Category: Cleanup

Manually remove Office 95, 97, 2000, XP, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016
article #234, updated 55 days ago

Microsoft-provided removal tools for Office. A new page for 2007 through 2016:

Fix-Its now exist for Office 2010, 2007, and 2003:

A utility for manual removal of Office versions at and before XP, is reportedly in the 2003 Office Resource Kit, confirmed available at the link below as of right now, although the installer appears to crash:

Categories:   Microsoft Office   Cleanup


CATE: Clean All system and user profile Temp folders, Etcetera
article #484, updated 165 days ago

For quite a while I had been curious as to why a simple method to do this was not available. CCLEANER and others do not do everything needed. Well, the following .VBS originated with the excellent David Barrett ( ) and has been rewritten a lot by yours truly (JEB of Ponderworthy). One thing discovered along the way, is even in XP there is a user profile called the “System Profile” — XP has it in C:\WINDOWS\System32\config\systemprofile — and malware often dumps junk into it, and sometimes many gigs of unwanted files can be found in its temporary storage. The below cleans all user profiles including those, as well as the Windows Error Reporting cache, and the .NET caches, and the system TEMP folders, and in recent versions, many Windows log files which are often found in many thousands of fragments on drives.

The tool is designed for Windows 10 down through XP. If you’re running this tool on Vista/2008 or above, do use an administrative CMD or equivalent, or most of the deletions won’t happen.

The full text can be downloaded here in a zip file.

Categories:   Cleanup   


Enable CLEANMGR.EXE on Server 2008R1/2 and 2012
article #1006, updated 173 days ago

Very useful procedure, does not need a role/feature install. Slightly different on each. Note the locale suffix which will have to be changed. Does not work on 2012R2, from that point we have to enable the desktop experience, which can be done in Powershell using Install-WindowsFeature Desktop-Experience.

Server 2012R1:

copy C:\Windows\WinSxS\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16384_none_c60dddc5e750072a\cleanmgr.exe %systemroot%\System32
copy C:\Windows\WinSxS\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16384_en-us_b6a01752226afbb3\cleanmgr.exe.mui %systemroot%\System32\en-US

Server 2008R2:

copy C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_none_c9392808773cd7da\cleanmgr.exe %systemroot%\System32
copy C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_en-us_b9cb6194b257cc63\cleanmgr.exe.mui %systemroot%\System32\en-US

Server 2008 64-bit:

copy C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.18000_none_c962d1e515e94269\cleanmgr.exe %systemroot%\System32
copy C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.18000_en-us_b9f50b71510436f2\cleanmgr.exe.mui %systemroot%\System32\en-US

Server 2008 32-bit:

copy C:\Windows\winsxs\x86_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.18000_none_6d4436615d8bd133\cleanmgr.exe %systemroot%\System32
copy C:\Windows\winsxs\x86_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.18000_en-us_5dd66fed98a6c5bc\cleanmgr.exe.mui %systemroot%\System32\en-US

Categories:   Windows OS-Level Issues   Cleanup


Antimalware for Remote
article #168, updated 192 days ago

One good standby lately is the Microsoft Malicious Software Remover:

For major infections, another is Comodo Cleaning Essentials, courtesy of the amazing Jared Dexter:

After that, Malwarebytes:

For garbageware, irritationware, and similar things, I like the following, only rarely needing the whole series:

  1. JRT

  1. RogueKiller

  1. AdwCleaner

Categories:   Antivirus/Antimalware Tools and Issues   Cleanup


Clean Temp Files in Linux
article #870, updated 666 days ago

“Bleachbit” works very well.

Categories:   Cleanup   


Microsoft .NET Framework Repair Tool
article #718, updated 689 days ago

Very worthwhile. Sometimes has been seen to take 8+ hours of background processing to complete its work.

Categories:   Tools   Cleanup


A new uninstaller
article #828, updated 776 days ago

Something new, comes highly recommended, have not tested it myself yet:

Categories:   Cleanup   


MSICUU2 for Windows Installer problems
article #309, updated 1074 days ago

msicuu2 is available here:

Categories:   Cleanup   


When IP Printers Won't Delete
article #720, updated 1078 days ago

  1. Change the Port, to “FILE:”, and then try to delete it again. If that doesn’t work:
  2. Go to this registry location:

and delete the ones that you want gone. Then restart the Windows service named ‘spooler’.

Categories:   Printers & Printing   Cleanup


List of Antivirus Removal Tools
article #721, updated 1104 days ago

Here is a great list of links:

Discovered by the amazing Mike Hunsinger.

Categories:   Antivirus/Antimalware Tools and Issues   Cleanup