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Uninstalling or unregistering Perl on Windows?

by BAJA (Novice)
on Nov 30, 2012 at 05:49 UTC ( #1006410=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

BAJA has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hi all,

I have built Perl from its source on a Windows XP SP3 machine using MS C++ compiler from MS Visual C++ 2010.

This built I think is 5.8 or 5.9, I can't remember exactly, I only know that I could not use given/when statement, so it should be before 5.10.

Now, I would want to use the latest version of Perl, but I don't know if there is a way to uninstall the previous built? since I did some research but I did not have any success. May be is unregistering Perl?

I don't mind having different builds, but I would like how to handle them by making one the activated one? uninstalling or unregistering the oldest one?

Thanks in advanced.

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Re: Uninstalling or unregistering Perl on Windows?
by CountZero (Bishop) on Nov 30, 2012 at 07:23 UTC
    Deleting the folder where you have placed your Perl files will normally be enough, unless you have made any changes (by hand) to the registry and/or the PATH environment variable. You will have to revert such changes as well of course.


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Re: Uninstalling or unregistering Perl on Windows?
by rpnoble419 (Pilgrim) on Nov 30, 2012 at 22:09 UTC
    I have several versions of Perl on my windows computer. I have a /usr/bin version, Strawberry Perl 5.10, 5.12 and ActiveState 5.10 and 5.12. Each is in its own folder. I use a batch file to create the paths and environment to configure which to use or I have the direct part if I'm calling from a test web page.
Re: Uninstalling or unregistering Perl on Windows?
by BAJA (Novice) on Dec 05, 2012 at 23:46 UTC

    Thank you for all your comments, I'll try to apply them as soon as I get the machine working again

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