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Uninstall FAQs

Uninstalling WinRAR is handled like other Windows programs, but we've provided steps below and a procedure if the common method does not work.

Uninstallation

How do I uninstall WinRAR (Add/Remove Programs)?

WinRAR works like any typical Windows application, so the removal is handled in the same fashion as most Windows programs. It is NOT recommended that you simply delete the WinRAR program folder, as this does not remove the application properly.

NOTE: If you have a license for WinRAR, be sure to back up the rarreg.key or rarreg.txt file in the C:\Program Files\WinRAR folder, in case you need to reinstall later on.

    Windows XP, Server 2003, Windows 2000, and older Windows versions
  • Click on Start
  • Click on Control Panel
  • Double-click on the Add/Remove Programs icon
  • Select WinRAR Archiver from the list of applications
  • Click on the Remove button
  • When prompted "Do you want to continue with uninstall WinRAR", click the Yes button
  • Uninstallation will now take place. A reboot may be required.

    Windows Vista, Windows 7, Server 2008 and Server 2008R2
  • Click on the Windows button (Start button)
  • Click on Control Panel
  • Click on the "Uninstall a Program" link
  • Double-click on WinRAR Archiver from the list of applications
  • Windows will likely ask you for your permission to continue, Click the Continue button
  • When prompted "Continue with uninstall WinRAR", click the Yes button
  • Uninstallation will now take place. The WinRAR Archiver item will disappear from the list. A reboot may be required.

The WinRAR application can now be run through the Start screen or through the right-click options as you are working directly with files.

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How do I uninstall WinRAR (Not Listed in Add/Remove Programs)?

WinRAR works like any typical Windows application, so the removal is handled in the same fashion as most Windows programs. It is NOT recommended that you simply delete the WinRAR program folder, as this does not remove the application properly. However, if the application is not listed in the programs in the Add/Remove Programs panel, there are steps you can take to remove it cleanly:

  • Vist BuyRAR.com and go to the latest downloads section
  • Download the version of WinRAR appropriate for your system (32 or 64 bit version)
  • Run the installation program you just downloaded
  • Now follow the steps listed above to remove WinRAR with Add/Remove Programs
While you can just delete the installation folder, this does not uninstall and will leave parts behind. Installing and uninstalling immediately after is the best way to remove the settings an configurations from your computer.

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