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How can I permanently delete Windows games (solitaire, etc). I'm too addicted and afraid I'll get caught and get canned.

Buddmann
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cmarks55Commented:
delete them from the system directory.  To find the exact name, right click on the start button, open explorer.  Find the shortcut in your start menu and look at it's properties.  That will tell you the exe for each game.  The one for Solitare is sol.exe
Then do a file/find and delete the files.

Alternatively, you could delete the shortcuts in the start menu, but you'd still be able to go to the system folder and find the exe to start the game.

Colby.
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gonzal13RetiredCommented:
Go to Windows explorer, windows. In the windows directory for example and not under a directory one can find for example FREECELL.EXE. Now the easiest way is go to accessories, games, right click on each one. It telll you where they are. Hearts is under windows. MSHEARTS.EXE
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graham_kCommented:
you can't - well, of course, you can delete them - it's that word 'permanently' that's going to give you problems. I'm afraid that you have a psychological problem, not a software problem. Sure, someone will tell you how to delete them - I could tell you myself. But a week later you will start to bring them from home on floppy.  I would suggest doing a web search for Gamblers Anonymous, or any other form of compulsive behaviour (they are, AFAIK, all based on Alcaholics Anon.). What you need to do is to modify your behaviour, not your computer.

Sure, I know that I won't get the points (but I don't care about that) because, like many folks today, you want a quick, one pill fix to a complex problem. So, think about it, my answer *is* the correct one.

Graham

p.s I hope that you posted this from home, coz surfing addiction is even worse. I browse every question in over a dozen EE topics every day from the office (and a lot more too) - can you help me to stop that ?
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tlikCommented:
Go to Control Panel - Add/Remove Programs - Windows Setup - Accessories and uncheck Games option -> OK
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gonzal13RetiredCommented:
PC Anonomous is a good idea, even my wife says so.
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1cellCommented:
first of all tlik has the only valid solution here.  These programs like all programs need to be uninstalled not deleted.  If you have already deleted those files, you will need to uninstall them by using tlik's mthod, reinstall them, and uninstall again.  Simply deleting files can cause problems with the windows registry and in worst case senario, give you boot probems.  And by the way, you're only offering 50 points to save your job?  How much would you offer for a new one?  ;-)
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gonzal13RetiredCommented:
Just unchecking games option does not remove the games from the system. One can always back up the registry first, if there is some apprehension.
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1cellCommented:
unchecking the games category in add/remove programs through control panel uninstalls the games from the system.
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gonzal13RetiredCommented:
Great, but sometimes I have seen the program in HD, using this method. Anyway, if one really wants to play games behind the bosses back, there are millions out there to grab.
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SmartGamerCommented:
SOL.exe is the Solitare game.
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tlikCommented:
Buddmann
Your question is : How can I permanently delete Windows games...
And we answered.
Choose one's that most correct and give him points.
Don't went to far from the MAIN question.
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