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How to uninstall apps on Windows 10

The Settings app makes it dead simple to uninstall apps on Windows 10, and here’s how to do it.

Uninstall apps on Windows 10 using the Settings app

The ability to uninstall apps is an essential feature available on virtually every operating system. If you’re using Windows 10, you can quickly remove unwanted apps that you acquired from the Microsoft Store or from a third-party source using the Settings app.

You can still use Control Panel using the Programs and Features page, but you won’t be able to remove Microsoft Store.

In this guide, you’ll learn the easy steps to uninstall apps and games on Windows 10 whether you’re trying to free up space, no longer need the app, or you’re just trying reinstall the app to fix problems.

How to uninstall apps using Settings

To remove a Microsoft Store or a classic (win32) application, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Apps.

  3. Click on Apps & features.

  4. Under the “Apps & features” section, select the app (or game).

    Quick tip: If you have a lot of apps, you can use the search box, the “Sort by,” and “Filter by” options to find the app faster.
  5. Click the Uninstall button.

    Settings app, uninstall app option
    Settings app, uninstall app option
  6. Click the Uninstall button again. (If you’re removing a classic desktop program, continue with the on-screen directions to complete the process.)

Once you’ve completed the steps, the application will be removed from your computer.

If the app has the Uninstall button grayed out, then you’re trying to remove a built-in app that Windows 10 doesn’t want you to uninstall. You can still delete this app from your device, but you’ll need to go through a more complex process using PowerShell.