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How Do I Uninstall a Program from My Computer

September 21, 2011  |  Difficulty: Easy

How to remove a program using the Add/Remove Programs utility in Microsoft Windows®

It seems as though the more applications that are available for us to use, the more we install them to try out on our computers. We also install newer software versions and often need to uninstall the old ones. This process is very easy if the program includes an uninstall utility. But if the installed application doesn’t have this function then it needs to be removed by using the Add/Remove Programs utility. Follow the instructions below to remove a program using this utility.

Instructions:

  1. Open the Start menu and click on “Control Panel”.
  2. Open the “Add/Remove Programs” for Windows® XP.
    Click on “Uninstall a program” for Windows Vista® and Windows® 7.
  3. Find the program you would like to uninstall and select it. Click on the “Add/Remove” button.
  4. If the confirmation window appears, click on the “YES” button.
  5. Go through the Wizard until the uninstallation finishes.

Tips and tricks:

  • It is recommended to uninstall remnants of programs from your system. You can do this by using a special utility, such as PCRx Registry Cleaner (For more information, please see the article that focuses on the computer optimization).
  • If the program you are uninstalling is part of an application package, the utility will alert you of the presence of shared programs, in which case you may leave them on your system.

Warnings:

  • Avoid “uninstalling” programs by deleting the residing folder from your hard drive.

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