Windows 2000: tuning the new OS

Running short of valuable disk space? Windows 2000 gives you more assistance than previous Windows versions in deciding which programs to remove. Where Windows 95 and 98 provided just a straight, no-frills list of program names in Control Panel's Add/Remove Programs, Windows 2000 supplies a highly detailed list.

Click the name of a program to select it, and the listing expands to show details such as the exact time the program was last used; a summary of whether the program is used often, frequently or rarely; and, in most cases, the amount of disk space the program occupies.

Also in the summary are Change and Remove buttons, which you can click to determine the future status of the program. Be warned that in some cases doing so will automatically remove the program - often without any further warning. Many office suites, however, provide you with the opportunity to customise a program's configuration by adding or removing components.

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