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How to Remove Programs in Vista

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 3

Removing programs from Vista is a little different than removing programs from older Windows Operating Systems. The most common problem is that people have problems locating the application to add/remove programs. This task is really easy once you do it once or twice, however.

Things You Will Need

A computer with Windows Vista

Step 1

Click on the Windows button at the bottom left of the screen. Then click on "Control Panel" on the right hand side of the menu that appears.

Step 2

Now, this step varies a little depending on how Vista was installed on your computer. You'll either have a "Programs" icon or a "Programs and Features" icon. You need to click on which ever you have. In previous versions of Windows, this application was called "Add/Remove Programs" which causes some confusion.

Step 3

If you clicked "Programs and Features" then skip this step. After clicking on the "Programs" icon, locate and click "Programs and Features". This should bring up a list of available programs. The list may take a minute or two to load, so wait until it is complete.

Step 4

Now, simply select the program you want to delete and click "Uninstall" at the top of the screen.

Step 5

Follow any instructions that pop up now. Usually you'll have to at least confirm the uninstall and sometimes a program will have it's own uninstall application but Windows will run this automatically. Depending on the security of the program you may have to log into the administrator profile or give your user administrator privileges.
Once you do this, you'll see it's pretty simple and will probably remember from now on how to do it. If you have any question you can refer back here anytime, of course.

Tips & Warnings

  • It's always better to remove a program using the uninstall application. The application will remove the entire program whereas if you manually do it you may miss pieces of the program that will just clutter your hard drive.
  • Depending on the security of the program you may have to log into the administrator profile or give your user administrator privileges. If this is the case, do so and just repeat the process.
  • In some case, depending on the program you are removing, you may have to restart your computer for the uninstall to completely finish. If this is the case, you will be prompted to do so.



Dec 9, 2010 7:29am
Good writeup and recommendations. Removing programs manually instead of using the uninstaller built into Windows can cause big problems. Great information.
Dec 9, 2010 9:04am
Great first article. Definitely would be good for a Mac users switching over.
Dec 18, 2010 10:28pm
I definitely had to learn this the hard way after down loading some of those "free" unzip-your-files software that let Yahoo take over my entire computer.. Even after I uninstalled this 7zip program, it took me hours to get of Yahoo. They should have Yahoo protection software....LOL
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