7 best ways to forcefully uninstall programs on Windows 10

It’s a good idea to uninstall an app or program that you no longer need. What if Windows won’t let you remove? If this has happened to you before, there are other ways to force uninstall a program on Windows 10.

Depending on your situation, uninstalling a program can be as simple as using Control Panel or as challenging as using a system restore point. In this post we go through all possible avenues. So let’s get started right away.

1. Use the Control Panel

Using the Control Panel is the long-standing method of uninstalling programs and software from Windows. It’s probably the easiest way to go and requires little to no expertise. Hence, it is the first method to try. This is how it works.

Step 1: Press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog box. Enter appwiz.cpl and press Enter.

Step 2: In the Programs and Features window, find the program that you want to remove. Right click on it and choose Uninstall.

Uninstall programs using the control panel

Follow the instructions on the screen to uninstall the program. If the problem persists, move on to the next solution.

2. Uninstall using the command prompt

If Control Panel cannot uninstall the program, you can also use the Windows command prompt to remove programs and software from your PC. Read on to learn how.

Step 1: Press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog box. Now type in cmd and press Ctrl + Shift +Enter Open command prompt with admin Right.

Step 2: In the Command Prompt window, type wmic and press Enter. Then key in the product that is given a name and press Enter.

You will receive a list of the programs installed on your computer. Make a note of the name of the program that you want to uninstall.

Uninstall programs using a command prompt

Step 3: Enter the below commands and press Enter.

product where name="program name" call uninstall

Replace the program name in the command above with the name of the program you noted earlier. For example, if you are trying to uninstall ‘PC Health Checkup’, enter the following command and press Enter.

product where name="Windows PC Health Check" call uninstall

Step 4: You will be asked to confirm. Press Y then Enter.

Uninstall programs from the command prompt

When you are done, you will receive a message that says “Method Execution Successful”.

3. Use the registry editor

Any program or application running on your PC has its files stored in the Windows registry. Deleting these files would effectively uninstall the program in question from your PC.

A word of caution. The Windows registry is an integral part of the Windows operating system. Optimizing or deleting files from the registry can lead to irreparable problems. If you do not agree with this, we recommend that you skip this method.

However, if you are comfortable using the registry to uninstall programs, here’s what to do.

Step 1: Open the start menu, enter registry editor and press Enter.

Open registry editor

Step 2: Now in the address bar at the top, copy and paste the address given below to quickly navigate to the key below.


Uninstall programs using the registry editor

Step 3: In the left pane, expand the uninstallation key to find the subkey of the program you want to uninstall. Right click on it and choose the Delete option.

Use Registry Editor to uninstall programs

Once deleted, restart your PC and see if the program in question has been removed.

4. Uninstall in Safe Mode

Sometimes third-party apps and processes running in the background can slow down the PC’s performance. In addition, you may not be able to uninstall the program. To make sure of this, you can try uninstalling the program in Safe Mode.

Here’s how to enter Safe Mode on Windows 10.

Step 1: Press Windows Key + I to open Settings. Go to Update & Security.

Update the security in the settings

Step 2: Go to the Recovery section on the left and click the Restart Now button under Advanced Startup on the right.

Recovery section

Step 3: Next, go to Troubleshoot> Advanced Options> Startup Settings. Then click the Restart button.

Startup settings

Step 4: Your computer will restart and the Startup Settings menu will appear. Select any version of Safe Mode by pressing the appropriate key (4, 5, or 6) to enter Safe Mode.

Enter    Safety mode

Once you are in Safe Mode, use one of the methods above to uninstall the program.

5. Troubleshooting program installation and uninstallation

Microsoft also offers a utility called Program Install and Uninstall Troubleshooter that automatically finds and repairs items that are hindering the installation or removal process on your PC.

You can download and run the troubleshooting tool by following the instructions on the screen. This should fix any issues that are hindering the removal process.

6. Use the system restore point

Apart from the above, you can also use a system restore point to restore your system before you installed this app or program. Note that this will also cause you to lose any settings and other apps that you installed after creating that particular restore point.

However, if you have recently installed the program, you can back up important files first before moving to a restore point.

7. Third party tool

If all else fails, you can try a dedicated third-party uninstaller. Such uninstallers can remove apps and software without leaving any traces or leftover files. Often times, these tools have proven effective at removing stubborn programs or software.

There are many uninstallers out there that claim to do the job effectively. Among them all, Revo Uninstaller is a popular choice among users.

Revo uninstaller

Install Revo Uninstaller on your PC and use it to uninstall a program.

Eliminate the clutter

Using the above methods will surely lead to success in removing unwanted programs on your PC. In addition, some of these methods are also helpful when you want to remove programs without leaving any residue.

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