How to uninstall Programs not listed in Control Panel in Windows 10

When a program installs on Windows 10, it also comes with an uninstaller. It is mandatory for every application to offer a script that will, on program uninstallation, clean up all related files & Registry entries. Many a time, because of missing Registry or programming errors, the uninstaller does not register correctly. If you are not able to find a program in the Uninstall Programs applet of the Control Panel, here are a few thngs you can do.

How to uninstall Programs not listed in Control Panel

You have the following ways using which you can uninstall Programs not listed in Control Panel – and so cannot uninstall a program normally:

  1. Windows 10 Settings
  2. Check for its uninstaller in the Programs Folder
  3. Redownload Installer and see if you can uninstall
  4. Uninstall programs in Windows using the Registry
  5. Shorten the Registry Key Name
  6. Use third-party Uninstaller Software.

1] Windows 10 Settings

How to uninstall Programs not listed in Control Panel in Windows 10

In Windows 10, open Settings > Apps > Apps and Features. Check if the program is listed here. If you have the old habit to look into Programs and Features of the old Control Panel, then try here. If it is listed, click on it, and click on Uninstall button.

2] Check for its uninstaller in the Programs Folder

uninstaller program Windows 10

Most of the programs are installed in C:\Program Files and C:\Program Files(x86), and they come with an uninstaller script. The same script is registered with Windows. When you run the Uninstall from the Control Panel, it calls the same script.

If the program isnot listed, then you can manually go to that folder, and locate that .exe tool, and run it. It will have the uninstall name appended to it.

3] Redownload the Installer & see if you can uninstall

Some programs offer an uninstaller with their installer. They first check if the program is already installed, and instead of giving you the option to install it, they offer you to uninstall it. See it this options works for you.

4] Uninstall programs using the Registry

You can also uninstall programs using the Windows Registry. Check if this option helps.

5] Shorten the DisplayName in the Registry Key

How to uninstall Programs not listed in Control Panel

When the display name of an application is longer than 32 characters, then its not displayed. We need to change the DisplayName of the program in the Registry Editor.

  • Type regedit in the Run prompt and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall
  • Click the Registry key of the program you installed
  • Click Rename on the Edit menu, and then use a name with less than 60 characters
  • To rename it, double-click DisplayName and use a name up to 32 characters in length.

Exit Registry, and open the Control Panel applet. You should see the program listed here and will be able to uninstall it.

6] Use third-party Uninstaller Software

Uninstall a Program missing in Add/Remove Programs of Windows 10

There are a lot of free Uninstaller software like Revo Uninstaller, and many more which can uninstall programs which are missing off the list.

I hope you find the post useful.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.