12 December, 2013

Removing iTunes and other software components

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After installing Visual Studio 2013, I thought I wouldn’t need to install Visual Studio 2012 anymore. Hey, I have the higher version already, and in all aspects, that should be a ‘better’ software package. Unfortunately, when working on CSS styles, there is some mouse right-click context menu that isn’t there. I thought it really wasn’t there, but it is very clear in the eBook I am going through, Beginning ASP.NET 4.5 in C# and VB, at the point of doing styling and executing right-click and something-something should show, and it didn’t, I was wondering. You see, the eBook is designed for VS2012, but having VS2013, I used that instead.

Some of my PCs I still have VS2012, so I tried that right-click trick, and voila! There it is.

Build Style. Within the curly braces of a rule. Have in VS2012. Don’t have in VS2013.

When I searched the web on this issue, there it was, as clear as crystal, it is a bug in VS2013, and while it was already reported, and probably some fixes were done and released, probably… the bug remains.

So I had to install VS2012. And this is when my HDD space would be consumed. I run out of space.

And hunting for some software pieces that I think I can let go, I saw the Apple suite. Nothing against Apple products, but I don’t use them in this particular laptop, so I decided they will go, and of course, with many others.

As before, it is almost always a wild good chase, this removal or uninstallation of Apple products from PC. There are about 6 products to be removed, and searching for one does not turn up the others. I would remember seeing one article before that shows how to uninstall all 6, in sequence, and that I can’t find easily nowadays.

Also, some would talk about just uninstalling everything without any particular order, and say that a lot of things will still be left behind after the uninstallation is completed, and to say that to really clean-up any leftovers, use Revo Uninstaller. I have tried Revo Uninstaller before, and I would still use it given the chance, and finding the need for it. But I think that to do just the Apple suite of products, that is too much. Revo Uninstaller is one heavyweight software, and if you go beyond what you know, things will simply get screwed up.

What’s the option?

I would suggest to simply use CCleaner after doing standard (or normal) removal/uninstallation.

Anyway, here is the list, in order, of uninstalling Apple software products, from you PC.

After removal, restart, then run CCleaner. But do make sure you review the checkboxes first and uncheck anything that you don’t want cleaned up, as CCleaner sweeps and cleans, and deletes permanently.

1.    iTunes
2.    Apple Software Update
3.    Apple Mobile Device Support
4.    Bonjour
5.    Apple Application Support (iTunes 9 or later)

Removing and reinstalling iTunes and other software components for Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8

Till then!
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