Uninstalling Applications in Safe Mode of Windows® 7
Want to uninstall applications in Windows 7? Find out how to do it in Safe Mode.
Windows 7 is one of the newer generation operating systems from Microsoft. This OS has many exciting features and options that make it superior to other Windows based operating systems. Windows 7 can be also installed with countless applications to improve the overall functionality of the OS. Windows 7 also has an operational mode known as safe mode. When your computer is operating in the safe mode, system would be operating on minimal services. The safe mode is actually a diagnostic mode which is usually used to resolve issues within the system. Sometimes, Windows 7 users might face some problems with some of the applications installed on the system and the application would have to be uninstalled. However, some problems can come up with the uninstall process and users might not be able to complete uninstall. Such problems might be because of the presence of malware in the system, some other application accessing the application, conflicts within registry causing uninstall process to terminate etc. In such cases, users can make use of the safe mode to remove the applications from the system. When the system is in the safe mode, users can also remove the root folder of the application using the CMD command and then remove the application altogether.
Following details mentioned below gives users more information regarding tips to uninstall applications in safe mode of Windows 7:
- Modify registry
- Enable Installer service
- Run as administrator
When Windows 7 is in the safe mode, the Windows Installer would not be functional. This means that users would not be able to remove the application in the normal way with the use of the Add/Remove program option in the Control Panel. Therefore, users would have to modify the registry of the system by entering the “REG ADD HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSafeBootMinimalMSIServer/VE/TREG_SZ/F/D %Service%” command in the CMD and then the ”net start msiserver” command. However, editing the registry of the system must be done only after creating backup of the registry as any issues with the registry would directly affect the functioning of the Windows 7 OS.
Enable Installer service
The Windows Installer would be off by default in the safe mode of Windows 7. However, users can enable this service manually so as to remove the applications installed on the system. In order to enable the Windows Installer feature in the safe mode Windows 7 users can download and install a small free utility known as SafeMSI which would start the installer service without having to modify the registry and this would also help avoid unnecessary complications.
In order to uninstall any application or program in Windows 7, the user needs to be logged in as the administrator. The UAC feature incorporated in Windows 7 would not allow users to modify the registry or enable Windows Installer, if the user is not running as the administrator. The administrator privileges can be enabled by logging on the Windows OS as administrator before starting the safe mode.
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