Questions about uninstalling softwares in Ubuntu, or uninstalling Ubuntu from a computer.

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How can you remove Unity?

In previous versions of Netbook Remix I was able to disable the netbook-launcher and just have a blank desktop. I liked the speed of the Netbook version but not the interface, this worked well for ...
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How to remove Ubuntu and put Windows back on?

I have absolutely no experience with Linux, and I desperately need to get my laptop back up and running again with Windows. How do I remove Ubuntu?
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How to uninstall NetBeans?

Since I did not install NetBeans via the Software Center (I installed it as an .sh file) I can't see an easy way of uninstalling the program. How can I safely uninstall the program?
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If I build a package from source how can I uninstall or remove completely?

I used source code to build one package such as below: ./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var --libexecdir=/usr/lib --with-package-name="Myplugin" ...
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How can you completely remove a package?

I am trying to do a clean install of the octave3.2 package. To do this, I removed it, then tried to reinstall it. When I reinstalled, an error occurred. It could be a bug in the package, but I ...
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How to completely uninstall Java?

How can I completely remove all traces of Java on my system? I already know how to install it in case I need it again.
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Is it possible to undo an apt-get install command?

I installed Carpadio on my Xubuntu install (a Live USB), which then pulled like over 50 packages from, I suppose, the Ubuntu side of the repository. Now I would like to undo this. However for all my ...
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Uninstall a program installed with Wine

I am using Ubuntu 11.10. By using wine software i installed some software like nimbuzz and ibibo messenger. Both the programs are not working and showing the bug as We're sorry, but an unknown error ...
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How to remove xubuntu-desktop?

A few days ago I installed Xubuntu on top of a normal Ubuntu system: sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop I didn't play around for long on Xubuntu before I realised that I liked Ubuntu 2D better. ...
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How to uninstall VMware Player on Ubuntu 12.04?

I want to uninstall VMware Player on my Ubuntu 12.04 LTS system. How should I uninstall it?
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What is the Difference Between `apt-get purge` and `apt-get remove`? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the correct way to completely remove an application? Is there any difference between sudo apt-get purge <package-name> and sudo apt-get remove ...
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How can I uninstall a nvidia driver completely ?

As expected, Nvidia drivers have reduced my customizations. I can't login to Unity 3D session. I can't find any content to help me to uninstall the driver and I don't know what to do as I have never ...
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3answers
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How do I remove the LAMP stack so I can start over?

I'd like to start over with my webserver and I'd like to reinstall all the LAMP packages, how do I do that?
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How do I remove Steam?

Anyone know of a way to remove Steam from Ubuntu 12.04? Looked around the net but could not find an straight forward solution. Thanks.
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Does apt-get clean harm your system?

Does cleaning /var/cache/apt/archives by apt-get clean affect installed applications? Is it that the .deb packages there are needed for applications to run properly?
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How to uninstall Google Chrome?

I decided to try out Google Chrome and see if it was any different from Chromium, but now I can't figure out how to uninstall it. That's what I have installed. How to get rid of it is the question.
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4answers
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How to remove the graphical user interface?

Okay my question is that, I want to run a heavy application, on a Virtual Machine (VirtualBox) with just 2 GB RAM (Windows 7 32Bit Host has 4 GB, 3.5 GB effective). Initially I thought of installing ...
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1answer
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How to remove everything Ubuntu One-related?

Is sudo aptitude purge ubuntuone? sufficient to remove everything Ubuntu One-related from my system?
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How can I uninstall software?

Seeing there are various ways to install on Ubuntu. What are the various ways to uninstall items? Which ways always work? How can I be sure something was uninstalled?
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Completely Remove Ruby + Rails + Gems?

I have messed up my ruby dev environment on Ubuntu 10.04. I need to install Ruby this time using RVM. What is the best possible way to remove: Ruby All Gems RubyGems From my machine, so that I ...
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How can I remove and re-install Unity?

Unity is misbehaving after installing GLX Dock - HUD does not open with GLX Dock turned off and there are ugly shadows in the panel, three control buttons (close, minimise, maximise) and "Ubuntu ...
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How to completely remove a oracle jdk that didn't install properly?

I recently installed a oracle jdk from a webupd8ppa on Ubuntu 12.04 beta, but apparently it didn't work out, and now it is giving me errors at every update or install I make, even after deactivating ...
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How to completely remove desktop?

I wanted to switch to Xfce (I had KDE and GNOME installed), and I did this : sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop sudo apt-get remove kubuntu-desktop sudo apt-get remove ubuntu-desktop sudo apt-get ...
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How do the various APT package removal commands differ?

What's the difference between these commands? sudo apt-get autoremove --purge packagenames sudo apt-get remove --purge packagenames sudo apt-get purge purge packagenmaes sudo apt-get remove ...
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is it safe to remove apport?

Do I break anything if I sudo apt-get purge apport I have my secret business plan for world domination and who knows what's in a core dump? I've seen Ubuntu (in particular dconf) recreate config ...
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How can I revert back from an upgrade to the Proposed repository?

I mistakenly enabled the Pre-release updates (natty-proposed) repository and then upgraded all packages. How can I undo this? Here are the test results from @enzotib's instructions and the test ...
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Uninstalling application built from source [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: If I build a package from source how can I uninstall or remove completely? I know that Ubuntu has come a long way in helping new users to get used to their linux ...
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How can I completely remove xfce4 when apt-get remove --purge doesn't work?

Starting with a Ubuntu server, I wanted a window manager, so I installed xfce4. I used sudo apt-get install xfce4 to do this. To remove it, I used sudo apt-get remove --purge xfce4 which ...
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How can I remove all default installed games?

I want to remove all the games that are installed by default. How can I do it all at once?
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Can I uninstall and reinstall Ubuntu Software Center?

Since migrating to a true install and upgrading to 12.04 I have had several problems that seem to relate to the Ubuntu Software Center. Hanging at applying changes and blank screen on screen lock only ...
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How to uninstall OpenJDK?

I don't want OpenJDK installed on my Ubuntu 13.04 system, but trying to uninstall the openjdk-7-jre yields the following message: $ sudo apt-get purge openjdk-7-jre Reading package lists... Done ...
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How do I uninstall GRUB?

A hard drive that I use only for data storage still has GRUB from past Ubuntu installations. How can I remove GRUB from it without harming the rest of the drive's data? Background I occasionally ...
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How to remove desktop environments?

I installed few environments that I wanted to try out on Ubuntu 12.04, but none of them worked at all. It could be that I installed them all at the same time, meaning the OS didn't get a chance to ...
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Removing Firefox in Ubuntu with all add-ons like it never existed

I have been using firefox for a long time in Ubuntu, I downloaded some add-ons but it made firefox extremely slow, even if I remove them nothing will change. I tried to remove firfox also but ...
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What is the difference between remove and completely remove in synaptic package manager?

I did not notice any difference between them. I was hoping "completely remove" will remove all hidden configuration files in the home directories, but it is not doing that. So, what actually is the ...
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How to keep only ubuntu-minimal?

How can I remove all packages from Ubuntu and make sure ubuntu-minimal will not be lost?
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Completely removing smart scopes

I want to know if it's possible to remove the Unity Smart Scopes? Basically I like to keep a lean machine. I always remove just about everything I can - I actually only use the app and file lens', I ...
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How Can I Remove Epiphany Without Removing Gnome?

I have Gnome Shell installed, and I want to remove the Epiphany browser. But when I click uninstall in the software center its says that Gnome-core is a dependency of Epiphany, so it will be ...
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Is it safe to remove old kernels after installing the latest mainline?

I have installed the mainline kernel 3.10 as recommended here so that I can have my WiFi. I'm running into space problems as described here (dpkg configuration running out of space, having separate ...
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How to create Windows XP LiveUSB using Ubuntu to replace it

I am using an Acer Aspire One netbook with no CD-disk drive, and would like to uninstall Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and install Windows XP in its place. The problem here is that I can't seem to find a program ...
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How do I uninstall ffmpeg?

I am using ubuntu 12.04. I had installed ffmpeg a while ago (so don't clearly remember whether it was from source or repo). Now, I am unable to uninstall it. I have tried the followin: $ sudo apt-get ...
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Is there a way to reset all packages/sources and start from scratch?

I have been playing with package management by adding sources from older Ubuntu releases in order to get older versions of some software (e.g. PHP). Unfortunately at some point I must have overdid it ...
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How do I un-install Ubuntu TV

Before I jump into the deep end of the pool and install this wonderful looking media app. My concerns are it's stability and my ability to revert my system back to it's pre-ubuntuTV state. Are there ...
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How to de-brand Ubuntu?

I am working on an Ubuntu Mod, and I would like to change the name/splash screen/login screen/etc in order to make it a more customized environment. I've been able to change all of the names shown ...
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How to uninstall VirtualBox in 12.04?

Can anyone help me removed VirtualBox? By the way, I couldn't install some softwares, is it because it is a 64-bit version?
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How to uninstall manually installed Nvidia drivers?

How do I uninstall manually installed Nvidia drivers 310.14 and revert to Noveau. I have Ubuntu 12.10.
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Unable to uninstall Wine apps

I recently ran the iTunes 10 installer in Wine and everything seemed to go well. Then, when I tried to run it, it would constantly crash/and the appearance would be glitchy. After looking at the Wine ...
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apt: ureadahead will be reprofiled on next reboot

I typed this command to remove a package and related configuration files: sudo apt-get --purge remove supervisor The command ended without errors but I got this message: ureadahead will be ...
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Remove documentation to save hard drive space

I like to create a rather small Ubuntu installation in a Virtual Box machine. It should basically just provide TeX Live and related tools. I figured now that I have almost 1GB of data under ...
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What's the name of PPA? (for ppa-purge)

I'm testing PPAs, so I commonly use ppa-purge, that restores my default versions. But I always have problem with the ppa name. What do I need to put as argument for ppa-purge? I always used my ...