If you find that you need more space on your computer, you can remove programs you have installed over time. You may also want to consider removing programs if your computer seems to be slowing down. This guide is for Windows XP users, but can also be used with older versions of Windows. In this guide, I am going to show you how to remove programs in Windows XP. We will be removing programs from the Control Panel and from the start menu.
Removing Programs from Your Windows Control Panel
We will begin with removing programs from your control panel. Most programs that are downloaded and installed in Windows XP can be found in the control panel. However, some can’t, but I will show you how to remove those too.
Open your control panel by clicking the Start Menu and clicking the Control Panel option in the menu. When the control panel loads, look for the Add and Remove Programs option. Click this option and you will see a window of programs load.
Go through this window and find programs that you do not use anymore. Click a program to select it and click the Remove button to the right of the program. Be careful when you are removing stuff, don’t remove anything that Windows need. Make sure they are programs you have installed. When you click Remove, most of the time, you will see a box open and ask if you really want to remove it. Follow through with the removal and once it is removed, it will let you know.
Removing Programs from Your Start Menu in Windows
Next, I will show you how to remove programs from your Start Menu in Windows. Go to your start menu and open it. Place your mouse on All Programs and you will see the programs that are installed. If you still see folders that you want to remove, place your mouse on the folder. In the folder, you will see the Uninstall option. Click that option and you can follow through with uninstalling the program. You can go through the different folders and uninstall what you do not want anymore.
Removing programs that you no longer use from your computer will speed it up and give you more hard drive space. If you are out of hard drive space and don’t really have any thing to delete, you may want to consider upgrading.