Solved Uninstaller programs: are they worth it?

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October 31, 2011 at 19:32:34
Specs: Win XP, 2.6 GHz / 5887 MB
I'm just getting started with a new 64-bit Win 7 desktop. I'd like some advice as to whether or not it's a good idea to get a good uninstaller program, or rely only on Win7's uninstall applet.

And if the advice is "yes", which uninstaller do you recommend?

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#1
October 31, 2011 at 19:39:49
I don't use them but I also don't install stuff over and over.Normally I discover a program is bad in a day or so. I then use a restore point after I uninstall it with the application's uninstaller.

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#2
November 1, 2011 at 16:20:02
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Windows 7 built in utilities are all you need. On some older Windows products, there was a reason to get aftermarket tools, now the built in ones are better integrated and do a better job.

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#3
November 1, 2011 at 17:20:00
@Fingers
So I just uninstalled Boxer, a very fancy $50 text editor I was trying out. The Win 7 applet didn't seem to do anything but rely on Boxer's uninstall program.

Comment?

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#4
November 1, 2011 at 20:46:55
The uninstall for a program is the first place to look, if one is there, you should use it. If there is not, then go to Control Panel>Programs>Uninstall Program. Either way it keeps a list of changes that were made to reverse (hopefully everything). As Jefro mentioned above, if you were trying it for a short time, you just need to use the System Restore after uninstalling it to a date/time before it was installed and that will restore any changes to system files and the registry. Every time you install, uninstall, install an update, and once a week, Windows automatically creates a restore point you can use to fix a problem.

If you have not yet, create a System Repair Disk so if you ever have a problem that you cannot launch Windows or access the System Restore built in, you can do a Start up Repair or even do a System Restore from the disk (even if the built in restore is corrupted) and access all of those restore points. These two tools together can repair your boot files and your system files and may one day save you from a complete reinstall. With a back up of your files, a Repair Disk, and a Recovery Disk or Recovery Partition, you can pretty much repair nearly anything software (system) related and get you working again.

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#5
November 1, 2011 at 21:00:11
Thanks for the very thorough advice.

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