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Programs Left Over After Custom Install


I did a custom install thinking it would wipe everything from my computer like windows said it would, but it did not. Of course, there is the old windows file, which was a really cool thing for microsoft to do. The problem is now when i go to uninstall or change a program it only lists programs installed after the upgrade.

But all of my old programs are still in my program files. What was the point of a custom install if nothing was deleted? Are those programs no longer in my registry or installed, and now i can just delete them from my program files? If not, how can i get what windows told me it would do, and clean my computer up by doing a true fresh install?


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