So, you want to delete an application but the “Uninstall” button for that app is greyed out. This is a fairly common thing, however, there is always another way around and in this article, we are going to discuss just that.
Uninstall apps with greyed out Uninstall button
If Uninstall button for an app is greyed out in Settings, these are the ways by which you can uninstall such apps.
- By Command Prompt
- By PowerShell
- By Control Panel
- By a third-party application.
Let us talk about them in detail.
1] By Command Prompt
If you are a fan of commands then you can use Command Prompt to uninstall an app with a greyed-out Uninstall button in Settings. To do that, launch Command Prompt as an administrator, type the following commands and hit Enter simultaneously.
Now, to get the list of apps, type the following command
product get name
In the following command, replace “name of the program” with the program that you want to uninstall. You can check the Screenshot.
product where name="name of the program" call uninstall
Finally, confirm your activity by hitting “Y”.
You will be able to delete the program.
2] By PowerShell
If you don’t use the Command Prompt but PowerShell then you can use it to uninstall the application.
To do that, launch Microsoft PowerShell as an administrator, type the following commands, and hit Enter simultaneously.
Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Product | Select-Object -Property Name
Now, search for the application you want to uninstall and copy its PackageFullName.
Note: Replace “PackageFullName” with the copied PackageFullName.
You will be able to delete the software from there.
3] By Control Panel
There are some applications that can’t be uninstalled from Settings (e.g; VMWare Workstation). Therefore, we need to use the Control Panel to do the same.
Launch Control Panel and click Programs & Features.
Now, select the application you want to uninstall and click Change (you may not get Uninstall/Change in this case, but if you do, click on that).
A wizard of that program will appear asking you to modify or remove the application, select Remove to uninstall the application. (you may get a different wizard depending on the application, but there will be an option to uninstall).
TIP: You can also uninstall a program using the Registry.
4] Using a third-party application
There are many third-party applications to uninstall a program from Windows 10. So, if you don’t want to use any Command-line interpreters or the Command Prompt then you can use a third-party application for the same.