You’re stuck with several applications on your Windows 10 PC that you no longer use or want. Time to get rid of them to free up disk space and unclutter your Start Menu. But how do you give them the heave-ho?
Windows 10 includes an uninstaller option available through the Start menu and via a screen in Settings, not to mention Control Panel, which is still alive and kicking. You can quickly and cleanly remove a Windows 10 Universal app through the uninstall feature in the Start menu and in Settings, though not with the Control Panel applet.
But try to remove a full desktop application using Windows’ built-in options, and the process often leaves behind detritus in the form of leftover folders and files and scattered Registry entries. That’s why you may want to use a third-party uninstaller such as Revo Uninstaller, IObit Uninstaller, and Ashampoo Uninstaller, which can fully wipe out entire applications, leaving no traces behind.
Uninstall Through Startup Menu
Let’s first check out how to uninstall a program from the Windows 10 Start Menu. Click the Start button and look for a program you wish to remove, either in the All Apps list on the left or in the tiled section on the right. Right-click the program, and if it can be removed this way, you’ll see an option for Uninstall in the pop-up menu. Click it, confirm you want to uninstall it, and it’s gone.
Uninstall Through Settings
To more easily view all the programs you can uninstall in Windows 10, go to Settings > Apps > Apps & features. This screen shows you both Windows Universal apps and standard desktop applications, so you should find every program installed on your PC here. Scroll down the list to locate the program you wish to remove. Click it and then select Uninstall.
Use the Program’s Uninstaller
Many large programs come with custom uninstallers, especially if they are very large or have lots of parts. If a program has an uninstaller, you should use it. These uninstallers are designed to catch hidden files and delete themselves, so they are very effective and easy to use.
You can check if a program has an uninstaller by opening the start menu and finding the folder for that program (if it exists). Usually, the uninstaller will be the last item in the folder, like this.
As you can see, the main folder “Autodesk” contains many different programs, including the uninstall tool for all of its programs.
Once you find your uninstaller, simply double-click to run it and then follow the walkthrough. Once you are done, the uninstaller will also delete itself, and you will have successfully removed the unwanted program.
Uninstall Through Control Panel
If you prefer using Control Panel, that option is still available in the latest edition of Windows 10. Open Control Panel in icon view and select the applet for Programs and Features. This view does not show you Windows Universal apps, only standard desktop applications. Select the program you wish to remove, then either right-click it and select Uninstall or select Uninstall at the top of the list.
Regularly uninstalling programs are great for the health of your PC, and for your own peace of mind. You’d be surprised how much space a dormant application can take up in the form of hidden files, storage folders, and other data – even if you haven’t opened it in years.
The freed-up disk space can be used for more important files or allow your computer to run faster than it has been lately. In addition, you get the satisfaction of having your PC running in top condition – as it should be!