Re: [NTLK] Convincing argument against MS

From: Jochen Schäfer (
Date: Mon Jun 10 2002 - 04:04:09 EDT

On Sun, 9 Jun 2002 18:03:07 -0400 (EDT), Victor Rehorst wrote:

>On Sun, 9 Jun 2002, Michael Manthey wrote:
>> Has anyone of you ever tried to remove Outlook Exchange or IE (3X) from a Win
>> '95 installation?
>> What is so amazing to my mind is how Microsoft denied you your freedom of
>> choice even back then. They gave you fake options during the installation
>> process but in fact the installer wrote the whole package onto your hard
>> drive.That has been their strategy ever since, and that's why they maintain
>> that you cannot remove Internet functionality from the OS nowadays without
>> making it dysfunctional.
>I wasn't going to get involved in this, but I must post a tiny little
>experience of mine. A littlle while ago, I was doing some cleaning on my
>main Win2k desktop machine. I like to keep things as lean and mean as
>possible. I noticed that I had Outlook Express installed. Hrm, I
>certainly don't need that... but there's no easy way to remove it. In the
>MS Knowledge base, there is an article on how to uninstall OE manually. I
>followed the instrctions; it's basicially just a walkthrough to deleting
>some DLLs and such. Where it got interesting was: as soon as I deleted
>one of the DLLs, Windows would write back a new copy immediately. This,
>in effect, prevents me from removing it. I even tried doing it from the
>2K command prompt - still no dice.
There was an article in the German magazine c't about this.
AFAIR, you have to delete the registry keys of OE, then reboot.
After you should delete all the OE files AND the corresponding files in
Win2k's file safe.


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