Removing items from the Control Panel is a relatively easy process which can be done in a few steps. However, before removing any items from the Control Panel it is important to ensure that you have a backup of any system settings which may be affected by the removal.
1. Open the Control Panel. You can do so by navigating the Start menu or by searhing for ‘Control Panel’ in the search function.
2. Once in the Control Panel, click the ‘Uninstall a Program’ link under the Programs heading.
3. Browse through the list of installed programs and select the item you wish to remove.
4. Click the ‘Uninstall’ button at the top of the window. This will launch an uninstallation wizard which will guide you through the process.
5. Follow the onscreen instructions, ensuring that you check all the relevant boxes before clicking ‘Finish’.
6. Depending on the size of the program you are removing, you may be asked to restart your computer. Once the program has been removed, the related entries in the Control Panel will no longer exist.
If you have difficulty removing an item from the Control Panel or it does not appear in the list of installed programs, you may need to manually remove the files and registry entries. To do this, follow these steps:
1. Open the Run dialog box (Windows Key + R) and type ‘regedit’. Press enter to open the Registry Editor.
2. Using the search function (Ctrl + F), look for the name of the program you wish to remove.
3. If found, delete the associated entries. Be sure to make a backup of the registry before making any changes.
4. Navigate to the appropriate folder on your disk and delete any remaining files associated with the program.
Once all associated files and registry entries have been removed, the program should no longer appear in the Control Panel.
It is important to note that removing an item from the Control Panel will not completely uninstall the program. This will only remove the ability to control the program from the Control Panel. If you wish to completely uninstall the program you will need to use its dedicated uninstaller, if it has one.