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Windows 7: Should I always uninstall software before upgrading it?

11 Aug 2010   #1
RoloDman

7 Ultimate 64 bit Service Pack 1
 
 
Should I always uninstall software before upgrading it?

I noticed that I need to update both my Flash programs. Would it be best to uninstall the current version and then update, or can I just upgrade?


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11 Aug 2010   #2
Lasy B

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I'd uninstall before upgrading (Talking Flash and Java here).
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11 Aug 2010   #3
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

It is best to uninstall and even better to use this rather then the uninstall in control panel.
http://www.revouninstaller.com/

To esure and even better download, I would clean up any remnants with ccleaner, too. None of this is required, but it cannot hurt.

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

I just updated without any of the above, without problem. I gave you the ideal situation, but it is not required, only suggested.
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11 Aug 2010   #4
Digerati

Windows 7 Profession 64-bit
 
 

Always? No. But sometimes, yes. I rarely remove the old first, unless the update readme file advises it. The exception is drivers. I usually uninstall old drivers, reboot, then install new drivers.

Revouninstaller is a great tool, but frankly, the last time I needed it was years ago when changing AV programs. And I used it back then too to totally remove ATI drivers when I switched to a nVidia card.
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11 Aug 2010   #5
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Always best to read the instructions. Might cause some conflicts if the new version is so different from the previous version. Generally though I just overwrite unless it specifically says to uninstall first.
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12 Aug 2010   #6
RoloDman

7 Ultimate 64 bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks everyone, solved
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12 Aug 2010   #7
derekimo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RoloDman View Post
Thanks everyone, solved
You can mark it solved by clicking on the red triangle and write solved, the mods will mark it for you.
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12 Aug 2010   #8
mitchell64

Windows Seven Home Premium 32bit SP1
 
 

Have a look at this post in regards to flash player;

Latest Version of Adobe Flash Player

There are links in it including flash removal tool
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