How to remove the Uninstall option on boot in Windows 10

by Ivan Jenic
Ivan Jenic
Ivan Jenic
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Passionate about all elements related to Windows and combined with his innate curiosity, Ivan has delved deep into understanding this operating system, with a specialization in drivers and... read more
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For those of you who installed Windows 10 on your computer, you might also have the Uninstall option on boot feature —  which is another boot menu that appears when you restart the Windows 10 OS. You will find out more about this feature and also how to uninstall it in the guide below.
The Uninstall option on boot What it is, How to get rid of it [Windows 10]
This boot selection feature offers you the possibility to completely remove the Windows 10 OS, as well as other options. If you wait approximately 30 seconds in this boot menu, it will automatically start your Windows 10 OS normally. Fortunately for us, not a lot of Windows users are interested in this boot menu and it will disappear with the next fresh release of Windows 10.


Windows 10 Uninstall on Boot: Get rid of it

Remove Uninstall on Boot in CMD

If you wish to remove this boot feature, you can do it very easily by following the lines below.

  1. From the Start screen of your Windows 10 OS, start writing the following: “cmd” without the quotes.
    Note: Another way to access the command prompt window is by moving the mouse cursor over to the upper right side of the screen and left clicking on the “Search” feature. In the search box write “cmd” without the quotes.
  2. After the search has finished, right click on the “Command Prompt” icon.
  3. From the menu that shows up you will need to left click or tap on the “Run as Administrator” feature.
    Note: Left click or tap on the “Yes” button if you are prompt by a User Account Control message telling you to allow access.
  4. In the command prompt window, write the following: bcdedit /timeout 0.
  5. Press the “Enter” button to run the command.
  6. After the process has finished, write the following in the command prompt: “Exit” without the quotes.
  7. Press the “Enter” button on the keyboard.
  8. Now reboot your Windows 10 system and check if your Uninstall option on boot is appearing now.

Other methods to delete Uninstall on Boot

You can disable Uninstall on Boot by removing the old OS files stored in the Windows.OLD folder. Open a new Run window or simply type %systemdrive% in the Start menu to go to the Local Disk. Locate the Windows.OLD folder.

Another quick way to remove Uninstall on Boot is to run Disk Cleanup. Go to Start, type ‘Disk Cleanup‘ and double click on the first result to launch the tool. Select the disk that you want to clean and choose Previous Windows Installations when given the choice.

Get back the Uninstall feature in Windows 10

  1. Again on the start screen write the following: “cmd”.
  2. Right click on the “Command Prompt” icon.
  3. From the menu left click or tap on the “Run as Administrator” feature.
  4. Now in the command prompt window write the following: bcdedit /timeout 1.
  5. Press the “Enter” button on the keyboard.
  6. Now after the process has finished write the following in the command prompt: “Exit” without the quotes.
  7. Press the “Enter” button on the keyboard.
  8. Reboot your Windows 10 system and check if this Uninstall feature is running again.

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Important: If you want to uninstall the Windows 10 system you will have to be sure to have the passwords for the accounts that you used on the previous Windows operating system. At some point, the uninstall process will ask you to enter your password.

Important 2: If you updated any apps to be compatible with the Windows 10 version, be aware that if you go back to the Windows 8.1 or Windows 8 system the applications will not work. So be sure that you update your apps to the version of Windows you are using.

Important 3: If you run the “Refresh” feature or the “Restore” feature in Windows 10, the Boot option will be also disabled or it might break thus preventing you from using the previous system of Windows normally. So, if you want to get it back, you will have to place again the installation media with the version of Windows you want to run and reinstall it but be sure to check the option that tells you to keep your personal files.

So there you have it folks, you now have all the information needed to properly use the uninstall option on boot available in the Windows 10 operating system. If you have any other additional questions, let us know in the comments section below and we will help you further with this subject.


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