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How can i uninstall a program in Windows 8 in desktop without going to the start screen?

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up vote 11 down vote accepted
  1. Open the Computer in File Explorer.
  2. Click Computer on the Ribbon and select Uninstall or change a program enter image description here
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What about just clicking "Uninstall or change a program" instead of "Open Control Panel"? :D – SeToY Oct 30 '12 at 17:07
@SeToY apparently that is a quicker way. Thanks. Edited – Rakib Ansary Oct 30 '12 at 17:10

There are three ways to do this:

  • Go to Control Center>More Settings>Programs and features and there you may uninstall programs.
  • Go to the installation directory of the program and run the uninstaller directly.
  • Use a third-party tool such as CCleaner

Hint: You can open the control center via Win+R>control>>{Enter}

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Method 1

  1. Key in Win+E
  2. Click on Computer at Upper Ribbon
  3. Click on Add or Remove Program next to the icon for the Control Panel
  4. Uninstall it.

Method 2

  1. Key in Win+r then Ctrl then key in Enter

Method 3

  1. Control Center → More Settings → Programs and Features
  2. Then uninstall it.
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I assume you are not wanting to know how to uninstall using the Start Menu.

Using the Start Menu

Right Click on the program you want to uninstall and click on uninstall program

Using the control Panel

  1. Press Windows Key + E
  2. Click on Computer in the upper toolbar
  3. Click on Add or Remove Program next to the icon for the Control Panel
  4. Uninstall your program
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I usually follow this steps:

  1. Press Win + Break:

    enter image description here

  2. On "System" properties, top left side of the screen there is a shortcut to "Control Panel Home". Click on it.

  3. Click on "Uninstall a Program" from control panel and you will be able to uninstall whatever you may want:

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Where is the 'break' key? – Gabriel Fair Oct 30 '12 at 21:38
@GabrielFair: It also goes by the name Pause. :) (On certain keyboards, especially on laptops, an additional Fn key press might be required which makes the whole thing very unwieldy.) – Karan Oct 30 '12 at 21:53

You can access the control panel from the File Explorer browsing your Computer, then Uninstall a program.

Uninstalling a program is quite similar to in Windows 7. From the start screen, just go to Control Panel > More settings > Programs and Features, and select the program to Uninstall.

If you know where the uninstaller for a program is, you can also find it directly using the File Explorer.

To uninstall a Metro/Modern UI application, right-click the application, and click Uninstall from the menu that pops up.

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WinX Menu

  1. Move your mouse pointer to the bottom left corner, and right-click the Start button when it appears.
    Alternatively press Windows + X.
  2. Click Programs and Features.

WinX menu also has Control Panel item.

Charms Bar

  1. Move your mouse pointer to upper or bottom right corner of the screen, Charms Bar will appear.
    Alternatively, press Windows + C.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click Control Panel.
  4. Click Uninstall a program.
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