How to Safely Uninstall Applications From Your Computer
By Kefa Olang
Updated September 28, 2017
There are all kids of programs you can run on your computer, depending on the tasks you want to complete. Programs vary in memory size depending on what they do. You can remove programs that you no longer use to free up memory and hard drive space. If your computer is moving slower than usual, or taking longer to launch or complete functions, removing unnecessary programs safely frees up vital system resources.
Shut down the program you want to uninstall if you are currently using it. If the program freezes and does not close, shut down its process from the Task Manager. To do so, launch Task Manager by pressing "Ctrl," "Alt," and "Delete" together. Click the "Processes" tab. Scroll through the list and click your program's process. For example, Firefox uses the "firefox.exe" process. Click "End Process" after you select the process you want to shut down.
Check the program's documentation and setup files to see if it has its own uninstall program. Some programs come with an uninstall tool that enables you to uninstall the application. Check your program manufacturer's website for any uninstall tools--but keep in mind that not all programs come with an uninstall program.
Click the Start menu in Windows if your program does not come with an uninstall program. Click "Programs" and click "Programs and Features" if you are using Windows Vista and 7. This launches a list of the programs installed on your computer. For Windows XP users, double-click "Add or Remove Programs." You should see a list of the programs installed on your computer.
Scroll through the list and click the program you want to remove. Click "Remove/Uninstall." When prompted, click "Yes" or "OK" to launch the uninstall wizard. Follow the guided prompts on the wizard to remove the application. Follow the prompts carefully, as they vary from program to program. If prompted, restart your computer to complete the uninstallation.
Kefa Olang has been writing articles online since April 2009. He has been published in the "Celebration of Young Poets" and has an associate degree in communication and media arts from Dutchess Community College, and a bachelor's degree in broadcasting and mass communication from the State University of New York, Oswego.