Can’t Uninstall a Windows 10 Modern App? Here’s a Nifty Workaround
The Settings app will replace the Control Panel in Windows someday. For now, though, many features are duplicated between the two. One of these is uninstalling software — the Apps & Features menu in Settings lists both desktop and Modern apps, while Programs & Features in the Control Panel only lists traditional software.
You probably know that you can remove any unwanted software from the Control Panel, but noticed that certain apps like Maps and Xbox have a gray Uninstall button in the Apps & Features menu. At first it seems like there’s no way to remove these unwanted Modern apps , but you get rid of them with little problem.
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All you must do is use a different uninstall utility to remove apps that won’t uninstall from the Settings menu. We’ve shown how to remove these programs all at once using PowerShell, but if you aren’t comfortable with that, you can use a different uninstall utility.
One of CCleaner’s less-used features is an uninstaller. It doesn’t offer many benefits over the default Windows utility like the powerful Revo, but it will get the job done for our purposes.
Download CCleaner if you haven’t already and open the Tools tab on the left side. Make sure Uninstall is selected next to that, then you can browse through all the software on your machine. Just click on an entry and choose Uninstall to remove it without any fuss!
While you’re uninstalling, make sure that you don’t have any programs you should remove still on your system.
Have you used this method to remove stubborn default apps from Windows 10, or do you like the Modern programs? Let us know which apps you’ve removed down in the comments!
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