When trying to uninstall a Microsoft Store App, a lot of Windows users are seeing Uninstallation Error 0x80073CFA, Removal failed. In this post, we will discuss the same issue and see what you can do to resolve the issue and uninstall the redundant app.
The following is the error code users are getting.
We couldn’t uninstall <app-name>
The operation did not complete successfully. Try again in a bit.
The error code is 0x80073cfa, in case you need it
Some other users are seeing the following error.
Package removal failed. You may get this error for failures that occur during the package uninstall.
Let us go to the troubleshooting guide.
Resolve Uninstallation Error 0x80073CFA, Removal failed on Windows 11/10
If you encounter Uninstallation Error 0x80073CFA, Removal failed on your computer, try the following solutions.
- Run Windows Store App Troubleshooter
- Reset Windows Store
- Uninstall in Clean Boot
- Use a third-party app to remove pre-installed Store apps
- Repair Windows using Installation Media
Let us talk about them in detail.
1] Run Windows Store App Troubleshooter
Let us start by putting some workload on Windows. Windows Store App Troubleshooter is a built-in Windows utility that lets you scan and repair issues related to Windows Store Apps. And since you are unable to uninstall these apps, this tool can do the job for you. Follow the prescribed steps to do the same.
- Open Settings.
- Go to System > Troubleshoot.
- Click on Other troubleshooters.
- Click on the Run button associated with Windows Store Apps.
- Launch Settings.
- Go to Updates & troubleshooter.
- Click on Additional troubleshooter > Windows Store Apps > Run this troubleshooter.
Hopefully, this will do the job for you.
2] Reset Windows Store
If the troubleshooter didn’t work, let us try running the reset tool to reset Windows Store. This will not just resolve the issue if it is caused by any kind of misconfiguration, but will also do the job if there is some corrupted cache. This tool not just resets the Store, but also removes the cache. The removed cache will be created again as you restart the Store.
To reset Windows Store, open Run, type WSReset.exe and click Ok. You don’t have to do anything, the reset program will automatically run and do the job. All you need to do is restart the system and open Windows Store. Sign in using your account, and try deleting the app. Hopefully, your issue will be resolved.
3] Uninstall in Clean Boot
If there is a third-party application interfering with the uninstallation process, you can uninstall the program in Clean Boot. Clean Boot allows you to stop all the processes but the one you want. So, boot your computer in Clean Boot and uninstall the app. It should do the job for you.
Fix: 0x80073cf1 Uninstall error, Package was not found
4] Use a third-party app to remove pre-installed Store Apps
Users who are getting the error message when trying to remove the pre-installed Windows Store Apps can try to do the same using 10AppsManager. This is a free application that has a simple interface and can be used to remove bloatware from your computer.
5] Repair Windows using Installation Media
If nothing worked, then there is a high chance that your OS is corrupted. There are various methods to repair Windows, but we would recommend you try repairing your system using Installation Media. It is the most effective method and can be to resolve the issue in question. After repairing your OS, retry uninstalling the program and your issue will be resolved.
Hopefully, you are able to fix the error code 0x80073CFA using the solutions mentioned in this post.
Read: Completely Uninstall all Windows Store apps using PowerShell script
How do I force uninstall a Program in Windows 11?
You can easily uninstall a program in Windows 11 using the Settings app. All you have to do is launch Settings by Win + I or from Start. Then, go to Apps > Apps & features. Look for the program you want to uninstall, click on the vertical dots associated with it, and select Uninstall. You will be asked to confirm your actions, so, do that. Then, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the procedure. This method will do the job for you.
Read: How to Install or Uninstall Microsoft Store Apps in Windows
How do I uninstall appx packages?
To uninstall appx packages you need to use PowerShell. So, open PowerShell as an administrator, to do the same, search the app from Start Menu. Once the app is launched, execute the following command.
Get-AppxPackage | Select Name, PackageFullName
A list of all installed apps and their PackageFullName information will be displayed. You need to note the PackageFullName of the app you want to remove
Now execute the following command.
Get-AppxPackage PackageFullName | Remove-AppxPackage
You need to replace PackageFullName with the PackageFullName that you noted earlier.
These commands will do the job for you.
Also Read: How to uninstall Pre-Installed Microsoft Store Apps in Windows 11/10.