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How do I uninstall programs in Windows 8?

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    How do I uninstall programs in Windows 8?

    I am a new Windows 8 user. I want to uninstall a program, but I cannot find Control Panel or something similar. How do I do it?

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    Covington, La
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    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT

    Mouse over the bottom left corner and right click on the Start Icon and select Program and Features. Control Panel and other shortcuts are there also.


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    Last edited by Brink; 28 Dec 2012 at 11:32. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    you can also use the keyboard to access the quick-access menu by holding down the windows key and typing the "x" key (win + x)

    if the app is one of the new Metro apps (the apps you get through the Windows store), you right-click on the app at the start screen and select "uninstall". Or if you have a touch screen, you swipe the app tile downward and then touch the "uninstall" button.
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    Webster NY US
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    Win 7 / Win 8

    If it's a Metro app on your Start screen, I think you only need to right click it and Uninstall is one of the options.
    Last edited by Brink; 28 Dec 2012 at 11:31. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP

    Quote Originally Posted by malcolm1962 View Post
    I am a new Windows 8 user. I want to uninstall a program, but I cannot find Control Panel or something similar. How do I do it?
    You can access your Desktop screen via the Win8 start screen. If you want to see any of the standard Desktop icons, including the Control Panel, then right click on the Desktop, choose personalize, and select the link that allows you to choose the desktop icons you want to see. Assuming you have chosen the Computer icon, go Computer > C: > Program files, and see if there is an uninstaller in the program folder of the program you want to uninstall. If not, then, assuming you are showing the Control Panel, go Control Panel > Programs and features, and uninstall the program. Exceptionally, if you want to uninstall Norton anything, then go to the Norton web site, and use the provided installer.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    also, at the start screen, just start typing "control panel" (don't type the quotes; just type the words inside the quotes)
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    Thank you guys. Problem solved. Much appreciated.
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    you can uninstall windows program by just right click on app icon or tap and hold for touch screen versions. now uninstall option will be below...........
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