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Having to do with a lot of programs can be fun and distressing at the same time. As a matter of fact, once you don’t need of a certain application anymore, you have to uninstall it to free up some space in your hard disk. The easy solution to do that is to use those features located under “Programs and Features” which let you uninstall, change or repair your software. These features are part of the so called GUI (graphic user interface) whose task is to let you perform, thanks to icons and a “guided mode”, certain operations with ease. Anyway, uninstalling programs in this way is not the fastest method available. Let’s see how we can remove software with a couple of simple commands from DOS. (these commands are also useful when you can’t uninstall a program by using the regular way).

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click All Porgrams.
  3. Click Accessories and select Command Prompt.
  4. Once the black Windows is open, type WMIC and press Enter.
  5. Now type this command: product get name .This command will create a list of installed applications on your PC. This list, apart from being useful to know what you have got on your PC, lets you also see the complete name of an application.
  6. Now type: product where name=”” call uninstall Note: Inside name”” you have to write the name of software you wish to uninstall i.e. Microsoft Silverlight
  7. Here is a complete example of the above command: product where name=”Microsoft Silverlight” call uninstall
  8. When prompted just press Y to uninstall the application.

This trick works for Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008.

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8 Comments to “How to uninstall programs from DOS”

  1. Dennis Says:

    This DOS routine did not work on WIN 7 in my attempt to remove incompatible old Videoimpression (ArcSoft) loaded with an older camera. Any ideas anyone? My laptop hanges up everytime Outlook loads 🙁

  2. satish Says:

    Thanks man..
    I over come through a critical problem, only due to ur helps….

  3. Anonymous Says:

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  4. Bill Daugherty Says:

    I tried this and it removed the item from the product list, but it’s still in the Add/Remove file and evertwhere else. Using WINXP Pro. Any comments?

  5. Web Talk Says:

    Hi Carmine,
    I confirm that this trick works, at least for me. Make sure to have admin rights. Make sure to type everything correctly and use capital letters where needed.

  6. carmine Says:

    as usual, this does not work on vista

  7. hopeful Says:

    this command can not be used unless you are the administrator. I am not that person and NEED to get rid of a program, “Quick View Plus”!

  8. Jamie Says:

    Good trick. It also seems to be faster than the normal procedure.

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