How to Remove Programs from Windows 7 Registry

By Tyran DeWalt

Removing a program from the Windows 7 Registry Editor ensures that you completely remove the program from your computer. When the Add/Remove utility does not completely get rid of a program, the Registry Editor is a effective alternative. Although using the Registry Editor is a simple process, you must be careful not to delete the wrong registry key.

Step 1

Press "F" plus the "Windows" key at the same time. Type "regedit" in the dialog box and press "Enter." This opens the Registry Editor.

Step 2

Navigate the following registry path on the left side of the Editor:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\currentversion\Uninstall

Step 3

Select the program that you wish to remove in the "Uninstall" folder in the left pane. Double-click "uninstallstring" in the right pane and then copy the "Value data." Exit the Registry Editor.

Step 4

Repeat the first sentence in Step 1. Paste the string in the dialog box and click "OK." This will start the removal of the program.