If you are a person who uses computers often then you will be interested in reading this article which has been modified to render clean your PC system. We talked about how to remove once and for all the records of an uninstalled program in Windows with regedit in a simple way.
Before using the regedit system to uninstall a program, we will show you how to do it the traditional way and then delete the remaining files. Finally we will explain how to delete the records of a program in your Windows operating system, so let's get started.
Traditional uninstallation of an application on Windows
The steps we will give you are totally safe and reliable, we just recommend that you follow them to the letter.
- Windows configuration panel
- Enter the Windows 10 settings, to do this, press the Windows logo and click on the gear symbol.
- When a window opens with all the Windows settings, you will select the “Applications and Features” option.
- In it you will see a list of all the applications you have on your PC.
- Now select the application you no longer want and it will show you two options "Move" or "Uninstall" you will logically choose the second option and that's it.
- Windows Control Panel
- Type in the Windows search engine "Control panel".
- When you open a window called "Adjust computer settings" you will look for the "Programs" option.
- Then another window will appear with two main options, you will choose the one it says "Programs and features".
- You will now see a list of applications that the system has installed.
- Select the one you don't want by right clicking on it and it will show you a little box where it says “Uninstall or change” click on it. This will ask you to confirm, accept and the system will uninstall it from your computer.
Note: We want to tell you that this procedure and the previous one does not remove any hidden files on your PC system that may remain.
Delete the remaining files of an application in Windows
Next we will show you how to delete the remnants of the application files you uninstalled on your hard drive.
- Delete the remaining files in AppData
- Enter in File Explorer and type C: Programs.
- And once opened, look for a file related to the uninstalled application.
- Select it and delete it completely.
This is the simplest, but practical step, so this would delete any temporary files that remain on your computer.
Delete all traces of applications in the Windows registry
To delete all traces of an application we will perform a more complex process, but with these instructions you can make it happen. This process is done in the Windows registry, because we would reach the root where the application files are located.
As a recommendation, keep in mind which file you will delete so that you don't accidentally delete the wrong one.
- Press the Windows + R keys simultaneously to open the “Run” window.
- Once the window is open, type the word "regedit" without the quotes.
- This will take you to the registry editor, at the top of the window there is a tab called “File”, click on it and then open the “Export” option to export the current system state.
- Next you will go to HKEY_USRS /.DEFAULT / Software and look for a file related to the application you uninstalled.
- Press the right button and choose the “Delete” option.
- Now navigate in the registry editor to (HKEYCURRENTUSER Software, HKEYLOCALMACHINE SOFTWARE and HKEYLOCALMACHINE SOFTWARE Wow6432Node), to find any other files referring to the application.
- Then go to the program menu and select “File> Search” and type in the name of the application that will remove it to detect any other references. If you find it, right click and hit the delete option and that's it.
In short, we learned how to uninstall a program the traditional way, remove leftover files and how to completely remove it from the system. We hope you are successful and that you can successfully uninstall the application you no longer wish to have on your Windows computer.