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Is there a way of removing all computer programs except pictures from computer?

  1. peeples profile image94
    peeplesposted 5 years ago

    Is there a way of removing all computer programs except pictures from computer?

    I want to restore my computer to factory settings, but I do not want to lose (or have to save somewhere else) my photos. My computer is having all sorts of issues such as IE not working, the my computer location freezing and saying not responding anytime I try to run a disk, and other small issues. I have to keep my photos for my job. Is there a way of removing everything that wasn't factory related except my photos?

  2. dailytop10 profile image91
    dailytop10posted 5 years ago

    I think it's not possible. Probably the best solution is to search all your photos and back them up on a thumb drive or external HD. Reformat your PC afterwards and install vital applications like a reliable antivirus so you won't suffer from system glitches again. Registry cleaners are also handy tools and there are free ones available online so be sure to get one. Good luck!

  3. duffsmom profile image61
    duffsmomposted 5 years ago

    If it is a PC, go to My Computer, then Control Panel and there should be a "program" that is for installing and uninstalling programs.  You can delete programs from there.  But, the computer will still have to have certain programs on it to operate, drivers, etc.

    You might get a separate hard drive that plugs into your computer at a USB port. You can store your photos on there until you need them.  They are pretty reasonable (Amazon) and very useful for back up.

    If you move the photos to another hard drive, or flash drive or whatever you can get for storage, then you can reformat the hard drive but you will have to have the WIndows disks to reload the operating system on your computer.  If you Google how to do it, you will likely find detailed instructions on it.

    There could be any number of things wrong with the computer, virus, failing hard drive etc. If that happens you may lose all your photos anyway so it may pay to get a storage drive or several flash drives to save those.

  4. Superkev profile image86
    Superkevposted 5 years ago

    Or you could switch to Linux and not have to have those issues ever again smile

    You will have to back up your photos to some external media or to the cloud. No way around that with a reformat.

    1. Palnatech profile image73
      Palnatechposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Unfortunately, that cannot be possible. Your pictures will need some programs to run. Your computer might be virus infected and so by just removing some programs it won't solve the problem. Back-up your pictures and do a fresh OS installation.

  5. Little Grandmommy profile image60
    Little Grandmommyposted 5 years ago

    If it were me, because I've had to restore my computer to it's original settings, I would put all my photos on CDR and get them off the computer and then restore it to the factory settings.  That way you don't have to worry about losing your pictures.

  6. Palnatech profile image73
    Palnatechposted 5 years ago

    You cannot remove everything and leave the pictures only. It sounds as if your computer might be virus infected so it's better you back up your pictures and work on your computer by formatting and loading it with a fresh OS. This will solve the issues of the other programs and hence give you a good working environment.