Windows 7: remove a program

This is a fairly basic step that a lot of people may not know how to do. Maybe you’ve never needed to remove a program or it’s been so long, you’ve just forgotten how. If you’re dealing with a malicious program, there can be other steps involved. Right now, we’re just looking at the basic removal of a program because you don’t use it, don’t like it, don’t know how it got there, or you just need the drive space.

Our first step is to type Change or Remove a program in your Windows 7 search box. Click on the result.

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This window will open.


You can search for the program by name in the box at the top-right corner.


Then select the result.


Or scroll down to look for it.


By default, programs are sorted alphabetically by name. But you can also sort by the publisher, installation date, size, and version number. Sorting by date is especially helpful if you want to check for any recently installed programs that might be causing problems. Even if you don’t have a particular program in mind to uninstall, it’s not a bad idea to occasionally look here and short by date to make sure no unwanted apps have managed to sneak on to your PC. Just click the heading of the column to sort.


Once you find the program you want to remove, click on it to select. Then select Uninstall at the top.


You’ll be asked to confirm that you want to delete the program.


Depending on the size of the program, the process could take seconds or it could take several minutes.


It’s a fairly simple process once you know how.

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