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Disable, Remove and Uninstall U3 Launchpad
Author: Craig "hachiroku" Mercer
Date Created:2009-01-04
Operating System(s):Windows Logo imageWindows 2000/XP

The U3 Smart Technology platform was developed to allow users to take programs "on the road". The idea is that you can install programs right onto a USB drive with U3 Technology and then use that program from any compatible OS computer you use.

They had a good idea with U3 but as with most technologies the execution leaves much to be desired. I hate auto run software and I especially hate auto run software that I cannot readily get rid of. So if you are like me and you want to give the U3 software the axe so your USB drive acts the way you want it to then continue on my friend...glory is to be yours!

The kicker in this whole diatribe is that because the U3 software is installed onto a specially formatted drive you can't remove it by doing a basic format on your USB drive. To remove the U3 software you can download the Sandisk U3 Removal Tool (good for Sandisk drives such as SanDisk Cruzer Micro, SanDisk Cruzer Titanium) or you can download the Universal U3 Removal Tool available over at U3 (good for all USB drives).