I am writing a basic tutorial for the beginners on how to install and uninstall softwares in Microsoft Windows 7 .
How to install any software in Windows 7
Generally, the installation file have .exe extensions ; but in Windows 7, you can not see the extension by default. However, installer file can be of other extensions too (like *.msi).
Obviously, you need to have an installation file to install the software.
I am giving you an example, how diverse the look of an exe file can be:
You can see, there are seven files. Two files in extreme right and left in the top row are compressed files (zip and rar files, respectively). All other fives are installation files. You can see, how much variation in look the installer files can have. They often are icons of the program. If you have not enabled to show file extension (that is the default view in Windows 7); you will see the some indicative text beside the icon; “Installer”, “Setup” and “Launcher” is commonly used.
You must logged in as Administrator to install a program. Double Click the icon: a pop up window will ask you whether you want to install it. Select “yes”.
The next Windows varies from program to program. I am giving a typical example.
An information Window will come like this:
The above Window will appear. It is EULA (End User License Agreement) of that particular software. By default, it is almost always set to “I do no accept the agreement”. Change it to “I accept the agreement” and click next:
This Windows will show you where the files will be installed. If you are not sure what are you going to do, do not change it. If you want to install in some partition/folder of your choice, you can click Browse tab beside it.
If you want a shortcut for the program, check the option box, else un-check it and select next:
This Windows will let you know the details of installation. Its like a final statement before the work is going to be performed. You can click back if you need to change any settings (for example, you do not need a shortcut, but missed it).
Else click next:
Some program may give option to launch it immediately (like above), others may need a restart.
Now, your program is installed. You can access by clicking the Start Button > Clicking “All Programs” > the latest program generally have a highlight, click the folder and click the program to launch:
Or, you can double click the desktop shortcut (If you have selected it during installation) to launch the program.
How to uninstall any software in Windows 7
Click Start button and then click “Control Panel” :
Click “uninstall a program” under “Programs” like the above screenshot and this Window will appear:
Several prompt will ask you during the process and finally, you will get an information Windows like this:
Note that: Some program may require a restart for complete uninstallation.