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I have been using the After Dark screensaver for several years. The original installation CD (which belonged to my grandson) is long gone. I have concluded that After Dark is adding significantly to my Boot-up time and I'd like to get rid of it. There is nothing about After Dark in "Add/Remove", and I find no "Uninstall" module in the various files related to After Dark. I'm afraid of messing around with the Windows 95 Register, and I don't know how to proceed to accomplish a clean "Uninstall". Who can help?
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Question by:rbkoch
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by:LEONPD
ID: 2809478
The only option you really have is to find the After Dark directory (probably C:\PROGRAM FILES\AFTER DARK) and completely delete that folder. After which, go to Windows Explorer and click
VIEW -> FOLDER OPTIONS and find the section that allows you to SHOW ALL FILES. After that option is selected, go to the C:\WINDOWS directory and copy both USER.DAT and SYSTEM.DAT to a backup folder of some kind somewhere on your system (Backup of Registry just in case!!!). Now, click from the task bar,
START -> RUN and type in REGEDIT in the dialog box. Once Registry Editor opens, click EDIT -> FIND. Now, tpye 'after dark' in the dialog box for the first key to appear for After Dark. Press delete on that specific key and then press F3 to allow Registry Editor to find the next entry related to After Dark.

Now, the above tasks have successfully deleted After Dark from the hard disk to recover free space and you have increased overall performance of Windows 98 by deleting entries relating to after Dark that will just clog up the Regisrty otherwise.

Now, to delete the icons of After Dark, simply right-mouse click on START on the task bar and choose OPEN. From here find the After Dark folder, select it and then press the delete key to remove the folder.

Now, choose START -> SETTINGS -> CONTROL PANEL -> DISPLAY -> SCREENSAVER and select another screen saver other than After Dark.

Now you have removed After Dark, not completely but enough for it not to give you any hassles, and you have increased overall performance and have recovered free space on the hard disk.

Just remember to back up your Registry using the above method but you shouldn't have any hassles with the Registry, it is solely a precaution.

Good luck, Leon P.D.
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by:rbkoch
ID: 2810540
Thanks for your prompt response, Leon. There are several After Dark files. The main one is in C:\ but there are others at C:\Windows\Start which include a Help file, a Troubleshoot file, and a shortcut to the After Dark .exe. There is also a config settings file at C:\Afterdrk which I reproduce below:
After Dark]
;
; General settings
SleepCorner=2
WakeCorner=3
NoCorners=0
Hotkey=1
ShowIcon=1
PanelLeft=291
PanelTop=85
WaitTime=9
HotkeySetting=16842835
SystemIQ=0
MuteSound=0
SystemIQSensitivity=0
WakeOnMouse=1

;
; EcoLogic settings
EcoLogic=1
EcoLogicDelay=11
EcoLogicSaverCheck=0
Should I delete all of these before proceeding to Windows Explorer, VIEW->, FOLDER OPTIONS, etc.
Bob
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by:J_Carter
ID: 2811398
If you don't mind having those extra files on your computer then all you have to do so that After dark wont loadup is go to C:\autoexec.bat if you go to that file in Windows explorer then right click and choose edit (it will come up in notepad) then delete the line that starts after dark. Once this is done you can safely remove the folder that contains the files. If you don't do the edit to autoexec.bat then you will recieve error messages every time you start your computer.
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by:rbkoch
ID: 2812082
There is no reference to After Dark in the Autoexec.bat file (or in the Config.sys file for that matter)
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by:rbkoch
ID: 2812102
I'd still like a response from LEONPD concerning the files I should delete before backing up the Registry. Also, was Carter right about a start-up error message if I don't do some tinkering with AutoExec.bat? How DO TSR's start up if they're not referred to in the AutoExec batch file?
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J_Carter earned 100 total points
ID: 2812341
I'm sorry I did not mean the Autoexec.bat I meant the win.ini located in your windows folder opps!
inside the win ini there is a line that starts with "load=" delete what is after "load=" leaving load there will not harm anything. DO NOT FOOL WITH YOUR REGESTRY !!! You do not need to! By taking that line out of win.ini Afterdark will not load. Then you can delete the files.
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by:J_Carter
ID: 2812346
Sorry about the confusion between Autoexec.bat and win.ini, opps...
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by:rbkoch
ID: 2812943
It is also necessary to delete the load reference to adw30.exe in order to avoid getting an error message.
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