The process of removing an installed program from a computer, including (but not always) any additional data, like user profiles, registry entries, services, etc...

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What's the best way to completely remove everything from a computer, without re-installing?

I have a friend who wants to sell their computer, but obviously all personal information and software that it is on it needs to be removed before doing so. Usually I would format and reinstall it, ...
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Uninstall on Mac OS X?

How can I completely uninstall any given program from Mac OS X Leopard (10.5)? I'm obviously new at Mac... I've installed programs only through .dmg installers. I haven't compiled anything myself. ...
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Uninstall Deep Freeze manually using the Windows registry

How do I uninstall Deep Freeze manually using registry?
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How best to manually uninstall a program in windows 7/vista

I have a program whose uninstall program is giving me grief, it has an error partway through uninstall, stops and rolls back. I would like to uninstall this product manually so what is the best way ...
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Patch is preventing the system from starting, need to manually uninstall Windows 7 update

Last night windows updated itself with some kernel drivers related patches and as a result today morning my Windows 7 won't even boot in safe mode. It tried to repair itself, but no good Root ...
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Complete removal of Oracle Developer Suite 10g from Windows XP (SP3)

Does anyone know how to remove/uninstall Oracle Developer Suite 10g from Windows XP (SP3) ? It's not appearing in the "Add or Remove Programs" list and it doesn't have a built-in uninstaller. I've ...
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Remove Internet Security 2010 virus?

My system is infected with Internet Security 2010. I can't even go to task manager or boot in safe mode. I also can't even run any antivirus programs. Are there any solutions?
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Mass Uninstalling

Just been working on a new laptop today (Acer) and it was pre-installed with all sorts of crapware. Mostly games and "backup utilities" and McAfee. I had to manually uninstall about 30 apps via ...
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How do I uninstall Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

Say, for instance, I don't like this Windows 8 consumer preview and that I downloaded, agreed to terms and installed it on my machine. How do I get rid of it? I want to go back to what I had before ...
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What stuff can safely be deleted/uninstalled from a fresh Windows 7 install?

My Windows 7 install is a bit portly - using well over 6GB. I've tried my usual favourite CCleaner and that didn't come up with much at all. It removed only a couple of megabytes. Any ideas on what ...
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How to remove program that does not appear in Programs and Features?

I'm trying to install Windows 7. During the install, it tells me that I need to uninstall the Kapersky Anti-Virus program. However, Kapersky does not show up in Programs and Features. How do I ...
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How do I completely remove Oracle 11g?

How do I completely remove the Oracle 11g client from my computer? I am running Windows 7, 64-bit. I have tried running deinstall.bat, but this doesn't work.
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Do I need to bother about correctly uninstalling Mac software?

I'm a recent switcher from Windows. Uninstalling programs correctly is a big deal on that platform because of the crap that gets left everywhere if you don't. On the Mac I've noticed the majority of ...
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How to uninstall Internet Explorer 9 or rollback to Internet Explorer 8?

I wanted to try, and I installed Internet Explorer 9 and now Firefox is acting strangely. For example, the URL Windows aren't opening in time. When I Maximize Firefox the window title is blinking like ...
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Deleting $NtUninstall Folders from Windows directory

Can I safely delete old (i.e. 6 months or more) $NtUninstall folders from the Windows directory of my XP box? EDIT: thanks for the feedback everyone - does this also apply to the stuff in ...
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Why do Windows Installers (.msi files) take so much longer to uninstall than other installers?

Since the Windows XP days, Windows Installers (.msi files), including InstallShield installers (which is just a bootstrap for MSI) has taken around five times longer to uninstall an application than ...
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Is there a Windows 7 uninstall log that shows who uninstalled what?

Is it possible to know who uninstalled a specific application from Windows 7 event logs?
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Problems with uninstallation of windows 8

I installed windows 8's developer preview version dual boot with win 7 ultimate. I put my win 8's partition to 11 GB (almost), but now when I try to uninstall the win 8 it dont allow me to uninstall ...
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Cannot uninstall Avast Free Antivirus

Why can't I uninstall Avast Free Antivirus? It always says "there is an error" that occurred and doesn't uninstall the product.
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Why is uninstalling programs on Windows so slow?

I dual-boot Ubuntu 9.10 and Windows XP. In Ubuntu, most application uninstall in 0-10 seconds. In Windows, it can take up to an hour (rare, but times of ~15 minutes are fairly common). What is Windows ...
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Where are product uninstall keys located in the Registry under Windows 7 x64?

I need to look up the install location of a product in the registry, based on the GUID product code. Under Win XP the keys of products installed were located at ...
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Unable to uninstall Visual Studio 2008, could not open Components key

There's something funky going on with my Visual Studio installation and when I went to uninstall it so I could make a fresh install, I ran into problems with the uninstaller as well. When I select ...
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Uninstalling a program which uninstaller doesn't work

I recently accidentally deleted my appdata folder, so 50% of the programs went mad, including Aptana Studio. When I looked for the uninstaller, I started it, and the "Uninstall from here:" field was ...
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What is the difference between uninstalling a program through Control Panel, and uninstalling via the Program's uninstall.exe?

What is the difference between uninstalling a program through Control Panel, and uninstalling via the Program's uninstall.exe? Example: C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\uninstall.exe In general, I ...
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Uninstall the 64-bit version of Internet Explorer 8 (Windows 7)

Can I uninstall or override the 64-bit version of Internet Explorer, so that it won't get activated as the default browser? I would like to leave the 32-bit version installed.
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How do I uninstall Internet Explorer from windows?

Seems simple, right? Well it's not listed as a program, and no updates. So uninstalling from control panel is out of the question. And deleting them manually give a "You need to be TrustedInstaller" ...
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any tools to uninstall a software which cannot be uninstall from control panel [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to remove program that does not appear in Programs and Features? Any tools which can uninstall software whihc cannot be uninstalled from control panel?
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Uninstaller sometimes lefts behind some files

Sometimes even if you run the uninstaller , some files get left behind usually in the registry. How to make sure all the program (that I want to uninstall) related files are removed for good.
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What steps do I need to take to completely uninstall MySQL?

I have installed and uninstalled MySQL Server for about 100 times. Each time I reinstall the thing, it shows the same configurations, which I think cause problems. I would like to get rid of all ...
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Uninstall Windows Defender in Windows 7

Can Windows Defender be permanently uninstalled/removed from my current Windows 7 installation, it can't be done through the Add/Remove Programs Wizard.
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How do I uninstall Adobe Reader 9 for Mac?

Adobe Reader spews files everywhere plus it hijacks Safari. I can't believe there is no uninstaller for this app? Google shows no good info.
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I can't uninstall Git

I was researching Git so I downloaded the Windows version to test it out on a repository on GitHub. After about 30 minutes I couldn't work out how to use it, so I decided I probably wouldn't need a ...
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Can't remove Internet Explorer Add-On

I'm using IE8 on Windows 7. I'm trying to delete an add-on from my "Manage Add-ons" panel. But when I double click the add-on I'd like to delete, the "Remove" button is grayed out. Only the disable ...
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How to downgrade Chrome from dev to beta channel without losing my profile?

Would it be possible to downgrade from the dev channel (6.0.477.0) to version 5 without losing my profile(s)? I was thinking either by downgrading without having to uninstall my current version, or ...
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How to uninstall Ubuntu without removing or uninstalling Windows?

I am using Ubuntu 10.04 and Windows 7 on the same computer. I want to uninstall Ubuntu and just use Windows 7. I'm afraid if I uninstall Ubuntu, it will remove Windows 7 as well. How can I ...
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Can't remove iis from Windows Server 2012 R2

I'm trying to uninstall IIS from Windows Server R2. I tried Service Manager -> Remove Roles and Features, uninstalling ran, the restart computer, but it's still there. I tried also to do it by ...
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How to uninstall linux in dual boot installed with windows xp

I have Windows XP installed in dualboot with Ubuntu, how can i remove the ubuntu installation and go back to only XP
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Windows 8.1 comes with SQL Server and Visual C++?

My friend got a new Windows 8.1 laptop. I am helping her cleanup things that came "free" from HP (games, etc). In the list of programs installed, I see "Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition" and ...
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Uninstalled programs history on Windows 7

Is there a way to see a list of programs that have been uninstalled in a Windows 7 machine?
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How do I remove funmoods from Chrome?

I was installing vlc video player. But accidentally, I ended up installing the funmoods toolbar app too. How do you get rid of it?
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Is it in any way possible to uninstall PowerShell from Vista?

Is it in any way possible to uninstall PowerShell from Windows Vista? There is no Uninstall option under Start/All Programs. It's start menu group is actually located under Accessories which is hard ...
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How to uninstall an Application in Windows 8

Now there are two different types of applications (Modern UI and Desktop) and I'm wondering how to uninstall them now? Does the old "add/remove Application" still work?
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Reinstalling Windows from scratch or uninstalling everything

I frequently reinstall Windows from scratch because it has become to slow. I wonder if I were to uninstall every application, followed by a defrag and CCleaner job, would it be as fast as a fresh ...
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Is it ok to remove Internet Explorer from my computer?

Win7 Home Prem 32-bit I use Firefox as my browser of choice but my computer came with Internet Explorer pre-installed. Is it safe to remove Internet Explorer from my computer completely or will this ...
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Erase all traces of Windows 8

Just bought a new HP pavilion desktop with Windows 8. I wish to totally remove Windows 8 and all data on the hard drive, remove any windows partitions, delete all data, and then install a fresh ...
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How to determine where programs are currently installed Windows 7

I have a computer running windows 7, with 4 HDDs of various sizes. I've been pursuing a steady upgrade path, where each HDD is large enough to store a previous two. My issue is, I want to know if one ...
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Can I “unactivate” a Microsoft Office 2010 key to install on a new machine?

I just acquired two Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus keys. But I'm replacing the machine that I have soon. I don't want to have to use one key on the current machine and then use up the other ...
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Specified module could not be found (uninstall)

I'm using windows 7 x64 edition and sometimes when I install old programs (with x86 codebase), it give me this error when trying to uninstall it using programs and features: RunDLL There was a ...
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How to uninstall “USB Overdrive” via terminal without mouse?

I installed USB overdrive to my 10.7 Lion distribution. Unfortunately I can't move my mouse after that anymore. In my Applications folder there is an application named "Uninstall USB Overdrive.app". ...
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How can I uninstall call recorder for Skype?

How can I uninstall call recorder for Skype? I had my OS reinstalled last week, and I found that call recorder for Skype was installed along with other programs by the technician. I don't need a call ...