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I installed cinnamon a while ago and didn't like it so I removed it (followed some post online to remove it completely as apt-get autoremove cinnamon wasn't very successful).

After removing it, I was still left with gnome and gnome 2D

Today I reinstalled it (apt-get install cinnamon) and I logged in using cinnamon and as son as I so much as pressed a key or clicked an icon, it crashed. I had to shut down using a virtual console.

How can I fix this? I would prefer removing Cinnamon + Gnome + Gnome 2D completely and installing cinnamon again.

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Try the below command on terminal,

sudo apt-get purge cinnamon

This should completely remove it along with any configuration files that might be causing issues.

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