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How to Uninstall Programs in Windows Vista

Removing applications is generally the same in all versions of Windows. Just follow these steps to uninstall programs you no longer want to use in Windows Vista.

1

Choose Start→Control Panel→Uninstall a Program

You can find Uninstall a Program under the Programs category.

2

Click a program and then click the Uninstall/Change button.

Although some programs will display their own uninstall screen, in most cases, a confirmation dialog box appears. If you’re sure that you want to remove the program, click Yes in the confirmation dialog box. A dialog box shows the progress of the procedure; it disappears when the program has been uninstalled.

Just be careful! When you click the Uninstall or Change a Program button, there are some programs that will simply be removed with no further input from you. Be really sure that you don’t need a program before you remove it.

3

Click the Close button.

This closes the Uninstall or Change a Program window.

With some programs that include multiple applications, such as Microsoft Office, you might want to remove only one program, not the whole shooting match. For example, you might decide that you have no earthly use for Access but can’t let a day go by without using Excel and Word — so why not free up some hard drive space and send Access packing? If you want to modify a program in this way, click the Change button rather than the Uninstall button. The dialog box that appears allows you to select the programs that you want to install or uninstall or might open the original installation screen from your software program.

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