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Manually Remove a Program

Please share methods for manually uninstalling a program from windows OS.
Elements of a program might include ...

program files
registry entries
.dlls
databases
etc
Thanks,
Scott
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Michael DyerSenior Systems Support AnalystCommented:
Well, in general terms here is where you start:

Find the program's folder under "C:\Program Files" or "C:\Program Files (x86)" and delete it.

Next, look under C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Local for the program's data file and delete it.

Before you mess with the registry, it is always a good idea to export a copy to a file.

In the registry, look for the program's name under HKLM\Software and delete that branch.  Also look under HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node

Of course, programs can still leave behind dlls and such but this should be enough to orphan them.
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nobusCommented:
i use regseeker, for removing a program's entries in the registry; it finds all entries in one run, and let's you delete them also at once
http://www.hoverdesk.net/

but one of my favorites for uninstalling is revo : http://www.revouninstaller.com/
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scottjnorrisAuthor Commented:
Do I also need to also delete "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software and delete that branch" ?
or will this get deleted when I run a registry cleaner?

Scott
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Michael DyerSenior Systems Support AnalystCommented:
It would not hurt to delete that one, but it should clear out after a reboot.
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scottjnorrisAuthor Commented:
nobus -

Does RegSeeker portable mean that I can run it without installing it on my computer (stand alone?)
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nobusCommented:
it means that itrovides packaged software suitable for use on portable media, without leaving settings files on the host computer

what wikipedia says about it :  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_portable_software

starnge i gor no credit for my post?
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