Microsoft Teams won’t uninstall? Use these solutions

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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Microsoft Teams may be a great communication platform for some, but not for all. Therefore, quite a few users want it gone from their computers.

However, there are major issues with uninstalling Microsoft Teams, as one user reported on the Reddit forum:

I’m getting really frustrated. I delete it, after every restart it just keeps returning. Aggressively. Doesn’t like the password (because we’re not paying for it as part of our O365), but insists on badgering for a password that does not exist. Has anyone been successful in getting rid of this program permanently?

So, the OP wants to get rid of this tool permanently. Every time the user deletes it, Microsoft Teams comes back after restart.

As a consequence, even if you uninstall it from Apps, the program refuses to go. This is an annoying issue and today we will show you how to get rid of Microsoft Teams permanently.

Microsoft Teams won’t go away? Here’s what you need to do

1. Clear the cache in Teams

  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete and open Task Manager.
  2. Search Microsoft Teams and click on End Task.
  3. Go to File Explorer and paste “%appdata%Microsoftteams” in the location box.file explorer
  4. Open and delete all files from Application Cache, Cache folder, database folder, GPUCache folder, IndexedDB folder, Local Storage folder, and tmp folder.

After you completed all of the above, you can go on and uninstall Microsoft Teams.


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2. Use a PowerShell script

  1. Press the Windows Key and type “PowerShell“.
  2. Right-click on the app and Run as administrator.open powershell
  3. Type this command that allows scripts to run: “Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned”. Then, press Enter.
  4. Type “A” and press Enter.powershell command

Copy the following script in PowerShell:

# Removal Machine-Wide Installer – This needs to be done before removing the .exe below!
Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Product | Where-Object {$_.IdentifyingNumber -eq “{39AF0813-FA7B-4860-ADBE-93B9B214B914}”} | Remove-WmiObject

#Variables
$TeamsUsers = Get-ChildItem -Path “$($ENV:SystemDrive)Users”

$TeamsUsers | ForEach-Object {
Try {
if (Test-Path “$($ENV:SystemDrive)Users$($_.Name)AppDataLocalMicrosoftTeams”) {
Start-Process -FilePath “$($ENV:SystemDrive)Users$($_.Name)AppDataLocalMicrosoftTeamsUpdate.exe” -ArgumentList “-uninstall -s”
}
} Catch {
Out-Null
}
}

# Remove AppData folder for $($_.Name).
$TeamsUsers | ForEach-Object {
Try {
if (Test-Path “$($ENV:SystemDrive)Users$($_.Name)AppDataLocalMicrosoftTeams”) {
Remove
-Item –Path “$($ENV:SystemDrive)Users$($_.Name)AppDataLocalMicrosoftTeams” -Recurse -Force -ErrorAction Ignore
}
} Catch {
Out-Null
}
}

Conclusion

So, there it is. These somewhat easy solutions will fix for you an annoying issue. Use them and Microsoft Teams will be history.

Also, if for some reason you want to install it back to your computer, you will find it on the Microsoft website. Check out our article that will guide step-by-step in this process.

Did these solutions solve the problem for you? Do let us know in the comments section below!

FAQ: Learn more about Microsoft Teams

  • Can I delete Microsoft Teams?

Yes, you can delete Microsoft Teams from your computer but keep in mind that all the data associate with the software will also get deleted during the process. The quickest way to delete Teams is this:

  1. Go to Apps & Features, and type teams in the search bar
  2. Select Microsoft Teams in the list of results
  3. Select Uninstall and confirm your choice
  • Why does Microsoft Teams keep reinstalling?

Microsoft Teams  will keep on reinstalling itself if you only remove the Microsoft Teams app but don’t delete the Teams Machine-Wide Installer. Use a dedicated tool to uninstall software leftovers to fix the problem for good.

  • Is Microsoft Teams a virus?

Microsoft Teams is not a virus, it’s a workplace collaboration software the company has built with employee productivity in mind. Teams is a secure platform offering multiple security layers.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2019 and has been since updated for freshness and accuracy.