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Uninstalling Software (Windows 7)

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This document pertains to HP and Compaq PCs with Windows 7.
The process for uninstalling software in Windows 7 is explained in this document. Follow the steps provided to remove unwanted software from your Windows 7 computer.

Removing software with the Uninstall a program feature in Windows 7

To remove programs and software components in Windows 7 from your computer hard disk drive, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start , and then click Control Panel .
  2. Under Programs , click Uninstall a program .
    The Uninstall or change a program window opens.
    Figure 1: Uninstall or change a program
    Uninstall or change a program
  3. Select the program you want to remove.
  4. Click Uninstall or Uninstall/Change at the top of the program list.
  5. Read and respond to any messages that might open while the software is being removed from your computer.

Removing software not listed in the Uninstall a program window in Windows 7

If the program you want to uninstall is not listed in the Uninstall a Program window, use the Turning a Windows feature on or off option on the left side of the Programs window.
  1. Click Start , then click Control Panel . Click Programs , and then click Turn Windows features on or off .
    If you are prompted for an Administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
    Figure 2: Windows Features
    Windows Features
  2. To turn a Windows feature on, select the checkbox next to it, and then click OK .
    To turn a Windows feature off, remove the selection, and click OK .

Uninstalling a program in the Registry Editor in Windows 7

Use the following steps only if you cannot find the software listed in the Uninstall a Program window or in the Windows Features window.
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.
  1. Click Start , and then enter regedit into the Search field. Click regedit .
    Figure 3: Search results for regedit
    Search results for regedit
  2. If you are prompted for an Administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
    The Registry Editor opens.
    Figure 4: Registry Editor
    Registry Editor
  3. Back up the registry. For more information, see Backing up the Windows registry .
  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. Under Uninstall, select the key name of the software that you want to uninstall.
  6. With the software name selected, double-click UninstallString in the right pane.
  7. Select the entire text in the Value data field.
  8. Right-click the highlighted text and click Copy .
  9. Click Cancel , and then close the Registry Editor window.
  10. Click Start .
  11. In the Search field, right-click and select Paste .
    The UninstallString value data you copied previously is pasted into the field.
  12. Press the Enter key.
  13. Follow the on-screen instructions to uninstall the software.

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