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Uninstalling Programs: How do I resolve a partial uninstall?


    Even with the best intentions at hand, I sometimes encounter small dilemmas with my computer. In fact, sometimes when I venture to uninstall a particular software application, I end up with leftover files, folders, and more. Why is this?

    Uninstalling Programs

    How do I resolve partial uninstalls?

    Some software programs are like pests, no matter how hard I try, they keep showing up. This simply means that I need to take a new strategy and exercise a bit of determination. I have learned that one of the first steps to take is to realize that this is not a problem. In fact, it is a common occurrence that happens all the time to all kinds of people including me.

    Sometimes attempting to uninstall a program while the computer is in safe mode will resolve any issues that I have had with uninstalling software. Understanding what happens when a program is installed onto your computer will better enable you to understand what needs to happen in order for it to become completely uninstalled.

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    Your strategy in both cases is:

    • Reinstall the same software to make it in complete shape (a missing or corrupt file in the program won’t let you uninstall).
    • Reboot your computer.
    • Uninstall the program.
    • Reboot again.

    The method for case 1:

    1. Open Start → Help & Support.
    2. Type software and hardware reinstallation and select software program re-installation“.
    3. Follow the wizard’s instructions.
    4. Reboot your computer.
    5. Open Start → Control Panel → Programs & Features
    6. Locate the program you want to uninstall and right-click it with your mouse.
    7. Select Uninstall.
    8. Reboot your computer again.

    The method for case 2:

    1. Visit a search engine (e.g., Google).
    2. Locate the company’s website where you can download exactly the same software.
    3. Download and reinstall the software.
    4. Reboot your computer.
    5. Open Start → Control Panel → Programs & Features
    6. Locate the program you want to uninstall and right-click it with your mouse.
    7. Select Uninstall.
    8. Reboot your computer again.

    When you install a program onto your computer, several things usually happen. The software receives a destination on your hard drive for its location, where many of its files will be stored. Plus, shared data might also be installed into various spots on the computer’s hard drive.

    Additionally, some software programs require background processes to run in order for them to work. Therefore, files might be placed into your computer’s start-up folder so that these background processes will launch when you boot up your computer. Finally, changes are often made to the computer’s registry. All of this needs to be modified when you decide to uninstall the software.

    Some of the most common items left behind after a partial install are various files, folders, or shortcuts. Typically, these items can be sent to the recycle bin and deleted once they have been identified. In some cases, you will even note that the folders are empty.

    Shared files are usually more troublesome if they are removed when they are actually needed rather than if they are allowed to remain when they are no longer needed. I always opt to allow them to remain and rely on a third-party uninstaller to take care of any leftovers.

    I have also heard that reinstalling the program and then uninstalling it for a second time can be helpful. At any rate, lots of programs exist that can help you to remove any unnecessary data leftover from an uninstalled program.

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