programs will do a few things. First, uninstalling a program will
free up hard drive space. In most cases, hard drive space is NOT
directly related to performance, that is unless you don't have much free
space to begin with.
can figure out how much free hard drive space you have by
double-clicking My Computer, then right-click on your C:
drive and choose Properties. Your computer will begin to
experience performance problems when your free hard drive space is
below 500 MB although this is not a concrete figure and will vary
from system to system depending on the demand placed on the
In addition to removing un-wanted programs, uninstalling a program in many cases will
also unload components of a program
that are loading with the PC starts. It can also be a good way to
unload extra toolbars and plugins that can bog down your web browser.
Generally, removing a program can be accomplished as follows:
- Click on the "Start" button on your task bar.
- Select "Settings" then "Control Panel" (or just "Control Panel"
depending your version of Windows).
- Double-click on the "Add/Remove Programs" Icon.
- Look through the provided list and find the software you wish to
- Highlight your old or unwanted software by clicking on it once with
the left mouse button.
- Click on the "Add/Remove" or "Change/Remove" button (Depending on
your version of Windows) and answer "Yes" or "Next" as prompted.
- Restart your computer when the removal is complete. This is
usually a good practice even if the process does not specifically tell
you to do it.