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How to Uninstall a Stubborn Program

by Edwin Liu | July 26, 2013 15:04 PM
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Maybe we all have met with the situation that some programs installed, when we didn’t need them anymore and want to uninstall, just couldn’t be removed from our computer. This is really a headache. Now followings are some solutions that may help you.

common ways:

  1. Log off or restart the computer, then try to uninstall again.
  2. Press F8 and choose the security mode to delete when start-up.
  3. Use the DEL、DELTREE and RD commands in DOS commands to delete.
  4. If there are many subdirectories or files that cause the uninstall in the folder, delete them first and then the folder.
  5. If you find when finishing uninstall a program by using Add or Remove Program option the installation directory still exists in which remains several files and unable to be deleted, then you may open command prompt, press Ctrl+Alt+Del to open Task Manager, and end the “exprorer.exe” in the process( end all the programs before doing this ), then switch to the command prompt window, use DOS commands to enter the folder which you couldn’t delete, and type “Del the folder’s name”. In this way, the stubborn program will be deleted. After finishing this, choose File→New task, re-establish the system shell by typing in “exprorer.exe”.
  6. Make use of the third party tools of non-windows explorer, such as the software possessing the fuction of browsing folders: Total Commander, ACDSee, FlashFXP, Nero, etc.
  7. If you’ve installed more than two operating systems, you can delete the folders of the other operating system.

Advanced solutions:

  1. Disk error
  2. Scan the disk as well as the subarea of the files. Make sure to choose the repaired files and bad sector before scaning, and delete the files after scan.

  3. Prefetch
  4. Some videos or audios are unable to delete while they’re playing or previewing. Type REGSVR32 /U SHMEDIA.DLL in the HTML to log off the fuction of prefetch.

  5. using WinRAR
  6. right-click the folder you’d like to delete and choose add to compressed file. Then choose delete the source file after compressing in the poped dialogue box, name it and click ok.

  7. The authority
  8. Make sure that the system has the authority to delete.

  9. with the help of the software of WhoLockMe
  10. Install WhoLockMe, find the option of WhoLockMe in the right menu, then click it and you will see what is using the file, then press End Process to end the program.

  11. Clean up the remains of uninstalling
  12. Remember the name of the software and search its CPL file in the Windows/System folder (for every delete item corresponds a CPL file,once the CPL file is deleted the item will not exist either), then the corresponding option in Control Panel will be removed.

  13. Delete the files that has no uninstall program
  14. firstly, click StartRun,type regedit to enter into the registry, then click successively HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current/Version/Uninstall. Then you can see the softwares that you’ve installed, click the program you want to delete, you can see th subkey of UninstallString beside, double-click it, then it will pop up a dialog box of editing character string in which you should copy the key-value inside.

    Afterwards, return to desktop, click Start -> Run again and paste the key-value in, then press Enter. That’s it . If the program you want to uninstall isn’t there, that means the program doesn’t exist in the registry, you can delete it directly.


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