Old 18th November 2004, 15:28   #1
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Removing unused dlls?

Is there any way to remove redundant dlls from my WinXp system folders safely? I know there's dozens of programs to do it (like analogx DLLarchive) but I haven't had courage to try any of them. I don't want to b0rk my installation. Is there any really good program to do it? Anyone have any experience? Tips? Hints?

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Old 19th November 2004, 01:39   #2
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Rule of thumb: when it comes to removing those .dll files, no cleaning programs are safe.

Honestly, I believe the little amount of space they take up is not worth the risk of deleteing them and possibly screwing up your system. However, if it bugs you so much, then stick with the AnalogX tool, since it has a feature that lets you quarntine the "unused" .dll-s first to see if everything's still stable before actually deleting them.

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Old 19th November 2004, 06:43   #3
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That's what I thought. It's not my computer that's full of em (as I accidently wrote on my previous post). It's my cousins comp. He usually "uninstalls" programs by deleting the folder, against my advice. So then their WinXp gets pretty bloated, and there's no way to remove those dlls. Then he calls me and wonders how his hard drive has no free space and how everything is so slow! (He don't have much hd-space anyway)..

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Old 19th November 2004, 07:31   #4
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Fix the problem, don't patch it. Tell your cousin to uninstall things properly or to stop complaining. If he can't be bothered to uninstall things properly then you can't be bothered to help him.

Don't go deleting DLL's you can delete them and not know you needed it until it's too late - because by their very nature they are dynamic.

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Old 19th November 2004, 14:38   #5
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This is what I do:
1. Install only the programs that I'm going to use, no testing programs in my main machine (that's why I use machines with WinME nor WinXP to test all the betas)

2. Try no to install programs that uses the same core DLLs, for example: Installing both Photoshop and PaintShop Pro, share some DLL (like gdiplus, for example)...

3. Different codecs pack: Must of them are the same.


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Old 20th November 2004, 17:37   #6
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Be carefull about deleting DLLS, no sftware can really do it 100% good.
But did your cousin really have TOO much dlls???? Does he installs tons of software?
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