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How to Uninstall Desktop Apps and Windows Apps in Windows 10

The guide describes how to uninstall apps and programs on a Windows 10 PC. Windows 10 has two types of apps, Desktop apps and Windows apps. When you uninstall a desktop app, it will be uninstalled for all users on the PC. When you uninstall a Windows app, it will be uninstalled for current user account only.

Here shows several ways to uninstall apps in Windows 10:

How to Uninstall Desktop and Windows Apps in Start Menu

This is the quickest way to get rid of any desktop program or Windows Store app in Windows 10. Here's how:

Step 1: Go to Start menu > All apps list, find the app you want to remove.

Step 2: Right-click the app tile, and select Uninstall. Then follow instruction as Step 3 shows.

Uninstall Desktop and Windows apps in Start Menu

How to Uninstall Windows Apps in Settings

Step 1: Go to Start, open Settings app , and click on the System icon.

Open Windows 10 System

Step 2: In System settings, click on App & features on the left side.

On the right side, find app you want to uninstall, and then click on the Uninstall button.

Uninstall Desktop and Windows apps in Settings

Step 3: Click on Uninstall to confirm. You may have to go through an uninstaller wizard, if it is a desktop app. Then follow the rest of the on-screen instructions for that program's uninstaller.

Click on Uninstall to confirm

How to Uninstall Desktop Apps using Program and Features Option

Method 1: Uninstall Desktop apps in Control Panel

Step 1: Open Programs and Features

Press Windows logo + X and then hit F on the keyboard, you can easily open Programs and Features window.

Open Programs and Features

Step 2: Click a program that you want to uninstall, click Uninstall.

Uninstall Desktop apps in Programs and Features

Method 2: Uninstall Desktop apps in Program Files folder

Step 1: Open File Explorer, and open the Program Files (x86) or Program Files folder.

Tip: If you use a 32-bit Windows 10, then you will only have the Program Files folder available. If you have a 64-bit Windows 10, then you will have the Program Files (x86) (32-bit programs) and Program Files (64-bit programs) folder available.

Open Program Files

Step 2: Open the folder for the program that you want to uninstall. Click on the uninstall.exe file for that program. In the program's uninstaller, select Uninstall.

Uninstall programs in Program Files

Step 3: When it done, click Close.

Uninstall completely

How to uninstall Desktop Apps via Command Prompt

This option only work for program that uses Windows Installer when installed. You could also use uninstall in Programs and Features to have a full list of installed program.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.

Step 1: Open Command Prompt and run it as an administration.

Press Win + X keys, then press A key. This can quickly open Command Prompt(Admin).

Run command prompt as administrator

Step 2: In command prompt windows, enter wmic product get name, then press Enter to see a list of all programs installed by Windows Installer.

Uninstall Desktop apps in Command Prompt

Step 3: Then execute uninstall apps command: wmic product where name=”name of program” call uninstall

For example: wmic product where name=”7-Zip 15.00 (x64 edition)” call uninstall

Uninstall Windows 10 apps in Command Prompt

When finished, close the command prompt windows.