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2. The User Interface > 15. Remove “Uninstallable” XP Utilities

Remove “Uninstallable” XP Utilities

Think you can’t uninstall Windows Messenger, WordPad, and similar components? Think again. This hack shows you how.

Windows has always had a problem with uninstalling software, and it’s particularly poor at uninstalling its own utilities, such as WordPad or Windows Messenger. Uninstalling these utilities can free up hard-disk space if your hard disk is starting to fill up. And if you never use Windows Messenger, you most likely will want to uninstall it because the program frequently launches itself automatically even after you’ve shut it down repeatedly, kind of like Dracula returning from the dead. It won’t bother you any longer if you uninstall it.

To remove XP utilities and components, you normally choose Control Panel


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