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Chapter 7. Do-It-Yourself Program Instal... > Uninstalling Programs You Don't Use - Pg. 74

Do-It-Yourself Program Installation Guide 74 Uninstalling Programs You Don't Use If you are running low on disk space, it's tempting to just delete folders for programs you no longer use. That gets rid of the program, right? Not entirely, especially if the program you're trying to get rid of is a Windows program. When you install a Windows program, it commonly installs files not only to the program's folder but also to the \WINDOWS, WINDOWS\SYSTEM and other folders. It also edits a complicated system file called the Windows Registry; if you remove files without re- moving the lines in the Registry that refer to those files, you might encounter some serious problems. To remove the program completely, you should use Windows's Add/Remove Programs utility: 1. 2. 3. Click the Start button, point to Settings, and click Control Panel. Click the Add/Remove Programs icon. The Add/Remove Programs Properties dialog box ap- pears. Click the Install/Uninstall tab if it is not already selected. At the bottom of the screen is a list of programs you can have Windows uninstall, as shown in Figure 7.4.