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Uninstall Windows Programs Manually

There are times when "Add/Remove Programs" does not work. We will show you the way to remove the unwanted program from your system manually.

The first thing you should do is to create a system restore point if you are using Windows XP or Windows ME.

Next, you can delete the unwanted application from "C:\Program Files". Most programs are installed in this directory. If it is not inside, probably it is in C:\ directory.

Click Start button and then Run. Enter "regedit". This will launch the "Registry Editor" program.

Go to:




Find your unwanted software there, and delete its whole folder. BE CAREFUL! DON'T DELETE THE WRONG ONE!

You will see long names such as the one below:


Click inside each of them to see if it belongs to the unwanted program.

If there are services related to the unwanted program, you can delete the services from



Remove all shortcuts from these directories:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

C:\Documents and Settings\YourLoginName\Start Menu\Programs

C:\Documents and Settings\YourLoginName\Start Menu\Programs\Startup


Some programs start during boot up. Check and see if your unwanted program is in here:


Delete it if it is found.


Last Updated: May 2, 2005


Last Update: 03 March 2004