Uninstalling programs on Windows 10 is a bit more complicated than the old method of ‘dragging it to the trash and hoping it disappears’. If you must use Windows apps, here’s how to uninstall a program in Windows 10 along with automated methods to make sure everything is really gone.
Option 1: Remove specific programs
Windows offers a Settings option that allows you to open and remove individual programs you don̵
Step 1: Go to you Start menu in the lower left corner and open it. You should see the option for Settings in the primary sidebar, with a gear icon next to it. Select it. If you can’t find it Settings in the sidebar, search for it in the search box and it should show up.
Step 2: Look at the settings icons and select the one that says Apps, indicated by a list-like icon. This would be it Apps and features window.
Step 3: The Apps and features window shows all programs currently downloaded to your computer. The most recent versions of Windows 10 have a search bar, one sort on option, and a Filter by option. These are useful tools for finding exactly which apps you want to remove. Yes, you could scroll through the entire list, but if you have downloaded a lot of programs it may take too long. If you know the name of the program, search for it with the search bar. If you want to filter programs by how much space they take up, install them, or by where they reside, use the filter options.
Step 4: Select the specific app you want to remove. This shows how much space the app takes up, who created the app and when it was downloaded: a large gray button will also appear to remove the program (in addition to the Action option). Select remove to confirm the process. Windows will then remove the program from your operating system.
Note: Sometimes the Delete button is grayed out. That means the program is a system app that is too important to be removed by Windows. If you see this, make sure you have chosen the correct app. If something goes wrong with this program, you should investigate updates or fixes instead of removing it.
Option 2: Batch remove bloatware
Sometimes Windows 10 can get stuck with too much bloatware or too many casually downloaded apps: when they start causing slowdowns or storage issues, it’s time to get rid of them. The Windows 10 tool is not well designed for finding and removing multiple apps. Fortunately, there are many “uninstallers” that you can download online to help (antivirus software can come in handy here too).
Use an uninstaller if you’re not sure how many apps to remove or if Windows 10 can’t remove an app due to internal issues. Of course, if you download a lot of apps, keep a high-quality uninstaller handy on Windows 10. Here are a few of our favorite free picks.
Geek Uninstaller: Geek Uninstaller has exactly the features you need to get rid of unwanted programs (fully compatible with Windows 10 and Windows Store apps): it scans your computer for a particular file name or for bloatware that looks ripe to be removed. When you uninstall programs, it also scans for “leftovers” or related files that are no longer relevant, so you can free up even more space. It also has a Force Removal option if normal removal doesn’t work. The interface is a bit outdated but shouldn’t pose any problems especially if you’re looking for a quick batch delete option to fix things.
Wise Program Uninstaller: Wise Program has a slicker, stronger interface than Geek Uninstaller and offers features such as search, scan, delete leftover files and force uninstall. There are some advanced tools to tinker with even more, such as organizing apps by review scores or the ability to right-click to remove the option on Windows. Wise Program has more to offer as a long-term uninstaller that you will use repeatedly over the life of your computer.
For bigger problems, consider reinstalling Windows 10 from scratch. For more information about apps that you can use do not To remove, check out the best starter apps for your Windows 10 machine!