Is a constant installation and uninstallation of programs harmful to my laptop?

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My laptop is Toshiba Satellite L505 13E. This belongs to me and my brother. Because of this we continuously install and uninstall programs. Is this process (install and uninstall) harmful to the computer?

  1. Anonymous
    August 26, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Well it can be harmfull to windows if left over reg keys accumulates. After uninstal certain soft then use
    RT Scan Tool or RegSeeker and search reg keys using the search option by name and you will see those missed by your reg cleaners.

  2. Anonymous
    August 22, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Installing and reinstalling software doesn't harms pc but because of remainants left of some programs even you uninstall it by going to control panel.Due to them what happens is ur pc gets slower since of unnecessary regisrtry accumulation...
    so to counter this u have 3 best options
    1)Use TuneUp utilities 2010(it is best as it have all what u need like registry cleaner,deframenter,undelete,shredder,uninstall,etc)(trial and paid)
    2)Use Revo Uninstaller 2.4.1(trial and paid)
    3)Use Piriform CCleaner(free)

  3. Smart Man
    August 22, 2010 at 7:12 am

    hey all , yeah its a good idea of using Ubuntu .... but this OS and Unix is less security than the Windows . Ofcourse the problems with Ubuntu is more than in windows .
    But i advice anyone to try Ubuntu or Mac ( To break the windows routine ) .
    Thanks all ....

  4. Wolfgangwhs
    August 21, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    In principle it is not harmful, but you may accumulate a lot of reg entries, temporary files and .dlls that make your Winsxs folder grow. To control some of that, you should uninstall with Revo (advanced option). That will at least clean the reg entries and temp files. http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninstaller_free_download.html

  5. Desgua
    August 20, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I would like to sugest you to get Linux and avoid all those problems. Why dont you try Ubuntu?

  6. Liggybee
    August 20, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Why don't you just set up separate log ins so that you don't have to share programs that you don't want the other to use?

  7. sefcug
    August 18, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    I would use Revo Uninstaller , and then CCleaner , followed by a defragger of your choice, assuming this is a Windows machine.

  8. Jack Cola
    August 14, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Harmful to your laptop as in Hardware, no. Harmful to your operating system and performance, yes. When you unistall a program, not everything disappears, some things do stay and over time, this can clutter up your register and other things. You will also find that your computer is now much slower compared to when you first got it.

  9. Jessica Cam W.
    August 12, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    I second what Josh, David, and Ryan have said here. I'd just like to add that if you're still concerned about messing your registry, getting the portable 'versions' of applications definitely help as they just run without installation and don't touch the registry. Read here for a handy list of popular portable software.

  10. Ryan Dube
    August 11, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    It also depends on the type of software you install. Typically, software installs include the installation and registration of a number of files - program files, dll files, data files and more. The quality of the UN-installation comes down to how well the programmer wrote it - and there are a lot of cheap software packages that do a pretty shoddy job of cleanly uninstalling software.

    Josh and Dave hit the nail on the head - frequent "cleanups" with ccleaner and defragger will help a lot, but in time you're bound to get what we call "bit-rot"...an old operating system that has just had too much installed/uninstalled. At that point it's best to back-up the important files that you want and install a nice fresh copy of the OS...and you're good as new. :)

  11. David Anders
    August 10, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Yes, Josh has it right.
    The simplest way to help fix this is http://www.ccleaner.com and http://www.defraggler.com both free programs from Piriform and very easy and safe to use.

  12. Josh Fox
    August 10, 2010 at 12:50 am

    It can cause a messy registry and fragmenting, but regular maintenance will fix that. However, the more times that the same portion of the drive is used, the more likely it is to get bad sectors and read errors from there.

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