Removing programs can help your computer run faster and give you more room on your hard drive. Even though removing programs has become much easier and more stable, you should still take a couple of precautions before removing programs.
First, always set a restore point before you begin. Click the “Start” button, click “Control Panel,” click “System,” click the “System Properties” link at the top-left, and then click Create.” Type a name and then click “Create” again. Once the restore point is set, close your open windows.
There are two ways to uninstall programs from your computer. The first method is to click the “Start” button, click “All Programs” and locate the program you want to uninstall in the list. In some cases, there will be an uninstall option located in the directory and you can use this method to remove the program.
If there isn’t an uninstall option located in the menu, click the “Start” button and then click “Control Panel.” Once in the Control Panel, click the “Programs and Features” link. Locate the program you want to uninstall and click it once, then click “Uninstall.” Follow the directions to complete the removal. After you have removed all your unneeded programs, this would be a good time to run your registry cleaner, such as the one used by Norton 360. This will help clean up any links that are not in use. Reboot your computer.
It’s important to remember that while you install or remove any programs, close all other open windows and refrain from doing anything else on your system.
Next week, I’ll show you how to uninstall programs and applications from Windows 8.
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.