How to delete a fragmented program.

February 26, 2011 at 07:49:31
Specs: Windows
I downloaded an online game a few months ago and somewhere along the line it became fractured because i must have deleted only portions of the game. Now when i try to reinstall it says i already have an older version and I must delete the older version first. Alas when i try to delete the older version i get an error saying I can't delete it. What should i do?

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February 26, 2011 at 08:16:08
You need to reinstall the exact same version of the game, then you should be able to properly uninstall it, then you can install the new version.

In the future, never remove a game (or any other program) by deleting files/folders. You should always use the games uninstaller or go to Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs.

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February 26, 2011 at 08:16:28
If you have already removed what you can see then you may need to run a registry cleaner to remove the orphan files. This is one of the legitimate uses for a registry cleaner. You don't want one that is too aggressive though. I have been using the registry module in Ccleaner slim for some time with no adverse affects.

To make it even safer I suggest that when you run Ccleaner registry module you save a backup to the desktop. That way you could restore back if something is amiss afterward. The reason for saving to the desktop is to make it easy to find. After a few days you can just delete it from the desktop. I have never had to restore anything when doing this.

The real star of Ccleaner is the cleaner module. I use it daily. Get Ccleaner Slim at the link below.

After running the registry module, run the cleaner module to discard the removed registry entries.

Well, it appears the Slim version is no longer available. Try the portable version instead. The standard version installs Yahoo toolbar, which you may not want.

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February 26, 2011 at 10:41:39
You can remove the Yahoo Toolbar through Add/Remove Programs. I installed the standard version of CCleaner, then removed the toolbar. Never had a problem caused by CCleaner's registry tool, and I use it regularly.

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