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Video: Uninstall applications from Windows with Revo Uninstaller

Bill Detwiler shows you how to completely uninstall all components of a Windows application using Revo Uninstaller.

Many of us like to keep our systems free from old or unused applications, but often, we find that the Windows Add or Remove Programs feature doesn't get rid of all an application's bits and pieces. In this week's TR Dojo episode, I show you how Revo Uninstaller can help you keep you system neat and tidy.

For those who prefer text to video, you can click the Transcript link that appears below the video player window or read Jack Wallen's article, "How do I uninstall applications from Windows with Revo Uninstaller?" on which this video is based.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

23 comments
jcrowder556
jcrowder556

I have read several of these replies. Most of them are under that subtle spell of software utilities reform, that is what I call it. 26 experience in the IT Field and Certified with Microsoft as well as taught classes in computer technology over the years. Yes you can guess that I have some experience here. I have used every single one of these utilities, there is a degree in which you may use these projects. Depending on whether your a home user just putting around on the Net or you are a professional handling security or otherwise. Win 7 Ultimate has come up with the goods as far as I'm concerned. If you are running any Vista get rid of it. If you are running any free anti-virus utility especially those that are really intrusive like AVG and others get rid of it. Use Microsoft Security Essentials along with Windows 7 Ultimate and you will never go wrong. CCleaner is by far an awesome cleaner-ware however I have found something that I now use it is called Drive-max it is one of thee best cleaners around and is free to download. Those two programs will handle any problems you are having if your having them. Just my opinion it came with a price. If you are doing anything professional go always with company recommendations. Now always good but in most cases consultants have the experience such as I do in determining security matters. The office is not the playground. Now Win 98 and XP have a good reputation much like Linux XP has been a stable system for a long time now they should have never stopping supporting the XP software at all. Both of those are great sellers and very stable Windows platforms. You can still get the updates for XP and Windows 7 Ultimate is just better for configuring new software and finding drivers than the rest. I have serviced and repaired over 4,000.00 computer in my years and I can tell you it is due to to much clutter and lack of cleaning that is all it is. This means dusting out that dirty machine cleaning old files. Old Windows programs and the like. If you ad to many utilities to the mix they do run in the background and you will find issues. Drag and freezing issues come with to much going on in the background. So keep it simple and keep them running. Just my humble opinion. Thanks John

robertr
robertr

I have used this tool (Free Version) for the past year. I used the HUNTER mode to get rid of old SBC DSL applications in the SYSTRAY that were orphaned during UNINSTALL. A Google search led me to this tool, and I have used it to clean up messy uninstalls performed by Clients.

MytonLopez
MytonLopez

The only other program I have used is Windows Installer Cleanup Utility to remove a MSXML 6 SP2 for it was not listed in the Add/Remove Programs and needed to remove it to install SQL 2005 on an updated system.

thisaintmyemail
thisaintmyemail

CCleaner's ability to REALLY find files and Revo's uninstall abilities put together make the ultimate tag team for file cleanup.

dcarrington
dcarrington

Used Revo Uninstaller to successfully remove a program that Windows Install Cleaner (right name?) wouldn't touch. HOWEVER, I let Revo scan for remnants and deleted all (bad choice) and ended up with other apps that wouldn't work. Had to do a system restore to recover, and of course the deleted program was back!

Falcon*
Falcon*

I use Smart Uninstaller which comes with Windows 7 Manager.

fisherpc
fisherpc

been using revo for years and along with glary keeps my personal pc clean as well as all of my clients, surprised it took so long to get this out. Advanced usage is not for individuals that are not tech saavy, wrong usage can create problems, which requires attention of a qualified tech. I install these on all my clients' pc's and instruct them in the usage of the simple parts of the programs to use and do the more advanced on a scheduled maint. trip to them on a 60 day basis

griff.computerservices@ve
griff.computerservices@ve

I use the professional, retail version of this app, and (in my professional opinion) works better than any previous third-party 'uninstaller' app I've ever used. Primarily because in the "Advanced" configuration, it allows the user to manually delete Registry entrees that similar apps would normally leave behind. However, caution should be liberally applied when using the Advanced mode. Highly recommended.

pjimenezrios
pjimenezrios

I am not an "expert" but I have used Revo Free Uninstaller for a while. Always doubt about which items could be deleted when left behind. So, sometimes I take the risk. Other times is clear what to mark for deleting. I consider Revo a good utility for uninstalling with a good safety level.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

Many of us like to keep our systems free from old or unused applications, but often, we find that the Windows Add or Remove Programs feature doesn't get rid of all an application?s bits and pieces. In this week's TR Dojo episode, I show you how Revo Uninstaller can help you keep you system neat and tidy. Revo Uninstaller is one just one of many third-party Windows system maintenance tools that remove unwanted applications. Tools such as Piriform?s CCleaner or Glarysoft?s Glary Utilities are extremely popular Windows add-ons. Do you use a third-party tool to keep your Windows system clean? Take the poll and let me know. Original post and poll: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=1823

glenstorm_98
glenstorm_98

What I want to know is why stinkin' Micro$oft doesn't provide an uninstall program that actually works! It's good if Win7 comes with Smart Uninstaller (if I'm understanding you correctly), but why should getting it right be the province of any third party? M$ wrote the OS, fer cryin' out loud! :: steps off sandbox :: -Dw

birchyboy
birchyboy

I also use the excellent Pro version and I second the comments about using caution with the "Advanced" removal of leftover files. Recently I used RUP to remove a particularly troublesome program which was leaving a whole raft of registry and other entries (more than 70). Showing poor patience, I selected "Advanced" removal and "all files". Result - the Windows Installer became dysfunctional. Starting that and Modules installer in Component Services made no difference. Nor did Re-registering them in Safe Mode. Be more careful than I was folks ....

griff.computerservices@ve
griff.computerservices@ve

As I stated earlier on in this thread, Revo Uninstaller (Pro version) is extremely effective in removing 'trace' elements of installed programs when deploying the "Advanced" option. However, once again, if you're not adequately experienced, you might want to use the online tutorial or app 'Help' feature to guide you through the possible pitfalls of the Advanced option. After all, this is the "tech" Republic?

vucliriel
vucliriel

According to the poll, as of today, out of more than 1200 votes, just slightly more than 51% use third party uninstallers! UNBELIEVABLE!!! No wonder so many people, who claim to be savvy or otherwise in the know, glow when it comes to the 'security' level of the latest garbage Redmond sells for OSes, when, in reality, previous OSes, with proper, much better and higher performing third party applications function much better and with much greater stability! We cannot escape the conclusion that, with the level of intelligence this poll shows, we deserve the garbage sold today by the software giants. I have a computer running Windows 98SE since 1998 and have NEVER had to reformat due to rogue programs and other malicious software, either written by so-called hackers or, intentionally, by large software companies looking up for sneaky ways to boost up their bottom line. On the opposite, I have had to fight my Vista machine almost daily for months simply to be able to do some of the things I used to be able to to do under Windows 98! What is this society going towards, except total and utter decadence, when slavery has been sold to so many tech savvy people, under the guise of safety, when in reality it is designed to remove the freedoms and liberties the computer revolution bestowed on us simply for reasons of greed to keep fattening those who are already obscenely rich? Man! How can anyone, who call themselves experts in IT, fall for this BS? I'm sorry, folks, but I'm outa here... NO software will ever take control of MY machine as long as I can help it, no matter what the DMCA, the UAC and the EULAs say. And yes, I still support a working Windows 3.11 computer!!!

tsnook12
tsnook12

I have used ccleaner and found it works very well to clean up a slow pc.

davekingsb
davekingsb

I use WinTools.net Professional and CCClean to keep my Windows running clean. WinTools.net Professional allows me to uninstall and remove applications. Both do an excellent job.

logisticscanada
logisticscanada

SystemWorks....Probably the only product of Symantec that I've used and found it worthwhile for system cleanups.

LarryTRS
LarryTRS

I still record everything I install with INCTRL5. Makes it simple to uninstall "everything" even if it has to be done manually.

fatman65535
fatman65535

As much as i enjoy taking potshots at M$ for their failings; many of these problems are not M$'s fault. If you install any non M$ software that came with its own installer, the software vendor is responsible for writing the necessary code to both install and remove it. Some vendors do a lousy job on the removal. Before i completely ditched the Windoze platform and went to Linux, more than once I had to uninstall an existing firewall product (including its configuration settings) just to install an updated version. M$ did not code that installer, the firewall company did, and I found out, the first time that I `upgraded` it, all of the firewall rules GOT BLOWN AWAY in the process. One of the things I like about Linux is the package manager set up. If you are dealing with a *.deb package, the Debian installer takes care of that. Ditto for those who use RPM. M$ could learn something here. So can so many of their software partners; but that is like talking to a `brick wall`. A waste of time.

vucliriel
vucliriel

... Microsoft and other software giants don't want users doing things that are not strictly defined in the EULA, the DMCA and the UAC... That means preventing users from removing certain hidden files and registry settings... The Sony Rootkit scandal is a perfect example of software companies hiding things from users. Like they would probably say, it's best for the common folk not to know too much. Enrages me every time because under the guise of safety, they make sure to control what users can do with their computers. I say: It's none of their F business! I have been using Revo, InCntol, UM and other utilities ever since they came out and, as much as uninformed people have decried Windows 98 for bluescreening and being 'unsafe', I never had any stability or security issues with my old Windows 98 machine even after 10 years of tinkering, _precisely_ because I have been keeping these arrogant software companies at bay with powerful install, uninstal and registry cleaning utilities.

birchyboy
birchyboy

As a matter of interest, when I used the Revo Unistaller Pro restore from backup (instead of trying to sort out the permissions myself), Windows 7 Ultimate was returned to normality. Revo Unistaller Pro certainly gets my vote for ease of use and now for restoration abilities.

glenstorm_98
glenstorm_98

I totally understand about application software packages providing their own installers/uninstallers. My question, though, centered around why a 3rd-party had to create what amounts to an actual working registry cleaner, when it was Microsoft's operating system. Shouldn't M$ be the ones to know--better than any 3rd party--how to keep their own (abortive) registry clean? And it just seems like this sort of thing happens a lot with M$. How often have they been shamed into finally adding functionality to their OS only after a 3rd party has come with a way to do something really needed, like hard drive defragmentation? They like to paint themselves as innovators, but it just ain't so. Thanks for your input...