Re: [NTLK] Convincing argument against MS

From: Gérard Evrard (
Date: Tue Jun 11 2002 - 09:42:42 EDT

Sorry to give an advice while I'm probably an idiot at this, but when I
want to prevent recreation of a file I usually delete the offending
file, create a directory by that very name, and write-protect it. I
removed all M$ crap this way from my machine (but it's a sweet Mac
anyway, so YMMV).

A short note also : thanks to the FAQ I'm now happily backing up and
moving packages to my new (used) 2100 ! Thanks list !
I got Dashboard 1.5.1. and this utility is a total must-have !!! I just
tried to register it, with some problems (solvable probably).
I'm looking forward to get a word processor, spreadsheet, email & web
browsing capabilities.

It works. Just a minor flaw, my main machine has some "Newton rings" as
discussed here some time ago, but it's a minor annoyance.

Read you.

> 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.

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