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Chapter 7. Do-It-Yourself Program Instal... > Uninstalling Programs You Don't Use - Pg. 75

Do-It-Yourself Program Installation Guide 75 Inside Tip If the program you removed has a shortcut icon on the desktop, you might have to delete this manually. Right-click the icon, click Delete, and click Yes to confirm the deletion. · Use My Computer or Windows Explorer to display the contents of the folder for the program you want to remove. If you see a Setup or Install icon, double-click it and follow the onscreen in- structions to remove the program. In many cases, the program's setup utility enables you to remove the entire program or only selected components. If you use the program but do not use its advanced features, you can save disk space by removing only the components you do not use. Inside Tip If you don't see a Setup or Install button, the best thing to do is to obtain a program that's designed especially to help you remove other programs from your hard drive. Remove-It and Clean Sweep are two of the more popular programs although they both require a good amount of technical expertise to avoid deleting the wrong files. Don't play with these programs unless you know what you're doing. The Least You Need to Know · Before you purchase any program, read the minimum system requirements on the box to determine whether your computer can run it. · You should always determine how much free space is left on your hard disk before shopping for new programs. · To make sure any program you buy will run smoothly, determine the amount of physical memory your computer has and the amount of disk space available for use as virtual memory. Alt+click My Computer to see how much memory is installed. · Most programs come with a setup or install utility that leads you through the installation process. Run the Setup or Install file on the disk to initiate the utility. · To conserve disk space, remove any Windows programs and components you no longer use.