How to Uninstall Unwanted Programs
in Vista?

Sometimes you buy a new computer and find out that it comes with bloatware: software that you will never use, don't want, and that eats up your computer's hard disks space. If you have recently bought a new PC that comes with Microsoft Windows Vista, you may find that uninstalling programs is not as intuitive as you first expected, particularly if you are used to other operating systems. If you have software programs installed on your PC and want to uninstall them, follow these tips to a cleaner PC.


  1. Step 1
  2. Turn off the (UAC) User Account Control. This is a function that asks you to verify everything you are going to do in Windows Vista, advising you that it may be risky. Even if you like the User Account Control, you should shut it off before cleaning your PC out to keep Windows Vista from stopping you from uninstalling what you want.

    To do this:

    • Go to Start Menu, and then click on the user icon from the start menu. Then the User Account Settings will suddenly pop up.
    • On the bottom part of the list, select "Turn User Account Control on or off" and remove the check from the dialog box.
    • Select "OK," and you are done.

  3. Step 2
  4. Install a software program designed to uninstall programs from your PC. Why use a third party program and not Windows' "add or remove program" list? This is because traditional uninstalling of software does not remove the entire program when you uninstall them. Pieces and bits are left in the PC, which can slow it down.


  5. Step 3
  6. Once the uninstalling process is complete, you can set up the next software program on your list. This is appropriate for PC computers that you have just purchased, but can also be used on an old computer that have software programs that you no longer need.


  7. Step 4
  8. Do not forget to turn the User Account Control back on if it is a feature you desire, but feel free to leave it off if it annoys you.


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