Uninstall Apps From Windows 7, 8, and 10

Here's how to remove specific apps you don't like or just don't use from your Windows operating system.

Dump That Program

It happens all the time. You've decided to remove a program from your computer​ because it's unusable, outdated, or plain old unnecessary. What now?

Instructions in this article apply to Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.

As of January 2020, Microsoft is no longer supporting Windows 7. We recommend upgrading to Windows 10 to continue receiving security updates and technical support.

There are two ways to dump the unwanted program. One is to open the uninstall function or program that may have come with your application. The standard Windows way, however, is to use the Apps & features or Add or Remove Programs function from the Control Panel, and that's what we'll cover today.

Navigate to the Uninstall Programs Utility

Uninstalling is an easy task to perform. To carry it out you'll need to know how to access the Add or Remove Programs (Apps and Features or Program Features depending on which version of Windows you have.) utility, and a small amount of time (depending on the size of the application you want to remove and the speed of your computer). 

The procedures below are written for Windows 10, Windows 8.1\8, and Windows 7. To get started you need to open the Control Panel for your version of Windows. If you don't know how to do that check out our tutorial on how to open the Control Panel.

Windows 10: Two New Methods

In Windows 10, there are also two other ways to delete programs that are a little bit simpler than the Control Panel method. 

Windows 10 Start Menu Option

The first way is the simplest and quickest method for removing an app.

  1. Select Start.

    Selecting the Start button in Windows 10.
  2. Find the program you want to uninstall by scrolling down the All Apps list.

    Viewing all apps in Windows 10.
  3. When you find the program or Windows Store app you want to get rid of, hover over it with your mouse, and right-click.

  4. From the menu that appears select Uninstall.

    Right clicking and selecting uninstall in Windows 10.
  5. In Programs and Features, scroll until you find the app you want to uninstall, select it, then select Uninstall.

    Programs and features Then follow the same method to get rid of the program as if you'd clicked

Windows 8 and 8.1 users can also use this method. Instead of right-clicking a program in the Start menu, however, you'd right-click from the Start or All Apps screens.

Windows 10 Settings App Option

 Another option is to follow the Settings app method. Get started by navigating to Apps & features. A list of all the installed Windows Store apps and desktop programs will populate on this screen of the Settings app. 

  1. Select the Start button then go to Settings.

    Selecting the Start button in Windows 10.
  2. Under Windows Settings, select Apps.

    Windows Settings in Windows 10.
  3. Under Apps & features, scroll down to find the app you want to uninstall.

    Apps and features in Windows 10.
  4. Select the app, then select Uninstall.

    Selecting an app to uninstall in Windows 10.
  5. Confirm removal by selecting Uninstall again.

    Selecting uninstall on an app in Windows 10.
  6. Follow the program's uninstall prompts.

    The uninstall wizard for Firefox in Windows 10.

Windows 8.1 and 8

Other than the right-click method listed in the Windows 10 section, Windows 8.1 has a similar way to remove apps through the Programs and Features control panel.

  1. Press the Windows Key or select Start on the lower left-hand corner to open the Start Screen.

  2. Locate the application you want to uninstall and right-click the app icon and select Uninstall.

  3. Programs and Features control panel applet will open. Make sure the correct app is selected.

  4. Select Uninstall/Change and follow the uninstall wizard to complete removal.

You can also bypass and go straight to the Programs and Features control panel applet by doing the following:

Windows 8.1: Right-click the Start menu and select Programs and Features from the context menu.

Windows 8: Hover your cursor over the bottom left corner of your desktop until you see a small image of the Start Screen. Right-click on the context menu and select Programs and Features.

Windows 7

Just as previous Windows systems, Windows 7 utilizes the Start menu to begin any uninstall.

  1. Select the Start button (colorful round Windows button).

  2. Select Control Panel.

  3. Select Programs.

  4. Under Programs and Features, scroll to find the program you want to uninstall.

  5. Select the program then select Uninstall.

  6. Follow along with the uninstall prompts to complete the app removal.