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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 do you forcefully remove apps in Windows 10?

How can I remove apps that don't seem to allow uninstall - like XBox and Groove? When selected in "Add/Remove Programs" / "Apps & Features" - the option to Uninstall is grayed out: like this ...
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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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Undoing the Last Installed Windows Updates via Command Line

Using the command line, how can I undo the last installed windows updates?
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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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Office 2013 uninstall hanging

I tried Office 2013, but now wish to uninstall it. I tried to uninstall it but it always hangs at step 2 out of 4. It uses no CPU and no disk activity. So basically it's just idle. Does anyone have ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I remove residual traces of uninstalled software from the registry?

After uninstalling a piece of software, I sometime notice residual entries in the registry. I would like to get rid of them. I have found an unsatisfying approach, described here: Use the export ...
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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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How do I remove the ask.com toolbar?

I'm wondering how can I remove this annoying toolbar in IE and Firefox. I already uninstalled it, rebooted my PC but it still shows it in my browser. If I click on "Add Remove/Programs" I can still ...
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How to uninstall broken programs in windows 7

Could anyone tell me how to uninstall programs that their installation had a problem and therefore their uninstall doesn't work? I removed all their references in the registry and their folder on the ...
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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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How do I get rid of “Trusted Drive Manager”?

I have a Dell laptop that's been experiencing some weirdness lately. Apparently Dell puts "Trusted Drive Manager" on their hardware.. Well, now I keep getting these errors: I tried uninstalling ...
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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 leaves 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-related files I want to uninstall are removed for good.
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How do I uninstall any Apple pkg Package file?

Despite opinions to the contrary, not all packages are installed cleanly in only one directory. Is there a way to reverse the install process of a pkg file, preferably with the original package (or ...
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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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Stopping Microsoft Search from eating my hard drive

I have Windows Vista on a machine and I noticed quite a bit of hard drive was disappearing. I ran a utility to show me where it all went. I found the following directory consumes over 2GB of space: ...
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Why won't normal uninstalls remove values from the registry?

Expanding on How do I remove residual traces of uninstalled software from the registry? -- every time I uninstall a program and then later look it up via RegEdit it's still there! Why are the ...
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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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Why can't you uninstall multiple programs at once in Windows?

Why won't Windows allow you to uninstall or remove multiple programs at once? What is the reasoning behind this? Will it mess up an internal system? I am not looking for how to uninstall multiple ...
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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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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 remove pre-installed Flash Player in Windows 8?

Windows 8 comes with Flash Player pre-installed. How do I remove it? It does not appear in "Programs and Features".
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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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Most programs not visible in Programs and Features in windows 7

The issue I'm having is that only a small percentage of programs show up in the "Program and Features" section of Windows 7, where a user can uninstall programs. Formerly known as add/remove programs. ...