Windows has gone a huge and long way compared to its start which was released on November 20, 1985. Given the new Windows 11 with its initial release date last October 5, 2021, there have been a lot of changes and updates. As we progress and move forward, files are getting bigger and bigger every time which requires us to either buy or create more digital space within our PCs or laptops.
Here are some quick and easy ways to uninstall some applications and create some space on your Windows 11 operating system:
UNINSTALL APPLICATIONS THROUGH THE SETTINGS
This is where everyone initially goes when you start using your computer and you would want to fiddle with your settings. May it be for your display, audio, notifications, power, and all other configurations. Uninstalling apps is one of the many things you can do from the settings.
STEP 1: Press Windows + I keys to open the Settings app.
STEP 2: In the Settings app, choose Apps from the left sidebar.
STEP 3: Select Installed apps from the right pane.
STEP 4: Click on the three horizontal dots icon next to the app you want to uninstall and choose Uninstall from the context menu.
UNINSTALL APPLICATIONS THROUGH THE START MENU
Throughout the years, the Windows start menu has always been one of the first ones you open when searching or opening some immediate apps. In Windows 11, the start menu has been even more refined, and can also be used to uninstall some apps.
STEP 1: Press the Windows key to open the Start Menu.
STEP 2: In the Start Menu, click the All apps option at the top right corner.
STEP 3: Locate and right-click on the program you want to uninstall. Then, choose Uninstall from the context menu.
UNINSTALL APPLICATIONS THROUGH THE FILE EXPLORER
The file explorer is where you usually go when you search for specific files and folders. This is also very useful for locating specific applications or files that you would want to uninstall through the open file location feature.
STEP 1: Open the Start Menu, type the name of the program you want to uninstall in the search bar, and choose the Open file location from the right pane.
STEP 2: In the folder that opens, right-click on the program icon and select ‘Open file location’ one final time.
STEP 3: Locate the uninstall execution file, right-click on it, and select Open to initiate the uninstallation process.
UNINSTALL APPLICATIONS THROUGH THE CONTROL PANEL
This is where most of us grew up uninstalling files from. The control panel is where you can also generally tweak and configure your PC/laptop settings. Think of a general hub where you can do and edit everything through that hub. Here’s how you uninstall some apps through it.
STEP 1: Open the Start Menu, type Control Panel in the search bar, and choose Open from the right pane.
STEP 2: In the Control Panel, choose Category in the View by option.
STEP 3: Click on Uninstall a program.
STEP 4: Right-click on the app you want to uninstall and choose Uninstall from the menu that crops up.
UNINSTALL APPLICATIONS THROUGH THE COMMAND-LINE TOOLS
This one is a little more on the technical side that uses the Command Prompt to execute your inputs and uninstallation. Here’s a little quick guide on how to do so.
STEP 1: Open the Start Menu, type Command Prompt in the search bar, and choose Run as administrator from the right pane.
STEP 2: In the Command Prompt window, type wmic and press Enter.
STEP 3: Type the following command and press Enter. It’ll display all the apps installed on your computer.
STEP 4: To uninstall an app, type the following command and press Enter. Make sure to replace “app name” with the name of the app you want to uninstall.
product where name=”app name” call uninstall
STEP 5: Type Y and press Enter to confirm your selection.
You may also uninstall using Windows PowerShell.
STEP 1: Open the Start Menu, type Windows PowerShell in the search bar, and select Run as administrator from the right pane.
STEP 2: Type the following command in the PowerShell window. It’ll display all the installed applications.
STEP 3: Locate and note down the full name of the app you want to uninstall. Then, type the following command and press Enter. Make sure to replace ‘app name’ in the command with the full name of the app you want to uninstall.
Remove-AppxPackage <app name>
You’ve reached the end of our list! Hopefully, we were able to help you out and you were able to free up some space for your PC or laptop. Stay tuned for more tips and guides like these!