How To Install and Uninstall Programs On PC: A Simplified and Easy to Follow Guide
Installing and uninstalling programs is probably something you do on your computer every day, but how often do you think about it? Not very often, we will wager. After all, installing programs is something that everyone does, so it is not exactly a common topic of conversation.
Perhaps as a result of this lack of thought and attention, many people find installing new programs more challenging than it should be. If you recently installed a new program on your computer only to find that it doesn’t work properly or no longer functions at all, there’s a good chance that you didn’t fully uninstall the old version first. Read on for information about how to install and uninstall programs correctly so that you can get the most out of your PC software from here on out.
What is Installing and Uninstalling a Program?
Installing and uninstalling are two different ways to add new programs to your computer. To install a program, you copy the files from its installation disc or download location to a folder on your computer. You then run a program that tells your computer where to find the new program’s files and lets you install the files so that they run properly.
Uninstalling programs removes the files that let a program run so that they are not taking up space on your computer’s hard drive. You also uninstall programs when you want to use a different version or don’t need the program at all anymore.
How to Install Programs on a PC
Installing programs on a computer is simple. You just need to know the name of the program you want, then download, and install it.
Use the Internet to search for the program you want to install or go directly to the program’s home page. You can also find programs by using a search engine such as Google or Bing.
Find out if your computer supports the program. If so, click on its icon or title and view its features and requirements. If not, move on to another program.
Download and run the installer file when prompted by your web browser (usually) or by clicking on it with your mouse. When prompted, choose whether you want to run the program without asking any questions, or ask more questions at this time (such as what operating system is running).
Click “Finish” when done installing the program.
How to Uninstall a Program on Pc
How to Manually Uninstall a Program
There are two main ways to manually uninstall a program on a PC. The first way is to locate and delete folders associated with the program. You can generally locate these folders by running a search for the name of the program or by browsing the Program Files folder on your computer.
How to Automatically Uninstall a Program
If you’re uninstalling a program that you installed recently, you might have the option to automatically uninstall the program so that you can install a different version. To automatically uninstall the program, follow the steps below.
Run the Control Panel and then click the “Programs” link on the left-hand side. Select the program that you want to uninstall and then click the “Advanced” button. Click the “Select All” button to select all of the program’s files and then click the “OK” button to uninstall the program automatically. Select the checkbox next to “Yes, I want to completely remove [Program Name]” and then click the “OK” button to start the uninstall process.
Tips for Installing Programs on a PC
Be careful when installing programs from unfamiliar sources. Viruses and other malicious software often come from third-party download sites, so make sure that you install programs only from trustworthy sources.
Run regular scans with your antivirus program to make sure that new programs aren’t hiding malicious files on your computer.
Hopefully, the guide above has helped you discover the numerous ways to install programs on your PC.
In addition, you are now aware of where applications should be installed and how to uninstall them as well. The next time you need to install a program on your PC, hopefully, it will be an easy process for you.
Be sure to contact us in the comment section with any questions you may have regarding this process.
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