How to Uninstall Programs in Windows XP

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 XP.

1

Choose Start→Control Panel→Add or Remove Programs.

Just be careful! If you click the Add or Remove Programs link, 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.

2

Click a program and then click the Remove button.

You can find the Remove button in the resulting Add or Remove Programs window.

3

Click Yes.

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 removed.

4

Click the Close button.

This closes the Add or Remove Programs dialog box.

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 Remove button. The dialog box that appears allows you to select the programs that you want to install or uninstall.

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