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Aug 17, 2012

How to Uninstall a Program Completely in Windows 7

It is not unusual for your Microsoft Windows 7 PC to collect junk and programs that you seldom use or never use while working or playing online/offline. If we go by a technology analyst’s survey, users don’t even use about 10% of the programs and applications installed on their PCs. Even if we do not consider the survey statistics, the fact holds true for most of us who use computers mostly for work or entertainment purposes. If you are reading this post, you must have come looking for the ways to uninstall a program from a PC. Check the steps below and uninstall any program from your PC in some quick steps:
1. Make sure that you are logged on as an administrator to your PC. Otherwise, you cannot uninstall any program. Let’s begin! Click Start> Control Panel> Programs and Features. In the Programs and Features window, you will see a list of the programs installed on your PC under Uninstall or change a program.
2. Select the program that you want to uninstall, click Uninstall. You may also see the Uninstall/Change button instead of just Uninstall. If prompted, enter your admin password and proceed. Click Yes to confirm the action and wait while Microsoft Windows 7 prepares to proceed. Wait unless Windows prompts you to restart your PC.
***You can back up and restore your data in case of any wrongdoing.
3. When prompted, restart your PC. You must now remove the leftover registry entries of the uninstalled program from Windows Registry Editor. Leftover registry entries often clog Windows registry and create problems for other programs, preventing them from functioning properly. Since registry medication is a sensitive procedure, you must never do it unless you have expertise in computers. If you lack technical expertise, the only best way to remove the leftover registry entries is by using a registry cleaner tool. Skip to the next step for instructions.
4. Connect to the Internet and open your web browser. Download Ccleaner, a free registry cleaner tool and save it to your computer. Run the installation file, follow on-screen prompts, and install the program. When done, open Ccleaner from Start> All Programs or the desktop shortcut. Create a backup of your registry before making any changes to the registry. Run a scan of your entire registry. When done, hit the Fix Errors button or whichever option you see on the screen to fix the corrupt, leftover registry errors. Exit the Ccleaner window.
5. Now look for any leftover files of the removed program in directories and folders and remove them too. Click the Start button> Control Panel. Select a directory from the drop-down menu on the Address bar and type the program’s name in the Search box at the extreme top right-hand corner. Hit Enter to start searching for files. Right-click the file, select Delete. If prompted, click Yes to confirm the deletion. Perform this procedure for each file belonging to the program.
6. Continue the procedure  unless the Search utility stops bringing anymore files in search results. When done, close all the windows. The program has been fully uninstalled from your PC now.

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