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Windows 8: Uninstall apps and software

Windows 8 uninstall There are two types of software in Windows 8. There are special Windows 8 apps that are downloaded from the store and installed on the Start screen, and there are regular programs that work in any version of windows.

If you want to uninstall an app or program you need to use the right method or you won't be able to do it.

An app that has a tile on the Start screen can be removed by right clicking it. A panel appears at the bottom of the screen and there is an Uninstall option. Left click it and then click Uninstall.

If you right click other tiles you may or may not see an uninstall option at the bottom of the screen. There may simply be an option to unpin it from the Start screen. This just removes the tile and it does not remove the software. It's a bit like deleting the item on the Start menu of previous versions of Windows or deleting a shortcut on the desktop. The software remains on the disk.

If an uninstall option is displayed then selecting it will go to the desktop and open Programs and Features in the Control Panel. Another way to do this is to click the Desktop tile on the Start screen, let the mouse hover in the bottom left corner of the screen, right click the tile that appears and select Programs and Features (or Control Panel then Programs and Features).

Windows 8 uninstall

Programs and Features is the same as it was in Windows 7 and Vista. Just double click the program you want to remove.

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* Uninstall software properly (written for XP/Vista/7, but applies to Win 8 too)