How to Uninstall Apps in Windows 11

computer screen with apps
computer screen with apps

The article provides detailed instructions on uninstalling both ‘Windows’ and ‘Desktop’ apps on Windows 11. It explains that Windows apps are installed on the main system disk, accessible to all users, and are traditionally apps like Adobe Reader, while Desktop apps are installed from the Windows Store and are unique to user profiles, e.g., weather apps. The author gives step-by-step walkthroughs for uninstalling through both the System Settings and Control Panel, and directly from the Start menu for Desktop apps.

This post shows students and new users how to uninstall, remove or delete apps and programs in Windows 11.

Windows 11 apps are similar to previous versions. You can install and uninstall similarly.

Two types of apps are installed on Windows 11: Desktop and Windows apps. Windows apps are installed traditionally, like running an executable and running through an installation wizard until the app is installed. Desktop apps are those that are installed from the Windows store.

Also, Windows apps are installed on the main system disk and are available to everyone user on the system. When you uninstall Windows apps, they get uninstalled from the entire system.

Unlike Windows apps, Desktop apps are installed in users’ profiles and are uninstalled users on the system, although some may still be installed in the core systems.

Traditionally apps like Adobe Reader and similar are Windows apps. Desktop apps are those from the Windows store, like weather apps and a few others installed in user profiles.

To get started with uninstalling apps from Windows 11, follow the steps below:

How to Remove Apps from Windows 11

Windows 11 has a centralized location for the majority of its settings. Everything can be done, from system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + I shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings, as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Apps, and select Apps & features on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

On the Apps & features settings pane, under App list, you will see a list of apps installed and running on the system. Scroll down and list to see all.

And scroll down the list to the apps you wish to uninstall, then click the three vertical dots highlighted in the image below and select Uninstall.

How to Uninstall Windows Apps from Control Panel

Windows Control Panel had been the primary settings pane for Windows apps, features, and configuration settings. Until now, that’s where one goes to set up Windows advanced settings.

It can still be used to uninstall apps from Windows.

To get to Windows Control Panel, click on the Start button and use the search box to search for Control Panel as highlighted below:

When the Control Panel app opens, go to Programs in the Control Panel. Then click Programs (Uninstall a program), as shown in the image below.

Next, select the program you wish to uninstall or remove and click the Uninstall/Change link highlighted. You can also right-click on the apps and select Uninstall/Change.

Follow the uninstall wizard until you’re done.

How to Remove Desktop apps

Desktop apps can also be uninstalled or removed from the Start menu. Simply right-click the desktop apps you want to remove and select Uninstall.

There might be other ways to uninstall or remove apps from Windows. However, the steps above should get you started.


This post showed you how to uninstall or remove apps from Windows 11. If you find any error or know additional ways to remove apps from Windows, please use the comment form below to report.

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