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You Will Need
- Your computer
Decide which programs you don’t need. Remember, if you have the original discs the program came on, you can always reinstall it later.
Click the ‘’Start’’ menu, then ‘’All Programs.’’ Scroll your mouse over the program you want to uninstall.
Most programs have an added icon to uninstall it. If this is the case, choose that option. A pop-up box will appear--click ‘’Uninstall.’’
Once done, restart your computer, if it says it’s necessary.
Go to Control panel
If the program does not have an uninstall option, click the ‘’Start’’ menu, then 'Control Panel.’’ Double click on 'Add or Remove Program.' A pop-up box will appear with a list of all installed programs in your computer, usually in alphabetical order.
Scroll and highlight
Scroll down the list and highlight the program you want to remove by clicking on it.
Click the ‘’Remove’’ tab and the uninstall process will begin.
Restart your computer, if it says it’s necessary.
If you accidentally delete a program you wanted to keep, click the 'Start’’ menu, then 'All Programs,’’ then ‘’Accessories,’’ and then ‘’System Tools.’’ Click 'System Restore' and follow the steps to restore your program.