When you install programs, no matter how large of a program they are, they will always create multiple files on your computer for the program data. These extra folders and files will take up a bit of space and if you think of how many programs you have on your computer already (games, browsers, Microsoft Office, picture editors, etc. etc.) you’ll realize that there are a lot of random program files floating about.
For most people, when they want to get rid of a certain program, they simply right click and select delete. This however, does not completely remove all of the little files and your computer will be left cluttered up with useless junk that you’ve attempted to delete.
So, when you want to remove a program it is essential to do it properly. Right clicking and deleting it will not work so let’s look at a few proper ways to completely remove your program and all of the files.
- One way to completely remove all of the program files upon deletion is to open up the actual program itself. Many will have an ‘Uninstall’ feature somewhere on their interface so that should be the first thing you should look for. If that is not there or if you can’t seem to find it then continue to the next steps.
- When the program itself doesn’t show an uninstall feature then you need to go work around that. First, go to your ‘Start Menu’, and then click on ‘Control Panel’. From there you’ll see several options but the one you want today is titled ‘Programs’ so click on it. Then click on ‘Uninstall a Program’.
When you click on that you will see a list generated of all of the programs installed on your computer currently. This is exceptionally useful because you can sort the programs by date of last use, frequency of use, name, and more. When you sort it by frequency of use you can then see the programs that are not being used on your computer at all, and remove them. Generally if you haven’t used them in about a year you probably won’t use them in the future. If they are a paid program, you might want to reconsider deleting, but if you have the installation CD then you can safely remove that useless clutter without worry.
So to remove it you simply find the program you want, right click it, and then select ‘Uninstall/Change’. Follow the installation prompts and poof! It will disappear from your computer completely!
You need to be sure you completely remove all of the program files when you are removing a program else you will end up with a lot of clutter that will only bog your computer down and hinder its performance. Performing these simple steps upon uninstallation of a program will ensure that you are minimizing the clutter on your computer and effectively removing all of the programs.
Chances are that you may loose a lot of space while you install Windows Service Pack 1 (SP1) or Windows Service Pack 2 (SP2), as you’ll end up installing a lot of temp files during the process, which may not be necessary. The Windows Installer will unzip the installer files which are necessary for installation, but literally are not useful after the installing is complete.
The installers will be programmed to delete the installer files once it’s job is done, but at times the Service Packs fail to remove these temporary files. Such left over files hog up hard disk space which results in less free space in the root system.
Now there is any easy way to delete all these files. You can do so by using the System Junk Cleaner which you can download from MyDigitalLife.
Download the System Junk Cleaner zip file and extract it. The extracted zip contains a .BAT script.
Run the batch script by double clicking it and it will delete most of the unnecessary, resource hogging junk files from our system. Those who have used this script have seen recovery upto a few gigabytes of hard disk space.
You don’t upgrade your computer often. And once you do, you normally don’t feel the need to keep the old components, and you’ll think about disposing them – errr.. via Ebay for few $$.
Before you dispose your old components make sure you don’t need it in the future. There may be some products, which may be of no use now, but may be they’ll come handy if the new component starts malfunctioning.
Let’s suppose you install a new component and its malfunctioning, you have no idea if it is a technical glitch or some installation problem. In such scenarios, you can replace the new component with your old component ( which you are sure it’s working ), and then check if it works fine. If it does, you can be sure that it’s a technical glitch with your new component, else it most likely will be something to do with the installation problem!
One of the frequent problems, users encounter when trying to install a new hardware device is that, the device does not work or function as expected!
There are a lot of forums, websites that give solutions to almost all the problems that you may encounter, but before visiting any of them, you should ask yourself one question – Did you read the installation instructions thoroughly ?
Most of them do not do this effectively and often end up having problems. Some devices are very simple to use, and few of them require careful investigation while installing.
Some products do come with bugs / limitations, and some applications and hardware can have incompatibility problems with other devices that might be on your PC. This is not uncommon for most software and these will be described in the ‘ReadMe.txt‘.
One should take time to read these instructions before installing the hardware / application itself, this can save hours of frustrating moments for you at times.