Posted on 2005-05-03
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
thanks again in advance guys, im new to this "keeping my system safe and clean" obbsession ;o)

i have these programs listed in my add/remove area and i dont know what they are for (ive got everything else down) can i remove them? i know sometimes the answer is a per user answer i just want to make sure if i do remove them my computer wont blowup ;o) i use my system for avg use like making documents from office, ect. i downloand music limewire, i play burn copy convert ect using blaze, i have a HP printer, scanner, copier (has its own software) i have a cable modem using USB and thats about it. no network, peer to peer, i dont try to find UFOs just basic stuff, would i need any of these?  

1.VIA Rhine-Family Fast Ethernet Adapter
2. Unicrome IGP Driver and utlities
3. SoftV92 Data Fax Modem with Smart CP
4. S3 S3overlay
5. S3 S3info2
6. S3 S3 gamma2
7. S3 S3 display
8. Java 2 runtime Envrnmt, SE v.1.4.2
9. Windows Backup utility

OH AND if someone could tell me how to stop the "my books folder" from coming back everytime i delete it that would be cool too
Question by:jaysonmichaels
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    You could delete the Windows Backup utility if you don't use it for backups, but you probably should keep all the driver stuff.

    I would keep Java in case you need it for other programs, but if you really need space you could try uninstalling it and reinstall it if anything else complains.  

    Author Comment

    thank you!
    what exactly is windows backup for, like when would i use it? i dont recall ever doing backups, should i?
    thanks again!
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    It always is a good idea to back up your data in some way, especially if you have anything important.  If you follow the wizard, it gives you options to make a system restore disk, or you can backup all of your files and settings.  If you have an external hard drive, backup is really easy.  If you have to burn to dvds (or worse, cds), it can be a pain.

    I backup my entire system every 6 months or so, but I back up my files and settings about once a month.  But I value my data a lot, this might be too much hassle for you.

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