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How to uninstall Skype in Windows 8.1 [Classic Shell]

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    How to uninstall Skype in Windows 8.1 [Classic Shell]


    Hey guys, I have a rather st**id problem.

    I installed Windows 8.1 on my new lap top a few days ago (Thanks Superfly and popeye).

    Then I wanted to make it look and function more like Windows 7, so I installed Classic Shell and got my Start button to look and function as it does on Windows 7 (and XP before it)

    Well, today I decided to download skype, and I went to the download page and saw that apparently I already have skype on my machine, so I turned it on. Suddenly I was asked to input my lap top's entry password, and then after that to put my Microsoft information (Username, password)... Well, I didn't like that very much, I want the classical Skype...

    So I googled, and the solution is simple, to uninstall skype as it is in Windows 8.1, and then to download and install skype, and problem solved.

    Alright, but the instructions on uninstalling skype are for windows 8 platform, which I don't have now that the start button has been made to look like Windows 7...

    Alright, I went to control panel -> programs, then to my computer -> program files, then to the start button -> all programs, and nowhere did I find skype in order to run the Uninstall.exe, or to remove from the control panel..

    Then I googled how to revert to Windows 8.1 function from classic shell, and apparently people are having problems returning EVEN IF they Uninstall classic shell... and I don't want to get into another set of problems.

    Now, this should be the easiest thing to solve, how did this get complicated?

    So I gotta ask, how do I uninstall Skype from Windows 8.1? In order to download classic skype and use that.

    Thanks guys


    p.s I'm not sure if I put this thread in the right section, if not, admin please move it to the appropriate section.

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    I don't use the classic shell but if you hold down Ctrl while you click the start menu does it open the Windows 8.1 start screen?

    If yes, type 'Skype' in and see if it comes up.

    Regards,
    Jamie
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDobbsy1987 View Post
    I don't use the classic shell but if you hold down Ctrl while you click the start menu does it open the Windows 8.1 start screen?

    If yes, type 'Skype' in and see if it comes up.

    Regards,
    Jamie
    Aha, Ctrl didn't work, but the left-Shift did

    Awesome, let's see if I can uninstall skype now as those tutorials show..
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    N. Calif
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    Press the Windows key on your keyboard to go to the Start screen. On the Start screen, locate the tile for Skype, right-click and select uninstall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    Press the Windows key on your keyboard to go to the Start screen. On the Start screen, locate the tile for Skype, right-click and select uninstall.
    The Windows key on my keyboard still opens the Start menu as it is in Windows XP and Windows 7, it doesn't open the Windows 8-type-screen, the tablet-type-screen... But JDobbsy1987's solution worked, except that instead of holding Ctrl I had to hold Shift, close enough

    Thanks guys, that did the trick. I uninstalled Skype, downloaded skype again, and now it works as it always did.
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    Glad to hear that worked
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    N. Calif
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    Glad you got it going. I guess Classic Shell alters the behavior of the Windows key. Just one more reason why I don't use any of those Start Menu utilities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    Glad you got it going. I guess Classic Shell alters the behavior of the Windows key. Just one more reason why I don't use any of those Start Menu utilities.
    You know, I always remove everything and anything I can from my lap tops; programs, pictures, music, my lap tops are empty of content, except what's absolutely necessary. And I'd remove classic shell too, if I could get my start button to work without it.

    So do tell, how do you/is there a way to get the classic start button in Windows 8.1 without using Classic Shell or some other utility?

    And to be honest, I like it that the Windows key pops up the start menu instead of the Windows 8 tablet-type-screen...
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    N. Calif
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    Nope, I don't know how to get the Start button back again without using Classic Shell or some other utility but then I have been using Win 8 since the 1st developer preview and have yet to feel the need to restore the Start button. I don't even use the Start button on my Win 7 machines as I prefer to use a desktop toolbar. I've used toolbars with Win 2000, XP, Win 7 and now Win 8.
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    Quote Originally Posted by justme View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    Glad you got it going. I guess Classic Shell alters the behavior of the Windows key. Just one more reason why I don't use any of those Start Menu utilities.
    You know, I always remove everything and anything I can from my lap tops; programs, pictures, music, my lap tops are empty of content, except what's absolutely necessary. And I'd remove classic shell too, if I could get my start button to work without it.

    So do tell, how do you/is there a way to get the classic start button in Windows 8.1 without using Classic Shell or some other utility?

    And to be honest, I like it that the Windows key pops up the start menu instead of the Windows 8 tablet-type-screen...
    If you ever want to change any settings in Classic Shell all you Have to do is right click on the start button and click settings.
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