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[Guide] Remove XP's wallpapers!

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Tha Bloo Monkee    591

Windows XP by default contains random .bmps in your Windows folder and low-resolution wallpapers in the wallpaper folder. I never use any of these, so why not rid of them?

I made a batch file that quickly deletes all of these.

This is meant for XP only. I tested it on Windows XP Home, Pro, and MCE (English-language versions only with SP3).

Disclaimer: Not responsible for damage, misuse, or whatever else may occur from using any of this. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.

There's 2 methods:

a) Make a batch yourself (for those that have the knowledge)

or

b) Download the batch.

Method a:

Paste the code into a text file. Rename from .txt to .bat and run.


@ECHO OFF
ECHO This will delete the wallpapers included in Windows XP.
PAUSE
DEL "C:\WINDOWS\Blue Lace 16.bmp"
DEL "C:\WINDOWS\Coffee Bean.bmp"
DEL "C:\WINDOWS\FeatherTexture.bmp"
DEL "C:\WINDOWS\Gone Fishing.bmp"
DEL "C:\WINDOWS\Greenstone.bmp"
DEL "C:\WINDOWS\Prairie Wind.bmp"
DEL "C:\WINDOWS\Rhododendron.bmp"
DEL "C:\WINDOWS\River Sumida.bmp"
DEL "C:\WINDOWS\Santa Fe Stucco.bmp"
DEL "C:\WINDOWS\Soap Bubbles.bmp"
DEL "C:\WINDOWS\Zapotec.bmp"
DEL "C:\WINDOWS\Web\Wallpaper\Ascent.jpg"
DEL "C:\WINDOWS\Web\Wallpaper\Autumn.jpg"
DEL "C:\WINDOWS\Web\Wallpaper\Azul.jpg"
DEL "C:\WINDOWS\Web\Wallpaper\Bliss.bmp"
DEL "C:\WINDOWS\Web\Wallpaper\Crystal.jpg"
DEL "C:\WINDOWS\Web\Wallpaper\Follow.jpg"
DEL "C:\WINDOWS\Web\Wallpaper\Friend.jpg"
DEL "C:\WINDOWS\Web\Wallpaper\Home.jpg"
DEL "C:\WINDOWS\Web\Wallpaper\Moon flower.jpg"
DEL "C:\WINDOWS\Web\Wallpaper\Peace.jpg"
DEL "C:\WINDOWS\Web\Wallpaper\Power.jpg"
DEL "C:\WINDOWS\Web\Wallpaper\Purple flower.jpg"
DEL "C:\WINDOWS\Web\Wallpaper\Radiance.jpg"
DEL "C:\WINDOWS\Web\Wallpaper\Red moon desert.jpg"
DEL "C:\WINDOWS\Web\Wallpaper\Ripple.jpg"
DEL "C:\WINDOWS\Web\Wallpaper\Stonehenge.jpg"
DEL "C:\WINDOWS\Web\Wallpaper\Tulips.jpg"
DEL "C:\WINDOWS\Web\Wallpaper\Vortec space.jpg"
DEL "C:\WINDOWS\Web\Wallpaper\Wind.jpg"
DEL "C:\WINDOWS\Web\Wallpaper\Windows XP.jpg"
[/CODE]

Method b:

- Link to already made batch file: http://www.mediafire...mruzuynmh8br656 (less than 1kb).[/size]

or

- download below if you're logged in.

[size=4]Notes:[/size]

[size=4]- The batch assumes your Windows installation is C:\Windows.[/size]

[size=4]- The normal wallpaper directory is C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper. You can place wallpapers in there if you want.[/size]

[size=4]- Media Center Edition comes with a few extra wallpapers that are not deleted.[/size]

[size=4]- Non-english versions of XP may contain other/extra wallpapers.[/size]

[size=4]- Feel free to post your thanks and/or problems!

Lastly: I know XP is old. I don't care. Comments such as "WHY NOT JUST UPGRADE" are NOT wanted and are annoying.[/size]

Delete XP Wallpapers.zip

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Southern Patriot    730

Two little points:

1. unless you are REALLY hurting for space, removing those won't help much. It will only save you about 6MB.

2. Your batch file could be far shorter by simply using the following commands:

DEL c:\windows\*.bmp
DEL c:\windows\web\wallpaper\*.jpg

It would achieve the same result.

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Glassed Silver    940

Two little points:

1. unless you are REALLY hurting for space, removing those won't help much. It will only save you about 6MB.

2. Your batch file could be far shorter by simply using the following commands:

DEL c:\windows\*.bmp
DEL c:\windows\web\wallpaper\*.jpg

It would achieve the same result.

1) Ugh, bet it's not about space! I guess he's after de-cluttering the badly sorted wallpaper picker in XP :/

2) I beg to differ: I often save my wallpapers in the pre-defined wallpaper directory of my OS. Your suggestion would remove all *.jpg-based walls I put in there, too.

Glassed Silver:mac

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Southern Patriot    730

1) Ugh, bet it's not about space! I guess he's after de-cluttering the badly sorted wallpaper picker in XP :/

2) I beg to differ: I often save my wallpapers in the pre-defined wallpaper directory of my OS. Your suggestion would remove all *.jpg-based walls I put in there, too.

Glassed Silver:mac

Good points. I really don't know many people who put their wallpaper there though. Most people I know would simply store them in My Documents or My Pictures. As for point #1, I guess some people are just a little more OCD about that than I am.

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ArialBlue    395

Just use Nlite

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Glassed Silver    940

Just use Nlite

Automated *.bat's are nerdier and have another field of use.

Glassed Silver:mac

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Soldiers33    135

Do people even use XP these days?

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Dot Matrix    7,129

This is like telling us how to clean our Ford Model-T's. :shiftyninja:

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Tha Bloo Monkee    591

Do people even use XP these days?

The current usage is still over 30%.

This is like telling us how to clean our Ford Model-T's. :shiftyninja:

Soldiers33 + Dot Matrix = reading comprehension fail.

Lastly: I know XP is old. I don't care. Comments such as "WHY NOT JUST UPGRADE" are NOT wanted and are annoying.

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deactivated_    81

So OCD they spell it CDO eh?

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Tha Bloo Monkee    591

Just use Nlite

Nlite won't help you after XP is already installed.

So OCD they spell it CDO eh?

?

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+jamesyfx    352

Whenever I used to do a clean install of XP when building a computer for a customer (many moons ago now), one of the things I used to do was remove all of the wallpapers and tiles, apart from the 'Windows XP' one.

Dunno why.

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Charisma    2,388

Or just navigate to that folder, select all the image files (after sorting by type), and shift+delete.

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+Frank B.    7,104

I don't see the point in removing the XP wallpapers unless you're running really low on disk space...

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deactivated_    81

?

If you are really that OCD, then you have to spell it CDO (because it's alphabetical... and that's something a person with OCD obsesses over.)

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wahoospa    101

I store my wallpapers in the directory C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper.

I also delete some of the uglier wallpapers or the ones I am tired of looking at from time to time.

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soldier1st    40

Automated *.bat's are nerdier and have another field of use.

Glassed Silver:mac

You can fix and add things using them.

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DrJohnSmitherson    131

I miss Coffee Bean :(

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os2fan2    0

You really should use 'del %systemroot%\... , because one does not necessarily install windows in c:\windows. My present installs are i:\fensterh (home), and i:\fensterp (pro).

It pulls some wallpapers from allusers\personal\pictures or something. That's where 'blue hills.jpg' lives, for example.

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Hum    6,929

Remove a few wallpapers ? Someone is really bored.

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Rigby    1,343

Posted 12 December 2011

Night of the Living Thread

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