In Programs And Features, you can also identify the
software version of the installed applications on your computer.
During the uninstall process, you may be asked whether you want to
keep certain data or configuration files. That’s up to you. If you plan
to reinstall the same application later (for example, if you’re
uninstalling to try to correct a problem rather than to get rid of the
program entirely), you may want to save the configuration files.
That’s a double-edged sword, though, because if you’re uninstalling
to try to correct a problem, that problem could possibly be caused
by one of those configuration files.
If for some reason you can’t uninstall an application using the
preferred clean method, you can remove it using a brute-force
method that involves manually deleting the program’s files and
folders and perhaps manually editing Windows registry to remove
the references to it. This is known as an unclean uninstallation.
An unclean uninstall isn’t a good idea because the potential is great
for accidentally deleting a file that is essential to some other
application or making a change to the Registry that results in other
problems. However, sometimes unclean uninstallations happen by
accident. For example, you may accidentally delete the folder
containing an application, or you may abort the standard Uninstall
utility accidentally, resulting in a half-removed, unusable
application that won’t allow itself to be removed using the utility.
If you need to perform an unclean uninstallation for some reason,
here are the basic steps for doing it:
1. Make sure that the application isn’t running. If it has a
background component, turn that off.
2. Delete the folder containing the program files. It’s probably in
folder. If it’s a 32-bit application on a 64-