It is essential to properly uninstall computer programs. One should not highlight a specific program folder and then hit the delete key to remove it as most Windows programs install additional files to other directories on your drive. Follow the steps below to properly uninstall computer applications.
To Properly Remove A Software Program
- Click the Start button located in the lower-left corner of the Windows Vista desktop.
- Then click on Control Panel.
- In the Control Panel, click on Programs.
- Then click on Programs and Feature to show all your installed programs.
- Now use your mouse to scroll down to the program you want to remove.
- Then highlight that program and click the Uninstall button on the top menu bar.
- Windows will then remove that program from your computer including all related system files.
- Some programs include options to change or repair the program in addition to uninstalling it.
- To change a program, click on either the Change or Repair button on the top menu bar.
- More often than not Windows will ask you to reboot your system after uninstalling a program.
- Whether you are asked to do so or not, you should exit all programs and reboot your system.
Note: Do not interrupt or stop the removal process once it has started. Otherwise, you might lose data or corrupt the operating system. Some programs cannot be uninstalled from this window. For information on how to remove unlisted items, see the documentation that came with the software.