What can I do if Windows 10 won’t uninstall apps and programs?
- Uninstall programs using Control Panel
- Uninstall programs in Safe Mode
- Run System Restore
- Run the Program Install and Uninstall Troubleshooter
- Use a third-party uninstaller
In the Windows 10, 8.1 operating systems, the uninstall feature is as simple as it can get. However, you might experience some issues when you try to uninstall an app. Your computer may freeze during the process or it finishes the uninstall process but the respective app still appears in the programs list. For this reason, we have decided to explain to you how you can fix the uninstall feature and carry on with your use of your Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 device.
Uninstalling an app is usually done from the Uninstall/Change a program menu that you can access very easily in Windows 8 and Windows 10. Keep in mind that if, for example you want to uninstall a built-in feature of Windows 10 or Windows 8 (like Internet Explorer) it will not work. Although the built-in apps for Windows 10, 8 cannot be removed, you can install similar apps and set them as default for your operating system. For any issues regarding the uninstall feature in Windows 10, 8, you can follow the tutorial below and fix your problem in a few minutes.
SOLVED: Windows 10 won’t uninstall a program
1. Uninstall programs using Control Panel
When you try to uninstall a program you can do it very easily from the Uninstall/Change feature in your Windows 10, 8. If you left clicked on the program you wish to uninstall and then left clicked on the uninstall button, then this will normally completely remove it from your system.
If you left clicked the uninstall feature on an app and it freezes during the process, then try to completely reboot your Windows 8, Windows 10 operating system and try again to uninstall the problematic program.
Note: Some of your programs that you have running might interfere with the uninstall feature.
2. Uninstall programs in Safe Mode
If the uninstall feature doesn’t work after the reboot the Windows 8, Windows 10 device, then follow the steps below:
- Reboot the Windows 8, 10 device.
- During the reboot when the Windows 8, Windows 10 device starts hold the “Shift” button and keep pressing the F8 to get you into the recovery mode.
- You should be now in the “Recovery Mode” feature. Left click or tap on the “See advanced repair options” feature.
- Left click on “Troubleshoot” feature in the new window.
- Left click on “Advanced options” in the next window.
- Left click on “Windows startup settings” feature .
- Left click or tap the “restart” button in the lower right side of the window for the computer to boot.
- After the reboot of the Windows 8, Windows 10 device you will have the option to boot into “Safe Mode”.
- After the Windows 8 PC boots into Safe mode, you can go ahead and uninstall the desired program you had trouble with.
3. Run System Restore
If you still have troubles after doing the option above you can always restore your Windows 8 or Windows 10 computer to a previous version thus removing any programs you might have installed recently.
To run a system restore, you can just go into the Control Panel and left click on “Recovery”. From the “Recovery” window just left click the “Open system restore” feature and follow the on-screen instructions.
4. Run the Program Install and Uninstall Troubleshooter
Microsoft’s Program Install and Uninstall troubleshooter can fix errors that prevent users from uninstalling software. Here are the steps to follow:
- First, open this Microsoft Support webpage
- Press the Download button to download the Program Install and Uninstall troubleshooter
- Open the troubleshooter
- Go to Advanced > Apply repairs automatically > hit Next > select the Uninstalling option.
- Select the program that you can’t uninstall > hit Next. The troubleshooter will look for and apply potential fixes.
5. Use a third-party uninstaller
If the problem persists, you can download and install a third-party uninstaller. For more information about the best uninstalling software to use on your Windows computer, you can check out the guides below:
- 10 best uninstaller software for PC users
- 5 best Windows 7 uninstallers
- How to remove software leftovers
You now know how you can uninstall a program in Windows 8 or Windows 10 if the normal easy way doesn’t work for you. If you have any questions on this article, let us know in the comments below and we will see what we can do to help you further.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2014 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.Editor's Note: This article was originally published in September 2014 and was revamped and updated in January 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.