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Uninstalling Software (Windows XP)

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Uninstalling software through add remove programs

To remove programs and software components in Windows XP from your PC hard disc drive:
  1. Click Start, Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs. The Add or Remove Programs window appears.
  2. Highlight the program you want to remove. Refer to the list below.
  3. Click Remove.
  4. Click Yes at the verification prompt.
  5. The software removes the program from your PC. Click OK.
    NOTE:You may have to manually remove some items from your PC after deleting programs.

Programs

The following table lists programs you may have installed on your PC.
TitleTypeRemoval
5 Card SlingoGameOK
Adobe ReaderProductivity OK
Agere Systems PCI Soft ModemUtility OK
ATI Catalyst Control CenterUtility NO
ATI Display DriverDriver NO
Barnyard Invasion from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only)

Barnyard Invasion from HP Media Center (remove only)
GameOK
Bejeweled 2 Deluxe from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only)

Bejeweled 2 Deluxe from HP Media Center (remove only)
GameOK
Big Kahuna Reef from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only)

Big Kahuna Reef from HP Media Center (remove only)
GameOK
Blackhawk Striker 2 from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only) Blackhawk Striker 2 from HP Media Center (remove only) GameOK
Blasterball 2 from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only)

Blasterball 2 from HP Media Center (remove only)

Blasterball 2 Holidays from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only)

Blasterball 2 Holidays from HP Media Center (remove only)
GameOK
Boggle Supreme from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only)

Boggle Supreme from HP Media Center (remove only)
GameOK
Bookworm Deluxe from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only)

Bookworm Deluxe from HP Media Center (remove only)
GameOK
Bounce Symphony from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only)

Bounce Symphony from HP Media Center (remove only)
GameOK
Compaq ConnectionsProductivity OK
Compaq OrganizeProductivity OK
Crystal Maze from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only)

Crystal Maze from HP Media Center (remove only)
GameOK
Digby's Donuts from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only)

Digby's Donuts from HP Media Center (remove only)
GameOK
DISCoverGameOK
DISCover Game GuideGameOK
Easy Internet Sign-upUtility OK
Earthlink Fast LaneUtility OK
Earthlink Total AccessUtility OK
FATE Demo from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only)

FATE Demo from HP Media Center (remove only)
GameOK
Flip Words from from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only)

Flip Words from HP Media Center (remove only)
GameOK
Front Panel Display ServiceDriver NO
GemMaster MysticGameOK
Adobe ReaderProductivity OK
Google Toolbar for Internet ExplorerUtility OK
Help and Support AdditionsUtility NO
High Definition Audio Driver PackageDriver NO
HP Boot OptimizerUtility OK
HP Deskjet Printer PreloadUtility OK
HP DigitalMedia ArchiveUtility OK
HP Document ViewerUtility OK
HP Game Console and gamesUtility OK
HP Image ZoneProductivity OK
HP Image Zone for Media Center PCProductivity OK
HP Imaging Device FunctionsUtility OK
HP Multimedia Keyboard SoftwareDriver OK
HP OrganizeProductivity OK
HP Photosmart CamerasProductivity OK
HP Photosmart XXX SeriesProductivity OK
HP PSC and OfficeJetProductivity OK
HP Software UpdateUtility OK
HP Solution Center and Imaging Support ToolsProductivity OK
HP TunesEntertainment OK
Insaneaquarium Deluxe from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only)

Insaneaquarium Deluxe from HP Media Center (remove only)
GameOK
Intel(R) PRO Network Connections DriversDriver NO
Intellimover Data Transfer DemoProductivity OK
Intervideo WinDVD PlayerEntertainment OK
iTunesEntertainment OK
Java 2 Runtime EnvironmentOS supportOK
J2SE Runtime EnvironmentOS supportNO
Jewel Quest from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only) Jewel Quest from HP Media Center (remove only) GameOK
KBDUtility OK
LiveReg (Symantec Corporation)Security OK
LiveUpdate (Symantec Corporation)Security OK
Mah Jong Quest from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only) Mah Jong Quest from HP Media (remove only) GameOK
Microsoft .NET Framework OS supportNO
Microsoft Away ModeOS supportOK
Microsoft MoneyProductivity OK
Microsoft OfficeProductivity OK
Microsoft Plus! Dancer LEProductivity OK
Microsoft Plus! Digital Media Edition InstallerProductivity OK
Microsoft Plus! Digital Media InstallerProductivity OK
Microsoft Plus! Photo StoryProductivity OK
Microsoft Visual J# .NET Redistributable PackageOS supportOK
Microsoft Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup UtilityUtility NO
Microsoft WorksProductivity OK
muvee autoProducerProductivity OK
muvee autoProducer unPluggedProductivity OK
my CinemaEntertainment OK
Norton AntiVirus (Symantec Corporation)Security OK
Norton Internet Security (Symantec Corporation)ApplicationOK
Norton Security Center Security OK
Norton WMI Update SecurityOK
NVDIA DriversDriver NO
NVIDIA Media Center extensions for displayUtility NO
Office 2003 TourUtility OK
OttoUtility OK
PC-Doctor for WindowsUtility OK
Polar Bowler from HP Media Center (remove only)

Polar Bowler from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only)
GameOK
Polar Golfer from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only)

Polar Golfer from HP Media Center (remove only)
GameOK
PS2Utility OK
Puzzle Express from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only)

Puzzle Express from HP Media Center (remove only)
GameOK
PythonUtility NO
QuickenProductivity OK
QuickTimeUtility OK
RealPlayerUtility OK
Realtek High Definition Audio DriverDriver NO
Remove WeatherBug InstallerUtility OK
Ricochet Lost Worlds from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only) Ricochet Lost Worlds from HP Media Center (remove only) GameOK
S3 S3 [Display, Gamma2, Info2, Overlay]UtilityNO
SCRABBLE Blast from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only)

SCRABBLE Blast from HP Media Center (remove only)
GameOK
SCRABBLE from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only)

SCRABBLE from HP Media Center (remove only)
GameOK
SCRABBLE Rack Attack from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only)

SCRABBLE Rack Attack from HP Media Center (remove only)
GameOK
Shrek 2 Ogre Bowler from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only) Shrek 2 Ogre Bowler from HP Media Center (remove only) GameOK
Slingo Deluxe from HP Media Center (remove only)GameOK
Slyder from HP Media Center (remove only)GameOK
Sonic EncodersProductivity OK
Sonic Express LabelerProductivity OK
Sonic My DVD PlusProductivity OK
Sonic RecordNow AudioProductivity OK
Sonic RecordNow CopyProductivity OK
Sonic RecordNow DataProductivity OK
Sonic Update ManagerProductivity OK
SpamSubractSecurityOK
Super Granny from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only)

Super Granny from HP Media Center (remove only)
GameOK
Swarm from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only)

Swarm from HP Media Center (remove only)
GameOK
Tradewinds from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only)

Tradewinds from HP Media Center (remove only)
GameOK
Updates from HP (remove only)OS support NO
VIA Rhine-Family Fast Ethernet Adapter DriverNO
VIA/S3G Display Driver DriverNO
WeatherBugUtility OK
Windows InstallerOS support NO
Windows XP HotfixOS support NO

If Software cannot be uninstalled by using Add/Remove Programs

Only use the following steps if you cannot use Add/Remove Programs to uninstall the software program that you want removed.
  1. Click Start, All Programs, and try to find the software name or the name of the software company from the Start menu.
  2. If you can find the software name in the list, look for an uninstall entry and click it to uninstall the software.
    Figure 1: Example of an uninstall entry in the Start menu
    If an uninstall entry is not in the Start menu, continue using these steps to manually uninstall the software.
  3. Click Start, Run, and type the following into the Open field: regedit
    A Registry Editor window opens.
    CAUTION:The following procedure involves editing the Windows registry. Incorrectly editing the registry could cause Windows to not start. Create a backup of the registry before carefully following the steps.
  4. Once the registry has been backed up, click the plus sign next to the following key names in the left pane of the Registry Editor:
    • HKEY LOCAL MACHINE
    • SOFTWARE
    • MICROSOFT
    • WINDOWS
    • CURRENT VERSION
    • UNINSTALL
  5. Select the key name in Uninstall that matches the software name that you want to uninstall.
  6. With the software name selected, double-click UninstallString value icon in the right pane.
  7. The UninstallString text should be selected in the window that opens. If not, select the entire text in the Value data field.
    Figure 2: Edit String window
  8. Right-click on the selected text and select Copy.
  9. Click Cancel and close the Registry Editor window.
  10. Click Start, Run.and
  11. Right-click inside the Open field and select Paste to paste the UninstallString value data you copied previously.
  12. Click OK to uninstall the software.

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