How to Completely Uninstall Riot Client on Windows 11

Uninstalling the Riot client may prevent your games from working

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  • Always clear your Recycle bin after uninstalling Riot Client from your PC.
  • Uninstalling Riot Client app from Apps and Features won't delete the stored games on your PC.
  • If you installed Valorant while using Riot Client, ensure you uninstall Riot Vanguard.
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Riot Client is responsible for popular games like Valorant and League of Legends. However, you can get tired of the game or just need to free up space on your hard disk.

If that’s the case, you need to uninstall Riot Client from your PC completely. In this article, we provide you with the necessary steps you can use to eradicate Riot Client from your PC completely.

Will I lose my games if I delete the riot client?

When you uninstall Riot Client, the games will still exist as an external file on your PC. The files won’t be lost, but they won’t be playable.

Aside from the games themselves, uninstalling Riot Client still leaves secondary files like anti-cheat, save data, configurations, etc.

In a nutshell, if you uninstall Riot Client, you won’t lose your games; they’ll remain as individual files on your local storage.

How can I uninstall the riot client in Windows 11?

Uninstalling Riot Client in Windows 11 is a two-step approach. Firstly, you’ll have to uninstall the Riot Client application before removing Riot Vanguard.

1. Uninstall the Riot Client application

  1. Press Windows key + I to open Settings.
  2. Click on Apps and select Installed apps.
  3. Locate the Riot Client application, select the options button, and select Uninstall.

Uninstalling through Settings is one of the most effective ways to remove an app from your PC.

2. Manually delete the Riot folder

  1. Press Windows key + E to open File Explorer.
  2. Navigate to the path: C:\Users\User_Name\AppData\Local\Riot Games
  3. Right-click on Riot Games and press the Shift + Delete keys on your keyboard.
  4. Press OK to confirm the deletion and close the File Explorer.
  5. Type Recycle Bin in the Windows Search bar, right-click the app, and select Empty Recycle Bin.
  6. Close the window.

Deleting Riot Client from File Explorer ensures no residual files are left after uninstalling the app.

While you’re deleting the Riot Client file, you might run into the deleted files keep coming back on Windows error. Be sure to read our guide on how to fix the error.

3. Uninstall Riot Vanguard

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run window, type appwiz.cpl, and click OK.
  2. Locate Riot Vanguard from the list of available options and select Uninstall.
  3. Follow the uninstallation prompts till you remove the app.

This step should only be attempted by Riot Client users who installed Valorant. Vanguard is an anti-cheat gaming software. You’ll have to delete the file to rid your system of anything Riot Client-related completely.

Uninstalling Riot Client is a very simple step. It requires no technical know-how and can be completed in minutes.

If you still notice any Riot Client files, you can repeat the steps above and ensure you always empty your Recycle Bin.

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