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How To Uninstall Your Programs Whether You Are On Windows, Or A Mac

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For anyone that is new to a computer platform whether it is Windows or Mac one of the basic things that they should know how to do is to install and uninstall programs. This is the subject of this weeks Switching To A Mac Series. Are you ready? Then lets get to it and learn how this is done on both platforms.

Installing A Program On Windows

The installation of a program on a Windows computer is pretty simple. Once you have downloaded the program from the Internet you will then do the following.

1. Locate the downloaded file on your computer.

2. Press Enter on the file and then Windows will present you with a Security Alert asking you if you want to trust the developer of this program. Click on yes and then the Installation wizard will launch.

3. Follow the instructions for the installation and the program will be installed. Note: In some cases a system reboot may be necessary.

Uninstalling A Program On Windows

We all like installing applications, but once in a while, you need to remove an application. Here’s how to accomplish this.

1. Go to the Control Panel. If your Control Panel is in Category View, you will need to tab until you get to the “Remove Programs” link. If your Control Panel view is for All Items to show, pressing P a few times will move you to the “Programs and Features” option.

2. Once you press Enter on the correct item, after a few seconds, a full list of all installed programs will appear.

3. You can arrow down this list to locate the application you wish to remove and press enter. What happens at this point could differ, depending on the application.

4. What you should get in some form or another is an uninstall Wizard. This wizard resembles the same types of wizards encountered when installing an application.

5. Follow the directions in the wizard. If your uninstallation is successful, you should get some type of confirmation at the end. It may be necessary to restart your computer to complete the application removal.

Installing A Program On A Mac

On the Mac platform there are but 2 types of installations for applications. The first one that I will tell you about is much like the process for installing a program on a Windows computer.

By this I mean that you will also have an installation wizard that looks very similar to the one that you get on a Windows computer.

To install one of these types of programs on your Mac do the following:

1. Locate the file in your Downloads folder. The file should have an extension of .DMG which stands for Disc Image.

2. Open this file. A new Finder Window will open with some files in it. The file that you want will have an extension of .PKG which means that this program uses an installation package.

3. Open this file and the installation wizard will open. Follow the instructions and the program will be installed.

If the file that you are installing has a file extension of .APP then the installation of the program is much easier.

1. Locate the file.

2. Open the .DMg file and a new Finder Window will open.

3. Locate the file in the new Finder Window that ends in .APP and copy it to your clipboard.

4. Now go to your Applications folder by pressing Command+Shift+A.

5. Paste the file into the Applications Folder and then it will install.

Uninstalling A Program On A Mac

The process for uninstalling a program on a Mac is very easy.

1. Navigate to the Applications Folder.

2. Arrow down to the program that you want to uninstall.

3. Now throw that item into the Trash and it is removed from your Mac.

Whether you are using a Windows computer or you are using a Mac, the uninstalling of your installed programs is extremely easy. We hope that you have enjoyed this edition of our Switching To A Mac Series, and if you have any suggestions as to what tasks you would like us to cover in this series please feel free to contact either Damashe or myself.

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