troubleshooting Question

Unable to use uninstall in Control Panel plus how to take off computer password.

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Lindsay37Flag for United States of America asked on
Windows 2000
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I cannot get uninstall to work in the Control Panel (greyed out). This happened after someone else fiddled with my computer trying to set up a network unsuccessfully (I'm solving that in another place here). I did start to set up a password to keep my things safe, but I didn't type in a password and just left it to a "blank password"! I merely click "enter" and it comes up after a reboot. I have done this before and NEVER had the uninstall not work. It seems to have happened after our friend tried to set up this network between my computer and my daughter's laptop (got the answer; need some equipment).

Also, twice or more yesterday it rebooted to USER which I have never ever fiddled with. Our friend said to just delete it. It did stop it, and next time I simply typed in my name, left password blank, and all was well. Did I (we) do something wrong there? (I mean by deleted "user"?)

Just need to know how to totally get out of any stop (of Windows loading) for blank password (under my own name, not administrator) as it has "disappeared" on me (where I thought I turned that off or on), and when I worked on it in Control Panel (administration) nothing changed. ??? AND I need to uninstall some programs.

One other thing that bugs me is that Win2000 constantly is updating (daily if I click on it), and there are MANY items in the lineup showing in the "Remove Programs" section of Control Panel that are strange to me and appear to be small programs I never asked for. It's a very very long list. Does anyone know what Win2000 is updating daily perchance? And how can I show someone what I am talking about so that we can decide whether or not to leave them or remove some of them. It's so long I really hate to write it by hand and then type them all in here. I can take a screen shot and attach/insert it somewhere if necessary. Just let me know.

Guess this is a three-part or more question of sorts, or perhaps it's a two-part? Not sure, but everything happened at the same time thus my confusion! And 2000 has just been fabulous to work with of late. Never ever better! I love it (and it's only 6 years old!!! LOL!! All the fixes did something plus I run Norton SystemWorks program (from my CD, not on the hard drive) that checks Registry so I can see what to get rid of or fix.

Thanks in advance. I wish I could explain things with fewer words, but I still cannot. I am working on that! I just talk too much, I know. :o)

Lindsay
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