How to Remove Unwanted or Obsolete Programs from Your Computer

Uninstalling unused or obsolete programs from your computer is as simple as a couple of mouse clicks. Here, ComputerGeeks2Go walks you through the process step-by-step.

First, click on your Start button and open up your Control Panel. Now, Windows lets you view your Control Panel in a couple of ways: by list (Picture 1) or by category (Picture 2).

Picture 1: Your Control Panel in "List" View.
Picture 1: Your Control Panel in “List” View.

Picture 2: Your Control Panel in "Category" View
Picture 2: Your Control Panel in “Category” View

In “List” view, you’re going to click on Programs and Features to uninstall your programs. In “Category” view, click on Programs instead. In either case, a window like Picture 3 will appear.

Picture 3:  Add and Delete Programs Window
Picture 3: Add and Delete Programs Window

Look through your list of programs, click on those that you want to uninstall and click Uninstall / Change at the top of the list (Picture 4).

Picture 4 Click on the program you want uninstalled and click "Uninstall/Change"
Picture 4 Click on the program you want uninstalled and click “Uninstall/Change”

Now a new window will appear, asking you if you want to Uninstall or Repair the program. Make sure the button next to “Uninstall” is checked and click Next (Picture 5).

Picture 5: Uninstalling Your Unwanted Program
Picture 5: Uninstalling Your Unwanted Program

It’s going to ask you if you’re sure you want to uninstall that program. Check the box that says Remove Data  and click Next (Picture 6).

Picture 6: Make sure “Remove Data” is selected before clicking “Next”
Picture 6: Make sure “Remove Data” is selected before clicking “Next”

Let the uninstall program run and when the “Uninstall Succeeded” box appears, click Finish (Picture 7) and you’re done.

Picture 7: Your uninstall was successful and you're done!
Picture 7: Your uninstall was successful and you’re done!

Now you can enjoy the benefits of a cleaner, faster running computer!

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