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donslund Deleting end-of-life programs.
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How can I delete end of life programs?
Yes, I can navigate to the specified folder, right-click the file and delte. But that leaves a lot of trash on my computer while all the rest og the program files still are on my computer.

How can I delete it entirely?

Maurice Joyce RE: Deleting end-of-life programs.
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CLEARING UP LEFTOVERS FROM AN UNINSTALL USING THE REGISTRY

Clearing up any dross that may remain in the Registry after an uninstall is a fairly simple affair.

IT IS IMPORTANT U FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS TO THE LETTER. TINKERING IN THE REGISTRY BEYOND THE INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN BELOW AND GETTING IT WRONG CAN,IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, CAUSE A SEVERE LOSS OF HUMOUR AFTER A RESTART AND WINDOWS REFUSES TO BOOT! IT IS WRITTEN FOR A COMPLETE NOVICE USER.

1. Opening REGEDIT

a. XP Users - Go to Start>Run>in the box that appears type regedit>click OK on the box>U are now in the Registry.
b. Vista & Windows 7 Users - Click Start>type regedit in the search box>REGEDIT.EXE will appear at the top of the list>click it>from the prompt allow the programme to run>U are now in the Registry.

2. Finding the correct key to modify - it is the same procedure for ALL versions of Windows.

a.Look in the LEFT pane for the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER>expand the key by clicking on the arrow to the left.

c.Look for SOFTWARE>expand that key by clicking the arrow. All the programmes installed (and no doubt many more U thought U had uninstalled) on the PC are exposed.

LEFT click on the folder of the programme U wish to remove. When U click on any key it is normal that the "nitty gritty" elements of that folder are exposed in the right hand pane for U to double check that is the programme U wish to remove.
Once satisfied U have found the data RIGHT click the folder in the LEFT pane & delete.

Now navigate to key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>expand to SOFTWARE & repeat the procedure U have just done.

It is worth spending a bit of time with these two keys as there could be other dross in there. JUST BE VERY CAREFUL & ONLY REMOVE PROGRAMMES U ARE ABSOLUTELY SURE ARE NO LONGER INSTALLED ON YOUR PC. IF UNSURE ASK BEFORE DELETING.

If U have removed extra dross have U cleared it from both HKEY areas? U should not be alarmed if some programmes are in one HKEY & not in the other.

If happy,exit the registry by clicking the red X (top right).

Reboot.

Original 22:55 10/01/2011




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Daniel1000 RE: Deleting end-of-life programs.
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A more easy way is:

Open the Control Panel (ger: Systemsteuerung)

Open Programs or Software

Right-click on the particular program and uninstall it.

(This will only work properly if you have not deleted some program files manually.)
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donslund RE: Deleting end-of-life programs.
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The problem is, that the programs doesn't figure on the Add/Remove programs list.

So I guesss it is the hard way.
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Anthony Wells RE: Deleting end-of-life programs.
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Hi ,

The manual way may be longer , but if you follow Maurice Joyce's excellent instructions you are in some control , at least .

There are very good clean up programmes such as Revo Uninstaller - free and paid for versions - but there you relinquish some control of what you are doing .

The hard way is when somebody or something 'cleans up" too efficiently and you break the system .

Take care

Anthony

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Maurice Joyce RE: Deleting end-of-life programs.
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How are U getting on - is the problem fixed or do U require more help?

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xyzzy RE: Deleting end-of-life programs.
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on 1st Mar, 2011 08:59, Daniel1000 wrote:
A more easy way is:


Sure, but I guess Maurice's recipe is for programs without uninstaller. Or after a dirty "manual" deletion also removed the uninstaller. I had this issue with the "googlebar" (dirty delete, because I saw no "uninstall") and later fixed it by re-install + clean uninstall.
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