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How to uninstall unwanted programs in Windows 10

How to uninstall unwanted programs in Windows 10
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After using Windows 10 for a while it becomes pretty clear that Microsoft is slowly moving as many former Control Panel functions as possible to the new Settings app. Given how central the Control Panel is (or was) to Windows, that must be a massive job.

Because of this switch, every now and then we can expect to see duplicated functionality in various regions of Windows 10. One example of this is how you uninstall traditional desktop programs in the new OS.

In Windows 8.1, you uninstall desktop programs the traditional way, by heading to the Control Panel. You can still do that in Windows 10, but there are also two new methods: one in the Start menu, and one in the new Settings app.

Here's how they work.

The Start menu

The quickest way to get rid of any desktop program or Windows Store app in Windows 10 is to head to the Start menu. This process is similar to how you'd uninstall Store apps from the Start screen in Windows 8.1.

Once the Start menu is open, all you do is find the program you want to get rid of in the All apps list or the more readily available live tiles. Now right-click it, select Uninstall from the context menu, and follow any uninstall wizards that appear. Done!

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