We’ve all experienced this at one point: We install a program we thought we could use, and we want to delete it after a few tests. Unfortunately, for some reason, the program just wouldn’t uninstall. These programs, when left lying around, may cause trouble in the long run. So how do we uninstall a stubborn program?

Uninstall By Going Traditional

  1. You may have tried to click the Uninstall button for your application in the Start menu of your Windows computer. If this hasn’t worked, we’ve got a couple more options for you.

The first is to travel to the folder where the program is located, within Windows Explorer. It’s supposed to be in either Program Files, or Programs, inside the disk where you saved your program in.

  • It takes a bit of time finding, especially if your application’s folder is not the application name but the brand itself (such as Adobe, etc.)
  • You can find the uninstall button via the name Uninstall.exe or other variant. This should start up the uninstall procedure.

Another way is to try to get to the Control Panel to force the program to uninstall. The Control Panel is interesting, and an extremely useful tool to get acquainted with, as it is the primary source of “control” for your computer.

  • Get to the Programs and Features section and wait for the name of your file to load from the list.
  • If you right click the program, “Remove” or “Uninstall” should appear. Click that option.

If this wouldn’t work, then here are other options.

  1. Pesky Pre Installed Items
    If you have trouble with pre installed items, there’s actually one way to get them to stop running. There’s no option to remove these files, no “Uninstall” button to right click. So if we want to remove something, for instance, 3D Builder or Groove Music, we might seem a bit lost. However, there’s actually a way:

Find Windows PowerShell in the Start menu. Use right click and select the “Run as Administrator” option.

You simply just have to type this: ppxPackage (insert name here) | Remove-AppxPackage
Here are the names of the programs you can remove:

  • Alarms and Clock is named windowsalarms
  • Camera is named windowscamera
  • Calendar is named windowscommunicationsapps
  • The Maps is called windowsmaps
  • Groove Music is called zunemusic
  • OneNote is also called onenote
  • People is called people
  • Windows Store is calld windowsstore
  • Photos is designated photos
  • Voice Recorder is soundrecorder
  • Xbox is called xboxapp
  • 3D Builder is 3dbuilder

And there’s a handy way to get these apps back as well. Just open Powershell and type this:
Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

  1. Fight Pre Installed Items Easier
    There’s actually an easier way to remove pre installed items. If you try the method above, it does seem a bit complicated at first.
    Doing the method above however means also having to manually find and install those components back. Luckily, 10AppsManager is the best option for situations like these.
  • The application is more than capable enough of finding pre installed apps and removing them for you.
  • Thing is, 10AppsManager is always ready to install them back with a click of a button!
  1. What About Locked Files?
    Another pesky problems users can come to when trying to remove items are locks. These are precautions Windows put when files are in use so they can’t be modified since they are running. This is a pretty sensible move on Windows’ part, but it can be annoying when trying to remove them.
    Unlocker is a useful method of being able to remove such locked files:
  • You simply have to install, then find the file you’re trying to delete.
  • You right click the file and click on the new Unlocker feature.
  • The app finds the programs that are accessing the locked file in question.
  • The software also allows you to kill those programs so you can fully uninstall the file.
  1. Safe Mode Can Be Helpful
    Sometimes, there are programs that applications really can’t penetrate. In these situations, Safe Mode can also be your last resort. This allows your computer to run with the bare minimum of files you need.
  • Getting to Safe Mode is easy: you just hold the shift button as you press Restart via the Start menu in Windows 10.
  • As for other Windows version, you may have to tap F8 as the machine starts, and then select the right option.
  • You can now attempt the same uninstall method via the Control Panel.

Why Do This?
Cleaning up your storage and your device from time to time is extremely useful, not only for the device, for you as well. This allows you to have a sigh of relief as your device, and this counts for things outside laptops such as smartphones, is guaranteed to work for as long as its parts are functional.

  • Unwanted software, when not uninstalled, can slow down your hardware. This makes the laptop or the device act like a slug.
  • A cluttered screen will more or less mess up with your head, and chances are, mess up with your productivity either.

Thanks to the tips and tricks above, we may have a better shot of uninstalling stubborn programs. These can help especially at times when we need to clean up our computers and laptops and remove unnecessary programs. If you have more tips and tricks, feel free to share them with us in the comments below.