Have you ever removed a program
from your computer, but still see its icon and menu? This happens
more often than not, whenever you use the Add/Remove Programs option
from Control Panel.
In this tutorial, we'll be showing
you how to delete these "leftovers" as well as an alternative way to uninstall
a program's "left-overs"
Each time you remove a program with
Add/Remove Programs option from Control Panel, there
are three additional things you have to check when you are done.
1) Your desktop surface to see
if the program's icon is still there. If the answer is yes...
right click on the icon, highlight
and click on Delete and on the dialogue box that appears click on
the Yes button
click on the
button , highlight
start searching for the program's icon or folder (program group)
If it's still there...
right-click on the Start
button, then highlight and click on Open
The Start Menu window will
You'll be able to see all your
now and program icons. If the uninstalled program appears as an icon
only, delete it. If, on the other hand, it appears inside a program
folder (group), delete the entire folder after making sure that no other
program icons are inside the folder. Otherwise, you should only delete
the icons associated with the uninstalled program.
3) Finally, you must erase the
program's folder from your hard drive.
note: Whenever you remove a program
with the Add/Remove Programs option in Control Panel, all program
files may be deleted, however, the folder may remain
Right-click on the Start
button, highlight and click on Explore, and double-click
the "Program Files" folder
This is where will find the removed
If it's still there, delete it by...
If on the other hand you're having
trouble finding it, start looking for a folder named after the software
maker as opposed to the program itself. When you delete a folder
under a software maker's name, always make sure it doesn't contain subfolders
with other programs. If this is the case, you should only delete
the subfolder named after the program you've uninstalled.
right-clicking on it and clicking
on the delete option
For instance, if you had a folder
in Program files named "Software Maker" which in turn contained 3 subfolders
(Program1, Program2, Program3), you would only delete the subfolder belonging
to the uninstalled program (e.g. Program 2)...
Now you've completely removed the
removing a program from your Programs menu
Each time you want to remove a program,
you should alwyas check first to see if the program itself gives you that
Click on the Start button, highlight
Can you see an icon labelled
<Program Name>? If the answer is yes...
and highlight the program's folder
Whenever you uninstall a program
like this, everything associated with this program is deleted! On
the other hand, if the option isn't offered, remove the program with the
option from Control Panel.
click on the uninstall icon and follow
the instructions on your screen to complete the process
Now you know
everything you need to know about removing a program!
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by permission from Microsoft Corporation. Windows® is a registered
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