chrishoffman — 2014-08-14T06:50:02-04:00 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/194563/how-to-reset-a-windows-program-to-its-default-settings/
If a program isn’t working right, just reinstalling it won’t necessarily fix it. You may need to reset the program to its default settings, and some programs don’t offer an easy way to do this.
andreyoliveira — 2014-08-14T08:22:16-04:00 — #2
The "Locate and Delete the Program’s Settings" tip can be used too to manually transfer programs data to another machine.
ebob2k — 2014-08-14T11:12:33-04:00 — #3
Rather than this time-consuming (and potentially dangerous for less-experienced users in the Registry) process, why not use a good uninstaller program, such as Revo Uninstaller (free), to remove the program and its remnants?
I assume it was those remnants you were referring to preventing a reinstall from fixing the default setting problem.
Uninstalling that program using a program such as Revo should allow a clean reinstall of the program with the default setting problem.
jacobm001 — 2014-08-14T11:45:32-04:00 — #4
An easy way to find your appdata folder in windows is to use the variable %appdata% in the address bar. It will open directly to your user's folder.
ron007 — 2014-08-14T11:47:13-04:00 — #5
The programs in MS Office "traditionally" were so buggy that "re-install" was one of the common "troubleshooting" techniques. So they are designed to be uninstalled and re-installed without nuking your personal customizations. Doing a simple uninstall from the control panel, followed by a re-install will pick up your old customizations.
If you want to do a "full" uninstall MS has created "fix it" scripts to do this for you. This link: Uninstall Office 2010: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290301/en-us
is a page specific for Office 2010, but it also has links to pages for versions from Office 2003 to 2013/365.
pmshah1946 — 2014-08-14T12:11:26-04:00 — #6
I used to depend mostly Ccleaner for uninstalling most programs. Last month quite by chance I came across a freeware called Geek uninstaller. After uninstalling it scans through all areas of the registry and the "user" sub-directory to find all remnants of the program and deletes them after user confirmation.
In past few months I and several of my family members have had problems with Firefox. Regular uninstall or reset to default did not even come close to fixing the problem. Geek Uninstaller did.
pmshah1946 — 2014-08-14T12:14:28-04:00 — #7
I checked their site. It is not free but a 30 day trial.
hameedtweet1989 — 2014-08-19T06:25:29-04:00 — #8
can this be done by any software??
system — 2014-08-24T06:50:08-04:00 — #9
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