How to Uninstall an Application on Windows 10

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If you’re running Windows 10 and no longer need an app, you might want to uninstall it. There are several ways to do this, depending on the type of application it is. Here’s how to uninstall a program in Windows.

Uninstall an app using the start menu

If an app was installed using the Microsoft Store, you can quickly uninstall it from the Start menu. To do this, open the “Start” menu and find the application icon, then right-click on it. In the menu that appears, select “Uninstall”.

If this is the first time you’ve uninstalled a program this way, it will notify you with a small pop-up dialog. Click “Uninstall” again. The app will be silently uninstalled without any further action on your part. If you change your mind, you can download and install it again later via the Microsoft Store.

If you right-click on an application that has not been installed through the Microsoft Store and select “Uninstall”, the “Programs and Features” window will open. Locate the program in the list, select it, then click the “Uninstall” button.

If an Uninstall Wizard window appears, follow the steps until the program is uninstalled. Then you are free to close the “Programs and Features” window.

Uninstall an app using settings

Perhaps the most complete way to uninstall an app on Windows 10 is through Settings. This is because you can see a list of all the programs installed on the system and easily select the one you want to uninstall.

To do this, open “Settings” by clicking on the “Start” menu and selecting the gear icon. (Or you can press Windows + I on your keyboard.)

In “Settings”, click on “Applications”.

After that you will see a list of all the apps installed on your system. This includes both apps installed through the Microsoft Store and those installed through other methods.

Find the entry for the program you want to uninstall and select it. Then click on “Uninstall”.

If the app was installed from the Microsoft Store, it uninstalls instantly without any additional steps.

If this is an application installed by other means, an additional pop-up dialog box may appear. If so, click “Uninstall” again. After that, the program uninstallation wizard window opens. Follow the steps of the wizard and the application is uninstalled completely.

Uninstall an app using the control panel

You can also uninstall non-Microsoft Store apps using the old one Windows Control Panel. To do this, open the “Start” menu and type “control,” then click on the “Control Panel” icon.

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Under “Programs”, click “Uninstall a program”.

In the Programs and Features window that appears, you’ll see a long list of installed apps that you can sort by name, publisher, installed date, size, and version number by clicking on the column headers.

This list does not include apps installed from the Microsoft Store. To uninstall them, use the “Settings” window or right-click on it and select “Uninstall” from the “Start” menu.

A list of programs installed in Windows Control Panel.

Find the program you want to uninstall and click on the entry to select it. Then click on the “Uninstall” button.

A wizard for uninstalling the program will launch. Click through the steps until you have completed the uninstallation process. From Microsoft considers Control Panel to be a legacy interface, it is a good idea to practice uninstalling programs using the other methods above as well. Good luck!

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