Uninstalling: Program vs Control Panel

Discussion in 'General Software' started by ninethreeeleven, Oct 18, 2004.

Use program uninstall or Windows uninstall

  1. Use Program Uninstall

    6 vote(s)
    30.0%
  2. Use Control Panel Uninstall

    12 vote(s)
    60.0%
  3. Program Specific (please explain below)

    2 vote(s)
    10.0%
  1. ninethreeeleven

    ninethreeeleven TKer

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    Okay what do all of you guys recommend for uninstalling a program. Please clarify your answer if you find there should be more than the above choices.
     
  2. riot8ap

    riot8ap [H]ardness Supreme

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    I go the program files directory and delete the folder...i then goto the windows system directory and delete .dll's that sound like they might come along with the program.
     
  3. arkamw

    arkamw [H]ard|Gawd

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    Program first, CP second, and then, god forbid, deleting the directory and clearing the registry by hand.

    Cheers.
     
  4. Direwolf20

    Direwolf20 2[H]4U

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    Joking....right? ;) :D
     
  5. Pilky

    Pilky Gawd

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    I'v always used the control panel.
     
  6. OldPueblo

    OldPueblo [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Surprise, surprise, the control panel simply calls the programs uninstall. There is no "windows uninstaller." We all win!
     
  7. vinnie

    vinnie [H]ard|Gawd

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    Usually program, unless the program is hiding it (aka there's no obvious shortcut or uninstall program). Then windows.
     
  8. Ice Czar

    Ice Czar Inscrutable

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    depends, first I check for its own uninstall
    then either the control panel or Add Remove Pro
    (a former featured freeware)

    Add/Remove Pro v. 2.08
    this is one of those rare exceptions, there is a small ad on the GUI of this ap, for the software developer, but its not spyware

    Well thats pretty straight forward, and so is this ap for the most part, however it also has a few nice advanced features, like:

    Finder Tab, select a program with a broken link and use the finder to see if a file in the uninstall string, this is here because, some aps dont report correctly, so its a good idea to check to see if the uninstall string is actually there or not before you delete the link.

    Change Uninstall String
    "Sometimes a link is bad because the program has changed locations or because a tempoary directory with the uninstall information was deleted. This will keep the program from being uninstalled." If the uninstall information exisits in another loaction on your compter you can use this to change the uninstall string.

    Backup & Restore
    automatically backups before you delete and gives you the option to restore

    Displays all Uninstall Strings,
    even those that windows doesnt want you to see

     
  9. mosin

    mosin [H]ardForum Junkie

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    I'm in the small percentage group because I use the program uninstall option inside jv16 Power Tools. That way I can quickly make certain that I get rid of every trace of the program that was uninstalled. I don't like leaving keys behind.
     
  10. odoe

    odoe Madministrator Staff Member

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    I should get that.
    I always try to use the programs uninstaller directly because the cp has a history of leaving stuff in there that's already been uninstalled. :mad:
     
  11. stevewm

    stevewm 2[H]4U

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    The CP simply calls the program's uninstaller. Same as if you had run it directly.

    If a program is not removed from the CP list after uninstallation, its the uninstallers fault. The uninstaller is supposed to remove its entry from the CP after its finished. If it doesn't do this it will stay in the list until you remove it manually.