When it’s time to spring clean your PC, there are several ways to uninstall programs in Windows 11.
Most Windows users need to uninstall software from time to time. The more software you install, the less free disk space you have. Removing programs is the best way to reclaim storage space on your PC’s disk.
There are several ways to uninstall software in Windows 11. Most users are probably familiar with the built-in Windows Programs and Features uninstaller. However, using this uninstaller is not necessarily the best way to remove software. Sometimes it is necessary to try other methods. Here are seven ways to delete apps in Windows 11.
Uninstall software from Control Panel
The Control Panel is the uninstall method that most users are familiar with. The Control Panel includes the Programs and Features applet. This is an applet that allows you to uninstall desktop applications running on computers with x86 system architecture.
Programs and Features is a bit outdated compared to some third-party uninstallers. It does not always completely erase all files, folders and registry entries of uninstalled software, leaving traces behind. Also, Microsoft has not updated Programs and Features to include Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps to uninstall. Here’s how to uninstall software with this applet.
- Right-click on To start up in the taskbar and select the shortcut Execute from System menu.
- Type appwiz.cpl in Execute.
- Click on OK to bring up the window Programs and Features.
- Select an app to remove.
- Click on the button Uninstall.
- Select Oui in any confirmation dialogs that may appear.
- A software uninstallation wizard may then open. Go through this wizard to select the required uninstallation options.
Uninstalling software from Settings
Since you can’t remove Microsoft Store apps with Programs and Features, you’ll probably need to uninstall some software through Settings. Settings includes an Apps & Features tab from which you can select and uninstall UWP apps. You can uninstall software in Settings as follows.
- Press on Windows + I to display the page of Windows 11 Settings.
- Click on the tab Applications.
- Select Apps and Features to display a list of installed software.
- Click on the Three points on the right side of an app to select Uninstall.
Uninstalling software through the Start menu
The Start menu lists most desktop and UWP apps installed on your desktop or laptop. This menu provides convenient context menu shortcuts for uninstalling software. Here are the steps on how to remove software through the Start menu.
- Click on the start button on the taskbar to open the menu.
- Select menu option All Apps.
- Right-click an app to remove and select Uninstall.
- If the software has a folder in the Start menu, click that folder to expand it. Next, right-click on the app in the folder to select its uninstall option.
Uninstall software via File Explorer
Many desktop software have uninstall.exe files in their folders that you can click to uninstall. To do this, you need to find their uninstall.exe files in Explorer. Here’s how to remove software through File Explorer.
- Press the key combination Windows + E to open theFile Explorer.
- Open the installation folder of the software you need to uninstall. If you stick to the default installation directories, it will probably be in the folder Program Files.
Then search for a file uninstall.exe in the software folder.
- Double click on the file uninstall.exe to open an uninstall window.
- Select the required options in the uninstall window to remove the software.
Remove Software Using Command Prompt
Command Prompt is one of two command line interpreters in Windows 11. It has a Windows Management Instrumentation (WMIC) command line utility with which you can uninstall software. If you prefer command-line methods, you can uninstall software with the Command Prompt WMIC tool as follows.
- Click the search button (magnifying glass icon) on the Windows 11 taskbar.
- Come in Command Prompt to find Command Prompt.
- Select option Execute as administrator in the search result.
- Enter wmic in the Prompt and press Entrée.
- Type the command below and press Entrée.
product get name
- Note the name of the software you want to uninstall from the list. You will need to include this name in the uninstall command.
- Enter the command below.
product where name="program name" call uninstall
- Replace program name by the name of the program to uninstall. Press on Entrée to run the command.
- Confirm the uninstallation.
Remove software with PowerShell
You can’t uninstall some built-in Windows UWP apps, like Camera and Photos, in Settings. If you want to remove some of these built-in apps, you can do so with this PowerShell command line method. Follow the steps below to uninstall software with PowerShell.
- Open the Windows 11 search tool by tapping Windows or by using the taskbar search bar.
- Type powerShell in the search box to find this command line interpreter.
- Right click on the search result of Windows Powershell to select the option Execute as administrator.
- To display a list of applications, type this command and press Entrée.
- Select the app you want to uninstall from the list and write it down. PackageFullName which is associated with it. You can copy the PackageFullName by selecting its text and pressing the shortcut key Ctrl + C.
- Then type in this app uninstall command and press Entrée.
Remove-AppxPackage [App Name]
- Be sure to replace [App Name] in this command by the PackageFullName of the app you want to uninstall. An Edge uninstall command would look like this:
Removal of software via third-party uninstallers
There are many third-party uninstaller tools for Windows 11/10 with which you can uninstall desktop software and UWP apps. Many of them include options to clear residual files and registry keys from uninstalled software. Thus, the best third-party uninstaller utilities uninstall software more thoroughly than Programs and Features.
Some third-party uninstallers even allow users to uninstall apps in batches, which is a handy feature. IObit Uninstaller is a free uninstaller tool that incorporates such functionality.
Uninstall software you don’t need
Don’t let unnecessary software waste disk storage space on your PC. You can free up several gigabytes of disk space by removing desktop software and UWP apps using one of the methods above. How you uninstall the programs is entirely up to you. Choose the software uninstallation method that works best for you.