Modern computers can hold a large collection of software to extend the uses of the system. Large disk space coupled with powerful processors enable computers to work on nearly any kind of task. Out of the box, most computers are configured with many programs and many more are often added via Internet installations and product purchases. Eventually, a disk can be saturated with software. Sometimes a user simply runs out of space, while other times a troublesome program is no longer wanted. It is a straightforward process to delete programs from Windows XP.
Open the "Control Panel" of the computer. This is accessible via the "Start" menu. A new window will appear.
Click the "Add/Remove Programs" option in the "Control Panel."
Locate the program you wish to delete in the list. It may be listed either by the program's name or by the manufacturer's name.
Click the "Uninstall" button. The program is automatically removed. Proceed to delete other programs in this same manner. A reboot may be necessary before all components of the software are effectively deleted.
- It may be tempting to simply delete a program's folder from the "Program Files" directory on your hard drive. However, this does not unregister the software from the operating system. There may be multiple directories that were affected by the installation of the program that should be removed. Use automatic uninstallation instead.
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