Add/Remove Programs – nowhere to be found?

Don’t worry – we had the same problem when we launched Windows Vista for the first time. Add/Remove Programs is not missing – it was just renamed for some reason to Programs and Features and it is very easy to find, like always.

First, go to Control Panel. If you don’t you use the Classic View you will see a section called Programs and beneath it there is the Uninstall a program option. Click on it and you arrived to the right place.

Windows Vista Control Panel

If you are using the Classic View, you will find Programs and Features in the list of items that start with the letter “P”.

Windows Vista Control Panel

Another option would be to type “add remove” in the search box and Windows Vista will return the shortcut to Programs and Features.

Windows Vista Control Panel

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How to add and remove Windows Vista features
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14 thoughts on “Add/Remove Programs – nowhere to be found?”

  1. Add/remove programs
    Hi there!

    I just bought an HP computer that has Windows vista on it and am trying to uninstall the programs that are on the desk top like AOL free trial, etc but they arent listed in the uninstall or change a program. I did a “search” for AOL and it says it should be listed in the programs and features but isnt… Thanks! Summer

    • Hmm…
      In case you see only shortcuts on your desktop to AOL trials, just delete them. Otherwise, if they installed programs that annoy you, maybe you can find an uninstall shortcut in the start menu folders of those AOL applications.

      If this doesn’t help then contact HP.

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    I can’t double click on the programe and features icon. If i right click it & click on “open” it still doesn’t open the file..
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    I need to remove some files please can you tell me what i should do..
    Thank you..

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