If you have tried uninstalling a program and been told you do not have proper rights to do so, or it gives you an error and aborts the process, you might be looking to good advice as to how to move forward in taking the program off your computer. Going to Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel and right clicking then selecting “run as administrator” should be one step taken to see if Window’s built in uninstaller will remove the program. If this still fails to work, You can try reinstalling the program on top of itself and seeing if there is an perfect uninstaller option open to you this way. Sometimes using this method is better because it relies on the program’s own removal tools. If the program came with a CD try looking on it for a removal tool. This will ensure that the program is safely removed.
Step by step guidance is provided by Microsoft. Here is what they recommend:
Open Programs and Features (windows 8) or Add/Remove Programs (windows 7 and below). Getting there is simple. Click start ? control panel ? programs ? programs and features.
Select the program you wish to remove and pick “uninstall”. When prompted for an administrator password or confirmation provide it.
Unlisted programs typically have an uninstall tool included with them. Check with the installation package to see if there is one.
Particularly stubborn programs might require creation of a new administrator account before they can be removed. Another option is running windows in safe mode to see if it will uninstall that way. Windows running in safe mode keeps most programs from starting automatically. While you have safe mode enabled, make sure you run your anti-virus and anti-malware programs to ensure there are no other reasons for the program refusing to uninstall. This way you can be assured that it was just a glitch and not the result of a larger problem.
Should the above methods fail, there are professional tools you can download that will help uninstall programs that are being particularly difficult. These programs are much safer than trying to manually edit the windows registry. These programs will search for all traces of the program being removed and delete those as well, ensuring there is no corrupt clutter left lying around to slow your computer down.
The very brave can do a search and manually look through hidden folders and the windows registry to delete each piece of the program by hand. This it not recommend for anyone who has no idea what they are doing. It is much wiser and safer to use an uninstalling stand alone program (http://perfectuninstallerexposed.com) to do this for you because they will only remove those things directly linked to the program being removed. Do not overlook the importance of doing a disk defragment after the uninstall is finished to speed up performance and remove empty gaps on your hard drive. The only device that should not be defragmented is your solid state drive if you have one.