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How to Uninstall Programs on Windows 10

Windows 10 is an amazing operating system. What’s not, is all the bloatware and unnecessary software you can end up installing, if you’re not staying sharp with all the checkboxes. If you need to learn how to uninstall programs on windows 10, properly, following along.

There are two easy methods of uninstalling programs on windows 10.

Method 1: appwiz.cpl

Press Windows key + r, type in appwiz.cpl, and hit enter.

windows 10 appwiz.cpl run command
Type appwiz.cpl and hit ok.

This is my preferred method due to the following reasons:

  1. I get an old school windowpane of all the programs (technically no, but more below). It also feels more manageable, and easy to use.
  2. There are 2 other features (will be discussing more later) that the “new” add or remove programs doesn’t offer. See the screenshot below.
appwiz.cpl
Note: You may not get all these details because of your view settings. However, that can be changed by toggling “view” options — the icon to the left of the question mark on the right.

Look at this^. So easy; you get a list of all the programs, with a little extra details about each.

In any event, to uninstall a program, just click on it, and an “uninstall” option will be displayed right next to “organize.” You can also repair a program if you think it’s not working correctly.

Additionally, you get two bonus features:

  • You get an option to ‘view installed updates’ of the programs. This is an excellent advantage for when you believe an update is causing an issue. All you have to do is roll back to the previous version. And yes, you get a list of Windows updates too.
how to uninstall updates in windows 10
You get tons of information & options here. Clicking on an item will reveal the organization and support link for it where it has the information about the update (all the way at the bottom), the date the update was installed on (installed on column), and obviously the option to uninstall that specific update.
  • You also get the option to turn off a Windows features. This ties closely to the post I wrote about speeding up your Windows Os — in the sense of making your OS run faster.
turn windows features on or off

Method 2: Add or Remove Programs

I believe the majority of people might be using this functionality. The end result is the same — if all you cared about uninstalling specific programs, but it does differ slightly than method 1. Some of these are:

  1. Allows you to search for a program, unlike the first method.
  2. Has an option for “app execution aliases.” To an average user, I don’t think this really helps that much, but just stating there’s an option for it.
  3. A slightly helpful functionality, however, is the use of “optional features.” With this, you can uninstall certain languages, fonts, and special Windows services, such as Windows Hello.
  4. I believe this somewhat gives you more programs to uninstall than appwiz.cpl.

To get to this component, you can simply search for ‘uninstall’ after pressing Windows key, and hit “add or remove” programs. See the screenshot below:

how to uninstall programs on windows 10 using the add or remove component

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Conclusion

If you were only concerned for, and wanted to know how to uninstall programs on Windows 10, either of the methods work. Although, if you’re looking to fully leverage the entire Windows functionality, a combination of both of these methods is recommended — as they each have their own unique specialties.