- Prepare for uninstalling: There's always
a risk that something will go horribly wrong
when you install, uninstall or update software.
Back up everything you don't want to risk losing before you
install a program. You have to decide what
that is. I make sure that I have recently backed up
my whole system with a disk image before I install programs.
- Get your system ready:
- Close any programs you have open. [Use Ctrl+Alt+Delete or do a clean start with no unwanted programs running.]
- Optional, but strongly suggested: Run System
File Checker to set a clean starting point.
[Click Start > Run > type sfc]
- Alternatively, if you're running Windows
XP, set a system checkpoint.
- Uninstall the program:
- Click Start > Settings > Control panel
> Add/Remove Programs > scroll down
the list until you find the program. Click
Add/Remove and answer OK.
- It's a good idea to reboot your computer
after you've uninstalled the program. Windows can't delete or replace some files
that need to be changed except during startup.
- Keep a permanent record of the action you've taken (for example
-- Uninstalled "Galaxy" - version
2.0 on 7/4/2002, along with any relevant
notes or observations).
- It's a good idea to restart
your computer after uninstalling a program before you install new software
-- even if you did not get a notice that
you "Need to restart your computer."
Uninstalling security programs is not always as easy as it is for ordinary programs. [suggestions]
Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete (This means
hold down the first two keys
and then press
the Delete key for an instant.
Often called the 3-fingered salute in deference
to Bill Gates.
In the Close Program dialog box, click the
program that you want to close, and then
click End Task.
Before you install, uninstall or update any
software, make sure you have a current backup of at least your critical documents and
data. You can't afford to lose that. It's
more likely that something will happen to
your system (Windows mostly) though. It's
a good idea to back your system up as well. The Windows XP System Restore function is
an adequate alternative. It can take you
back to a point before the time when the
installation went bad.
Installation log ^top^
A log of each program you uninstall can be
invaluable if you run into a problem. You
can easily create a Log file that automatically
enters the date each time you open it. Open
Notepad and create a text file with the single
line ".LOG" (Without the quotes.) Be sure to
include the lead off period. Close and save
the file. Now when you open it, you will
see the current date. You can then complete
your log entry. Put a shortcut for the file somewhere where
you can easily find it when you need it --
on the desktop for example.