How to Remove Demo and Trial Software from Windows PCs - dummies

How to Remove Demo and Trial Software from Windows PCs

By Dan Gookin

Bonus software has crept into the basic PC configuration. The demonstration and trial use programs accumulated into what is now known as bloatware. You’re free to remove the software at any time, which generally frees up disk space and potentially speeds up your computer. Removing bloatware is done just like uninstalling any PC software.

To remove software, you need to follow these specific directions for Windows 7 and Windows Vista:

  1. Open the Control Panel.

  2. From beneath the Programs headings, choose Uninstall a Program.

  3. Select the program you want to remove.

  4. Click the Uninstall button on the toolbar.

  5. Heed the directions on the screen.

Follow these directions in Windows XP:

  1. Open the Add or Remove Programs icon in the Control Panel.

  2. Select the program you want to remove.

  3. Click the Change/Remove button that appears to the right of the selected item.

  4. Heed the directions on the screen.

  • Some bloatware arrives uninstalled. For example, online Internet services generally avail themselves by using Install icons in a special folder or on the Start menu. Just delete those icons if you don’t plan to use any of the services or programs.

  • Be careful! Some of the bonus software on your PC might seem to be bloatware but isn’t. Software such as custom utilities or BIOS upgrade tools for your PC or laptop may be required. Other items, such as error reporting programs or manufacturer advertising, aren’t needed.

  • To help you determine which manufacturer bloatware you need or don’t need, disable programs before you uninstall them.

  • No, you don’t have to live with the antivirus software preinstalled on your PC. You can remove it, but do so only after any “free” or prepaid term has been completed.