Below procedure will provide a faster boot up, and eliminate wasting memory on programs that are not in use at this time……
Start Up Programs: Click on START, Click on Run, than put in the box MSCONFIG Click OK. Now you are in the System Configuration Utility Program. Click on START UP you see on top. Uncheck the programs from here that you do not want to installed at boot up, leaving the anti virus, and any third party firewall. You can always go back into this program to restart them. They will not be uninstalled. Click on APPLY, than it will ask you if you wish to reboot the system. Do so. After it boots up again, you will be presented with another window from the System Configuration Utility Program telling you that you have made an adjustment. If you don't want to see this pop up each time you boot up, put a check mark in the little box in the lower left corner of this announcement.
http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php Link to a site that can explain what you have starting up, if you do not already know, and which ones you can safely un-check. It’s a long list.
You can uninstall many of the unwanted programs from the Add/Remove program. This will help, but unfortunately, it will leave behind some unwanted registry code that will still mess up the system from time to time.
As trev_w suggested, and if you know how, reformat, and reinstall windows xp. Yes, you will loose the Symantec restore utility, but I rather, and many others will agree, have a clean install without all the Dell garbage. If you did not get the Operational CD with the system, you can try and call Dell up and get the OS CD mailed to you before any such reformat and reinstall.
http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/kb/en/document?dn=1090151&c=us&l=en&s=dhs... How to use the Symantec Restore Utility and to make a copy of the operating system
http://www.djdenham.com/Install%20Procedures.htm How to reformat, and reinstall windows from dennys site
Message Edited by SR45 on 04-11-200602:55 PM
Banchetto 101 Case-Less System
eVGA 780i Mobo
eVGA 295 GTX Video
8 Gb Corsair Memory
Thermaltake TRUE Black CPU Cooler
VelociRaptor 10,000 rpm HD
Windows 7 RC 7100
Maybe I don't remember correctly... but....
I *thought* Dell listed all software included on a machine somewhere during the configuration / order process. Do they still do that?
Regarding the size.. my wife has an I-6000 from her work... nice, but huge... The sizes are clearly listed in a product info. section - in case you order another notebook in the future from Dell....
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