A look at Nirsoft's InstalledAppView program

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 11, 2020

InstalledAppView is a new Nirsoft's application to look up information about installed applications on Windows systems. The portable program provides information and may be used to remove installed applications as well.

The program was first revealed as part of Nirsoft's Pre-Release Tools section but it has been released as a stable version now.

As is the case with all Nirsoft applications, all it takes to use the program is to download its archive, extract it, and run the application. The program is offered as a 32-bit and 64-bit version with separate downloads, and is only compatible with Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system.

Why only Windows 10? Because it focuses solely on Windows 10 applications installed through the Store, by side-loading, or by the operating system itself. If you want the same experience for desktop programs, try Nirsoft's UninstallView instead.

installed app view

The program lists the installed applications -- system and user-installed programs included -- in the interface on start. The information that is provided is quite extensive, it includes: the application name and version, Registry name and last modification date, installation folder, uninstall commands, user who installed the app, and more.

Selecting any app displays additional details in XML format in the lower pane. You can sort the data with a click on any column header, e.g. by installation date or user. Data may be exported to various formats.

While the information itself may already be useful to some users, the program's capabilities to uninstall applications will make it attractive to a larger audience.

Right-click on any application to select standard or quiet uninstallations. A prompt is displayed in a PowerShell window if you select standard uninstallation.

uninstall app

Note that you may select multiple applications at once to uninstall them all from a single prompt.

Quiet uninstallations work similarly but display a prompt right after selection and stay quiet after confirming the operation.

Many of the internal applications are removed using PowerShell. Note that it is recommended to create a backup of the system before using the tool to remove applications as there is no restore functionality.

Closing Words

Windows 10 administrators may use Nirsoft's InstalledAppView to remove system or user-installed Windows 10 applications from the system. While that is also possible without using the program, by running commands directly from a PowerShell prompt, Nirsoft's application makes the process more comfortable as it supports multiple removals in one operation and does not require users to look up or memorize uninstallation commands.

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  1. Sebas said on March 12, 2020 at 6:34 am

    Sofer is a genius indeed. Always tiny very lightweight, portable software, and there are so many of them.

    I won’t use this program though.

    Some apps and programs are built into Windows and can’t be uninstalled from within W10 itself, when using W10 home anyway.

    I am always wondering if removing the MS photos app for example, can lead to problems, e.g. when updating W10.

    1. Anonymusss said on March 26, 2020 at 12:53 pm

      I do remember wanting to deactivate the Windows media player (in the Windows module list – in some previous versions of Windows, probably 7) and getting a mesage telling me this might take away some functionality of Windows…. upon which I ceased & desisted….

  2. Anonymous said on March 11, 2020 at 11:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing. This will be great to uninstall the garbage Microsoft pre-installs on the OS we paid for.

  3. Haakon said on March 11, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    Another NirSoft hit.

    On my Windows 2000 box, I started using the utilities which offered simplicity and greater efficacy over similar ones from Sysinternals and the Windows Resource Kit.

    Don’t forget to hit that Donate link and send the genius Mr. Sofer some appreciation…

    Thanks, Martin!

  4. bluntblade said on March 11, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    A godsend, plenty apps waste space or even add unwanted functionality. Thanks for the headsup, Martin!

    Ps: Apps refers to metro apps only available on win10 (8+?).
    programs to legacy windows applications since the 90s.

    1. bawldiggle said on March 13, 2020 at 12:54 am

      @ bluntblade :)
      [Q] Apps refers to metro apps only available on win10 (8+?).[/Q]

      Do you mean it will work in … Win-7 ?
      What are “metro apps” ? An since 90s ?
      That is over 20 yeas ago !

      Thanks :)

  5. Josi said on March 11, 2020 at 8:53 am

    …it focuses solely on Windows 10 applications installed through the Store, by side-loading, or by the operating system itself.
    Focuses “solely” on three things?
    And “focuses” – as it just focuses on these things, it still can handle “desktop programs”, or?
    What’s the difference anyway?
    Would I have to use both programs mentioned?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on March 11, 2020 at 9:13 am

      I meant to say that it focuses solely on Windows 10 apps that may be installed in the three ways mentioned. If you want to manage programs, you need to use UninstallView instead.

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