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How to Completely Remove Software From Windows

To remove a program from Windows, the most common way that computer users choose is the "Add/Remove Program" tool provided by Microsoft Windows. You can use this feature by clicking on the "Start" menu and selecting "Control Panel". Inside the Control Panel click on "Add/Remove Programs" which will list all the programs installed on your computer. Select the program you want to remove and click on "Remove" to uninstall the program.

Some programs have their own uninstall feature available. Click on "Start", select "All the programs", locate and click on the program name you want to remove. If the program provides an uninstall option, you can just click on it to remove the program from your computer.

However, even after you use "Add/Remove Program" or the program uninstall option, still there might be files or data left by the program on your computer.

l Program installation directory
Sometimes uninstalling a program will not remove the program's installation directory. You can right click on the program's shortcut to locate the installation directory and remove it manually from Windows Explorer.

l Program names in "Add/Remove Program"
If after uninstall, the program name still appears in "Add/Remove Program", you can click on "Start" -> "Run" -> input "regedit" to open the registry editor on your computer. Locate "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SoftwareMicrosoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Uninstall" and select the program name from the right-hand side list to delete.

l Registry keys related to the program
In most cases, the registry keys related to the program will not be automatically cleaned during program uninstall. To completely remove these junks, you can open registry editor and use the search function to list all the related registry keys to remove.

Please use caution when editing your registry since improper modification of Windows registry may damage your system. If you are not confident enough about your computer skills, you can download WinASO Registry Optimizer to clean your registry junks for you. WinASO Registry Optimizer has been tested by millions of users to be safe and stable. Besides it will automatically backup your registry before cleaning so that you never have to worry about any negative effect to your system.

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