One of the more common scenarios I hear about frequently are incomplete or failed uninstalls. People attempt to uninstall a program and that process fails, leaving some data around, and leaving the program itself in a kind of in-between state. The program remains, but the uninstaller is either missing or non-functional.
This is where Revo Uninstaller comes in.
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Revo comes in two versions: free and paid. The free version performs basic uninstalls of 32 bit applications (even in 64 bit versions of Windows, though it may not be able to set a restore point prior to its work) while the paid version performs more exhaustive scans and fully supports 64 bit applications. A full feature comparison can be found on the download page.
It’s a quick and easy decision: if you’re having trouble uninstalling something go grab the free version and give it a try.
That’s the free version of Revo on my Windows 7 64-bit machine, listing all the applications it’s found, not unlike Control Panel’s “Programs” section.
If you right click on an item you get the menu you’d expect, including “Uninstall”. Click on that and you’ll get:
Revo does more than a normal uninstall – not only does it run the uninstall program if it can, but after doing so will perform various levels of scans to remove the “left overs”. The tradeoff here is simply time – the more advanced and through scans take more time.
After doing so, Revo presents a list of what it found:
Naturally, you’ll need to choose what to delete. In most cases, Revo starts by setting a restore point so that your registry is backed up should you choose inappropriately. A follow-up dialog asks you to also confirm additional files that Revo will delete for you as well – in this case your own good backup strategy will protect you from erroneously deleting something you shouldn’t.
In general, you should always start with the Control Panel’s Programs (or Add/Remove Programs) section, or look for uninstall options in a submenu on the All Programs menu that installed software may have added.
But not finding those, or having those fail … or just wanting a more thorough cleanup than those might provide, Revo Uninstaller is a handy tool for the toolbox.
I recommend it.