How to Remove Faulty Programs From a Pocket PC


Pocket PCs are portable devices that fall under the PDA type of portable device. Pocket PCs often run a version of Microsoft Windows developed for mobile devices. Like Windows itself, the Pocket PC can hold multiple software programs and applications. In some cases an update or glitch to a program may prevent the program for being accessed or seen on the system. Yet the faulty program still exists on the device taking up valuable storage space that could be used for other programs and files. You can remove these “phantom programs” fully in one of two ways; either on the device or through Active Sync on a connected computer.

Tap on the “Start” icon in the lower left corner of the screen of the Pocket PC. Select “Settings” from the list of options.

Select the “System” tab under “Settings” and locate the “Remove Programs” icon. Tap this icon once to open the “Remove Programs” settings menu.

Scroll through the list of programs until you find the one you want to uninstall. Note that the list may or may not be in alphabetical order. Tap the desired program and tap the “Remove” button. Restart the device if prompted. If the program can not be located under “Remove Programs” proceed to the following step to attempt another method of removal. 

Connect your Pocket PC to your computer using the Pocket PC dock or USB cable that came with the Pocket PC device. Wait a few seconds for the “Microsoft Active Sync” program to launch. If it does not automatically launch click on “Start” followed by “All Programs” and locate the “Active Sync” folder. Double click on the program inside the folder.

Click on “Tools” in the top menu bar in the Active Sync program on your computer. Choose “Add/Remove Programs” from the drop down menu. Scroll through the list and click on the “check box” next to each program you want to remove. Click on “OK” to remove the programs. 

Do not disconnect the device from the dock or USB connection until the sync is complete and until the program is fully removed. Doing so could cause damage to the software on the device or on the computer. The Active Sync program will indicate when it is safe to disconnect the Pocket PC device from the computer.


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