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Dakotah 06-22-2012 05:53 PM

I'm a Newbie with problems already - can't uninstall Wine - Using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Hi out there,

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I also was using Empathy with it but I did not like it's bare-bones look so I decided I wanted to use the Windows Live Messenger which meant I needed to download Wine/4QWine/Winetricks. When I installed 4QWine, I had a sneaking suspicion that I might have made an error on the correct path when installing it using the instalation Wizard but I'm not sure. But I did that (using my Ubuntu Software Center) and then I found aMSN for Windows on my Wine homepage. Everything was running nice and smoothly.

As I was leaving my aMSN and closing down my browser for the evening, I saw that there were updates that needed done so I clicked "ok and update" on my computer before leaving.

The next day when I started up, there was another update that needed done so I allowed that update. I am not sure what these updates were. I then tried to open my aMSN and nothing would not open. It's been a while but I think it said it could not find the Windows applicaton.

So....I decided that it must have been affected by the updates that I allowed and that I needed to uninstall aMSN and try again. I went into the Windows environment of my installed Wine software. There was an "add/remove programs" .exe file. I tried using it but it did not work. So I decided that I needed to remove Wine and start all over again. I did that and that didn't work. Wine would not uninstall. aMSN would not uninstall. Now everything is a mess. I can not get rid of Wine from my computer. I have tried many different methods. I can not find an uninstall program. I need help. I believe the last thing I tried was rm - dpkg-wine or something like that. I've lost it. I am using Wine 1.4, Q4Wine 0.121-3, aMSN 0.98.9-tcl85-windows. I almost got to the right command the last time but it said I needed to be the root user and I didn't know what to type in the terminal to show I was the root user.


sycamorex 06-22-2012 05:58 PM

Hi and welcome to LQ.

To become root you need to type 'su' + Enter + root password.

Many commands can be executed with administrator privileges by preceding them with 'sudo', eg:


sudo apt-get install package
It will ask you for YOUR password (not root's)

Which command asks you to be root?

btw, please remove your email address, it'll just attract more spam to your email box.

Edit: try removing your packages with:

sudo apt-get --purge remove name_of_the_package

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