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Uninstalling Programs

Uninstalling 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.

You 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 computer.

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:

  1. Click on the "Start" button on your task bar.
  2. Select "Settings" then "Control Panel" (or just "Control Panel" depending your version of Windows).
  3. Double-click on the "Add/Remove Programs" Icon.
  4. Look through the provided list and find the software you wish to remove.
  1. Highlight your old or unwanted software by clicking on it once with the left mouse button.
  2. Click on the "Add/Remove" or "Change/Remove" button (Depending on your version of Windows) and answer "Yes" or "Next" as prompted.
  1. 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.