Personal computers are part of almost every household, and same as one’s home, we want to keep them clean and tidy.
It is pretty common for software products to be left unused and unneeded – applications, games, and who knows what else. All of them accumulate over time, and start to consume precious resources and disk space that can make your machine slow, and your desktop cluttered.
The bottom line is that there is a way to cure this “curse”, by uninstalling the unwanted software!
When removing the undesired software there are two ways go about it – you can use the traditional way, or you can use an expert tool.
- 1. Let’s talk about the traditional uninstallation method first:
If you’ve been a Windows user for quite some time, you should know what we are referring to.
You will head to Apps and Features (in the Settings app on Windows 10) or Programs and Features (in the Control Panel on Windows 7 and Windows 8).
After you find the software you want to remove and hit Uninstall, the program’s own, built-in removal utility should be launched, to allow you to uninstall the software, provided of course said built-in utility is functional and the uninstallation information isn’t missing or corrupt. Depending on the way the program’s own removal process is designed, in addition to removal, you may also be presented with options to change installed components, or to repair the installation.
In many cases, this type of uninstallation is sufficient, however, some of the programs leave traces behind (various unwanted and/or unnecessary files, folders, and Registry entries), or sometimes the uninstallation process gets stuck and cannot continue . That is why you need to use an expert tool.
- 2. Enter Revo Uninstaller – an excellent product that you can have in your arsenal both for uninstalling software, as well as and cleaning up any mess that may have been created.
When you first start the software, it will pull everything that you have installed on your computer.
After you select what program you want to remove and press the Uninstall button, Revo Uninstaller will bring up the Uninstallation wizard, which will start by, creating a full Registry backup (only in Pro version) and a System Restore Point. By doing so, Revo Uninstaller ensures you have a safety net in case important Registry entries and/or files are deleted during the uninstallation process.
After the initial uninstallation with the program’s built-in uninstaller is finished, you will be allowed to proceed to the leftover scan, by clicking Scan button. You will be presented with a few options to choose from (we can use screenshot for this section):
- Safe – performs a scan of the Registry and the hard drive to find leftover items that are safe to delete. This is the safest and fastest mode.
- Moderate – includes the Safe mode, and performs an extended scan to find all of the application’s leftover information in the most common places of the Registry and the hard drive.
- Advanced – includes the Moderate mode, and performs a deep and thorough scan to find all of the application’s leftover information in the Registry and on the hard drive. This is the slowest mode.
For less tech-savvy users, we recommend sticking to the Safe scanning mode. However, if you are an advanced user and have some technical knowledge on how Windows operates, you can choose either of the other two modes.
Once the scan is complete, Revo Uninstaller will present you with a list with all Registry leftovers, if any. Please remember that only the entries in bold will actually be deleted. All remaining entries (not in bold, or in red) are displayed only for your information, so that you have a better idea of the tree structure, i.e. where the relevant entries are located.
After removing the Registry leftovers, or if there weren’t any, you will list all leftover files and folders. Revo Uninstaller also displays the number and size of files and folders found, as well as their total size on the drive.
For both types of leftovers, check the ones you wish to remove, and click Delete. If you wish, you can simply select all by clicking the Select All button.
Overall, our recommendation is to use more advanced expert tools at your disposal. The Windows Apps and Features is pretty basic and probably won’t remove everything from your system. The expert products do the job better than the traditional uninstallation, and they come with some extra features that will help you clean your computer in-depth, and leave no traces behind that could clutter and slow down your system.