Re: Uninstalling vs Removing
If you go to the Windows Control Panel, you find "Uninstall a Program." This is true for XP and Windows 7. (I'm not sure about Apple.)
Unix-like systems do not have the "Registry" which is a major aspect of installing and uninstalling software on a MS system. That means on Unix, Linux, etc. a simple removal of the executable will suffice, although other traces, such as libraries and databases, may remain as unused entities.
Still, if you remove an old version of software on any system and subsequently replace it with a different version of the same product, the replacement software may detect the previous version and make unpleasant noises.
Certain software is part of a suite of programs, and removal or uninstallation of one of them on any system may affect the operation of other parts.
Personally, I would say uninstall unless directed otherwise by a smarter authority.
Whether it is proper to inventolize nouns such as "an install" or "an uninstall" or (gosh help us) "a remove" is another matter entirely. We are fortunate that the original question did not mention it.
-Peter Neilson, writer twice removed
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