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How to remove or uninstall a program in Windows 10 [tutorial]

If you’re an early adapter of Windows 10 operating system, you must already have collected quite a number of programs in your machine over the years. This means that if you don’t usually filter your programs that thoroughly, it’s possible that your machine may have a mix of both good and bad apps at this time. We hope only a tiny number of programs are installed but if you think you need to uninstall one or two, continue reading.

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Three methods on how to uninstall a program from Windows 10

Traditionally, uninstalling a program or application from a Windows machine is always done via Control Panel. This is true from the earlier Windows versions until Windows 8.1. With Windows 10, Microsoft’s apparent intention to move away from Control Panel is clear, as it now adds duplicate functions in Settings app. One such duplicate function is on how to uninstall a program.

Uninstall a program via Control Panel

As mentioned above, older Windows only allow program removable via Control Panel. This feature is not lost in Windows 10 machines and those that are used to Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8. Or 8.1, can still do the same exact steps as below:

  1. Search for Control Panel via taskbar by typing in Control Panel.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. If the View by setting is on Category, click on Uninstall a program. If the View by setting is on Large icons, find Programs and Features. Do the same steps if View by setting is on Small icons.
  4. Under Programs and Features window, you’ll see the list of installed apps. If you want, you can click the top of Installed on tab to sort apps by install date.
  5. Once you’ve found the app you want to uninstall, click it.
  6. Then, click on Uninstall at the top to begin the uninstallation process.

Uninstall a program via Start menu

The fastest way to remove an annoying app from a Windows 10 machine is via the Start menu. To do it, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. If the app you want to remove is shown as an active app in the screen, just right click on it so the following options will be displayed: unpin from Start, Resize, Turn live tile off, Pin to taskbar, Uninstall.
  3. To remove an app, select Uninstall option.

If the app is not available as an active tile in the screen, hit All apps and look for the app there. Then, right click on its icon and select Uninstall.

Uninstall a program via Settings

When checking apps and their details, going under Settings is recommended. By using Settings app instead of Control Panel, you’ll be able to check when a particular app was installed. If the program was upgraded sometime after it was installed, the upgrade date will be shown instead of the original install date.

In order to uninstall a program via Settings, follow the following steps:

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Click System.
  4. Click Apps & features.
  5. You can search the program either by using the Search box, or by scrolling down the list. The list of programs can be sorted by size, name, or install date. Pick the best that suits you best.
  6. Once you’ve found the app, click it.
  7. Then, click on Uninstall button to remove it.

Once you’ve clicked on Uninstall button, a popup will show warning you that said program and all its data will be erased. Confirm that you want to proceed by hitting Uninstall button again. After that, you can wait until the uninstallation starts and finishes.

Some apps can’t be removed

Programs that came with the operating system Windows Store, Music, Mail, etc., also known as pre-installed apps, can’t be uninstalled. If you don’t have an option to uninstall a program after right clicking it in Start menu, that means it’s a first party or preinstalled app.

If you think a preinstalled app is causing trouble, consider repairing it instead. Here’s how:

  1. Search for Control Panel via taskbar by typing in Control Panel.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. If the View by setting is on Category, click on Uninstall a program. If the View by setting is on Large icons, find Programs and Features. Do the same steps if View by setting is on Small icons.
  4. Under Programs and Features window, you’ll see the list of installed apps. If you want, you can click the top of Installed on tab to sort apps by install date.
  5. To fix the program, select Repair or, if that’s not available, Change.
  6. Follow the directions on the screen.

 


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