Remove U3 Launchpad from your flash thumbdrive

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I have a U3 Launchpad-enabled thumbdrive that I absolutely detest because it’s incredibly annoying to use. It takes longer than usual to run, and the menus take forever to load. What’s U3 anyway? Here’s what it officially is:

U3 platform is a technology created for Microsoft Windows operating systems that allows applications to be executed directly from a specially formatted USB flash drive according to U3 specifications, which also U3 smart drives, so that data and programs can be shared on multiple PCs.

And I’m 110% sure I don’t need that functionality.

I don’t know why I didn’t think about it earlier, but today I decided to see how I can remove the U3 program, and surprise surprise, the uninstall utility is actually included. Just go to the U3 utility menu, and go to settings. There, you should find an Uninstall option. Click on that, and you should be good to go!

If you can’t find it, you can download the U3 uninstall utility here from the official website.

Caveat: This is supposedly an irreversible change, so you can’t reinstall U3 after you’ve removed it. Also, before you do the U3 uninstall, DO BACKUP YOUR DATA!

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Alvin Poh lives in Singapore, and is interested in marketing, techy stuff, and likes to just figure out how the two can work with each other. He can also be found on Google+.

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