A Better Way To Uninstall Programs

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Uninstall ViewThere are plenty of programs available, free and paid-for, which claim to be the ultimate program uninstaller for Windows. They reckon they can remove every last trace of a program, and do it better than the built-in Windows uninstaller can.

In truth, there's rarely any need to use a specialist uninstaller. Windows is quite capable of removing almost any program. For the handful of stubborn offenders which still leave files lying around after removal, there are dedicated tools for that particular application.

But while the built-in Windows uninstaller is quite good at removing programs, it rarely tells you enough information about the program you're trying to remove. Where in the registry does it keep its settings information, for example? This is useful to know if you want to keep track of the data it holds, or if you want to make quite sure that no confidential information remains.

And that's where a new program from the always-excellent Nir Sofer comes in. It's called Uninstall View and, as with everything from Mr Sofer, it's free. You'll find it at http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/uninstall_view.html. It's a tiny download of less than 0.2 MB, and is malware-free according to VirusTotal. Nirsoft's site is also rated as reputable by Web of Trust.

It's portable, and needs no installation. So download it, put it on your desktop, and try it next time you want to uninstall something. You'll still end up at the standard Windows uninstaller, but your journey towards it will be much more informative.

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Folks this is not a forum for rude snarky comments. Be polite. It is a forum to help users not for anyone to trumpet that they believe they are smarter than someone else.

Now my input I use IObitUninstaller and like it a lot. I particularly like its "Powerful Uninstall" option at the end. This shows the "dregs" not initially cleared.It too is free. I always update it as soon as a new version appears.. I am running Win10 Version 1607 -64bit.

Thanks. All the Nir Sofer products are excellent.

Up until Revo did not offer its product free for 64 bit I chose it but after had to move to Advanced Uninstaller 11 but then it had some issues and have since moved to Geek Uninstaller also which does what Revo does but much more quickly and with less muss and fuss attached. This program I likely will install to see the "before" & "after" results.

First impressions:
A very thorough initial scan; takes almost 2 minutes to finish and allow the user access to the interface.
Why do I have 18 versions of Microsoft Visual C++? Is this necessary?
I don't see too much of a difference between this and Revo Uninstaller, free version (the program I've been using for year).

Perhaps this program does 64-bit, which Revo free doesn't (or at least, didn't, when i checked last, a year or so ago)?

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I see there is a 64-bit version, which i have downloaded.

Don't know what you mean, Revo Free doesn't do 64-bit. I've been using it with Windows 10 64-bit with no problems at all.

That's what i thought until i read an article that caused me to check - it RUNS fine on 64-bi Windows ... but it won't UNINSTALL 64-bit programs.

As i recall, 64-bit programs don't even show up in its list.

You are quite wrong and inadvertently misleading people with your comments. From their web page:

Revo Uninstaller Free is fully compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 and Windows Server

Yoiu might want to re-read my original comment - in which i said that the last time i checked Revo - about a year ago - it didn't handle 64-bit programs (even though it ran on 64-bit Windows).

Then, since you quoted the Revo website, i will also - from this page (the change log): https://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninstaller_full_version_history.html

"September 19, 2016 Revo Uninstaller Freeware version 2.0.1
Removed ad panel
Fixed Minor bugs
Updated language files

August 04, 2016 Revo Uninstaller Freeware version 2.0.0
Added - Full 64-bit support
Added - Details Panel about selected program in Icon view
Added - Еxport command(for the list of installed programs and leftovers)
Improved User Interface
Improved Hunter Mode
Improved all 8 additional tools
Many minor improvements"

Last time i checked my calendar, August 2016 (when they finally added full 64-bit compatibility) was rather less than a year ago.

SO.

Yes, i was incorrect. And, yes, i suppose that my remarks could mis-lead people.

BUT. I was correct as of the last time i had personal knowledge of the program, and, since since then i have not had the program on my computer, because it didn't do what i needed it to, i had no knowledge that the function had been added.

Perhaps you should have searched the Revo website a tad more thoroughly before you assumed that what i said was incorrect IN THE CONTEXT OF HOW AND WHY I SAID IT.

(That page was the second result - after what i assume is the page you quoted from - that came up on a google search for "revo uninstaller 64-bit")

Awesome as usual from Nirsoft. Even showed some programs that for some reason won't show up in Revo Uninstaller.

Possibly 64-bit? Last i checked, Revo free doesn't do 64-bit.

I've always used Geekuninstaller....any idea how this one compares?

Btw, there are programs I've un-installed using Windows own which ends up leaving hundreds of leftover files, found running a file search & then a reg search....not good.