How to Uninstall Programs in Windows 10

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Uninstalling unwanted programs is one of the most common and important tasks that all laptop and desktop 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.

    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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Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch,
The current editor-in-chief of our sister site, Tom's Hardware, Avram served as editorial director of Laptop from 2007 to 2018. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of our real-world benchmarks, including the Laptop Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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