Wed. Jul 8th, 2020

How to Uninstall a Program From Your PC

Uninstalling programs from your computer is relatively simple if everything works… but if something goes wrong, it’s a totally different story altogether. Luckily, there’s a simple method you can use to uninstall any program you want, whether their uninstaller applications work or not.

The traditional way to uninstall a program from your PC to click on START > CONTROL PANEL > ADD/REMOVE PROGRAMS, then find the program you want to remove and click “uninstall” beside it. This generally works, but unfortunately, it can often run into difficulty and not work for you. This can leave your computer stuck with a program you don’t want on there and make it extremely difficult to uninstall. Fortunately, there’s a ‘manual’ way which computer technicians use to remove programs from people’s computers.

To uninstall any program, you simply need to do two things. The first is to remove the program files which make the program work. These program files are the actual files which make up the program – allowing it to run. If you remove these files, the program simply won’t work, effectively removing it from your PC. To do this, you need to browse to the programs’ “program files” folder, which is typically stored in C:/PROGRAM FILES/ and then delete that entire folder by pressing “Shift & Delete”. This will permanently remove those program files, making your PC unable to run the application.

The second step is to then remove all the “links” this program has with Windows. These links come in the form of registry keys which are stored in a big database called the ‘registry’. The links that Windows has with programs basically tell it where the program is installed and various other things. To completely uninstall a program, you must remove its registry keys from the registry, effectively cutting it out of Windows. To do this, search for REGEDIT.EXE on your PC, and then click “CRTL+F” and search for the program name. This will bring up the links the program has with Windows, which you need to delete. This will remove the program from Windows, making it seem as if it wasn’t installed in the first place.