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How to Properly Uninstall Programs on PC That Won't Uninstall

-- Thursday, January 01, 1970
For some useless applications, you may want to uninstall them from your computer. However, it is not always easy to do that as some applications would leave the unwanted or useless traces behind, and even refuse to be uninstalled. Now, let's check on how to delete a program that won't be uninstalled.

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  • Part 1: Uninstall Programs on PC Manually

    If you are good at handling the computer stuff, and have enough time, you can try the way in this part to delete the useless programs on your Windows PC.

    Step 1 Uninstall Applications with Control Panel
    Firstly, please try to uninstall the applications using the control panel instead of the third-party uninstaller. Go to the Settings and navigate to Control Panel. Choose the "System > Apps & features" option on it and you can see there are different applications displayed on the interface. Click on the ones you want to remove and then click on the "Uninstall" button.

    Uninstall Applications with Control Panel

    Step 2 Uninstall the Built-in Programs
    Your Windows PC comes with many applications pre-installed, which you probably wouldn't need all of them. However, those apps are not easy for most of the users to uninstall.

    Before we remove the built-in programs, please check for the specific package names for those applications:

    Camera: windowscamera
    Alarms and Clock: windowsalarms
    Calendar and Mail: windowscommunicationsapps
    3D Builder: 3dbuilder
    Groove Music: zunemusic
    Maps: windowsmaps
    Movies & TV: zunevideo
    OneNote: onenote
    People: people
    Photos: photos
    Store: windowsstore
    Voice Recorder: soundrecorder
    Xbox: xboxapp

    Now, let's take Camera as an example. If you want to remove the Camera app from your computer, open the PowerShell windows by typing "PowerShell" in the Start menu. Then press "Ctrl + Shift + Enter" to open Windows PowerShell as administrator and enter ppxPackage * windowscamera* | Remove-AppxPackage to remove the Camera app.

    Uninstall the Built-in Programs

    Part 2: Remove Programs on PC That Cannot be Uninstalled with CleanMyPC

    To get rid of the pretty complicated steps in part 1 when you want to properly delete the unwanted programs on your computer, you are recommended to try CleanMyPC, which can help to erase all the useless cache files and traces by several clicks.

    Step 1 Get CleanMyPC Program Installed on Windows PC
    First of all, please get the CleanMyPC program downloaded and installed on your Windows PC by clicking the download button below.

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    Step 2 Navigate to Unwanted Applications
    Please launch the program and choose "Uninstaller" option on the left pane. Click on the "Start using" button and the program would begin to find out all the applications on your computer.

    Navigate to Unwanted Applications

    Step 3 Uninstall Applications on PC Easily
    After the program scan out all the applications on your computer, you are able to choose the ones you want to remove and click on the "Uninstall" button.

    Uninstall Applications

    After you successfully uninstall the app, you can see the interface as below.

    Uninstall Applications Successfully

    Above are the two different ways to properly remove the unwanted applications on your computer. You can choose one of them and have a try yourself. If you have any question about it, please make a comment below.

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    Ivy Bruce

    Ivy Bruce is the Founder and Editorial Director at Recovery-Android Studio. You can also find her on Google+ and Twitter.