n Windows 8, there is a difference between a program and an application. A program is typically the software we have been using with previous Windows versions, like Microsoft Outlook and Word, Adobe products and many others.
An application is something you download from the Microsoft Store and install on your computer. Perhaps the most significant feature about an application is that it is compatible to use on tablets too. Even though some of these applications are for purchase, there is a good selection of free applications too.
Just as we periodically maintained our program list in prior Windows versions, in Windows 8 you can also remove programs and applications that you no longer use. This can free up valuable space on your hard drive and help your system’s performance. There is a separate process for removing programs and applications.
Uninstalling a program is primarily the same as we used to do, but finding the Control Panel is a little trickier. From the Start screen, right-click an open area absent of any tiles and down in the bottom-right click “All apps.”
This next screen shows all the applications installed on your computer. You can use the scroll bars at the bottom or the scroll wheel of your mouse to move left and right. Look for the Control Panel icon and when you locate it, right-click and select “Pin to Start” so it will be easier to locate in the future. Click the Control Panel icon to open.
Now click “Programs and Features.” Locate any programs you no longer use, click the listing once and then click “Uninstall.” Follow the directions and allow the changes to your system.
Removing applications is just as simple. Again, right-click an open area on your Start screen and in the lower-right corner click “All apps.” Locate the application you would like to remove, right-click it and click “Uninstall” near the bottom.
Once you have removed your desired programs and applications, reboot your computer. This is also a good time to set a System Restore Point in case your system becomes unstable in the future.
Scott Lindsay actively promotes learning the computer, regardless of age, to better one’s life and circumstances and has helped thousands of people over the past 12 years to become better computer users. He can be reached at Scott@MicroScottPro.com.