Uninstalling a program that you don’t want to use anymore should, in principle, be easily. All versions of Windows have always included a tool to uninstall programs. Thus, getting rid of any software that doesn’t interest you has to be simple. But when some programs don’t uninstall, so you should use other strategies.
If for that reason, that on this post I will show you how to uninstall programs on Windows 10 that won’t uninstall.
Method #1: Force Uninstall Program from Control Panel
This method is the first one that you should use. The one that will take you directly to uninstall those programs that you don’t need and that in principle, don’t have any problem to uninstall them.
Likely, you have already tried this way, but if you haven’t done so and need instructions, follow these simple steps:
- Open the Windows 10 Control Panel. You can do it by clicking on the Start Menu and typing the words Control Panel.
- When you are inside, go to Programs and Features. You will find the programs you have installed in alphabetical order.
- Find the one you want to delete and right-click on it. Then, choose Uninstall.
As easy as that you uninstall a program, but if you can see your app in the list, you need to force the uninstall using other methods.
Method #2: Software to Uninstall Programs
Another solution may be to use other software. There are different apps to uninstall those programs that won’t uninstall on Windows 10. One of the most interesting is IObit Uninstaller. But you also have Revo Uninstaller. Both are free programs (although they have their own paid version), but they fulfil their primary purpose.
To uninstall a program, follow these steps:
- Download any of the two programs (you have the links above). On this case, I will be using IObit Uninstaller, but the truth is that either will serve you. In a few minutes, you will have them downloaded. Follow the usual installation process.
- When you have IObit Uninstaller on your computer, all you have to do is find the program in question.
- This system can work both for programs installed on the computer natively, and with software that you have installed but it won’t uninstall for you and for the popular browser and spyware bars that cause so much trouble.
- Select the app and click on Uninstall.
- Next, you must make sure that your computer has been completely clean. You can click on Deep Analysis once the uninstall process finishes so that the system takes care of doing a good cleaning. It’s about not having the slightest trace of the software that is causing you problems.
Method #3: Delete Registry Entries
Another method that you can try is to access the Registry Editor to remove any trace of information that could be left of the program in question.
This option can be complementary, mainly if you have already applied the standard Windows 10 uninstall.
Residual files usually take up unnecessary space and can end up generating short and long term problems. Thus, it is best to remove them. If you use the program that I have indicated in the method above, you can delete this data directly, through the so-called Deep Analysis.
Note: I would not recommend using this method, this is for experienced users and for some that want to play a little bit with the system.
If you want to do it, be sure to ask a professional for help to solve the problem if you run into any problem. Otherwise, you can get into serious trouble.
Without nothing more to say, follow these steps:
Before starting, please don’t delete anything that you don’t know what it is, because you will be fiddling in the guts of the operating system. At your discretion, to remove the leftover files, the first thing you have to do is access the Registry Editor.
- Open the Run window using the keyboard shortcut: Winkey + R
- Type the command
regeditand press Enter
- Then, once inside the Registry Editor, go to the menu File > Export. This will help you to backup the information about the current status. Thus, if you had any problem, you could always access the original state.
- You will now have to navigate to the following path:
HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Softwareand search for any folder or program file that may belong to the program you have uninstalled. Be very careful with this step. You must be entirely sure that the data corresponding to it.
- When you have them located, right-click and choose the Delete option.
- When you finish, you will need to do the same with the following paths:
In principle, when you done with those steps, all files of that program should have disappeared.
I hope this tutorial helps you to uninstall those programs that you don’t want anymore, but you can’t uninstall. If you have any question, leave it in the comments section.