Re: Revo Uninstaller

Dan Kerstetter <dhk55@...>

I've never had any problems with Revo, either when it comes to finding
controls or screwing up my registry. I've used it religiously for years.



-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw [] On Behalf Of Lisle, Ted
(CHFS DMS) via Jfw
Sent: Wednesday, July 02, 2014 8:06 AM
To: Ford, Tim (CDPH-OLS); The Jaws for Windows support list.
Subject: RE: Revo Uninstaller

I haven't used Revo on Win 7 yet, but was always afraid to give it its head.
I formerly used the registry cleaner with Norton religiously, until things
got out of hand one day. I never knew what happened, but I wound up having
to do a complete reinstall of 98, so this was a while back.

What about older versions of programs. At some point, I'll uninstall older
versions of Office. Will a complete uninstall affect one's current
version? Here's where I give FS extra points for having the best
self-contained uninstall routine I've ever worked with, including the
ability to repair the current installation once you're done.


-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw [] On Behalf Of Ford, Tim
(CDPH-OLS) via Jfw
Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 7:20 PM
To: The Jaws for Windows support list. (
Subject: Revo Uninstaller

I have a solution/response to the separate question about Revo Uninstaller,
that was in an email string today on a different subject. The question was:

"Is there a way to make Revo Uninstaller Jaws-friendly, so all the controls
are easier to select from and activate, and I don't just find a Cancel and
Back Button?"

With review mode, I am able to easily operate those otherwise inaccessible
Revo Uninstaller buttons that were mentioned as requiring sighted
assistance. Below I will explain how I do it, although there may be other
ways. I consider myself technically challenged, so keep that in mind. If
anyone wants to know more specifics, please contact me off list and we can
chat by phone.

Tim Ford

Operating Revo Uninstaller with JAWS

Note. I am using version 1.95, and the latest of JAWS version 15. I am on
a Windows 7 machine, and prior to that, I used Revo Uninstaller on an XP
home edition machine. I intentionally decline Revo's offer to update the
software. This version works for me, so why bother getting more current and
then finding out that a new version is inaccessible? End of note.

When you launch Revo Uninstaller, hereinafter called Revo, you will find
yourself at the top of the list of programs. The list is in alphabetical
order. First letter navigation works, so for example, pressing the s key
takes you to the first program in the list that starts with s. Use the
arrow keys to move through the list. You need to use all four arrow key
directions when navigating this list, since the left and right arrow key
navigation does not jump rows.
When on the program you want, press the application key, or alternatively,
the shift f10 key sequence. This gives you a list of most of Revo's
features. The first item on the list is "uninstall", and is of course the
most common item to select. But take the time to go down the list to see
some very nice other options. For example, you can find out more about the
program through options on the list such as doing a Google search, or going
to the web site for the program creator. Use these options unless you are
absolutely sure you do not need that program! Another handy item is the
option to remove that program from Revo's list. There are many programs
that most of us will not want to ever touch, so this option allows you to
have on your list only those programs you may want to remove; it does not
uninstall or remove anything from the program, it just hides it so you don't
waste time arrowing through the same stuff again and again.
Now back to the uninstall option. Press enter to start that, and you will
get a warning screen with yes and no buttons. You can either use the tab
and enter key to move amongst the buttons and activate the one you want.
Or, pressing the y key will activate the yes button, and the d key activates
the no button.

What happens next will depend upon the program you are removing, so just
listen carefully to what JAWS is telling you. The JAWS key and b usually
does a good job of repeating the important text.

When Revo tells you to select the level of uninstall, tab once to a vertical
list with the three options, low, moderate, and high. High is the most
aggressive in terms of removing registry items. It is also the mode that
seems to make Revo superior to the standard Windows uninstall process found
under the control panel. I always use the highest uninstall mode, and have
never had a problem. So select the mode with the up and down arrows, then
tab once and activate the OK button.

Note, I am now going from memory for the rest of these instructions, since I
don't actually want to uninstall any programs, so please do not take me
completely literally; I may not exactly remember how JAWS names the buttons,
but the description below will be close enough.

The JAWS access problems seem to come up after Revo has uninstalled the
program, and prompts you on whether you want to search the registry for
leftover items. Unless you realize you did something wrong, you do want to
have Revo continue with this step. After all, if you don't use this option,
you don't need to use Revo.

I believe the first prompt uses a next button to continue, and JAWS will see
this button, so press enter on it. If you are not sure where you are, use
the tab and shift tab, pressing enter to activate.

At this stage I recommend you now go into JAWS review mode, and stay in
review mode until you get to and select the "finish" button. When in review
mode, all the important information is clear and easily read with the arrow
keys. I recommend using control with left or right arrow, which takes you
nicely from word to word. This also ensures that you are at the proper
place to do the left click. When you want to activate a given command, use
the JAWS keystroke for a left mouse click.

One step will be the option of selecting all items that Revo recommends be
removed from the registry and elsewhere on your computer. (Revo also lists
each such item slated for removal, but the descriptions are beyond my level
of technical knowledge. I have always pressed the select-all button, and
have never had a problem.)

Select the option you want by the left mouse click keystroke. When clicking
on that select-all button, you will not hear any feedback from JAWS, but
take it on faith that you have made that selection. Move forward to the
"delete" button and click on it. JAWS will warn you that this is going to
remove the listed stuff, and it tells you to press yes or no to proceed.
You can press the y key for yes, n key for no, or you can manually move to
the button you want and click on it.

When Revo has deleted all that stuff, it will often times show a zero in the
number of items left, which makes sense, but Revo confusingly asks you to
select or de-select the listed options. Go through the same steps above
about selecting and hitting the delete button. You will often fine that in
a second pass, Revo has found more stuff it recommends you delete. I have
had as many as three passes before it catches everything, but most often the
second pass is all you need. When Revo finds nothing more, you will then
see a "finish" button, with a congratulations message that you are done.
When you click on the finish button, Revo will immediately pop up into the
list of programs, ready to start again. If you are done, just exit with

That is it. It is actually pretty easy once you do the steps a few times,
and that is coming from someone who is at best considered average in terms
of JAWS skills.
This is the end of the basic instructions. If you contact me off list, I
will be glad to help, either via email or on the phone.

Tim Ford

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