How to uninstall a program not listed in control panel

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How to uninstall a program not listed in control panel

If you want to uninstall a program the usual way to go is through Windows Control Panel(Apps & Features). In some cases, the program you are trying to uninstall is missing from the Apps & Features list. In this article, we will show you several ways how to uninstall a program not listed in Control Panel.

How to uninstall a program not listed in Control Panel

  1. Check for the uninstallation file in the Program Folder
  2. Use Revo Uninstaller Pro
  3. Windows 10 Settings
  4. Uninstall the program using the Registry
  5. Shorten the Registry Key Name
  6. Redownload the program and see if the uninstallation file is there

Check for the uninstallation file in the Program Folder

The majority of your software installations are located in C:\Program Files or C:\Program Files(x86). In the installation folder, there should be a file(uninstall.exe) that contains the uninstaller script. If you try to uninstall this program through Control Panel, Windows calls the same script.

In case that the software is not listed in Control Panel, navigate to the folder of the program you are trying to uninstall and run the uninstall.exe file. This should remove the program from your PC.

Use Revo Uninstaller Pro

When you are trying to uninstall a program with Revo Uninstaller Pro when it is not listed in Control Panel you can have 2 approaches:

  1. Use Revo Uninstaller Pro Force uninstall. You should use this method if you have trouble uninstalling a stubborn program or if the software is not listed in Control Panel
    forced uninstall
  2. If you attempt to uninstall a software program you don’t need anymore on your PC you can always use the regular uninstallation with Revo Uninstaller Pro
    uninstall screenshot

Windows 10 Settings

You can uninstall a program via Windows 10/11 Settings:

  1. Open the Start Menu and navigate to Settings.
  2. Click on Apps.
  3. Click on Apps and Features.
  4. Find the app you want to remove, click on the 3 vertical dots and select Uninstall.

apps and features

This method should help you remove the unwanted program.

Uninstall the program using the Registry Editor

  1. Press Windows Key + R. This will open the Run dialog. Type regedit in the box and click OK.
    regedit command
  2. Navigate to the following folder according to the following path:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Uninstall
    registry editor
  3. The list that you will see represents the installed programs on your PC. On the right panel, search for a string called UninstallsString and double-click it.
  4. Copy the value data and again open the Run dialog. Paste the value that you’ve copied, press OK and the program should be deleted.
    run uninstall command

Shorten the Registry Key Name

In some cases when the name of the application is longer than 32 characters, there is a high chance that it won’t be listed in Control Panel and you won’t be able to uninstall it.

To fix this issue do the following:

  1. Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall
  2. Select the Registry key of the installed program.
  3. Click Rename on the Edit menu, and then use a name with less than 60 characters.
  4. To rename it, double-click DisplayName and use a name up to 32 characters in length.
    edit string dialog
  5. Now if you navigate to Contol Panel you should see the program listed and you will be able to uninstall it.

Conclusion

There are a lot of different ways to uninstall a program not listed in the Control Panel. To be 100% sure that the software you want to uninstall is removed from your PC, use Revo Uninstaller Pro and all its different uninstallation methods.

icon of revo uninstaller pro

We can help you every time when…

  • you cannot find the program in the Apps & Features list
  • the program's built-in uninstaller is non-functional
  • you have a lot of leftovers slowing down your computer's performance
  • you want to batch uninstall
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