How to remove unused icons in Windows 95/98

Question: There is a bunch of useless icons (like MS Outlook, Network Neighborhood, Internet Explorer, etc…) that I have no use for.

Is there any way to get rid of them ? — aalibaba

Answer: There are two ways to remove programs from Windows 95/98 and Windows NT.

The first is via the Control Panel.

  1. Go Start > Settings > Control Panel.
  2. Choose “Add/Remove Programs”.
  3. Click on the Add/Remove tab
  4. Then find Microsoft Outlook or Internet Explorer and remove them.

If it’s a Windows component you’re trying to delete, do the same thing as above, but when you reach step 3, do the following:

  1. Click on the Windows Setup tab.
  2. Uncheck the Windows item you want removed
  3. Click OK and follow the instructions.

You won’t be able to remove Network Neighborhood because it’s an integral part of Windows, but you can hide it.

In order to hide it, you’ll need a program called Tweak UI.

It can be found on your Windows 98 CD-ROM in the ToolsReskitPowertoy folder.

When it’s installed start the program and use the Desktop tab to uncheck the Network Neighborhood entry.

The icon will disappear from your Windows desktop.

Instructions on how to install and uninstall this program can be found on the Microsoft Web site at