How to Uninstall Programs in Windows 10

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uninstall appsUninstalling unwanted programs is one of the most common and important tasks that all PC users perform. However, if you're new to Windows 10, you may not know how to remove every app. The old-school Programs and Features and control panel menu that Windows 7 and XP users are used to still exists, but won't actually delete newer kinds of apps.

Whether it is a desktop program, a Windows 8-style Modern app or a new-fangled Universal app, there's one simple way to remove it. Here's how to uninstall any program in Windows 10, even if you don't know what kind of app it is.

  1. Open the Start menu.

    Start button

  2. Click Settings.


  3. Click System on the Settings menu.

    Select System

  4. Select Apps & features from the left pane. 

    Select apps & features

    A list of all installed apps appears in the right pane.

  5. Select an app you wish to uninstall. 

    select app

  6. Click the Uninstall button that appears. If it is grayed out, this is a system app you cannot remove.

    Click uninstall

  7. Click the Uninstall pop-up button to confirm.

     click uninstall

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  • HairyGibbonBoy Says:

    I'm trying to uninstall Photoshop. I've followed these steps, and said 'YES' to allowing Adobe to make changes. Then nothing happens. The app is still installed. Any ideas? Many thanks!

  • John Gibson Says:

    How can I uninstall my Banks App? I can't see it in the list of apos

  • Nicolas C. Says:

    I downloaded PcKeeper and i dont like it it started a chat all on its own and i know its a bot. i first right clicked on the icon and clicked delete but the program keeps poping up and chatting with me i followed all the steps but it says windows cannot find it what should i do?

  • Merlene Says:

    When I hit the Uninstall button it comes up with another question do I want this programme to make changes to the computer yES OR nO WHAT SHOULD I do

  • Nicklaus Says:

    Ever time I click uninstall something pops up that says Do you want to allow this app to update software on your PC? Then gives me a yes or no option but no matter which option I choose either yes or no nothing happens and what I'm trying to uninstall never gos away.

  • N Singh Says:

    Hello, I installed an online Casino app - the uninstall button is not active (greyed out ) to use the above method -how else to remove the app

  • James W. Holmes Says:

    Sorry...hit the wrong key:

    BUT the program still comes up and has COME BACK to the programs list in "Apps."

  • James W. Holmes Says:

    Yep, it works --- to a point. I managed to "uninstall" something called PlutoTV that way, and now it's no longer there or in Programs and Features, BUT

  • Back Door Says:

    This is nice but only covers what windows will allow you to uninstall. Can't uninstall the Store or 3dBuilder this way.

    To permanently delete some additional apps (about 15 apps) select start -> all apps -> windows power shell and start power shell as an administrator.

    Command to uninstall the Store:
    Get-AppxPackage *store* | Remove-AppxPackage

    you can do that for skype, get office, maps, money, news, 3d builder etc.

    For a complete list of packages which includes uninstallable system apps like Cortina and Edge enter:

    Get-AppxPackage > C:\packages.txt

    Browse to the root level of the C drive to open packages.txt

  • Chris J Says:

    Same problem as Patricia please what do I do?

  • Patricia Shetler Says:

    My uninstall program always says "Please wait until the current program is finished uninstalling and I haven't even tried to uninstall a program. I need to know how to do a "hard" uninstall when that happens.

  • MPugh Says: does not appear in apps list for deletion!

  • AlisonS Says:

    I know how to do this but I can't use my Start or Windows buttons. All I can do with them is sign out

  • Rukhs Says:

    I have followed all the instructions. After it says that its successfully installed I can still see the app in the settings and sometimes pop-up text like do you want to update shows. This is very annoying. I want to delete some programs permently so the programs aren't even in the computer. Some program was included when I bought the computer therefore refresh the computer will not help. How can I permently remove them?

  • eh tariq Says:

    i was using the hotspot sheeld but when i uninstall it it be comes a virrous and not removed from control pannel and also not allow the new hot spot ineed your help plz......................

  • Summer Says:

    I got the same thing Samantha got - now what do I do? It WON'T uninstall

  • paddotk Says:

    I'm really curious as to what those coloured bars below each app are for. They seem to be randomly present and of random width.

  • Emma Emmons Says:

    I installed Turbo PC on my computer and I do not like it, however it will not let me uninstall it...Is there a reason says I do not have the administrative rights.

  • Peter Moskaluk Says:

    Sorry I just read item six and realize that they cannot be uninstall.

  • Peter Moskaluk Says:

    Nice procedure, and I was able to use it to remove several Apps. However the Xbox app will not uninstall. Several Microsoft programs e.g. XBox and Weather) will show the Move Uninstall dropdown, but when tapping the Uninstall, the popup with the button to actually uninstall doesn't show up and nothing happens.

  • Samantha Says:

    Followed all directions, however what pops up after I click "uninstall" is the question asking, "Do you want this app to update software on your PC. Yes/No" Now what do I do? Thank You.

  • Johnst Says:

    I need help to remove programs from windows 10.

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