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Programs and Features - Uninstall or Change a Program

How to Uninstall, Change, or Repair a Program in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
12 Apr 2010
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How to Uninstall, Change, or Repair a Program in Windows 7 and Windows 8

information   Information
You can uninstall a program from your computer if you no longer use it or if you want to free up space on your hard disk.

This will show you how to use Programs and Features in the Control Panel to view, uninstall, change, or repair programs that are currently installed in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

In Windows 8, this would be for desktop programs only, and not to uninstall Store apps.

In Windows XP, this would have been in Add and Remove Programs instead.


Tip   Tip
  • If the program you want to uninstall is not listed in Programs and Features, then it may not have been written for this version of Windows. To uninstall the program, check the information that came with the program, or go to the program publisher's/manufacturer's website. Most programs install automatically in the C:\Program Files folder (OPTION THREE below). Look in this folder some programs also include an uninstall program that you can use.
  • Programs and features included with Windows 7 can be turned off in Windows Features.
  • If the program doesn't uninstall completely the first time, sometimes running the uninstall program a second time will succeed.
  • If the above option doesn't work, try uninstalling the program while Windows 7 is running in safe mode.
  • If you installed the program recently, you can try using System Restore to return your computer's system files to an earlier restore point dated before you installed the program.





OPTION ONE
Uninstall a Program in Programs and Features
1. Open the Control Panel (icons view) Windows 7 or Windows 8, and click/tap on Programs and Features.

2. Select a listed program (ex: 7-Zip) to highlight it and see the available options on the toolbar for that program. (see screenshot below)


NOTE: The options will be either Uninstall, Change, Uninstall/Change, Repair, or Change/Repair. A program may not have all the options available for it.
  • If mouse is set to single click, then hover the mouse pointer over the listed program to select it.
  • If mouse is set to double click, then left click once on the listed program to select it.
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3. To Uninstall the Program
A) Click/tap on the Uninstall or Uninstall/Change (depending on the button displayed) toolbar button. (see screenshot above)
OR
B) Double click/tap on the selected program.
OR
C) Right click on the selected program, and click/tap on Uninstall or Uninstall/Change (depending on the option available).

D) If you had only the Uninstall option, then you may need click/tap on Yes. (see screenshot below)
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E) If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes (if administrator) or type in the administrator's password (if standard user).

F) Follow the rest of the onscreen instructions to uninstall the program, then go to step 6.
NOTE: Some programs may require a restart afterwards.
4. To Change the Program
NOTE: This will allow you to install or uninstall optional features of the program without uninstalling it. Not all programs use the Change button, and may offer only Uninstall.
A) Click/tap on the Change or Uninstall/Change (depending on the button displayed) toolbar button. (see screenshot above)
OR
B) Right click on the selected program, and click/tap on Change or Uninstall/Change (depending on the option available).

C) Follow the rest of the onscreen instructions to change the program (ex: 7-Zip), then go to step 6. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: Some programs may require a restart afterwards.
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5. To Repair the Program
NOTE: Repair is usually used when you want corrupted files and settings replaced with original ones from the selected program's installation program. Sometimes the entire program is just reinstalled with all files overwritten and settings returned to default for the selected program. Not all programs will have a "Repair" button, and may many offer only Uninstall.
A) Click/tap on the Repair or Change/Repair (depending on the button displayed) toolbar button. (see screenshot above)
OR
B) Right click on the selected program, and click/tap on Repair or Change/Repair (depending on the option available).

C) Follow the rest of the onscreen instructions to repair the program, then go to step 6.
NOTE: Some programs may require a restart afterwards.
6. When finished, close Program and Features.




OPTION TWO
Uninstall a Program from the Start Menu

NOTE: Some programs will add a shortcut in the Start Menu All Programs area that includes an option to uninstall it. This option is only available in Windows 7.
1. Open the Start Menu, and click on All Programs.

2. Click on the program's folder (ex: picture-shark) to expand it. (see screenshot below)
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3. If available, click on the program's uninstaller shortcut. (see screenshot above)

4. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes (if administrator) or type in the administrator's password (if standard user).

5. Follow the rest of the onscreen instructions to uninstall the program.
NOTE: Some programs may require a restart afterwards.






OPTION THREE
Uninstall a Program from it's Program Files Folder

NOTE: If the program is not list in Programs and Features (OPTION ONE) and is not in the Start Menu (OPTION TWO), then you may be able to uninstall the program through the Program Files folder.
1. For 32-bit Windows 7/8, open the C:\Program Files folder, open the program's folder (ex: picture-shark), and go to step 3 below. (see screenshots below step 2)

2. For 64-bit Windows 7/8, open either the C:\Program Files folder for a installed 64-bit program or C:\Program Files (x86) folder for a installed 32-bit program, and open the program's folder (ex: picture-shark). (see screenshots below)
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3. If available, click/tap on the program's uninstaller application file. (see right screenshot above)

4. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes (if administrator) or type in the administrator's password (if standard user).

5. Follow the rest of the onscreen instructions to uninstall the program.
NOTE: Some programs may require a restart afterwards.



OPTION FOUR
To Uninstall a Program in a Command Prompt
1. For how, see: How to Uninstall Programs using Command Prompt in Windows
That's it,
Shawn






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12 Apr 2010   #1
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

Thanks for the info Brink - Al

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12 Apr 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Al.

I thought that it could be helpful to those that skipped Vista and are coming from Windows XP having Add and Remove Programs instead.
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27 Oct 2010   #3
jase72

Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit
 
 

Thanks for this article but i have a question and i am sorry if this is not in the correct area.

Re the program and features control panel applet, Is there a way that will prevent users (not local admins) the ability to view the installed software on their machine but not be able to unistall or change the software?

Jase
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27 Oct 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Jase,

You can make the other user accounts to be "Standard" users. By default a standard user account will not be able to uninstall a program in "Programs & Features". When they try to, they will get a UAC prompt asking them to enter the administrator's password.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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27 Oct 2010   #5
jase72

Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit
 
 

Thanks for the reply Brink.

In our corporate environmrnt we do not have UAC on. will this affect this?

Jase
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27 Oct 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Jase.

A standard user will still not be able to uninstall a program with UAC turned off. They just will no longer get a UAC prompt when they try giving them a change to enter the administrator's password. That's all.
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27 Feb 2012   #7
ICit2lol

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Hiyya Shawn I am having problems with my IE9 and therefore I am trying to unistall IE9 from both my SSD - primary drive and the Seagate 1TB I have hooked up, and then reinstall as someone suggested the files may be corrupted.
Now I cannot find IE9 in Programs and Features in the SSD yet it is listed in Program files in both drives accessed by / through Computer
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27 Feb 2012   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello John,

It should be listed in "Installed Updates" instead.

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27 Feb 2012   #9
ICit2lol

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Thanks Shawn was just a bit nonplussed by it not being in Programs & Features.

The fact that I have it installed on the second drive is not going to cause a problem is it?

Anyway I'll take it of this one for starters and reinstall see if that gets rid of the problem.
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