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How to Uninstall Programs on Windows 7/Vista/XP

April 02, 2013 By: Jono Category: Windows 7

how to uninstall programs on windows 7

If you are a computer user, must often do install and uninstall programs. When you uninstall programs, do you make sure that the program is completely removed from your computer? Then how to uninstall programs on Windows 7/Vista/XP perfectly.

This is a guide to completing uninstall programs without the help of third-party applications. You can do it by yourself and without application remover, because the addition of application remover instead will burden your computer. Follow these steps when you uninstall programs in Windows 7/Vista/XP.

How to uninstall programs on Windows 7/Vista/XP

Here I take the example of experimenting to uninstall the browser Mozilla Firefox. You can apply the following way to the other programs.

Uninstall programs through the Control Panel

  1. Through the Start button open the Control panel.
  2. The next…
    • For Windows XP: Go to Control Panel > Add /Remove Programs
    • For Windows 7 /Vista: Go to Control Panel > Programs and Features

    Then select the program you want to remove and click Uninstall.
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  3. Wait until the process is complete.

 

Removing files program from the system folder

Although the program has been removed through the Control Panel, but some files of the program still left in the system folder (Program files). To delete the files, you can check in folder “program files” and “appdata”.

  1. Open RUN through the Start button and enter %programfiles% in the text field. Find appropriate folder and delete them.
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  2. Open RUN again, enter %appdata% in the text field. Find appropriate folder and delete them.
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Removing programs from Registry

In the third step, you should do it slowly and carefully. In some situations, a program that has been removed from the control panel does not automatically delete the related files in the registry key. If it happens repeatedly, it will slow down the computer system. To delete the registry key of the program

  1. Open RUN, type regedit in the text field. Then navigate to the following directory:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software Find related key and delete it.
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  2. Open RUN again, type registry in the text field. Then navigate to the following directory:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE Find related key and delete it.
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  3. Open RUN again, type registry in the text field. Then navigate to the following directory:
    HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software Find related key and delete it.
  4. For the 64-bit Windows version, make sure you also check the following directory:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node Delete the related key.

 

Removing files in the temp folder

Open RUN from the start button, and type the following commands one by one:

  • %temp%
  • temp

Find related files/folders from the program. If you have trouble finding them, use the search in temp, then delete all the related files/folders.
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After doing the four steps of how to uninstall programs on Windows 7/Vista/XP, now the program has been 100% cleared. You can do the same thing to the other programs if necessary. It is also a way to speed up your computer.

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