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Have several new NT4.o workstation locations. Two of which have Power Toys installed and functioning fine. When installing IP for LAN Internet connection machine freezes up. Remove IP and runs fine. UnInstall PowerToys fails to work. Remove by deleting folders and shortcuts then reboot. System initiates but final screen has not START bar and a completely blank desktop. Using windows key on keyboard are able to get taskmanager dialog running. Through there was able to start Recycle bin and restore deleted Power Toys. ReBoots ok!
HOW DO I REMOVE POWER TOYS SO I CAN INSTALL IP...?
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by:cer
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This is not so easy. It makes changes in the registry and copy files to different locations.
You can browse the INF files of the power-toy apps you installed to see what they are doing.
You can take a fresh computer Dump the systemstate with SYSDIFF install Powertoys dump again and see the differences. (there are also a shareware uninstaller that can do this).
Not all of the Powertoys are working in NT. Which one did you install?

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by:ronallard
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I'm new - I hope I'm responding to your question in the right place... Downloaded file that had complete set - some went in most said they wouldn't function on NT, but I know a 'desktop', 'cd rom' ICONs are now on the status bar. And 'SendTo' ( the only reason I wanted hem) was added, along with 'Explore from here'. I'm not sure what else.  
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Yes this is the right place for discussion.
You could have installed ONLY sendto by using the provided INF File, maybe the system would work now with both software.
To remove controlpanel/software/add-remove should work. But maybe the installation failed on some you must do it manually. For this you must look in the appropriate INF Files and understand them (a bit at least). There you get the information:
- which files where copied to which location
- which registry settings were made

If you do not understand the INF you can try the brute-force method. Look in the INF for valid 8.3 Filenames like "FLEXICD.EXE" and search on your HD for them. Delete them. Some Powertoys just relay on their files, if you remove the files the registry settings doesn't bother anymore. If you want to remove them, dump the registry to a file with   REGEDIT /e filemane   and search with a texteditor for e.g. "flexicd". If found use regedt32 to remove the values or tree.


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Will give it a shot with using the inf files and let you know how we made out.
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by:ronallard
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Gave it a shot...  Just couldn't get it to work right though... Had the systems people format the harddrive and re-install NT....   I won't do that again!!!!
Thanks for the help though.   I thought I was supposed to rate the help I got?  I don't see where to do that.  
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cer earned 100 total points
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You can only rate an answer, so far I made only comments.
Since my last comment was a pointer in the right direction (you must edit the registry, see the INF files to see where) I think I give you an answer now, so you can grade my previous comments.

If you want to install PowerToys again: Do NOT install everything. TWEAKUI works fine and is usefull.

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I was tempted to grade "Excellent" but I'm a tough grader... Your assistance was as good as I could expect, but it didn't bail me out.  Thanks again for your guidance. Perhaps you can help me more in the future...
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"good" is good enough, I expected less, since most user don't grade the quality of the answer, but the amount it helped them. Sometimes I get an "excellent" with an very simple answer and sometimes a "fair" for an extended answer.

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