Windows 10: Windows 10 Needs a Better App Uninstaller, Users Claim

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  1. Posts : 1,468
    W7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), LM 18.1 MATE (64 bit), W10IP VM, W10 Home
       07 Feb 2015 #21

    pigpenz said: View Post
    I have always made restore points and image files, but sometimes you can uninstall a program and it doesn't always get rid of all the files it installed. restore points are only good if you make them for each install of a program and if you overlap you are guessing
    I've had brand new System Restore Points fail.

    In fact, a couple of weeks ago I created a SRP and then installed some program.
    After testing, I decided that I didn't like the program.
    When I tried to restore my system I received the dreaded SRP failure message.

    I was forced to re-image my OS partiton.
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  2.    07 Feb 2015 #22

    I find using custom made refresh images better than imaging and restore points. I create a text file and save them as .cmd. A refresh image will respect bit locker encryption which imaging does not. Using a refresh image has been thus far the best experience, most reliable and quickest way to restore Windows. These are the commands I use.

    recimg -CreateImage D:\Backup\CleanRefreshImage
    pause


    recimg -CreateImage D:\Backup\CustomRefreshImage1
    pause

    recimg -CreateImage D:\Backup\CustomRefreshImage2
    pause

    This will show which refresh image is active and ready for restore.

    recimg -ShowCurrent
    pause

    This will enable F8 on bootup to access the recovery environment from which you can use your refresh image should anything prevent you from booting up.

    bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy
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  3.    07 Feb 2015 #23

    lehnerus2000 said: View Post
    pigpenz said: View Post
    I have always made restore points and image files, but sometimes you can uninstall a program and it doesn't always get rid of all the files it installed. restore points are only good if you make them for each install of a program and if you overlap you are guessing
    I've had brand new System Restore Points fail.

    In fact, a couple of weeks ago I created a SRP and then installed some program.
    After testing, I decided that I didn't like the program.
    When I tried to restore my system I received the dreaded SRP failure message.

    I was forced to re-image my OS partiton.
    Don't you just hate when that happens. . .
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  4.    08 Feb 2015 #24

    badrobot said: View Post
    “Seriously. I'm tired of having to reinstall windows and dozens of programs because errors become more constant after a years of use. I'm honestly switching to Mac if this isn't fixed,”....
    That's typically reasons why Windows users go to macs.

    "Windows gets too many viruses, so I'm going to use something that doesn't get that many viruses but when it does it completely crashes the whole system! Ugh!"
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  5.    08 Feb 2015 #25

    Windows needs better developers that aren't lazy and leave remnants of code all over the registry and file system and cause uh-ohs left and right. Windows also needs developers to build Universal WinRT apps that are inherently designed to prevent that.
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    UEFI Windows 8.1 Pro x64
       08 Feb 2015 #26

    Coke Robot said: View Post
    Windows needs better developers that aren't lazy and leave remnants of code all over the registry and file system and cause uh-ohs left and right. Windows also needs developers to build Universal WinRT apps that are inherently designed to prevent that.

    Totally agree. Pressing "uninstall" in control panel does nothing else than it starts the application's own uninstaller. Windows has nothing to do with this. To prevent these slowdowns, I allways manually remove the uninstalled application's registry keys, and its folders in AppData
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  7.    08 Feb 2015 #27

    feherneoh said: View Post
    Coke Robot said: View Post
    Windows needs better developers that aren't lazy and leave remnants of code all over the registry and file system and cause uh-ohs left and right. Windows also needs developers to build Universal WinRT apps that are inherently designed to prevent that.

    Totally agree. Pressing "uninstall" in control panel does nothing else than it starts the application's own uninstaller. Windows has nothing to do with this. To prevent these slowdowns, I allways manually remove the uninstalled application's registry keys, and its folders in AppData
    Or just use "Revo Uninstaller", there are some other ones too. Cleaning up the mess left after "normal" uninstall can take long time and my be not as efficient, many entries in registry may not go by same name as program that put them in there. Than there are shared .DLLs and other files or folders with names not apparent enough to belong to that program. Other ways to test a program may be in VM or in a "Sandbox".
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    10 Pro Preview x64
       08 Feb 2015 #28

    blackcarrera said: View Post
    I find using custom made refresh images better than imaging and restore points.
    I don't trust restore points to actually work reliably and images are too big and slow.
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  9.    08 Feb 2015 #29

    . . .backup. . .what is that? I don't backup anything other then my files and personnel data, thus other then that if something happens I enjoy the rebuilding of the system. . .I know I'm a little on the strange side, albeit what can I say. . .
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  10.    08 Feb 2015 #30

    Lee said: View Post
    . . .backup. . .what is that? I don't backup anything other then my files and personnel data, thus other then that if something happens I enjoy the rebuilding of the system. . .I know I'm a little on the strange side, albeit what can I say. . .
    Backup......oh well, that's something you regret not doing when you loose everything.
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