FAQ: How do I uninstall WDS?
If you have installed WDS on Windows XP / 2003 and wish to uninstall it, read the instructions below. Also, please post a comment with your reason for uninstalling – user feedback is very important to all of us.
- Click on the Start button
- Click “Control Panel”
- Click “Add / Remove Programs”
- Check the “Show Updates” box
- Look for “Windows Desktop Search” in the list.
If that doesn’t work:
Try looking for the uninstaller, it normally resides in:
If it’s not there
Then you probably deleted it, or some ill-conceived “tweak” or “disk cleaner” did. Unfortunately, this puts you in a tough spot, since it’s really not a supported scenario or something we can design for (“I deleted the uninstaller – now I can’t uninstall! Help!”).
Your best bet in this case might be to look and see if you have a System Restore point that you can revert back to, from before WDS was installed. That should remove everything it added to the registry.