Friday, 20 January 2012

PC --> UnInsTaLl a ProgRAm tHat rEfuSeS tO unInstAlL noRmalLy

Uninstall a program that refuses to uninstall normally ~~>

You may have installed many software applications in your computer. You may feel that a particular software is no longer required and may decide to uninstall that program. If that program gets uninstalled successfully then there are no problems. But some software cannot be uninstalled. No matter what you do that software will stay in your computer. If you are facing a similar situation then here is your solution.

Generally there are two ways in which you can uninstall a program.

1. Use the control panel's 'Add/Remove programs' and select the software that you want to uninstall and click the 'Remove' button to uninstall.
2. The software group itself will have a 'Uninstall' icon to uninstall the software.

If using the above two methods you cannot uninstall the software then you have another option to remove that software. By deleting the registry keys related to that software. Here are the steps to remove an application that refuses to uninstall.

To totally uninstall the software

* It is always a good practice to backup the hard disk before you try the steps to uninstall the program totally. Using the software's name or the company that developed the software you can search your computer and locate the folders in your computer and delete them. 
* Now click on 'Start->Run' and type 'regedit' and click enter key. Now the registry editor will open. In registry editor search the company name or the software and delete all the keys that has the software name. 
* Then press 'F3' button to search the next occurrence of the software key and delete. Likewise delete all occurrences.
* Now reboot the computer. Check if there are any errors while rebooting. If there are no errors then deleting registry keys did not cause any problems. If there are any errors that means there was a problem due to editing the registry. Therefore restore the backup.

To check the Registry

It is very important to check whether there was any harm due to editing the registry. There are many 'Registry Checker' software. For example Windoctor, jv16 are some of the registry checker software. You can use these software to check your registry.

To remove the software name from the registry

* Sometimes when you uninstall a program, even after installing you may still find the software listed under the 'Add/Remove programs' list. To remove the listing from the add remove programs list you can use the registry.
* Open the registry editor by typing 'regedit' in the 'start->run' box. Now click on the + icon in the 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE'. Now scroll down and select 'Microsoft', 'Windows', 'current version' and then 'uninstall'. In the right hand side watch the 'display name' and 'uninstall string'. The software name displayed in 'Display name' is what is listed in the 'Add/remove programs'. 
* Choose the software name that you want to delete and then click the delete button. Now in the confirmation dialog box click 'Yes'.
* In the 'Uninstall string' key the windows folder in which the software is installed will be shown. Now in the internet explorer, go to this folder and deleted all contents.

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