I’m a big fan of Revo Uninstaller but, I’ve had some problems getting it to behave in Windows 8 Consumer Preview. The screen shot below illustrates Revo attempting to round up surplus Registry entries following an uninstall – and, not succeeding (21,132 entries and still counting – uh, no).
A robust uninstaller – one which thoroughly cleans out the Registry is a must have application for a software reviewer like myself – so, on the hunt I went for a free replacement. The timing couldn’t have been better since, as it turns out, Advanced Uninstaller PRO is now free.
Advanced Uninstaller PRO is no lightweight, and this latest release features full support for Windows 8 – both 32 bit and 64 bit platforms.
Advanced Uninstaller PRO includes additional handy tools (all in a conveniently laid out GUI), to help you clean your system, and keep it running at top speed – as shown in the following selected screen shots. Clicking on any screen shot will expand it to the original size.
Uninstalling a selected application is a simple process as indicated.
If you’re into controlling Windows services – you’ll find that it’s a breeze with the Windows Services module.
The Installation Monitor module provides granular control over application installation.
The Internet Browser Tools module includes a robust set of tools all neatly packaged for easy access.
When you need help – it’s just a click away. Press the F1 key and an advanced help system is readily available – as shown in the following screen capture.
Uninstall programs quickly and completely, with full disk and registry clean-up to remove leftovers. Way better than the standard Windows uninstaller!
Installation monitor. Examine all the items an application has installed on your PC, and makes sure all of them were removed.
Startup Manager – manages all Windows startup areas. Fully control what gets started when you turn on your PC.
Windows Services – control the services (background processes) that are run by Windows.
Quick Cleaner – erase the web browsing history and the history traces of over 200 programs.
Start Menu Cleaner – fully clean-up your Start Menu, eliminate all the shortcuts that don’t work anymore.
Start Menu Items Manager – show and hide start menu items, sort them alphabetically, etc.
Font Manager – manage the fonts on your computer, disable or uninstall the fonts you don’t need.
Control Panel Manager – full control over the items in your Control Panel. Disable broken items, etc.
Duplicate Files – find and delete all your duplicate files, saving a lot of disk space!
Live File Compression – harness the powerful and safe file compression built into Windows. Compress rarely used files in such a way that you can still use them normally, but you save disk space.
File Shredder – completely overwrites and destroys the files you want to be destroyed, so nobody can recover them.
Windows Temporary Files – recover lots of disk space by finding and deleting garbage files.
Full web browser management of cookies, history, add-ons, extensions, plugins, temporary cache files for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome – up to date for the latest versions!
Registry Cleaner – to remove errors and to make Windows lighter.
Registry Optimizer – help Windows and the programs run faster by speeding up registry accesses.
Registry Backup and Restore – to avoid disaster where the Windows Registry gets hosed.
System requirements: XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8 (32 and 64 bit).
Download at: Download.com (this file does not contain the usual CNET wrapper).
If you’re looking for a freeware application that not only gets in there and cleans out the deep dirt, but offers a range of additional functionality, then Advanced Uninstaller PRO should definitely make your short list.