Uninstall Zune -- How to Completely Uninstall Zune Software & Remove it from Your PC
Can't Uninstall Zune? Cannot Remove it using Add/Remove? Here's What to Do...
Can't uninstall Zune completely from your computer?
Are you getting totally frustrated because you feel like you've tried everything and you can't completely uninstall Zune software using the standard Windows Add or Remove Programs?
Discover below all my frustrations & time wasting efforts in trying to uninstall this stupid software from my PC and how I finally managed to remove it, permanently...
Completely Uninstalling Zune Software
When you try to uninstall Zune software using your Windows ADD/REMOVE option, you might be getting the following error message:
"The feature you are trying to use is on a network resource that is unavailable."
"Click OK to try again, or enter an alternate path to a folder containing the installation package 'Zune.msi' in the box below".
When you click OK ==> the following error message appears:
"The installation source for this product is not available. Verify that the source exists and that you can access it".
What I found in my case was that Windows "Add/Remove Programs" just cannot uninstall Zune. If you want to delete Zune permanently and restore your PC as if Zune software was never installed on your computer, this is the tool I used to uninstall Zune completely.
Below is everything else I've tried to get rid of it (after spending hours on the internet Googling for a solution), but it didn't work for me. It might for you...
Unzoone to Uninstall & Remove Zune?
Completely uninstalling Zune means completely removing everything that is associated with the software, including what's left behind in your registry, driver info, unneeded registry keys & remnants that will later affect your PC speed & performance if not deleted.
So I found out that some guy invented this software called "Unzoone" to do this.
UnZoone is a piece of software that will remove the Zune software and all the bugs that come with it & are left behind on your PC. It apparently deletes everything from registry entries to those DLL files that get leftover.
My experience with Unzoone wasn't good at all. It simply didn't work!
It seems that while it worked for the old Zune software - it is not compatible with the new Zune software. Other people I notice in chat forums complain that when they tried to re-install Zune afterwards it didn't recognize the Zune software.
(Useless) Microsoft Solution:
So what is Microsoft's answer to this problem?
It's their software so I figured hey, they should provide some useful removal instructions to their users - right? Well, here's what they had to say:
To remove the Zune software from the computer, follow these steps.
Step 1: Make sure that the Zune device is not connected to the computer.
Step 2: Click Start, click Run, type appwiz.cpl, and then click OK.
Step 3: In the Add or Remove Programs window, click Zune, and then click Remove.
Step 4: Click Yes to remove the Zune software.
Step 5: If any of the following software appears in the Add or Remove Programs window, remove that software from the computer:
o Microsoft User-Mode Driver Framework Feature Pack 1.0
o Windows Driver Package - Microsoft WPD
o Windows Media Format 11 SDK
o Windows Portable Devices
Ok, so I manually deleted the above thinking I'd be fine. Unfortunately, my computer still thought it was there!!
So finally after hours of going nuts and total frustration with trying to get this piece of c*ap off my computer, I found this tool - Perfect Uninstaller. It worked for me and hopefully it will work for you too.
What is Perfect Uninstaller?
Basically, it's a tool that will uninstall & remove any unneeded software on your PC. It removes everything that Add/Remove Program can't.
Most importantly, it clears your registry entries and drivers which is what I really needed when I was trying to remove the Zune software. Basically, software that is not uninstalled properly leaves crap & files over in your registry which slows down your computer and causes computer errors.
Perfect Uninstaller protects your PC from corrupted registry errors & improves your PC performance and speed.
What is Zune software?
Zune is basically Microsoft's answer to the iPod by Apple. Zune includes portable media players, Zune Software that includes Zune Marketplace with online music, video and podcast stores.
Many people consider Zune a complete flop (me included) when compared to iPod, but opinions vary.
On September 8 2008, Microsoft announced the Zune 3.0 update, which includes the ability to tag for purchase songs heard on FM radio, channels which can be customized to deliver suggested songs for the user, the ability to purchase songs from the Zune device via the Zune Marketplace, as well as two sample games, Hexic and Texas Hold'em.
Even more recently, it seems that Microsoft wants to turn Zune from a music player like iPod into a new smart phone from the company. (like the iPhone).
Ever the leader in innovation (burst out laughing), Microsoft wants to combine Zune and technology from its purchase of Danger Inc., the company that brought us the Sidekick flip phone available on T-Mobile, to create an iPhone wannabe.
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