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How to uninstall apps in Windows 10

As new users try out Windows 10 for the first time, some newbie questions might arise. An example would be how to uninstall apps on Windows 10? There are actually several ways to do it. Watch our how-to video and find out.

The simplest way to uninstall apps is from the Start screen. Press the Windows logo on your keyboard or tap the icon on the screen. At the Start screen, tap and hold the app's tile you want to uninstall. Tap the three dots at the lower right corner, select more options, and then uninstall. It's also easier with a mouse or trackpad. Just right click on a tile and then select uninstall. Some apps can't be removed, so you might not see the uninstall option.

There's another way to uninstall apps that might not be too obvious. Swipe in from the right side of the screen and tap 'All settings.' Select System and then tap Apps & features. You can sort the list of apps by size, name, or install date. If you would like to uninstall an app, select it from the list and then tap or click the uninstall button.

While you're on the apps and features page, you can also manage optional features. Tap or click that option on top to see a list of features. There are several features related to text input and prediction on my Surface Pro 3. Select an item and tap or click the uninstall button.

That's it! That's how to uninstall apps on Windows 10. The easiest way to do it is from the Start screen, but the settings page gives you sorting options.

This article was originally published on Apr 2, 2015. However, we are re-running following the release of Windows 10 for new users.

Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.

63 Comments
  • Is it now good enough to use as a daily driver?
  • I would say so!
  • What are you running it on? I have on my desktop (partitioned drive) and don't feel it is ready for my SP3 yet. But I could be worng....
  • Im using it with my media PC, no issues although I have Kodi running about 95% of the time, so that may not be a fair assessment.
  • This is the first Preview version (Enterprise) that has been on my SP3 for more than 2 days. It sure is a lot more stable now and certainly SP3 proof.
  • I'm still waiting on the Enterprise ISO to update. Getting close to my data cap.
  • download the ESD and ESD Decrypter, then make your own ISO https://mega.co.nz/#F!0E9FGazA!f22jtAaV3KvUK2fJreVv2w
  • Courtesy of MDL?
  • I copied the ESDs to my Mega account and added the decrypter
  • Change the version manually: http://model-technology.com/generate-windows-10-enterprise-installation-... If you need an ISO of the Fast Build, you have to roll your own: http://deploymentresearch.com/Research/Post/399/How-to-REALLY-create-a-W...
  • For non-touch devices - Windows 10 preview is absolutely ready to be the daily driver and it is on my Macbook Pro (using bootcamp because I almost exclusively use Windows for everything). For touch devices, I would hold off for now - Windows 8.1 has a lot more polish when it comes to touch enabled features.  
  • I think so. It got a lot better after a few builds
  • If you weren't in the job you are, would you put it on your SP3?
  • Virtual Wi-Fi and my usb Wi-Fi doesn't support on windows 10.
  • I'm running it on my sp3 and I'd say so. Now that ie is stable and I can connect to my work VPN I have pretty much everything I need.
  • Yes definitely. I'm running Windows 10 Home on my ancient HP Mini from 2009.
  • I see that hiddeous "most used" is still on the screen.  Oh well, I guess I'll just be in the minority of those who thinks it ruins the look of the Start Screen.
  • I prefer the current Start Screen. The new thing looks very out of place.
  • You can disable it. I have.   You end up with a ton of empty space but oh well, I prefer that.
  • How? Where? I've been looking for a setting to get rid of that crap since I first installed the TP.
  • Right click on the empty space of your taskbar, click on Properties, in the window that opens go to the Star Menu tab.   In there you will see a section called 'Privacy', I uncheck both options and click the clear button. No more most used apps and no more Quick Access listings in the File Explorer (Quick Access is still there for whatever you pin to it).
  • Vocal member of the minority here!
    +929
  • I hate that list on the left. Hate, hate, hate.
  • Not to mention the ridiculousness of having a desktop taskbar on a tablet interface.
  • I don't have a beef with the taskbar being on the bottom (it was kind of there on the right in 8.1, just auto-hidden). But I still think the live tiles on the start menu are stupid and having tablet mode where the desktop does nothing is stupider. Just make the Start menu the "all apps" list and put the live tiles directly on the desktop already...
  • That list needs to be what I want, Spartan, steam, other apps that have no live actions.
  • The most used is actually now hidden on the Start Screen by default. That's an old image, I don't see it on my SP3, running the RTM build.
  • You can remove the most used and recently added lists in Settings.
  • Love
  • It's easy to do it, at least Microsoft didn't reinvented app uninstalling.
  • tomorrow I am purchasing a new lappy..... And planning to get 10 on it.....
  • Good for you.
  • That'll be me someday..... Just don't know when. Enjoy man :)
  • I had it on my SP3 and reverted to 8.1. Ive been watching build progress and I think its still too much of a mess and clumsy on a tablet to be good as a daily driver. I also still had apps that wouldn't work correctly on TP 10. I think they will get there but they sure aren't there yet - not for tablets!
  • I kept away from TP but installed W10 on release, through the windowed update on the taskbar, onto my SP3 for a trial run. It takes getting use to and it's worth looking into the various set up options. After a couple of weeks I now prefer W10 (after getting the right user scenario for me) and would not return to W8. The only issue I have is the disappearance of OneDrive holders.
  • While I'm adjusting to life on Windows 10 and mostly liking it for desktops, Windows 8.1 was still significantly more optimized for tablets. If Tablet Mode could simply copy Windows 8.1 (Including the old Start Screen), I'd be perfectly happy. Hopefully the October build helps address some of these issues.
  • I insist: I want side scrolling back, or an option to use properly the 8.1 start screen on Windows 10. I hope to see that in the final release
  • Oh yes. This! Hundred times this! The way it works now means tiles move position when holding the device in portrait vs landscape mode. For apps with clearly distinctive tiles, not such a huge problem, but those with news feed generated tiles ... well, it's a bit of an issue.
  • I would prefer to have options to chose from vertical and horizontal scrolling
  • In a way I prefer the vertical scroll for the tiles...much more consistent with the phone UI.
  • Yasss! I still am feeling from the loss of the 8.1 Start Screen, I miss it dearly. I love the Start Menu, it's perfect (for those who want it), but the new Start Screen is blegh.
  • "It keeps getting better, right?" Ya. It does. But the UX still sucks on smaller tablets compared to Windows 8.1.2. And unless they go back to the drawing board on a lot of things it will never get to where 8.x is already. They've overcorrected IMO and is now alienating those early adopters who ran (and enjoyed running) Metro^H^H^H^H^HWindows apps on a tablet, used as a tablet, without considering productivity at all. You can get by with this on a Surface Pro sized tablet, but going down to the 7" and 8" devices it really does suck donkey balls. I'd like to see the break off point between Windows 10 and Windows Mobile be around the 9" mark. Anything smaller gets, or at least has the choice of, a Windows 10 for phone type UI. App wise it doesn't make much difference due to the universal app model.
  • how to uninstall windows from Nokia and install other OS 
  • Very simple. You can't
  • <p>Please allow installations of apps to SD cards like win phone.</p> <p>​</p>
  • I still can't put this on my main desktop as I am a very heavy hyper-v
  • Hyper-V is working fine for me, but I had the role installed prior to 10049: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2015/03/31/hyper-v-on-win...
  • I have found 10 to be horrible on my SP3 in tablet mode. (Why in hell do I need a task bar in tablet mode??) Unless there is some MAJOR improvement before the release, I will never use this over Windows 8 on my Surface Pro 3. I keep trying it with every new release, and I am back on 8.1 a couple days later.
  • In All Apps, can't you just right click on the app and choose uninstall anymore?
  • My partner's business was going to purchase a load of SP3s or when released more likely the SP4.
    Having seen the mess on my and their existing SP3s that is the Start Screen in W10, that purchase is on hold pending cancellation or MS sorting out the Start Screen and touch user interface.
    On the desktop W10 is great it really is excellent but for touch it's a mess.
    At the very least get rid of or make optional the list on the left hand side, get rid of / make optional the taskbar on the Start Screen. Make buttons especially in the title bars waaaaay bigger than they are now.
    Don't get me wrong, W10 is in many many ways excellent and the latest builds seem incredibly stable but for devices like the SP3 'touch' is a gui mess!
  • SP3 using W10 with the Surface keyboard (the precision pad gestures are brilliant) and Pen are awesome for me, whether in Tablet or Desktop mode. I would not return to 8.1 now. The amount of user options is worth looking into and with Hey Cortana and Notifications Centre there is too much to miss staying on 8.1, imo anyway.
  • My admin colleague told me, that W10 has no usable start menu, and Cortana in corporations is a no-go. We have to block Bing, because we haven't found out how to stop direct web searches. So fail on the W7 side of things. It has also no start screen or app list delivering the same functionality as W8. Plus it's horrible to use in tablet mode; you gonna hate the taskbar while playing games and the app list is a scrolling nightmare. You can't even choose a start background that is not obfuscated by some stupid translucent color. So, fail on the W8 side of things. Charms are desperately missed, especially for settings access. I haven't used W10M until now, but the videos and images are leaving a bad taste. Feedback is constantly being ignored, regardless if on uservoice or the built in app. This is actually worse than W8, where the design team was accessible to comments on the B8 blog. Having a single settings app is fine and needed, but it is still incomplete. This alone keeps hope alive, that UI changes may still be possible.
  • I feel the same way.  I hate the desktop-centricity of Windows 10.  I HATE it.
  • The latest Windows 10 TP is broken.. Modern Apps and Games aren't able to full screen properly.. Games like Dungeon Hunter 5 stops working.. :(
  • That's a purely subjective statement about Windows 10 "user friendliness".  I consider it abominably worse compared to Windows 8.  I find NOTHING user friendly about Windows 10.  I call it USER SPITEFUL. 
  • The answer is always Powershell.
    Get-AppxPackage *app* | Remove-AppxPackage -WhatIf
  • Works great.
  • About how long does it usually take to upgrade to Windows 10
  • Here's how to stop being a big f'n baby. Leave the Windows Eco system and go enjoy your Android or Apple device.
  • There is also a way to delete undeletable apps by using Powershell. I had Music and Video that I could not delete after the apps were updated to Groove and Movies and TV. Worked like a champ.
  • how to uninstall OneNote on a surface pro 3? for me, the option is not provided.
  • Oj
  • dear sir I upgraded my Microcrosoft Lumia 535 from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 on 16.06.2016. experience was awesom. but while uninstalling some apps by the above method those are still there in my phone   pl. guide what & how to do