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Uninstalling programs that are no longer used

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Video: Uninstalling programs that are no longer used

Installing programs on your computer is usually quite simple. Pop a disc into your drive or download a program from the Internet, follow the prompts and you're up and running with your new program. But what about those programs that are taking up space, maybe they are annoying you with little pop-ups and you don't use the programs. You simply want to remove them from your computer. Well, in this lesson, we are going to use Control panel to uninstall a program. If you have got one ready to uninstall, follow along with me. If you don't, you may want to skip this movie, save it for another time or sit back and watch.

Uninstalling programs that are no longer used

Installing programs on your computer is usually quite simple. Pop a disc into your drive or download a program from the Internet, follow the prompts and you're up and running with your new program. But what about those programs that are taking up space, maybe they are annoying you with little pop-ups and you don't use the programs. You simply want to remove them from your computer. Well, in this lesson, we are going to use Control panel to uninstall a program. If you have got one ready to uninstall, follow along with me. If you don't, you may want to skip this movie, save it for another time or sit back and watch.

We are going to go to Control panel from the Start button and here in the Programs category you'll see a link to a sub category or a program here, Uninstall a program, right there on the home page, easy access, we'll give it a click and this is the default view that presents itself. Here, we are going to see a list of all of the programs installed on our computer. Some obvious, available through the Start button, others hidden in the background behind the scenes and sometimes those are the ones you want to remove. We can also change the way we view this list.

For example, you will notice that mine is displayed by default in the order that they were installed. So at the very top, I see the most recent installation. I can change that by clicking the header. I can arrange them in alphabetical order or we can change the view altogether, just like in Windows Explorer. We can go to the View button here, for more options, Details is the current view, but if you would rather just see a list, now we can see everything. If we don't need to know the details, we just see a list of programs in alphabetical order.

Now it's just a matter of selecting the one that you want to uninstall. So for me, I have actually got one here that I want to remove. It's called OfficePrinter 2.0. Now this is a program for creating business cards. It's a trial version, I am not going to use it, I don't want to upgrade to the full version. So, I simply want to uninstall it from my computer. Well, how easy is this? With it selected, I see on the toolbar now an Uninstall button. I click the button and a little window pops open showing that the wizard will uninstall this program from my computer.

I need to confirm that I want to do that by clicking the Uninstall button. You can see it didn't take very long. It's completed already. If I want to see details of the uninstall, there are quite a number of files that were removed from my computer including number of Help files, Templates and so on. So I click Finish, I'm back to my list. The program has been removed, I freed up some space on my hard drive and I won't be annoyed by those little reminders from that program. Close up Control panel and we are back to the desktop.

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Windows 7 Essential Training

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  1. 16m 28s
    1. Welcome
      1m 54s
    2. Windows basics for first-time users
      13m 47s
    3. Using the exercise files
      47s
  2. 29m 18s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 7 versions
      6m 57s
    2. Upgrading from other Windows versions
      2m 56s
    3. Transferring old files with Windows Easy Transfer
      7m 2s
    4. Dealing with device drivers
      6m 42s
    5. Running a Windows XP program in Windows 7
      5m 41s
  3. 33m 12s
    1. Getting familiar with the desktop
      8m 55s
    2. Handling tasks with the improved task bar
      8m 50s
    3. Accessing your favorites quickly with jump lists
      3m 59s
    4. Finding files and programs with Windows Search
      2m 18s
    5. Using the Action Center
      3m 48s
    6. Keeping information at your fingertips with desktop gadgets
      5m 22s
  4. 34m 24s
    1. Navigating folders and their contents
      6m 59s
    2. Staying organized with your own folders
      4m 44s
    3. Choosing how your folders and user interface behave
      7m 30s
    4. Sharing and protecting folders and files
      5m 27s
    5. Simplifying organization with libraries
      3m 48s
    6. Backing up by burning to CD or DVD
      5m 56s
  5. 24m 44s
    1. Windows Media Center
      7m 22s
    2. Playing media files with Windows Media Player
      3m 59s
    3. Organizing and sharing photos in Windows Explorer
      7m 22s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      6m 1s
  6. 24m 35s
    1. Taking notes with sticky notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      11m 33s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      4m 58s
    3. Performing simple and advanced calculations with the calculator
      5m 20s
    4. Playing Windows games
      2m 44s
  7. 33m 5s
    1. Getting under your computer's hood with the Control Panel
      5m 28s
    2. Controlling system settings
      6m 38s
    3. Controlling sound device volume settings
      6m 38s
    4. Uninstalling programs that are no longer used
      2m 42s
    5. Setting default programs
      5m 10s
    6. Exploring accessibility options
      6m 29s
  8. 21m 1s
    1. Connecting hardware with Device Stage
      2m 56s
    2. Create a home network using HomeGroup
      4m 49s
    3. Controlling what is shared on a network
      3m 26s
    4. Troubleshooting a network and HomeGroup
      3m 58s
    5. Reconnecting quickly with jump lists
      2m 18s
    6. Boosting your computer's memory with ReadyBoost
      3m 34s
  9. 31m 53s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      3m 44s
    2. Battling spyware with Windows Defender
      7m 41s
    3. Controlling access with user accounts
      4m 32s
    4. Streamlining passwords in Credential Manager
      4m 38s
    5. Using parental controls to block unwanted content
      4m 49s
    6. Securing drives with BitLocker Drive Encryption
      6m 29s
  10. 15m 11s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      2m 48s
    2. Troubleshooting printer problems
      5m 15s
    3. Printing power tips
      3m 56s
    4. Printing to and viewing the XPS file format
      3m 12s
  11. 25m 4s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      3m 53s
    2. Sharing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      3m 56s
    3. Backing up folders and drives
      6m 36s
    4. Restoring files and drives
      4m 39s
    5. Handling an entire system crash
      6m 0s
  12. 28m 23s
    1. Exploring changes to the UI
      4m 46s
    2. Access sites quickly using Favorites and History
      5m 17s
    3. Connecting to RSS feeds and web slices
      6m 1s
    4. Displaying similar sites with Suggested Sites
      2m 16s
    5. Browsing without navigating using accelerators
      6m 36s
    6. Keeping your browsing private using InPrivate Browsing and filtering
      3m 27s
  13. 1h 14m
    1. Setting up your Windows Live profile
      4m 37s
    2. Downloading Windows Live Essentials
      2m 23s
    3. Tracking dates and events with the Windows Live calendar
      7m 22s
    4. Free email with Windows Live Mail
      6m 14s
    5. Texting live with Windows Live Messenger
      7m 13s
    6. Organizing and sharing photos in Photo Gallery
      9m 46s
    7. Synchronizing photos on two computers with Live Sync
      4m 0s
    8. Controlling content and communications with Family Safety
      6m 26s
    9. Keeping a blog with Windows Live Writer
      6m 50s
    10. Accessing free online storage with SkyDrive
      4m 44s
    11. Creating a movie with Windows Live Movie Maker
      14m 46s
  14. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

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