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Windows offers several methods to install and remove apps from your computer. The method you should use depends on the app you want to uninstall. In this tutorial, you will learn how to uninstall apps in Windows 11.

We highlight six ways to remove unwanted third-party apps and built-in apps in Windows 11.

1. Remove apps from the start menu

The Start menu is the primary gateway to access apps, files, folders, and system settings on Windows devices. It is also possible to remove apps from the Windows Start menu.

  1. Press the Windows key on your keyboard or select the Home menu icon on the left edge of the taskbar.
  1. If the app you want to remove is in the ‘Pinned’ section, right-click on the app and select remove

Select else All apps until reveal all system and third-party apps in Start menu† Better yet, type the name of the app in the search box for faster access.

  1. Right click on the app you want to remove from your PC and select remove
  1. For apps installed from the Microsoft Store, select remove at the confirmation prompt to continue.

Uninstalling a third-party app will take you to the “Programs and Features” section of the Windows Control Panel.

  1. Double clicking the app will remove it from your PC. Or select the app and select remove or Delete Change

Remark: Windows may launch the app and ask you to confirm the removal. This is characteristic of apps with the Delete Change choice.

2. Remove apps from Settings app

This is another easy way to uninstall apps in Windows 11. Three steps: Open the Apps menu in the Windows Settings app, find the app and uninstall it.

  1. press the Windows key and select the gear icon in the Start menu. Better yet, use the Windows keyl keyboard shortcut to launch the Settings app.
  1. Select apps in the sidebar and select Apps and Features
  1. Scroll through the page, select the menu icon with three dots next to the app you want to remove and select remove

Pro tip: Use the search box under the “App List” heading to quickly find the app.

  1. Select remove on the confirmation to delete the app.

3. Uninstall App from Control Panel

Control Panel is a part of the Windows operating system that allows you to make changes to your PC’s settings and data. Here’s how to uninstall apps from Control Panel.

  1. Select the Start menu icon, type Control panel in the search box and select the Control panel app.

You can also press Windows keyRTo stick appwiz.cpl in the Run box and select Okay

  1. Set the “View on” option to Category and select Uninstall a program in the “Programs” heading.
  1. Double click on the program you want to remove. Better yet, select the app and select remove (or Delete Change) on the menu bar.

Or right click on the app and select remove or Delete Change

Keep in mind that you can’t uninstall some programs from the Control Panel, especially Microsoft Store apps. So, if you can’t find some apps in the Control Panel app, it’s because you installed them from the Microsoft Store. To uninstall such apps, go to the Start menu or Windows Settings menu.

4. Use Uninstaller Programs

Third party storage management and performance optimization software can delete unwanted files and apps in Windows. These tools are effective, but they are often labor intensive and should not be trusted for a variety of reasons. Only use these third-party programs if you are running out of options or if you are having a hard time uninstalling a stubborn app.

Uninstaller programs can remove built-in Windows apps, bundleware and residual files that Windows uninstaller is missing. Some reliable Windows uninstallers are Revo Uninstaller, Ashampoo Uninstaller, Geek Uninstaller, etc. Check out this tutorial on how to properly uninstall Windows apps to learn how these uninstallers work.

5. Use the app’s uninstaller or product uninstaller

You can also uninstall certain apps using their special “uninstaller” programs. This is a third party software designed by an app developer to specifically remove the app and all its components from your computer.

A lot of antivirus software is notoriously stubborn to remove. Uninstalling these apps using conventional methods does not always work as expected. Some leftover files and registry entries often remain on your PC even after you delete them. For best results, use the apps’ removal tools, such as: UninstallersUninstallersor Removers

Visit the app developer’s website and check if the program you want to remove from your PC has an uninstaller that works with Windows 11. Download and install the app uninstaller tool on your device and run it according to the developer’s instructions.

6. Uninstall Windows apps or pre-installed apps with Powershell

Windows 11 has a handful of Microsoft apps that you can’t uninstall from the Settings app, Control Panel, or Start Menu. Third-party uninstallers will uninstall these pre-installed appsbut you can also remove bloatware with Windows Powershell.

  1. Press the Windows key, type power shell in the search bar and select Run as administrator in the results window.
  1. To stick get-appxpackage in the PowerShell terminal and press Enter

The Windows Powershell will generate a list of all the pre-installed apps on your PC. Continue to the next step to learn how to find and uninstall an app.

  1. Right click on the Windows Powershell title bar, select editand select Find
  1. Type the name (or a related keyword) of the pre-installed app you want to remove and press Enter or select Find next the app in the terminal.

Supposing you want to uninstall Photos app, type photos in the “Search for” dialog box and press Enter

PowerShell highlights the texts that match your query. Record the result in the “Name” row. That’s what you need to uninstall the app.

  1. Highlight the “Name” of the app and press CheckC to copy the content.
  1. Type now Get-AppxPackage [Name] † Remove AppxPackage in the terminal and press Enter

Remark: To replace [Name] with the content you copied in step #5. So the command to uninstall the app from Microsoft Photo would look like this:

Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windows.Photos_2021.21090.29009.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe | Remove AppxPackage

To uninstall LinkedIn, another pre-installed Windows 11 app, paste Get-AppxPackage 7EE7776C.LinkedInforWindows | Remove AppxPackage in the PowerShell terminal and press Enter† You get the drill.

Wait until you get a success message (the operation will take about 5-10 seconds) and check your device’s app list to confirm if the app has been uninstalled.

If you accidentally deleted a pre-installed app, you can restore the app by running the command below in the PowerShell:

Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers| Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

Note that this command will restore all apps built into Windows 11. So if you had uninstalled some other apps before the accident, running the above command will reinstall all previously uninstalled built-in apps.

Remove unwanted apps

These techniques produced the desired results on our Windows 11 PC. Uninstall third-party apps from the Start menu, Settings app, or Control Panel app. For built-in apps, use uninstallers or Windows PowerShell if you don’t want to install untrusted software on your PC.

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