Windows 11 Basics: How to Uninstall Apps

There are many reasons why you might uninstall apps and/or software from your Windows 11 PC. Maybe you are trying to free up space, or you are no longer using that app, or the software came with your PC and you don’t really need it .

There are actually a few different ways to uninstall the app depending on what you are trying to remove. If one method doesn’t work, try another.

Be warned: not every app can be uninstalled using the methods described here. Some built-in apps, such as Microsoft Edge, can only be uninstalled using the Command Prompt. Tom’s devices He does have some guidance on how to do this, but since there’s been some debate about whether that would create more problems with the OS than it’s worth, you might want to simply ignore its existence.

However, for most applications, the process is fairly simple.

Uninstall an app from the start menu

It’s easy to uninstall simple apps, such as many of the apps installed from the Microsoft Store, from the Start menu. For larger apps and programs, which may store settings in the Windows registry and other places around your system, you may need to do a more formal uninstall. (Because Windows can store parts of your application in different parts of the system, it is important to uninstall applications properly rather than simply deleting them.)

Here’s how to get started:

  • Click on Started button.
  • Locate the app (you may have to tap All apps in the upper-right corner).
  • Right-click on the application and select uninstall.

You can uninstall some applications directly from the Start menu.

  • If you see a popup with the message This app and its related information will be removedthen press uninstall button and you’re done!

Cancel popup

Click Uninstall again to remove the app.

  • If it’s a more complex app, you’ll see a button that says uninstall. You will be taken to Uninstall or change a program page in the control panel.

Uninstall an app using the Control Panel

If you wish, you can also access this page by selecting the search icon in the taskbar, and typing control Boardtap the app bar, then tap Uninstall a program under Software Sub-address.

  • Scroll down to the program you want to remove. (If you can’t find it, you may need to uninstall through Settings – their instructions are below.)
  • Once you find the program menu, click on that and then on uninstall button at the top of the page. You can also right-click and select uninstall Or just double-click on the program.

Remove or change the page

To uninstall an app, highlight it and tap Uninstall or Uninstall/Change.

  • The following steps vary by program. In some cases, the app will be removed and you won’t have to do anything else. You may get a popup asking you to confirm. In this case, tap uninstall. You might see a window saying “Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?” click yes. If the Uninstall window appears, click next one or Complete And follow the steps in the window to uninstall the app.

Popup window to uninstall VLC software

If prompted, follow the steps in the popup to uninstall the program.

  • click finish when you finish.

Uninstall an app using Settings

An alternative (and probably easiest) way to uninstall a program is to use the Apps and Features section of Windows 10 Settings.

  • Click the Start button.
  • Select the gear to unlock Settings.
  • Choose apps from the left column.
  • Click Application and Features.
  • Scroll down to the app you want to uninstall, and tap the three dots on the right.

Applications & amp;  Features List Uninstall menu appears

Click on the app you wish to uninstall.

  • Click on uninstall button. (If the button is inactive, this means that you cannot uninstall it via the normal Windows interface.)
  • A small popup will appear. Click on uninstall button.

Ultimate Uninstall List

Another popup will appear asking you to confirm that you want to uninstall the app.

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