time change when all these reductions are applied?

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Hard drives are extremely cheap these days.

My XP folder is less than 2.5 gigs, I dont see why I should be deleting hundreds of small files.

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[quote name='azPNG' date='May 4 2005, 15:29']OMG, thats it dude.  I am reporting this and it will be gone.  FIX IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and STOP THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[right][snapback]585871618[/snapback][/right]
[/quote]


Dude CALM DOWN! i dont want want you to start getting flammed alright bud.

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Bold_Fortune, is this the most updated guide (Slimming Down Windows XP). I see many versions of your guide posted in various forums and I'm not sure which one to use. Can you please clarify this.

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Yes it is, Vquattro.

[b]Now that my guide is finally completed, I thought I should post it in it's entirety on NeoWin. NeoWin allowed me to work openly on my guide, and to them I owe a debt of gradittude. Thank you, NeoWin.[/b]

A copy of the guide is also here...

[url="http://www.hollow-refuge.net/Bold/viewtopic.php?t=229"]http://www.hollow-refuge.net/Bold/viewtopic.php?t=229[/url]

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Thank-you! Much appreciated.

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wow , thats one huge ass guide ..........anyways thnx

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Thanks :D

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[quote name='azPNG' date='May 4 2005, 14:29']OMG, thats it dude.  I am reporting this and it will be gone.  Fix this please.
[right][snapback]585871618[/snapback][/right]
[/quote]

exactly what do you want him to fix?

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