Recently, subscriber Gary Daniel wrote to ask about a problem he was having with Windows XP Mode in Windows 7. Not a big problem, though. He just found he didn’t need it and couldn’t find how to uninstall it (it’s a big program):
I upgraded from Vista 64 bit to Win 7 Pro. I thought I would need XP Mode, I went to MS site and downloaded a file, I don’t remember what it was that made it possible for me to run XP Mode.
Now like you, I find I do not need XP Mode. Is there a way to remove it and the special file that I installed to be able to run XP Mode. Do I even need to get rid of it? I don’t know how large the total XP Mode program is.
Gary Daniel, Minden, LA
I wrote back to Gary to tell him that, since I downloaded Windows XP Mode for Windows 7, I haven’t installed it, so I can’t say for sure how to uninstall it.
I suggested that he check the Windows 7 Uninstall a Program options via:
Start > Control Panel > Programs, and select Uninstall a Program
I expected that he would find "Windows XP Mode", "XP Mode" or "Microsoft Windows XP Mode" are listed. If they are, he should be able to use that link to uninstall. Right-click on the item and select "Uninstall"
If you don’t find it listed under "Uninstall or change a program," then look in the left column of that window and click on "View installed updates." That will show all the Windows updates that have been installed. It might be in that listing.
I always appreciate it when someone writes back to say that they’ve solved the problem (or still haven’t been able to solve it). Gary wrote to report success:
Thanks for quick answer… It was listed there.
The reason I wrote to you is I use Revo Uninstaller all the time and it was NOT listed there. It was listed in the Programs and features as “Windows XP Mode” and the size as 1.13 GB. I will uninstall it.
I thought I would need it for several of my favorite programs, esp MusicMatch, but MM runs OK in Win 7 with compatible Win XP….
Thanks again, GGD