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If you’re using Windows 10 and need to free up some disk space, you can uninstall apps you no longer use straight from the Command Prompt. Here’s how it’s done.

First, you’ll have to run Command Prompt as an administrator to uninstall a program. In the Windows Search box, type “cmd,” and then right-click “Command Prompt” in the results.

command prompt app in Windows search

Next, click “Run as Administrator” in the menu that appears.

run as admin option

Command Prompt will now launch with administrator permissions. To uninstall a program using Command Prompt, you have to use the Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC) software utility.

At the prompt, type the following command, and then press Enter:

wmic

wmic command

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You’ll now see the wmic:root\cli> prompt in the console. This means you can now use Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) operations.

WMIC command line

Next, you’ll want a list of the programs installed on your computer. Getting this list is essential because you must provide an accurate product name to successfully execute the uninstall command.

Type the following command to get the list:

product get name
Tip: You can also run wmic commands directly from the standard command line, without running “wmic” and entering the WMIC prompt first. To do so, prepend them with “wmic.” For example, “wmic product get name” works the same as running “wmic,” and then “product get name.

product get name command

Find the name of the program you want to uninstall from the list. You can uninstall the program by running this command:

product where name="program name" call uninstall

Just replace program name with the name of the program you want to install. For example, if we want to uninstall the Skype Meetings App, we would type this command:

product where name="Skype Meetings App" call uninstall

uninstall app command

You’ll then be asked to confirm if you really want to execute the command. Type Y to confirm, and then press Enter. Type N to cancel the operation.

type y to confirm

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After a few moments, you’ll receive a message telling you the method was successfully executed.

Success message

The application has now been uninstalled from your computer.


This is just one of the many ways you can uninstall an application on Windows 10. You can also do so from the Control Panel, Start menu, or Settings window.

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Marshall Gunnell
Marshall Gunnell is a writer with experience in the data storage industry. He worked at Synology, and most recently as CMO and technical staff writer at StorageReview. He's currently an API/Software Technical Writer at LINE Corporation in Tokyo, Japan, runs ITEnterpriser, a data-storage and cybersecurity-focused online media, and plays with development, with his RAID calculator being his first public project.
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