Uninstalling software you no longer wanted used to be straightforward and you opened the Control Panel and then opened Programs and Features. This method cannot be used for modern apps on the Start menu and there are new ways to uninstall software.
The problem with Programs and Features is that it does not show modern apps downloaded and installed using the Windows 10 Store app. It only shows traditional software.
Forget Programs and Features because it is no longer needed. It has been replaced by a new tool for uninstalling apps, but first, let’s look at some shortcuts.
Apps that are downloaded from the Windows Store can be added as colourful tiles on the Windows Start menu. To uninstall an app you no longer need, right click it and select Uninstall on the menu that is displayed.
If the menu does not have an uninstall option, it means that the app is part of Windows and cannot be uninstalled. Calendar, for example, cannot be uninstalled. You can only uninstall apps you add yourself.
Another quick way to remove apps is to find them on the Start menu, right click them and select Uninstall. This works not only for Windows Store apps, but for regular desktop software too.
The replacement for the old Programs and Features in Control Panel is in Settings.
- Hold down the Windows key and press I to open Settings.
- Click System.
- Select Apps & Features on the left.
- Select Sort by size in the menu on the right.
You can now see a list of the Windows Store apps and regular programs installed on the computer sorted by size with the largest at the top.
This is very useful when you are short of disk space because you can see which apps and programs are using the most space. To reclaim the most space you need to remove the largest programs you can bear to live without. Right clicking apps on the Start menu does not tell you how much space will be recovered, but here you can instantly see and target the biggest apps.
It is not obvious, but clicking an item in the list displays an Uninstall button.
Click Uninstall to remove the app. This works for all software and Programs and Features in the Control Panel is not needed. Who knows, it might even disappear in the next Windows update.
~ Roland Waddilove