TECH TIP: Unintall Those Unused Applications
How many applications (programs) do you have on your computer? Well, the first thing you might say is, "I have a huge 80 megabyte hard drive so I have tons of space for tons of applications." Uh Oh, the more programs you have on your computer, the more bloated your hard drive gets and the harder your CPU has to work to keep everything straight and working efficiently. Eventually, your computer will suffer and perform sluggishly. So get rid of unecessary programs - uninstall them and free up your system from unecessary files. My motto is, "Use it or Lose it." If I don't use an application or have any need for it, I uninstall it.
Here's how to uninstall applications
Click on the Start Menus, point to Settings, point (or click on) Control Settings and click on Add or Remove Programs. The Add or Remove programs window will appear on the screen with all the applications that are currently installed on your hard drive.
Find any applications that you are not using and click on it. Then click on Change/Remove. You may be asked to verify that you want to uninstall the program.
It's as easy as that. Well, maybe not. The problem is that after you uninstall the application, there are usually files or folders that do not get removed from your hard drive. Some of these you can find easily yourself.
The first place to look for files that did not get removed is in the Start Menu. Click on the Start Menu and click on All Programs (or Programs) and try to find the shortcut file or the folder of the program or application you just installed. If you do find it in the list, just right-click on it and click on Delete.
The second place to look for files that did not get removed is in the Programs Filesfolder. Double-click on My Computer, double-click on the C Drive (hard drive), and then double-click on the Program Files folder. Look for the folder with the name of the application you just uninstalled. If you see it, right-click on it and delete it.
OK - that got rid of some more unecessary files and folders. But there are still more. When you uninstall programs, there are entries into the Registry that pertain to that program that do not get uninstalled. You can manually open your Registry and find those files, but that is quite technical and also dangerous if you don't do it right. So there are Registry Cleaners you can purchase to help keep your registry clean. Check this website out for a review of 6 registry cleaner utilities - consider using one of these programs.
Some programs you install on your computer come with an uninstall option. Check in the folder for that application in the Start Menu. If you see an uninstall option, use that instead of the Windows Add or Remove Programs utility. You will get a cleaner uninstall.
There are also good utilities that take the place of the Windows Add or Remove Programs that you can use to uninstall programs. These do a better job of uninstalling programs programs because they actually uninstall unused shortcuts and registry items during the uninstall process. One of the best is Advanced Uninstaller Pro. Read about it here.
So...use it or lose it...clean up your hard drive from programs you never use.
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