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Jan
2011

How to Remove Incompatible, Third-Party Software from your Computer

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incompatible software  on Windows 7It is quite common to install and remove (most of the time in a hurry) incompatible software or third-party applications on your Windows operating system (Windows 7). A lot of utilities and applications are written for old Windows XP and Vista operating systems and a large part of  users need them to play, work, write, watch etc. The well-known “compatibility Mode” feature available on the latest Windows doesn’t always manage to solve incompatibility issues and, as a consequence, you computer might become sluggish, Windows Explorer could stop working , the computer might return you with the dreaded Blu Screen of Death etc. That’s why it is extremely important to know what to do before installing such old software in case something goes wrong. This tutorial will show how to uninstall corrupted software manually and how to make sure that your system will work as well and smooth as before. For a complete list of compatible software, please visit this useful Windows 7 Compatibility Center webpage and know in advance what you are going to install on your computer!

In Windows 7, the easy procedure to start with in order to remove incompatible third-party application is:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Programs.
  4. Click Programs and Features.
  5. Select the program and click the uninstall button.
  6. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  7. Sometimes old programs do not have a proper “uninstall” feature so it could be a little hard to get rid of them. If this is your case you might want to try this guide which will show you how to uninstall software from DOS.

If, during the uninstallation procedure, the program gets stuck and your computer freezes all of a sudden, the only thing you have got to do is restart it. To do this you will have to press the power button on your computer for 5-6 seconds till the machine turns off. This is not the regular, canonical procedure as it could cause some issues on your hard disk, but sometimes there is no other choices than this.

After that, follow these steps:

  1. Turn on your computer.
  2. When the screen starts displaying your computer hardware details keep pressing the F8  key on your keyboard repetitively. This will let you gain access to the Safe Mode.
  3. At this point, try to uninstall the software using the procedure above.
  4. If you managed to get rid of the software, you will have to perform a hard disk check to see if the hard disk got any issue after we applied the irregular procedure to turn it off.
  5. Click Start.
  6. In the Search field type cmd and do not press Enter.
  7. Right click the Command Prompt icon and click Run as Administrator.
  8. Now type chkdsk /f    This command will check your hard disk and will also try to fix errors or corrupted sectors.



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