How To Improve Uninstall A Program In Windows

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 6, 2010
Updated • Apr 7, 2016

Many experienced Windows users do not use the default Uninstall A Program control panel applet in Windows.

Not so much because it is not comfortable to use but more because of it solely relying on the uninstall routine of the application itself to remove it from the computer.

Data leftovers in the Registry and file system tend to clutter the system and can influence a system's stability in worst case.

Software uninstallers such as Revo Uninstaller or IOBit Uninstaller perform a scan of the operating system after the removal to catch leftovers so that you can get those removed as well if you want.

These uninstallers have another advantage over the standard Windows uninstallation Control Panel applet as they provide the user with additional information about the installed programs.

Uninstall A Program

First, to open the uninstallation window on Windows, you need to do the following:

  1. Tap on Windows-Pause on your keyboard. This opens the System Control Panel applet.
  2. Select Control Panel Home.
  3. Select Programs and Features on the screen that opens.

Uninstall A Program displays up to five bits of information about each program: Name, Publisher, Installed On, Size and Version. It does not display information about the program path, date the program was last used on, installation source and multiple other bits that may be useful to the computer users.

uninstall a program
uninstall a program control panel

Revo Uninstaller, one of the most popular uninstallation programs, displays those additional information which adds to the usability of the application.

Improving Uninstall A Program

Users who are stuck with - or have to use - the Uninstall A Program applet can extend the information that is displayed in the table. A right-click on the header row in the window displays a context menu with a more link as the last entry.

uninstall program options
uninstall program options

The more link opens a new window in which you can add or remove details from the program uninstallation window.

The details provided are extensive ranging from the program location on the local hard drive to contact information, installation source and readme or support information.

A click on a checkbox next to each detail will enable or disable the information in the software uninstallation window depending on its previous state.

uninstall program details
uninstall program details

The same configuration window can be used to change the order of columns in Uninstall or change a program. The same effect is also available by dragging and dropping column headers directly in the main window.

Adding details to the software uninstallation control panel applet adds valuable information to the process. The installation location can for instance be important if multiple versions of the same program have been installed.

Not all details that are enabled provide information on every software entry on the other hand.

Windows can retrieve some information like the last used date or installation location but developers are responsible for contact and support information for instance.

uninstall program
uninstall program

The image above shows a modified uninstallation applet in Windows that displays the software name, publisher, size and installation location.

The same mechanism applies to uninstalling updates in Windows as well. It is possible to add and remove information from the window in the same way.

uninstall windows update
uninstall windows update

It can for instance be helpful to add the location of each installed Windows Update to the list so that identification and manual processing becomes easier.

Do you have additional tips about the standard Windows software and update uninstallation applet? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Levulose said on January 8, 2012 at 7:36 am

    This is useful.

    Because I use LeizerSoft’s right click uninstaller which can uninstall from the shortcut (like Revo, only without Revo running in the background).

    I prefer the convenience at the cost of a not-so-thorough uninstall job.

    Therefore, I’L take anything that will enhance the windows default uninstaller. If only there was something like revo or iobit which can be sort of a plugin addon for the windows default. Or if only Revo or Iobit provided similar convenience uninstalling from the shortcut via context menu. Or, of only LeizerSoft’s uninstaller would also use a search warrent to leave no stone unturned. in the meantime I am stuck with LeizerSoft.

  2. Andy said on June 11, 2010 at 4:11 am

    This doesn’t seem to be relevant to Windows XP… the “Add or Remove Programs” control panel applet can’t be customized like this.

  3. Paul Lavelle said on June 10, 2010 at 5:24 am

    Does an excellent job of finding programs installed on my computer. It cleaned unwanted application very nicely. I surely will continue to use it.

  4. Nicholas said on June 9, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    I have been using your stuff for a few weeks now and quite like it for its ease of use, so far I’m witnessing this software company providing great software, mostly are free, like Advanced System Care 3. I can not tell a problem. It is smart, easy and powerful!

  5. Centralfun said on June 9, 2010 at 11:01 am

    It is simple and easy to use and understand. i’ve installed many things on my laptop and forgot what they were. After used the IObit Uninstaller, I found out many want the software that do not need any more. This tools seems to uninstall the useless softare very clear and thus give back much free drive space to my conputer. So my computer runs very well now. Much thanks for this tools.

  6. john Rosenblum said on June 9, 2010 at 10:52 am

    I have Advanced system care and it came with that. It is fairly good and seems to work faster than Windows, it offers to scan the hard drive to locate associated additional files, folders and registry entries. So I have no real complaints.
    I didn’t know the stealing issue and I don’t care. This issue is beyond my knowledge. lol.

    1. Jojo said on June 9, 2010 at 7:51 pm

      “I didn’t know the stealing issue and I don’t care. This issue is beyond my knowledge. lol.”
      Yes, using Google and reading the info at the link I provided is just too complex for simpletons like yourself [roflol]

      But I bet you would feel different if someone stole something you owned, right?

  7. Jojo said on June 9, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Ha ha, it’s a full court press from the shills at IOBIT! These guys are so stupid (on top of being thieves)….

    1. Joseph said on June 9, 2010 at 10:03 am

      Just take it easy,dude.

  8. rosemary said on June 9, 2010 at 8:14 am

    I am very very satisfied with IObit Uninstaller!!!It is great and quite easy to use and very effecient. I have no reason to resist such a good program. What’s more, it is totally free. I will continue to use it regardless other peoples’ ideas. Guys, choose the program suitable for you. Cheers

  9. TankMl said on June 9, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Watching U fightings…It is good to have so many software for us to select. IObit and Revo are both working in application uninstallation. They are done.
    we need to find the suitable one by trying. please do not send fake words misleading us.

  10. Tinastin said on June 9, 2010 at 7:24 am

    Hey guys, I just used Uninstaller from iobit, I can not see anything wrong with it. Why are you all stuck with the stealing gate? Come on, We just focus on the performance of a software, do not be so shaddow, OK?

  11. PeterB said on June 7, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Hi, A few days ago, I tested both uninstallers on the same program.
    iobit uninstaller did not find anything, but Revo did.
    I’ll stick with revo.

  12. Ruchir said on June 7, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Jojo u r right,iobit is worst crap on internet.My KIS 2010 deleted Iobit security 360 pro citing it was acting trojan.My Returnil 2010 home lux says ASC pro of iobit has some worm in its installed exe and one in its context menu.Another thousands of softw are not quarantined by these defences.Next time I will paste screenshots to make non employees of Iobit know what Iobit stands for besides cheating companies.TAKE CARE.

  13. Anonymous said on June 7, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Right on brother!

  14. Elerna Salvot said on June 7, 2010 at 3:41 am

    This tool is really cool. I think it’s easy to use.
    I knew that a lot of trash was left when you uninstall a program. However, IObit uninstaller can delete the leftover completely whenever I what to uninstall the program i don’t want or the program that is installed into my PC sneakily without my consent.

    It works quickly and efficiently, what’s more, it’s totally free.

    1. Jojo said on June 7, 2010 at 4:49 am

      If you two aren’t IOBIT employees, shilling for the company, then you two represent part of what is wrong with the world. Thievery is NOT OK, regardless of the results obtained.

      Neither of you two appear to be intelligent enough to understand that “the ends does not justify the means”. So look it up on Google.

      1. Martin said on June 7, 2010 at 9:40 am

        They use the same IP for their comments..

  15. Jojo said on June 6, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I wish you would not mention IOBIT anywhere, as they have been proven to be thieves.

    IOBit Steals Malwarebytes’ Intellectual Property

    1. Darren said on June 7, 2010 at 3:31 am

      Hi, dude. I don’t know what you say is a fact or not. I know the matter what you mentioned, but why what I saw is that Malwarebytes tends to abuse IObit. All of you guys spread the rumors on the internet. That is not legal competition.

      whatever, I still trust IObit’s advanced system care. It really is a good tool I have ever used, which is known by all of users. Even you can’t deny this.

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