Here is a topic many of our readers have asked about: How do I fix the common problem of software conflicts due to leftover registry keys and orphan files when uninstalling software or attempting to reinstall software. For some software uninstalling and reinstalling software improperly opens a nasty can of worms. iTunes is a good example… the more complex the program is the more likely you are to have this problem if you don’t uninstall it correctly. We put together a guide that we have found works for most software installed on a PC. Like everything else in this world there are no 100% guarantees. Some users have latent viruses and malware that are creating registry conflicts that won’t be helped by the following. More on that later…
How To Properly Uninstall and Reinstall Software
If you are having trouble uninstalling and reinstalling software you probably experianceing registry conflicts if you are using a PC… or some registry keys were not cleaned up and removed when you uninstalled the software or tried to write over it. The PC thinks its still there or there is a conflict with old registry keys so it can’t install. This happens with some software. ( if you are using a MAC disregard ) The following help is for PC users only:
First — if you have not done so already, try using the Add / Remove programs utility in your Windows Control Panel. You can find step by step screenshots and instructions on how to do this at this reference site: http://uninstallmysoftware.com
If that doesn’t work, or if the software does not show up at all in your control panel, then follow these steps:
- Step 1 – Select and download any good software uninstaller application that has a free demo or trial version and try that first. Most of the time the free version is enough to fix the problem – (there are some good ones listed at the link above or you can find some over at Rockbridge Downloads).
- Step 2 – Install and run the free software uninstaller you selected and follow its instructions carefully – you should see a screen with a listing of all the programs installed on your PC; often more programs than those normally listed in your Add / Remove control panel. Most uninstallers will find software that does not show up in your Add/Remove control panel.
- Step 3 – Find the software you want to uninstall, then select and click “uninstall”. All good uninstaller software will do the rest automatically. This next part is very important:
- Step 4 – Sometimes you also have to clean up your computer’s PC registry and remove leftover software keys and orphan files from the uninstalled software after running the uninstaller. Some of the more advanced “pro” version uninstaller programs have this feature already built into it and will do the registry cleanup and a backup automatically but some don’t. If yours doesn’t, then just use RegCure it usually works just as good — you can find a free link to it on the reference site above. If your uninstaller software does have a registry cleaner built into it – be sure to use it !
If you would like to get the most out of your iPod / iPad and iPhone we hope you fine the information and links below useful… CuCuSoft for instance is an outstanding software supplier for all things Apple related.
iPod / iPad and iPhone Accessory Software Review
If you are having problems with iTunes software, syncing or uploading or downloading and installing iTunes you might want to also check the information over at HowToUninstalliTunes.com for a solution and step by step instructions. There is also uninstaller software over at Rockbridge Downloads if you cannot uninstall iTunes successfully. The products below however are all excellent accessory and utility software for Apple hardware devices but are not designed for troubleshooting and solving iTunes software problems.
iPad / iPhone / iPod Computer Transfer / Backup / Recovery Software Tool Kits
Cucusoft iPhone Tool Kits are an easy to use utilities designed to help you back / restore up all your files on your iPhone, so that you can recover any lost or missing songs, videos, books, photos and so on.
Cucusoft iPhone Tool Kits can easily backup and transfer iPhone songs, videos, photos, SMS, call list, contacts and books (you purchased via iBook Store) to computer. And even enable your iPhone as a removable hard disk.
These folks are the leader in Apple accessory software and are rated highly in numerous on line reviews. If you are serious about maintaining your investments in Apple’s great products but are frustrated at times with their product maintenance software, then products from this vendor are worth exploring along with some of the other products we have listed in this article.
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Transfer Your Music Seamlessly
MediaWidget is an easy to use iPhone & iPod transfer utility designed to help you get your iPod contents off of any iPhone & iPod and back into iTunes, or from your iTunes onto your iPod. This software is the quickest and easiest way to transfer all of your music, videos, photos, podcasts, and more from your iPod to your PC! I Now it also includes iPad support !
MediaWidget is an easy to use iPod utility designed to help you get more out of your iPod. Recover lost or missing music, backup and restore all of your iPod content, play music on your PC directly from your iPod, and that’s not all.
If you want an alternative to iTunes software for organizing your music on your Apple device, this product is one of the most popular iTunes alternatives on the market today.
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Stellar Phoenix iPod Data Recovery
This software recovers damaged or deleted data from your corrupted or crashed iPod.
- Recovers music files, video files, pod casts, audio books, graphic files and documents.
- Quick recovery of deleted files – in perfect condition.
- Restores the playlist in the same order as before recovery.
- Compatible with all generations of iPod classic, iPod Mini, iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano and iPod Touch.
- Universal Binary Application
Fix The Windows Registry In 3 Steps:
Method: Manual | Monetary Cost: None | Skill Level: Experienced
So your PC is running at turtle-speed and won’t stop freezing, crashing and displaying constant error messages.What can you do about it Right Now?Follow this DIY guide on how you can bring back the smooth-running computer you used to have.
1. Identify the problem
Before doing anything else, let’s make sure your computer’s problems don’t have anything to do with a virus, spyware/malware, or any third-party software. Run a full anti-virus scan, as well as a full spyware scan; that way we can pinpoint the problem.If neither the anti-virus nor the spyware scans fix anything, the problem most likely lies in the Windows Registry.If that’s the case:
2. Backup your registry
Important! Before continuing:
Please note that if you’re using a good registry cleaning program like, RegCure
, it will automatically back up your registry, allowing you to skip this step.Before you do anything to your registry, it’s crucial to do a full backup, in the event that anything goes wrong. If you’re making any adjustments to your registry yourself, rest assured that it’s very easy to render your computer totally useless; in which case you’ll be glad you took the time to make a backup.Depending on which version of Windows you’re using, running a backup is slightly different. Choose your version from the list below for a full guide on how to do one:
– Do not attempt to edit, change “repair” or tamper with the registry in any way, shape or form unless you are a trained computer technician or you are confident in what you are doing. Even the tiniest of alteration in the registry can cause serious problems – even to the point of rendering your computer completely unable to function. If you are uncomfortable about proceeding it is strongly recommended that you use a reputable registry cleaning utility, like RegCure or PC Speed Maximizer, instead of risking catastrophic computer crash, and the loss of all your files. You can find a comparison of registry clean up programs in our review section. If you have experience, proceed at your own risk.