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OS is Windows XP Sevice Pack 2 Home Edition. Frequently, I download and tryout freeware programs. The files for these software downloads typically become located in one of three locations on my PC -- Control Panel Add/Remove Programs, My Documents, and C: Programs. Often while executing remove, erase and/or delete to uninstall every single file for these programs, my OS refuses to uninstall one or more of the files of that program. What can I do to uninstall a software program's files that XP refuses to let me remove, erase or delete?
 

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Hi, welcome to TSG.

When you install a program it almost always put a folder and files in C:\Program Files.

Some programs place folders and files in other places too, like:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data
C:\Documents and Settings\your username\Application Data
C:\Documents and Settings\your username\Local Settings\Application Data
C:\Documents and Settings\your username\My Documents
C:\Program Files\Common Files
C:\WINDOWS\
C:\WINDOWS\system32

Also shortcuts in:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs
C:\Documents and Settings\your username\Start Menu\Programs
C:\Documents and Settings\your username\Desktop

Those are the most common places, but there are still others.

Then when you uninstall a program with Add/Remove programs, some of those files and folders can be left behind. Many times this is by design since there could be some backups or logs that you might want to keep.

So after you uninstall you should look in those places to see what's still there and manually delete what you don't want to save.
 
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