How to Remove Windows Programs in Windows 7 and Vista - dummies

How to Remove Windows Programs in Windows 7 and Vista

By Dan Gookin

Windows is technically an operating system. Despite that, it comes with lots of software, including utilities, simple applications such as Write and Paint, and games. If you don’t use these Windows programs and need to free up some space on your hard drive, you may want to uninstall them.

Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Control Panel.

  2. Choose Programs.

  3. Choose the link below Programs and Features titled Turn Windows Features On or Off.

  4. In Windows Vista, type the administrator’s password or click the Continue button to proceed.

    The Windows Features dialog box appears.


  5. Remove the check marks by any items to uninstall those Windows features.

    Some items in the list have sub-items, which you view by clicking their plus signs (+). When only a few of the sub-items are chosen, the check boxes are filled in solid.

  6. Click OK.

    It takes a while, but eventually the items are uninstalled.

  7. Close the Programs window.

Notice that some programs are missing from the list. Microsoft hides a few of its installed programs from you, preventing them from showing up on the list.

  • You’re warned whenever Windows cannot fully remove a component. There’s nothing more you can do in that situation; Windows tries its best to remove the component, but portions may still remain.

  • Don’t disable a Windows feature if you’re unfamiliar with it. For example, you may think, “.NET? What’s that? I don’t need it!” But you do. Otherwise, you may find parts of Windows not working properly and end up having to reinstall the feature.

  • Don’t remove the Notepad text editor. All operating systems need a basic text editor.