How to Delete Programs That Require Administrative Permission

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In Windows 7, you have to log on to your account as the administrator to uninstall programs. The administrator account prevents unauthorized users from modifying system components and removing applications. Certain programs usually require you to enter your administrator password to remove them. As the administrator, you can delete these programs quickly and safely, and free up memory and hard disk space.

  • Log on to your computer as the administrator. If you are not logged on as the administrator, log off of your computer, and then log back on using your administrator password.

  • Click the "Start" button and click the "Control Panel." Click "Programs," and then click "Programs and Features" to launch the "Programs and Features" window. Alternately, launch the "Programs and Features" window by clicking the "Start" button, typing "Programs and Features" (without quotes) in the search box and then pressing "Enter."

  • Scroll down the list of installed programs, click the program you want to uninstall and then click the "Uninstall" button.

  • Enter your administrator password when prompted. When the uninstall wizard launches, follow the guided prompts to remove your program. Uninstall guidelines vary with different programs, so pay attention carefully. It may take a minute or more to complete the uninstall depending on the size of the program you are removing.

  • Restart your computer if the program you uninstall instructs you to do so.

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