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Windows 7: Which is the best uninstaller?

03 Dec 2009   #31

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there
not quite the answer you want but IMO the BEST method for "uninstalling" anything is as follows

1) BEFORE installing anything - image your system with something like Acronis.

2) If you need to Uninstall the product - just restore the previous image.

A typical Windows 7 partition takes around 7 - 15 mins to backup / restore on most reasonably powered machines -- certainly no more than 30 mins.

IMO a no brainer compared with messing around with Registry cleaners / uninstall products.

(Another OK idea -- why not try stuff in a Virtual Machine before installing it on a real machine -- where possible -- OK this takes more time but is also a valid test method).


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07 Oct 2010   #32

XP Pro

While you are all swearing, could you also mutter under your breath - are you using the free version or the Pro version (not free).
If you re all using the free version, you might ask the question - why does Revo think their free version is inadequate ?
They would not need to sell the Pro version, if the free version was removing everything ? ? ?
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07 Oct 2010   #33

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1

I use Revo Pro. Of course the free version doesn't remove as well as the pro version. Doesn't mean the free version is "inadequate"
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07 Oct 2010   #34

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

FWIW, I had been using the free version for many years, and was very happy with its results.

I looked at upgrading to the Pro version as my donation for my past use.
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07 Oct 2010   #35

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium

I find it hard to believe that the uninstaller does a better job in the pro version.

Included in the Pro version are

1.) Forced Uninstall
2.) Real-Time Installation Monitor
3.) Multi-Level Backup System

For those running the Pro version, open regedit and navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and look for company or program name of software you previosly uninstalled using Revo Pro.

I think you'll be surprised
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08 Oct 2010   #36

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1

You left out the more advanced scanning algorithms. I have done just what you suggested and found nothing in the registry.
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08 Oct 2010   #37

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

FWIW, I also have, and bought, Total Uninstall, which I also like, and find myself using more often. Note that this is a non-scientific choice, as I am now a bit chronologically challenged.
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08 Oct 2010   #38

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by reghakr View Post
If you are correct and no doubt you are, it sucks that RevoUninstaller Free states it cleans out leftover files and registry entries.

In other words, you could call Revo Free as crippled software.
Revo free cleans out a lot but not everything. It's like every company that offers a free version; it never does as good a job as the paid for version. I think of free versions as like advertising. "If you like what the free version does, you're gonna love what the pro version can do"
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14 Oct 2010   #39

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium

Revo Uninstaller Free and Revo Uninstaller Pro have many similarities, but full native support of 64 bit Operating Systems is not one of them...

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14 Oct 2010   #40

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

I have always used Revo and it has never caused me any problems.
However, it is surprising that a native 64-bit version of Revo is not available.
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