As part of general maintenance of a computer, it’s a good idea to remove unwanted computer applications in order create more space on the hard drive. Maintaining an appropriate amount of space on the hard drive is important because if the hard drive becomes too full then the computer’s performance will be affected significantly.
Removing applications using the Uninstall A Program application:
Locate the Windows icon button, the Start button, and click it once. By default the Windows icon button is located at the left hand side of the task bar at the bottom of the screen.
When the Start button is clicked, click on ‘Control Panel’ and then click on the option called ‘Programs’.
The window will display four different categories of options: in the top category ‘Programs and Features’, click on ‘Uninstall a Program’. For those who have adjusted the view of this window to either ‘Large Icons’ or ‘Small Icons’, click on ‘Programs and Features’.
A list of applications installed shall appear. Scroll up and down the menu by using the roller on the mouse or by clicking on the side bar and moving it up or down, To reduce the amount of scrolling, maximise the window.
Click on an unwanted program and select ‘Uninstall’ that appears beside ‘Organise’.
Click on the ‘Uninstall’ option to begin the application’s uninstallation procedure. Alternatively, right click on an application and click ‘uninstall’. Confirm this option so that the uninstallation procedure can proceed.
Uninstalling applications using their own uninstallation software:
Some software comes with their own uninstallation programs, therefore making the Windows uninstallation procedure redundant.
Click on the Start button and then click ‘All Programs’ to bring up a list of current applications on the computer system.
Select the relevant application folder, and check if there is an uninstall application.
If so, click on the application and follow the onscreen instructions.
If not, remove the application has to be removed through the Windows uninstallation software.
Uninstalling programs using the Search option:
Click Start to find the search bar at the bottom of the start menu.
Type in the name of the application into the search bar, and all files and folders that match the words in the search bar shall appear.
Remove the unwanted folder or file by right clicking on it and select Delete.
Confirm removal by clicking ‘yes’ in the pop up window.
This option is particularly useful as some applications are not completely removed using their own or Window’s uninstallation option. Games are a primary example of this, as save game folders are not usually removed. The search option can be used to remove these folders manually.
Uninstalling software using third party software
Third party software such as Cookie Cleaner can also be used to remove software applications, although these are best used to clean up the registry files as other methods of uninstalling programs usually leave fragments of applications in the registry. Additionally, they can remove an assortment of other unwanted files from the computer system and generally give the whole hard drive a clean to maintain speed and space.
Do not forget to make a back up of the registry files before cleaning them.