Now, as Vista creeps towards end of support, I'd like to make another Vista PC into a dual-boot. Vista OS takes up a huge amount of space and I'd like to pare it down to a smaller size so I have a large enough partition for Linux.
One issue is the so-called systemic files on Vista that seem unable to be deleted (see list below). Most don't have an uninstaller, and when they do, the uninstallers don't work. Simply deleting the programs won't work...something about Permissions, which I've been unable to figure out on the fly. Unclicking registry entries (in Autoruns) related to these programs doesn't help any. None of the programs are listed as Windows "Features" and so are not removable from that part of the Add/Remove control panel:
The machine is not mine and it's not in front of me so I don't know all the names of the programs that won't budge, but here are some I remember:
- Internet Explorer
- Windows Journal
- Microsoft Net Framework 2 (or maybe it was 3)
- Windows Movie-Maker
- Windows Media Player
None of these would be used on the Windows partition of the dual-boot machine.
Any idea how to get rid of these programs? And is it safe to get rid of Net Framework? The only programs used (potentially) on the Vista partition will be small programs that didn't come with Vista.