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March 14, 2013 How-to-Guides

How to Correctly Uninstall a Windows Application/Software/Program


I bet you have installed many types of applications during the daily use of computer, what if some of the program does not meet your expectation even useless to you? How you gonna do with them, do you just simply leave them along in your computer let them wasting your drive space? The best solution is to uninstall these unused application/program/software from your computer, even for a new computer, you might need to uninstall some trial version programs like Norton, McAfee or other shareware, how to uninstall a program is something that a computer user should master. Here I’ll show you the correct step to uninstall an installed application/software/program in both Windows 7 and Windows XP.

For Windows 7 users:

  • Click Windows Start button, select Control Panel.


  • Click the link named ‘Uninstall a program’.


  • Now click on the program/application/software that you want to uninstall in the list, and then click Uninstall or Uninstall/Change button.


  • The program will ask your confirmation to do the removal, click to confirm and follow the on-screen instruction to proceed.
  • Restart your computer once the removal finished.

For Windows XP users:

  • Go to Start > Control Panel.
  • Click on Add/Remove program.


  • Click on the thing you want to uninstall, and click Remove or Change/Remove.


  • Click Yes to confirm the action, follow the instruction to proceed the removal.
  • Restart once the uninstall is done.

Due to issues like incomplete installation, file corruption/damage, software conflict, sometimes the default Windows uninstaller is unable to remove certain program, on the other hand, even the Add/Remove program is able to remove a program, it usually fail to delete all the related registry entries of the target program, the leftover may eventually lead to registry malfunction and other troublesome problems. As for my experience, the best way to remove a program is using a trusted third party uninstall tool, not only they simplifies the uninstall process, also these uninstall tool guarantees a complete removal result

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