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How to uninstall a program in Windows Vista

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 03:02 PM

A new tutorial titled How to uninstall a program in Windows Vista was added by Bleeping Computer. Please use this topic to discuss any aspect of this tutorial.

A brief excerpt of the tutorial can be found here:

There are two ways to uninstall a program in Vista; the wrong way and the right
way.  Unfortunately, though, too many people uninstall a program using the
wrong ways, which can lead to poor performance and problems on the computer.  These
wrong ways are delete the program's folder or just deleting the icons. When you
attempt to remove a program in this way, there will be a large amount of configuration
information left in the Windows Registry as well as files that may be installed
in locations other than the program's folder. These orphan files and Registry
data have the chance of causing conflicts on your computer thus leading to problems.

The proper way to uninstall a program is to use the uninstall routine that is
bundled with the program itself.  This will remove the files, Windows Registry
information, and other configuration from your computer so that there are no conflicts
in the future. When a program is installed in Windows, it will add information
to the Windows Registry on the proper way to uninstall it. You can then use Windows
Vista's Programs and Features control panel to properly uninstall the program.
This tutorial will walk you through using this control panel so that you uninstall
programs correctly. This method has not changed too much from previous version
of Windows, but there have been some changes in Vista, which should be outlined. 

We hope you find this tutorial helpful.

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