Uninstall a program in Windows 8 (8.1)
Windows 8 (8.1) is the newest OS from Microsoft as for May, 26 2014. Although, many interesting features were added the procedure of programs uninstallation is basically the same it was in Windows 7. You are going to Control Panel, Programs and Features, Uninstall a program and remove unwanted software by choosing it in the list and clicking Uninstall button. This will run standard uninstaller of this program and it will delete main folders and registry keys of this software. But during their work on your PC those programs (good or bad) can create numerous additional files, registry keys, etc. This information will not be deleted just by using standard Windows feature. There are special tools to find and remove this leftover info after installation called uninstallers. Today I will show you some of them that I use most of all:
Revo Uninstaller Pro – most powerful and famous uninstaller, can find leftover files, folders, registry keys etc. Has a lot of useful tools to perform regular maintenance of your operating system. It also can uninstall programs with broken uninstallers with special “Forced Uninstall” feature. Also has less functional free version.
Free Uninstall It – our new program where we try to collect best features from our competitors on the market, focusing on powerful leftover items scan and safety. It has one huge advantage – it is FREE.
IObit Uninstaller – it deserved its place in my list for its beautiful interface and several extremely helpful tools available along with it. For example, module for removing browser add-ons and plugins – cool feature, in our age of annoying advertising, to remove toolbars, adware extensions etc.
Uninstall a program manually
Here is manual (standard) way to uninstall a program in Windows 8 (8.1):
- Move your mouse in the bottom-right corner and wait until Menu will slide out
- In the Menu choose Settings and click on it
- In opened menu choose Control Panel and click on it
- If you are in icons view choose Programs and Features
- Alternatively (in 8.1) you can do it by right clicking on Start and choosing Programs and Features
- In the list find desired (unwanted) program and click on it
- Click Uninstall/Change button and program will be uninstalled
Uninstall a program using Revo Uninstaller Pro
As I said better way to remove programs and clean leftover items using one of the advanced uninstallers. For example, Revo Uninstaller Pro. You can download it here:
All you need to do is to find program you want to remove in the list (you can sort by name, or by date of installation) and click Uninstall button:
After this, program will run uninstaller of the program and will offer you to search for leftover items:
Just check items that are in bold and click Delete button. Click Finish button and you are done.
Uninstall a program using Free Uninstall It
Another utility is our utility Free Uninstall It. You can find more information about it here, and you can download it here:
The process is similar – find program you want to uninstall in the list and click Uninstall button.
It will run uninstaller. Then scan program will scan for leftover items and give you results. Just select them and click Delete selected.
Uninstall a program using IObit Uninstaller
Third one is IObit Uninstaller. Super nice and useful software. If your program creates browser extensions (or program you want to remove is browser add-on) this utility will help you remove it from all your browsers. Download it here:
And as usual you choose program to remove, and click Uninstall.
After standard uninstaller is finished run Powerful Scan.
Finally check items you want to remove and click Delete.
Thats all. Looking forward for your suggestions and comments in comment box below. Hope this guide was useful.
Written by Aleksei Abalmasov