How To Uninstall a Program Using the Windows Control Panel

This guide shows how to uninstall a program using the Add/Remove Programs dialog in the Windows Control Panel. The instructions works for Windows 10/8/7/Vista/2008/2003/XP/2000.

  1. Press Windows + R on your keyboard. The Run dialog will pop up.

    Press the Windows button and R to launch the Run dialog.

  2. Then, type control appwiz.cpl in the Run dialog and hit Enter or press the OK button. The Add/Remove Programs dialog will pop up and show a list of programs that are installed on your machine.

    Type in control appwiz.cpl in the Run dialog

  3. Right-click the program you would like to remove. Select Change/Uninstall. This will start the uninstall process.

    Right-click the program you would like to remove and select Uninstall.

    On some of the older Windows operation systems, such as Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, you select the program you would like to uninstall and then click the Remove button.

  4. Follow the instructions in the uninstall wizard that pops up. Some program uninstalls immediately, while others may require you to walk through multiple steps in in their uninstall wizard. Some programs will also ask you to restart your machine.

  5. Click on the Add/Remove Programs dialog and press the F5 button on your keyboard. This will update the list of installed programs. Verify that the program you just uninstalled no longer appear in the list.

  6. Done

Here's the same removal procedure explained in a video:

Hope this helped you to uninstall the software you wanted to remove from your machine. Please let me know if there's anything I should add to the guide above to make it better. Thank you!


Aqib Zamader writes

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Can u show how to remove trojan and PUPs from PC???(for free)

# 4 Jan 2017, 7:09

Bill Randall writes

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How do you work this for a Mac?

# 11 Jan 2017, 13:13

Niall writes

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# 5 Mar 2017, 20:42

Marisa miler writes

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How do I remove this from my cell phone?

# 8 Mar 2017, 21:47

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