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How do I uninstall applications from Windows with Revo Uninstaller?

If you are one of those users who prefer to make sure every part of an application is removed you should take a look at Revo Uninstaller.

Uninstalling applications from Windows, theoretically, is simple. You open up the Control Panel and then go to Add/Remove Programs. Most of the time that works just fine, but there are the occasions where Add/Remove doesn't quite work as planned and you wind up with missing DLLs or some bits and pieces are left behind (such is the case with many antivirus applications). And, besides, the Windows uninstaller isn't exactly flexible.

So if you are one of those users who prefer to make sure every part of an application is removed or perhaps you just want a little extra from you uninstaller, you should to take a look at Revo Uninstaller.

This blog post is also available in PDF format in a free TechRepublic download.

The Revo Uninstaller offers a few more options than the Windows uninstaller. Some of the features of Revo include:

  • Search
  • Force uninstall
  • Real-time install monitor
  • Multilevel backup system
  • Hunter mode
  • Junk files cleaner
  • Auto-run manager
  • Browsers cleaner
  • MS Office cleaner
  • Windows cleaner
  • Evidence remover
  • Unrecoverable delete

So, as you can see, we're not talking about the simplified Windows uninstaller. Revo has real power behind it. Now, let's see how it works.

Standard Revo uninstall

As you read above, there are a few ways to uninstall an application with Revo. Let's take a look at the "standard" method.

After you install the application, start it up either from the desktop icon or from within the Start menu. The main window (Figure A) is surprisingly packed full.

Figure A

This is a real-time listing of your applications. As an application is installed, it will automatically appear in this window.

Here are the steps to uninstall an application:

1. Select the application you want to uninstall.

2. Click Uninstall, and the process will begin (Figure B).

Figure B

Revo Uninstaller will do a full registry backup and create a restore point -- in case something goes awry.

3. Click the Yes button to tell the tool you are sure you want to uninstall the application.

4. Once the uninstall is complete, select the Scan mode you want to use (advanced does far more cleanup) and then click the Scan button to do the clean-up section of the uninstall.

5. After the scan is complete, you will be able to delete the application files Revo has discovered to be left over after the uninstall (Figure C).

Figure C

In many cases, all that is left over will be registry entries that can safely be deleted.

That's it. The uninstall is complete. Now let's take a look at another method.

Hunter mode

Hunter mode is a very powerful tool that can, if used incorrectly, easily delete applications, so be careful. When you click the Hunter Mode icon (from the Revo main window), a new cursor will appear on your desktop (Figure D).

Figure D

A gun-like cursor on your desktop can mean only one thing -- use wisely.
Once that cursor appears, you can then drag it to an icon on your desktop and a new menu will appear (Figure E). To uninstall, just select Uninstall from the menu and the process will begin.

Figure E

The Hunter menu also allows you to keep an application from autostarting or even just kill the application.

When using the Hunter mode, the uninstalls are done using the Forced uninstall method. This does not mean that it will uninstall regardless of dependency breakage, but it will automatically remove all remnants that are left behind by a typical uninstall. This method will also search for a program-specific uninstaller and give you the option to use that instead. In some cases (especially for anti-virus tools), this would be a wise option to choose.

During a Hunter uninstall, the first window that pops up (Figure F) will ask you to select a Scan mode and then click Next.

Figure F

You can see that the application to be uninstalled is listed, as well as the full path to the program file/folder.
If the application to be uninstalled has its own uninstaller, it will be shown in the next window (Figure G).

Figure G

If you opt for the built-in uninstall tool, select it from the Scan Mode section and then click Next.

If you choose to stick with the Revo uninstall, the Analysis window will pop up ready for you to walk through the uninstall process. If you select the built-in uninstall, that application's built-in uninstaller will open and walk you through its process. In some cases (as happened with CCleaner), I opted for the Revo uninstaller, and both the Revo and the CCleaner windows opened. If that should happen, just cancel the built-in uninstaller and continue with the Revo method.

NOTE: When you opt for Hunter mode, the Revo window minimizes to the notification tray. You can reopen the main window by right-clicking the icon and selecting Open Main Window. This action will also take you out of Hunter mode.

Junk Files Cleaner

The Junk Files Cleaner tool is quite handy. If you click on the Junk Files Cleaner icon, Revo will allow you to scan your hard disk (Figure H) for any "junk" files. This scan will find temp files and other files left behind by programs or Web browsing.

Figure H

This junk scan found 100.92 MB of junk to remove.

Once you have scanned your drive, click the Delete button to remove the junk. Simple!

Final thoughts

Revo is a powerful tool that is an outstanding candidate to replace the built-in Windows uninstaller. If you're unhappy with the inflexibility of Windows uninstall, give Revo a try.

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38 comments
keithdib
keithdib

Does Revo Uninstaller work from command line, to enable me to uninstall from a remote machines silently? Cheers Keith

chriswat
chriswat

I was told from other forums that after uninstall of apps, it is common that some stuffs are left in c:\windows\winsxs\ as this folder gets larger and largerwith time after numerous installation. Can Revo also prevent this folder from getting larger and larger as well?

andy.robinson32
andy.robinson32

Hi All, will Revo work oover a Domain, or is it purley a stand alone pc software..

tommyp1
tommyp1

I have used Revo for some time now and hve discovered that it almost never gets rid of all registry entries. Last week I used it to remove Spybot S&D. After it had used the program's uninstall, it found a further 8 registry entries. Ccleaner found another 2. Using JV16 registry search I found a further 297 entries, which I carefully inspected, backed up and removed. All fine so far.It was the same with removing Quicktime, I found about another 250 entries. So don't think that it will take out everything.

Pegleg Pete
Pegleg Pete

I have been using Revo Uninstaller for a number of years, but have never tried Hunter Mode before. Just tried it - the app minimized to the tray as per the article, but I didn't get any special "gun" cursor. All it seems to have done is minimize the program. I tried using the existing cursor in a number of ways, but it was just a normal cursor. The Help page wasn't much help. What am I doing wrong?

oranggila_you
oranggila_you

yeah..i use revo uninstaller too... i love it

figmentKLM
figmentKLM

I have used it for years and never broken anything using the moderate mode. I recently purchased the Pro version which seems to have improved capabilities. I found I had to be more careful when approving what to remove.

Mr. Fix
Mr. Fix

When using this product, delete leftover items with care, as apps will often integrate themselves with other apps and even the OS. For example, the first time I used Revo Uninstaller to uninstall Diskeeper, I carelessly allowed it to delete the entire contents of the System Tools folder from the Start menu.

Mr. Fix
Mr. Fix

You failed to mention that there's a portable version of this product that can be executed from an external device, such as a flash drive. It's definitely a "must-have" for any PC 'toolbox'.

jgalen
jgalen

32 bit only for the free version according to their website.

rasilon
rasilon

Excellent article. I'll be posting a link to it on my bolog.... I **LOVE** Revo Uninstaller. I don't know how I lived with out it..... Hank Arnold (MVP)

blu3s
blu3s

The way I uninstall an application from my window is go to control panel>add or remove features, then here are the list of application that already install in your windows, then select the application i.e. you want to remove from your windows and follow the instructions and the things run smoothly. But sometimes I got an error during the process of installation(uninstalling) like "missing" or "cannot find file" or something like that. How is that?

ronilo_tadlejr
ronilo_tadlejr

I am currently using this software and for me it is the best uninstaller i ever used so far.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Do you use a third-party application to do your software uninstalls?

Mr. Fix
Mr. Fix

I find it extremely hard to believe that the many hundreds of leftover items you say JV16 found could possibly have ALL been associated with those two applications that you removed using both Revo Uninstaller and CCleaner. You would have had to perform the JV16 scan both BEFORE and AFTER any other operations to make such a determination.

hapecat
hapecat

A very good uninstaller but, another area to watch in XP is; C:\Program Files\Common Files Like you, I've learned the hard way to look at everything closely before deleting.

John J.
John J.

...given your screen name :-)

Realvdude
Realvdude

This usually happens when the original installation source is no longer available. This can happen with choosing run when downloading a installation, when the temp folder is fully cleaned, or the install file is otherwise removed from the computer. If you have the original installation, running it should give you the remove option.

Angel_Tech
Angel_Tech

that happens when a program gets uninstalled but it left some junk, so it didnt uninstall 100%.. that happens a lot.. especially when the program creates folders everywhere... Revo does a pretty good job about it.. but if you already used a different program then it's hard for revo to do it.. sometimes I use either regseeker or trash reg just so I can find where those broken links in the registry are.. it's a pain to keep your system clean.. Cheers :)

kristain
kristain

Sometimes Add/Remove via Control Panel does not work. We still find old files and registry from a software or program that already uninstalled. Revo uninstaller is good software. It remove all programs and clean all registry and delete all file that are related with uninstall program.

joseeduardo
joseeduardo

For the uninstall to work is it necessary to have Revo during the installation process or could it be dowloaded after the software installation in order to do the uninstalling desired?

fxit38
fxit38

Revo Uninstaller Pro is compatible with the following operating systems: Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista and Windows 7 Revo Uninstaller Pro has full native support of 64bit operating systems! I use the Freeware Version on my Win 7 64bit operating systems with no problems.

stephen_raj
stephen_raj

Revo is one of the best uninstaller software that i've ever seen the speciality of this software is that it has an option where you can also delete the traces of any particular software or applications in the registry. This makes that the software or application is uninstalled completely.. all you have to do is just install the software which can be found in google. you need the select the application which you wanna uninstall ; you need to scan the application so that it will pull out all the registry traces of that particular application which can deleted by just clicking select all and delete. Hope this information is helpful Thanks for your time, Stephen D.

Realvdude
Realvdude

.. and then to be used with great care.

GedW
GedW

Revo has been my uninstaller of choice for several years now. The only minor issue to be aware of is when the free version (1.85) is used in Advanced mode ensure deletion of ONLY components in bold!

thamadgreek
thamadgreek

I have been using Ccleaner because in our environment the admins have hid the add remove feature so instead of tracking it down every time we use ccleaner which we have installed on every machine.

oznbolivia
oznbolivia

A lot of sources will allow you to scan your computer then tell you have 16 gizzillion problem and will only fix them if you buy the Pro. version. I agree with Mr. Fix it seems like a we want to sell you something. I need to down load Revo since I'm only using CCleaner. Oz n Bolivia

Mr. Fix
Mr. Fix

.. and, besides, it was my own computer. The biggest mistake any techie can make is to trust any technology implicitly, 'testing' it out on a client's equipment.

Mr. Fix
Mr. Fix

Its certainly a great tool but, having said that, I can concur. I would never recommend the use of ANY registry-editing product without the technical guidance and supervision of someone with considerable experience.

j.tarry
j.tarry

I'm certainly not a techie, but I find the Revo Uninstaller excellent - I've been using it for a long time and have never had any problems. Before that I had loads of problems with the built-in Windows uninstaller - often programs were not even on its list.

pinstripepresen
pinstripepresen

I also routinely use ccleaner to uninstall, then use ccleaner's registry scan after it. What's important is that I've never had a bad registry experience with ccleaner, and I've probably used it on a thousand machines. I no longer even bother checking what registry entries it's fixing, except for curiosity. I'd be interested in hearing how people who use both revo and ccleaner compare the two.

JCitizen
JCitizen

trial version or paid. The paid version in a lifetime license. Macecraft is an industrial wide recognized utility. It is as good as gold. But I use CCleaner, and would like to try Revo, as soon as a x64 verion is available.

tommyp1
tommyp1

I do not have a trial version of JV16 and bought this in 2007. It is a very good program and can carry out a large number of tasks. I have been using it to clean up quite a number of uninstalls, among other tasks. Sometimes it finds nothing left behind in the registry, more often it will find about 5 to 10 entries. Regarding my method of use; for my last Spybot uninstall I typed spybot into the search engine and found all the registry entries with that in the path,I checked each one,then backed them up and removed them. I keep the backups for 3 months and delete them. I have had no trouble with this method and never had to restore the backups. The worst programs that have left debris behind have been Spybot, Realplayer, Quicktime and Nero.

JCitizen
JCitizen

That will definitely be my next utility purchase! Thanks santee! =D

santeewelding
santeewelding

I have the paid version for my W7Pro. It's my junkyard dog.

JCitizen
JCitizen

I have one client who is a newbie, and picked up Revo very fast! I just gave him cursory warnings about the possible damage he might do; but he didn't have any critical data to protect, and the little he had, was backed up. He got pretty good at it, but knew he'd eventually have to do a total reinstall, with the way he was playing around. It took a while, but he finally re-imaged his PC, and now he knows what not to do. He knows more than I do what you can get away with. I always use CCleaner, and am very cautious; but now I know Revo can be counted on in a pinch situation. Common sense can keep disaster at bay long enough to do good backups and drive on. The next installation should go for quite a while! Personally I have never used it except for observation with remote desktop. It seems to really work well. I've never had to re-image my XP machines, but I'm tired of having to re-image my Vista. Next time I'm using Revo, because you just can't trust some third party installer/uninstallers, let alone Windows. I hope they get a x64 version soon!