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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-18-2019, 02:54 AM - Thread Starter
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Win 10 - Completely remove any app/program - keep the OS clean

Hey all,

Whenever I go to uninstall a piece of software, I like to 'completely remove' it. I have gone in the registry and deleted things etc... I always feel like I miss something though.

I'm just wondering if there is a recommended way of doing it properly? An automated way perhaps?

I used to use CCleaner in the past but I haven't used it for a while now - I read that it wasn't that great - is there a program anyone can recommend that does what I want?

I do fresh installs of Windows every now and then but it's a pain getting everything installed again and setup, so this time around I want to do the 'housekeeping' of the OS properly and keep it as clean as possible.

Thanks!

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I have always used BulkCrapUninstaller or BCUninstaller.
Which is free to use.
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Hey all,

Whenever I go to uninstall a piece of software, I like to 'completely remove' it. I have gone in the registry and deleted things etc... I always feel like I miss something though.

I'm just wondering if there is a recommended way of doing it properly? An automated way perhaps?

I used to use CCleaner in the past but I haven't used it for a while now - I read that it wasn't that great - is there a program anyone can recommend that does what I want?

I do fresh installs of Windows every now and then but it's a pain getting everything installed again and setup, so this time around I want to do the 'housekeeping' of the OS properly and keep it as clean as possible.

Thanks!
I routinely use wise disk cleaner and wise registry cleaner after I uninstall software, and have had great results. Both are available at MajorGeeks.com. All my Windows 10 PCs run faster and cleaner than they did when brand new (especially good at cleaning up the scraps left after bloatware removal).
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-18-2019, 05:08 AM
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I use CCleaner all the time and haven't encountered anything wrong with it. You can't always believe what you read on different websites, they may have an agenda on why they prefer one program over another.
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WinaeroTweaker , this is what i use after installing windows 10 on a new HDD/SSD.
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Its OK to use other software to hep you remove either apps or reg but tbh. they tend to be useless. They will make you feel that you have removed what you think you have removed but they leave a ton of reg traces, empty folders ext.

I always slim my OS to the MAX by removing most apps and all associated registry and folders.

Buck up your PC OS first encase you mess something up.

Take your PC offline, remove unneeded app one-by-one then show hidden files and folders and delete any folders associated with that software.

Go to registry and search then delete all reg. that were associated with that app, to make search of registry faster hit F3 rather then "find next", once you get to "%systemroot%" directory that might show association with removed app DON'T DELETE, it might make your system unbootable, move on to the next app you want to remove.

Take your time but once you done, your system will be lean, clean and quick and most important, you will remove only apps, reg and folders that were associated with apps and crap you want to remove, some of the "helpful" cleaning apps will either remove more then they should or leave ton crap behind.

Afterwords, you can disable either through registry or UI all auto run tasks that really don't need to run e.g. disk defrag, winsat, and other.

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If it were me... I'd start with Windows 10 LTSC then use https://github.com/DrEmpiricism/Optimize-Offline or use the free verison NTLite. Or "DISM /Online /Remove-Package /packagename:full-package-name" to remove a package. If you are really interested in chopping an OS come visit us over at mydigitallife.net.

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I use Revo Uninstaller Pro - it removes the programs from everywhere - program data, windows folder, temp files, and most importantly it can delete all registry entries, associated with an installed program

It also can uninstall USELESS Windows Apps inside the Program Files folder, however, lots of Windows Apps still remain in the folder, because they have POS security ownership attributes with them. You have to manually go to every little jpg or dll file and set your own ownership. It shocks me that whoever made these Windows 10 PATHETIC WORTHLESS Windows Apps like ''weather'', ''people'', ''xbox''... The only useful application is the calculator, nothing more.

I wish there had been a program that could delete all the Windows Apps i want without manually toying with permissions.. Rhaaaaa!!!

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