Version 2.2.7 of The PC Decrapifier brings a shorter, faster removal process just for commercial user subscribers.
The process is reduced to four steps, detailed below:
Step 1: The Welcome Page
The Welcome screen now has some quick config options. It also allows you to specify an 'auto-remove' list file. This will be explained in more detail below
Step 2: Automated Remove List
Items displayed on this page are suggested for removal and can be removed in an unattended fashion. They should not require any user intervention to remove them from the system.
Step 3: Manual Removal List
This page displays ALL of the applications in the system. These are not suggestions for removal, but gives you much faster alternative than using the control panel. This newest feature also allows you to select items and save them to an 'auto-remove' list file that can be used the next time PC Decrapifier is run.
If an 'auto-remove' list file was selected in step 1, you'll see those programs already selected (if detected in the system) and moved to the top of the list.
Step 4: Feedback
The final screen gives confirmation of the removal process and provides an opportunity to provide feedback and help improve the PC Decrapifier.
The Auto-Remove List File
This file, as described above allows for you as a technician to build up your own custom 'favorite' list of apps to remove. You can start by generating a list in step 3 of the process, or manually create one from scratch
The format of the file is quite simple. Each line starts with the prefix "Program:" and is followed by the key name under the "Uninstall" folder in the registry. For example, to remove the program "Example Craplication", it's Uninstall key in the registry is located at 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Example Craplication". To add it to the auto-remove list file with: "Program:Example Craplication"
To make it even easier, if you download and uncompress the .ZIP version of the PC Decrapifier and place it on a flash drive for example. You can put an auto-remove list file named 'pcdc-remove-list.txt' in the same folder. The PC Decrapifier automatically looks for this file at startup, removing the need for you to select the file
The following features are still available in version 2.2.7, but will be deprecated in a future version.
The commercial version has the additional ability to automate itself. If you would like to include the PC Decrapifier in another script, you can pass additional parameters on the command line. The parameters are as follows:
Usage: pc-decrapifier-CU.exe [/h] [--verbose] [/autoremove
|/h, --help||show this help message|
||Automatically removes all items specified in
|/l, --list||Outputs possible programs to remove to pc-decrapifier-list.txt. To be used as input for autoremovespecific|
|/f, --feedback||Automatically provide feedback to pcdecrapifier.com without prompting|
To create a list of specific programs to remove first run:
Next, open up
pc-decrapifier-list.txt with a text editor and remove anything you do NOT want the PC Decrapifier to look for. The file should only contain items you wish to remove if present.
Finally, run the PC Decrapifier with your modified list file: