How to uninstall a program completely on Windows 10
By Richard | 04/Dec/2023
A bunch of programs could make your computer slow, and a messy desktop will do the same to your mind. That’s why you have to uninstall apps you no longer use or need.
However, removing the programs is not always easy. Over a period of time, you may find some of the programs might uninstall/install without your knowledge. Thus, it is a great idea to uninstall the programs you do not need or have not opened for a long while.
How to Uninstall a program on Windows 10
There’re a few accesses to the program uninstall window on Windows 10.
Uninstall Programs on Windows 10 from the Control Panel
1. Right-click the Start button on the left bottom of the screen (usually) and click Control Panel.
2. Go to Programs and Features or Uninstall a Program.
3. Scroll down the list and spot the program you want to uninstall and click Uninstall.
4. Click Yes when the pop-up window asks if you are sure to uninstall the program from your computer.
Uninstall Programs on Windows 10 from the Start Menu
1. Go to Start>All apps and find the application or program you want to remove.
2. Right-click on it and select Uninstall.
3. Click Uninstall and complete the process.
Uninstall Programs on Windows 10 from the Settings Menu
1. Go to Start>Settings.
2. Choose System and click Apps and features. It is helpful to use a search box at the top of the screen to search the application.
3. Find the app you want to uninstall, choose it and click Uninstall.
4. Follow the instruction and complete the process.
How to uninstall the programs that refuse to uninstall
If the program won’t uninstall from the methods mentioned above, then you have no other choice but to remove it manually. The uninstallation file of the apps might be hidden by the developers whose design aims to stay on the system as long as possible. So the first thing you should do is to make sure that you can access hidden files and folders.
1. Go to the Control Panel, in the search bar input folder.
2. Click the Show hidden files and folders line.
3. Click the View tab, go to the Advanced Settings and check Show hidden files and folders.
4. Remove the files and folders related to the programs you don’t want.
5. Remember to restart your computer to see if the program has been removed completely.
6. Run System Monitor of your system utilities in case the programs in the future install themselves without your notice.
Even though you have uninstalled the programs or application you do not want, leave the unwanted traces behind. The remaining temp folders, dump files, or invalid registry entries of the uninstalled program, which might make your Window 10 sluggish. Then using a system cleanup tool to help remove all these junk files and tricky registry keys from your computer to improve its performance is definitely a great idea.