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Windows 7: Unistalling programs

11 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Unistalling programs

Hi. I'm not new to the internet but I am new to posting on forums. I have a little problem. I can't figure out why when I uninstall a program through the control panel, I goto the program files or the start menu and there are still files left behind. Are these taking up space and is there any way to totally uninstall a program with all its files documents folders?

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11 Nov 2010   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tommyhappy View Post
Hi. I'm not new to the internet but I am new to posting on forums. I have a little problem. I can't figure out why when I uninstall a program through the control panel, I goto the program files or the start menu and there are still files left behind. Are these taking up space and is there any way to totally uninstall a program with all its files documents folders?

Usually those files are user files and configuration files. There are third party app removals but we dont recommend them. They can do more damage than good.
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11 Nov 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

so am I better off leaving them or do they take up enough space in total to make it worth going through and deleting them? Thanks for your quick response.
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11 Nov 2010   #4

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

To clean up after an uninstall, you can follow the following routine:

1) Select Start, Run, type MSCONFIG, and press Enter. Click the Startup tab and look for anything that appears to be related to the outgoing program, uncheck that entry.

2) If file associations are messed up due to the uninstall, you can restore them to default.

Default File Type Associations - Restore

3) Run CCleaner, both regular and registry.

4) If the folder for the program still exists inside the C:\Program Files folder, delete that folder.
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11 Nov 2010   #5

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Try using Revo Uninstaller.

Download Revo Uninstaller Freeware - Free and Full Download - Uninstall software, remove programs, solve uninstall problems

It will remove all the garbage when uninstalling programs.
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11 Nov 2010   #6

windows 7 ultimate 64bit
 
 

any entries in the start menu are shortcuts. you can right-click them and select delete. or open the program's start menu folder, right-click one of the files and select "open file location", and delete that entire folder. if you get a message that windows cannot find the file location, then its already been deleted.
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11 Nov 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

thanks for the help guys. worked out great.
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11 Nov 2010   #8

 
 

After I've completed my removal/uninstallation process, I like to manually take a look at the program folders in the C drive to make sure the program/app has been removed. Additionally, I always do an Advance Search for the program/app's name (and any key words that could be included in any files or folders), and manually delete them, just to make sure there are no remnants of the program/app left behind.
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11 Nov 2010   #9

Windows Seven Home Premium 32bit SP1
 
 

Also have a look in here, you have to have "show hidden folders" checked in your folder options;

C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local

C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming
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12 Nov 2010   #10

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by huffman View Post
Try using Revo Uninstaller. It will remove all the garbage when uninstalling programs.
Yes indeed it does! My Win 7 x64 computer came pre-loaded with Norton Internet Security and the very first program I installed on my new computer was Revo Ininstaller Pro x64 to get rid of the 1,400+ Registry values, files and folders that Norton left after it was uninstalled. I also used Revo to uninstall and clean up the mess after many of the other pre-installed software also.

~Maxx~

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