remove-unused-programs-and-software-from-windows-faster-7-part-28Many of us go a long time without ever looking to see what programs we have installed.  As a result, many software packages we installed to experiment with or just to take a look at hangs around in both our system registry and file system.

As one can imagine, after a year or even a few months these files can significantly accumulate and expand across our file system.  Quite often this results in both file fragmentation and reduced disk access speeds.

Before optimizing our hard disk drive to have quicker disk access speeds, it is essential to go through our list of programs and remove all of the ones we do not need anymore.  This will provide us with a clean set of installed programs that we can optimize for disk access.

Remove Unused Programs And Software From Windows

1. Select the Windows ‘Start’ button.

2. Choose ‘Control Panel’.

3. Under the category labeled ‘Programs’, select ‘Uninstall a Program’.

4. Once the list is populated, go through it and select ‘Uninstall’ for all the applications you know are no longer needed.

5. For programs you are unsure of, be sure to ‘Google Them First’.

6. That’s it!

The removal of software packages has become extremely easy over the evolution of the Windows Operating System.  For the most part, the Windows 7 uninstaller does a great job of removing all of the system files and registry entries associated with the program.  We will take care of the ones it misses in an upcoming episode.


Craig Chamberlin

Applications Engineer at Precision Electric, Inc.
Craig received his degree in Informatics with a cognate in Business from Indiana University: South Bend in 2008. Craig lives with his wife and daughter in South Bend, Indiana near Notre Dame. Craig is currently employed by Precision Electric, Inc. and acts as the chief Information Technology Manager. With a passion for teaching and technology, he founded The PCMichiana Tech Help Show in Fall 2009. His focus is teaching users of all backgrounds how to learn technology while having fun.
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