How to Uninstall Programs

In Software

Computer applications are wonderful, useful and entertaining programs until we become bored or have no use for them after a period of time. Some applications have updated versions, some require renewal and some are just no longer needed. In moments like these, it is best advised to uninstall programs from the computer to gain more free space, update or upgrade the application.

For the two most popular operating systems, Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh OS X, we will cover how to uninstall programs on the two systems.

Equipment Required

  • Computer



  • Mouse
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 or newer
  • Apple Macintosh OS X

Material Required

To Uninstall Programs on a Microsoft Windows operating system

  1. Click the Start button in the lower right hand corner of the screen, on the taskbar.

Click on Control Panel. Once here, using Microsoft Windows 2000 or XP, click on Add or Remove Programs. If using Windows Vista or Windows 7, click on Programs or Programs and Features respectively.

Navigate through the list of programs in the dialog box and highlight the program to be uninstalled.

With the program highlighted, click on the Change, Remove or Uninstall button which should now be available.

A dialog box should now appear. Most programs give two options; one is usually Uninstall; select it then click the Continue or OK button.

The next screen is usually a display of the uninstallation process. Allow the process to be completed.

  1. After the uninstallation is complete, you should restart the computer if recommended by the instructions on the display. If no message regarding restarting is displayed, you may continue with uninstallation of another program.

Uninstalling Programs on a Apple Macintosh operating system
For Apple Macintosh computers (Macs), the uninstallation procedure is a bit different from the more popularly known Microsoft Windows style of application removal. Users of Mac computers are required to remove the Software Bundle.

  1. Navigate to the Finder or the Applications Folder.

Once in the Finder or Applications Folder, the applications should be displayed as icons. These icons represent the software bundle for each application. Identify the application to be uninstalled.

  1. Click and drag the application to be uninstalled to the Trash, or, right-click the application icon and select Move to Trash.

Tips, Recommendations and Warnings

  • Never unplug the computer while uninstalling the program as this may cause the program to become corrupted and unable to be removed. Unplugging the computer during this process may also render the hard disk drive useless.

Never turn the computer off if it becomes unresponsive during the un-installation procedure. This may occur on some systems and will resume normal operations after the procedure has been completed.

  • The user must be aware that uninstallation of some programs may ignore some files. It is up to the user to double check the Program Files directory in Windows operating systems, or the Library folder for Apple operating systems.
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