Uninstalling x86 programs: not listed

  1.    12 Sep 2009 #1
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    Uninstalling x86 programs: not listed

    Hoping some one can assist... Just got my new Vista Ultimate x64 computer. I'm new to Vista and learned that the system sets up 2 program files: one for 64x bit and 1 for 32 bit programs. My issue is HP has loaded a whole slew of crapware and I want to clean it out... I can see it in the x86 files (as well as numerous shortcuts on my desktop) but I cannot find the programs in the add/remove program utility. I had CCleaner as well and they are not listed in there either.

    Additionally, when I navigate to the programs I do not see any options to uninstall. Is there a way to get these programs sitting in the x86 folder to show up in my uninstall list?

    Some examples of what I'd like to remove are:
    Easy Bits for Kids
    MSN toolbar
    Netzero preloader
    Online Services

    If I just delete these folders from the x86 folder they dont uninstall, correct?

    any direction or assistance is greatly appreciated.. Thanks!
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  2.    12 Sep 2009 #2
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    Re: Uninstalling x86 programs: not listed

    think I solved my issue.. I dont think the items in question are really installed.. they are trials so they just link in to the shortcuts. I deleted the shortcuts and removed the folders in the program list.. we'll see..
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  3.    13 Sep 2009 #3
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    Re: Uninstalling x86 programs: not listed

    Hello befuzled & welcome to Vista Forums,
    Preinstalled "bloatware" can be removed via Control Panel.
    Refer Tutorial -
    Uninstall or Change a Program
    If you decide against keeping the preinstalled Anti Virus Program make sure that you use the appropriate Removal Tool. Reboot.
    Enjoy Vista. Good luck.
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  4.    14 Sep 2009 #4
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    Re: Uninstalling x86 programs: not listed

    You might also want to look at PC Decrappifier and Norton Removal Tool if you don't want Norton av/firewall/whatever. Uninstall by itself won't get rid of Norton. You have to download the removal tool and keep running it until all entries in the registry are removed. Otherwise, you can find yourself with double boot time as the system waits for drivers no longer on the system to load. Enable boot logging if you have long bootups and see if that's what it is.
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