How to Uninstall Google Earth and Remove the Registry Files

By Meg North

Uninstalling Google Earth from your computer by using the Uninstall Programs feature may not remove all of Google Earth's files. In order to remove all the files you must access the Windows Registry Edit program, which is a database that stores configuration settings for your computer. It is not difficult to sort through the registry and locate the Google Earth files in order to delete them. Older versions of Google Earth need to be uninstalled before a newer version is installed.

Click "Start" and then select Settings. Select Control Panel (found directly in the Start menu in Windows 7).

Double-click Uninstall a Program or Add or Remove Programs. The programs are in alphabetical order.

Scroll down to Google Earth and click it. Click "Uninstall" and restart your computer for the change to take effect.

Click "Start." Type "regedit" in the Search box to locate the Windows registry. If you have Windows XP click Run and then type "regedit" in the search box. Click the Registry Editor to open it.

Press the "Fn" key and the "F3" key simultaneously. Type "googleearth" in the search box that appears. Click "Next" to locate the Google Earth registry files.

Click a registry file and then press "Delete" to delete it. Delete all "googleearth" registry files.

Restart your computer.