A client recently asked me to uninstall Corel WordPerfect Suite release 8 from a Windows XP PC. That sounds easy: Start / Control Panel / Add/Remove Programs, right? Wrong. The normal uninstall procedure resulted in a request that I insert the Corel WordPerfect Suite release 8 installation CD, which of course was unavailable.
Here’s how I uninstalled it:
- Backup the registry:
- Start / All Programs / Accessories / System Tools / System Restore
- Within System Restore, choose Create a Restore Point
- Delete contents of directory C:\Corel:
(Enter only the boldface commands)
- Start / Run
- C:\>CD \COREL
- C:\Corel>ATTRIB -R -S -A -H *.* /D /S
- C:\Corel>DEL *.* /S
- Run regedit:
- Enter ctrl-F to find each instance of COREL
- Delete each instance of COREL
- Run ccleaner:
- Choose Registry
- Choose Scan For Issues
- Choose Fix Selected Issues
Warning: If you stumble, any one of these steps could destroy your Windows operating system and render the computer unusable. DOS commands and Windows Regedit are like dynamite — powerful, but dangerous. Don’t follow these steps if you’re not fluent in DOS commands and Regedit.
Based on file datestamps, this copy of Corel WordPerfect Suite seemed to be from 1998 — back when Windows 95 was still viable!
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