Published on August 18, 2006 By kona0197 In WinCustomize Talk
Well my new Notebook came preinstalled with AOL 9. Problem is I can't uninstall it! I can open AOL and tinker with the program but when I go to Control Panel - Add/Remove the uninstall progam for AOL says there are no versions of AOL on my Notebook. So how do I rid myself of AOL? Thanks guys as always.
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on Aug 18, 2006
I would say do a fresh reinstall of windows...minus the AOHell.   
on Aug 18, 2006
No can do. Toshiba Notebooks come with a restore partition. After you reinstall Windows you have to weed out all the BS.   
on Aug 18, 2006
Well that kinda...you know!   I wouldn't like not having the ability to reinstall a fresh install of windows. Or you could try a second party uninstaller.
on Aug 18, 2006
I noticed that the other day actually ...I was looking at laptops at the local shop, and every one of them came with a "restore partiton" ...Not just Toshiba's either.

I didn't like that at all... still, to some people it'd be handy.

Kona, Have you tried a third-party uninstaller app?

Some of those are more powerful and find more than the windows uninstaller ever could, even one's not listed in add/remove programs list.
on Aug 18, 2006
Just a thought, open up "msconfig" and stop it all running at start up (if it does) then manually remove it from "Program Files" not sure if it'll work like that, but i dont see why not.
on Aug 18, 2006
I have a Dell laptop that has that resotre partition. If you reformat the C: drive and reintall Windows it never put anything on it.
on Aug 18, 2006
I have tried 2 different uninstall apps neither of witch will detect AOL let alone remove it. Very fusterating.  
on Aug 18, 2006
Is there an AOL folder in Program Files? If not, it may not actually be installed. I know that sometimes when you click on the "Try AOL" icon on the desktop it actually installs the program. You may be able to just remove the entry from the Add-Remove programs list from the registry and then delete all the shortcuts that are all over the place.

As far as the "Restore partition" that's the computer makers way to save a few bucks at the expense of the customer. If they put the software on the HDD, eating up drive space that you paid for then they can save themselves .20 for the CD they would otherwise have to give you. Most vendors these days offer you the choice to buy a restore CD for the bargain basement price of only $10.
on Aug 18, 2006
If it's a Dell look for a freeware app called Dell Decrapifier. Haven't used it but, the reviews say it does it's job.

I just edited the registry myself & that got rid of it for me.
on Aug 18, 2006
Toshiba


Give this a shot, Kona: WWW Link
on Aug 18, 2006
Didn't work Yrag. Nice program though.
on Aug 18, 2006
You'll go nuts trying to remove it 100% Kona. It most likely is not installed so you just need to delete the folder. There will be remaining AOL files but they are inactive. This has been my experience over and over. Good luck.
on Aug 18, 2006
I'm going to try to completely install AOL from disc then try to remove it. I'll tell you all how it goes.   
on Aug 18, 2006
Speaking of problems by the way is there a program to rename about 1000 files at once? They are all numbered from 1 to 100 or whatever but some are out of place and I don't feel like renaming all of them. It would take hours.
on Aug 18, 2006