How to uninstall apps and programs in Windows 11

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 7, 2023
Updated • Mar 7, 2023
Windows 11 Help

There are plenty of reasons for uninstalling programs from Windows 11 PCs. Besides freeing up disk space on the computer's drives, it is also done to keep the system tidy or remove entries from context menus or the Start Menu.

Windows 11 supports several uninstallation options. Not all offer the same functionality, and some are easier to use than others.

This guide offers step-by-step instructions for common and uncommon program uninstallation methods on Windows 11 devices.

Removing programs from the Windows 11 Start Menu

One of the first options that Windows 11 users may encounter is uninstalling applications from the Windows 11 Start Menu.

All it takes is to click on the Windows icon, or use the Windows-key on the keyboard, and locate the program that you want to remove. If it is not listed directly, select "All Apps" at the top to display the full list of installed applications and programs.

Right-click on the program and select the "uninstall" option from the context menu to start the removal process. A confirmation prompt is displayed and you need to select the "uninstall" button to proceed.

It is rather interesting to note that this prompt as no cancel option under "all apps", but has a cancel option from the main Start Menu screen.

Apps are removed automatically at this point, programs may launch a dedicated uninstallation program, which may need further interactions.

Uninstall Windows 11 programs using the Settings app

The Settings application has its own dedicated uninstall page. Select Start > Settings > Apps > Installed Apps to display the list of installed apps.

A search and filter options are provided to find programs quickly. Just type the first few letters of the program name to find it quickly on the page.

Select the uninstall button to proceed with the removal of the selected application, or click anywhere else, outside of the prompt's box, to cancel the operation.

The main advantage of using the Settings application is that it supports a search and filters.

Uninstall programs from the classic Control Panel

The classic Windows Control Panel offers another option when it comes to the removal of programs. It is a bit more difficult to access, as it is not linked directly on the Start Menu or elswhere.

Open the Start Menu, type Control Panel and select the result. Now select "uninstall a program" in the main Control Panel window.

Windows lists all installed programs on the page, along with publisher names, their size on disk, version and installation date.

Left-click on an entry and select "uninstall" to remove it from the system. You may also right-click on an installed program and select the uninstall item from the context menu to start the removal process.

The main advantage of the Control Panel option is that it displays more information about the installed programs. The main downside that it does not list Windows apps.

Uninstall programs using Windows Terminal

Windows Terminal offers several options when it comes to the removal of software on Windows 11 devices. To get started, use the keyboard shortcut Windows-X to display the admin menu. Select Terminal (admin) from the list to launch a new elevated Terminal window.

One uninstall option is provided by winget, the Windows Package Manager. It is a handy tool to remove, install or update installed Windows programs.

Run winget list to display all installed programs on the system. To remove a program, use the command winget uninstall NAME. Replace NAME with the exact name of the application, as provided by the list command.

A second option is provided by WMIC, Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line.  Run the command wmic to get started. The prompt changes, and you may now run the command product get name to get a list of installed programs.

Note that the response may take a moment. To remove a program, run the command product where name=”NAME” call uninstall. Replace NAME with the actual name of the program, as provided by the "product get name" command.

You need to confirm the removal, which is done with a tap on the Y-key on the keyboard.

Uninstall apps and programs with third-party solutions

First-party may be sufficient for most users, but there are third-party uninstallation programs available that offer a better feature set.

Notably, they may offer bulk removals of apps, which is the case for O&O's AppBuster application, or run a thorough clean-up after the removal to find and delete leftovers and traces. Programs like Revo Uninstaller Free or Geek Uninstaller provide this functionality.

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  1. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 2:38 pm

    There is not still W11 23H2 and these instructions are nonsense by now. :[

    1. James said on August 21, 2023 at 8:48 pm

      It worked for me just fine. You’re probably not following the instructions clearly.

      1. Katrina Thompson said on August 30, 2023 at 3:25 am

        Just tried the password option and the OOBE option and didnt work.

    2. Anonymous said on September 7, 2023 at 10:33 am

      Worked perfectly. Thank OP.

    3. Anonymous said on September 15, 2023 at 11:26 am

      Worked perfectly for me just now. Specifically, the regedit option.

  2. 45 RPM said on August 22, 2023 at 9:02 am

    Is this cut and paste from a Microsoft PR paper, because it 1000% BS:

    “By listening to user insights, Microsoft has demonstrated its commitment to refining the Windows experience based on real-world needs.”

    Windows 11 is proof they don’t give a s*it.

    1. elong45 said on August 23, 2023 at 12:25 am

      Worked for me just now

    2. Robert N said on August 28, 2023 at 10:55 pm

      I agree! Windows 11 was a downgrade to me and I kept all 8 computers in our family on Windows 10 as a result. They didn’t listen to any customers. The taskbar was THE main reason I stayed away from Windows 11. With 6 monitors, it is impossible to navigate so many browser tabs, without the feature. I will try the new version in the virtual box to see if it is worth it yet.

  3. Anonymous said on August 23, 2023 at 11:33 pm

    Microsoft did a terrible job with this implementation.

    They simply need to employ the creator of StartAllBack to fix Windows. He is smarter and more talented than the entire campus of Microsoft employees.

    1. Anonymous said on September 4, 2023 at 11:36 pm


  4. Joe Mama said on August 24, 2023 at 12:10 am

    Thank you so much! I work in IT and this is extremely useful information!

  5. Anonymous said on August 27, 2023 at 9:34 pm

    Thanks man. The second method worked great!

  6. Anonymous said on August 28, 2023 at 1:16 pm

    I used the second method, and i got exactly what i expected.

  7. adrian said on September 1, 2023 at 12:52 am

    Using the Bypass 2: Use a banned email address email worked fantastically as I had gone to far to use the bypass 1.
    I will be back when I next have a problem.
    Keep you the great work

  8. John G. said on September 4, 2023 at 6:15 pm

    W11 File Explorer is the worst crap ever done. W11 is the biggest shame ever.

  9. MarineRecon said on September 4, 2023 at 9:14 pm

    Just one more reason for me to go to Linux when Windows 10 ages out.

    1. TelV said on September 19, 2023 at 11:46 am

      @ MarineRecon,

      Be careful which Linux distro you choose. Some of them don’t include the Wayland protocol which is a security issue i.e. apps can copy, paste and inject data without user interaction.

      It’s included in Fedora:

  10. Dustyn said on September 4, 2023 at 9:28 pm

    How about a DARK MODE for your website? That would be oh so nice.

    1. Tom Hawack said on September 5, 2023 at 12:55 am

      Something like this : [] maybe?
      Done with ‘Dark Reader Extension for ? Firefox’ []

      This comment was written on [}

    2. TelV said on September 19, 2023 at 11:49 am

      Definitely NOT! Once you get older and your eyesight starts to fail you’ll positively loathe dark mode.

      1. Mycroft1325 said on September 25, 2023 at 11:48 pm

        Not sure what eye problems *you’re* having, but for me the exact opposite is true. Dark Mode is MUCH easier on my Eyes.

        BTW- I’m 52, and have worked in IT all my life. Been staring at monitors for hours each day, most days of the week since the late 1980’s.

  11. Anonymous said on September 5, 2023 at 2:05 am

    Microsoft completely ruined File Explorer by converting to XAML/WinUI/whatever new bloated modern garbage. Its worse than it ever was.

  12. Invoker said on September 5, 2023 at 3:32 pm

    i tested it on win10 current edition. speeds up explorer like a charm

  13. LOEL LARZELERE said on September 13, 2023 at 8:07 am

    SO what is the priority numbers to give preference to ethernet over wireless?

  14. christop_bader said on September 14, 2023 at 1:50 am

    Worked very well happy to have Windows Photo Viewer back in action in Windows-11

  15. Anonymous said on September 16, 2023 at 4:29 am

    Worked for me (registry option) thank god, I can use the search option to find things on my computer again. Thank you so much!

    1. TelV said on September 19, 2023 at 11:54 am

      Install Everything Search and dispense with Microsoft’s crappy search tool.

      Martin wrote an article on it:

  16. said on September 17, 2023 at 6:39 pm

    I presume the text “WindowsCopilot,,” is a typographical error (2023/09/17/how-to-disable-windows-copilot-in-windows/). The broken comment system unfortunately looks like it is populating itself via AI autopilot.

  17. Anonymous said on September 17, 2023 at 10:37 pm

    Hopefully, this Windows Copilot nonsense fails even more spectacularly than Cortana. Who requested this? We want all of the UX features removed back in 11, not this copilot nonsense.

  18. Anonymous said on September 17, 2023 at 10:51 pm

    I really don’t mind all of these Windows enhancement but Microsoft get one thing very wrong. ‘Opt in’, is far better than seek information and work to disable.

  19. ilev said on September 18, 2023 at 7:13 am

    Turn off Windows Copilot entirely is not good enough.

    How to uninstall Copilot entirely ?

    1. TelV said on September 19, 2023 at 11:57 am

      @ ilev,

      Use Gpedit or the registry. Explained in this article:

  20. WilliamGatesTheight said on September 21, 2023 at 2:13 pm

    With that snake oil salesman Panos gone, hopefully Windows can return to a normal desktop operating system without all the insanity it has right now in Windows 11.

  21. Tachy said on September 21, 2023 at 3:19 pm

    Can we please stop being ‘politically correct’ (lying) and call them ads again instead of ‘suggestions’?

  22. TelV said on September 25, 2023 at 4:05 pm

    @ Martin,

    Does your gpedit hack also turn off all the other “subscribed content” shown in the registry screenshot? Do you happen to know what all those are?

  23. Christopher Reisinger said on September 30, 2023 at 12:45 pm

    Thank you, I used the fake email option, it worked great.

  24. Tom Gray said on September 30, 2023 at 8:26 pm

    I wish I had read this article a few months ago, as I purchased two refurbished Windows 10 Pro PCs to replace two older ones. The 1st one I entered an existing Microsoft account I had and it imediately setup OneDrive, adding it to the path names for the common folders such as Documents, Music, video, etc. I tried to just disable OneDrive but then had odd problems finding my data copied from another older PC. long story short I was able to remove all the entries from the registry after un-installing OneDrive.
    The second refurbished PC I didn’t connect the WiFi adapter so during installation I was able to click on the no Internet option. Basically I did as you suggested above; set up a local login, disabled OneDrive from running on bootup, and eventually unInstalled it. No problems with folder paths, etc.

  25. Flotsam Jones said on September 30, 2023 at 10:43 pm

    The registry option worked for me, but only me, not any other users. How do I make this apply to all users? Yes, I have admin rights.

  26. TelV said on October 3, 2023 at 2:32 pm

    Just decided to create a Windows 11 system image (went OK) and then went to look for this Co-Pilot crap, but it’s nowhere to be found on my system even though I’ve got the Pro version.

    What I did find though in User Configuration –> Administrative Templates –> Windows Components –> Cloud Content was the option to turn off all that Spotlight stuff. Glad to see the back of that anyway.

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