How to Uninstall a Program Using CMD

Do you want to uninstall unwanted programs? Learn how to uninstall a program using CMD in Windows 10. This guide simplifies the process for a clutter-free PC.

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Typically, unwanted programs are uninstalled using the Add or Remove Programs utility or the Settings app in Windows. However, uninstalling a program via Command Prompt (CMD) provides a more direct and efficient approach than conventional methods. EaseUS delves into uninstalling programs via CMD, offering users a comprehensive understanding of how to harness this potent tool for software removal. 

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Step 1. Choose App Management, Click "Start" to securely uninstall your apps and repair your damaged apps. 


Step 2. All of apps installed on your PC, choose the selected one you want to uninstall or repair. (If your uninstall process fails, you can click the small triangle icon and select "Delete".)

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Step 3. Click "Uninstall". (If you want to repair apps, click the icon right behind "Uninstall" and choose "Repair".)

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How to Uninstall a Program Using CMD - Full Steps

To uninstall a program using CMD, we'll utilize the Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC) software utility. Follow the steps:

Step 1. Type "cmd"/"Command Prompt" in the Windows Search dialog, then select "Run as Administrator" from the menu that appears.


Step 2. In the Command Prompt windowstype "wmic" and press the Enter button.


Step 3. Now, getting a list of installed programs in Command Prompt is crucial. This ensures you have the accurate product name required for the uninstall command to work properly. Type "product get name" and press Enter button.


Step 4. Find the unwanted program you wish to uninstall in the list. Then, run the following command to uninstall it:

product where name="program name" call uninstall

Change "program name" to the name of the program you want to remove. For example, to uninstall iTunes, use this command:

product where name="iTunes" call uninstall


Step 5. Confirm the command execution by typing when prompted, then press Enter.


Once the unwanted program is uninstalled, you'll receive a confirmation message indicating "Method execution successful." The application has been uninstalled from your computer.


It's crucial to understand and learn the exact commands if you're going to uninstall a program through Command Prompt, as it's a command-line utility, so only one wrong command can lead to severe consequences. This guide simplifies the process, offering step-by-step instructions for a hassle-free experience.

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FAQs About How to Uninstall a Program Using CMD

Need more help uninstalling with CMD? Check out the FAQs below!

1. How do you force uninstalling a program through cmd?

While CMD doesn't have a built-in "force uninstall" feature, some programs can resist traditional methods.  In these cases, software like EaseUS Todo PCTrans can force uninstall and tackle stubborn programs.

2. How do you uninstall a file using cmd?

While CMD is primarily for uninstalling programs, you can delete a single file using the following steps with caution (deleted files cannot be recovered):

  • Open Command Prompt as administrator (search for "cmd" and right-click "Run as administrator").
  • Use the cd command to navigate to the directory containing the file (e.g., cd Documents to access your Documents folder).
  • Use the del "filename" command, replacing "filename" with the actual name of the file you want to delete (including quotation marks).

For example, to delete a file named "image.jpg" in your Documents folder, you would type:

del "image.jpg"

Remember, using CMD to delete files carries inherent risks. Make sure you're confident about the file you're deleting before proceeding.

3. How do you delete apps using the command line?

Follow the steps to delete apps using the command line:

  • Open Command Prompt as administrator (search "cmd" and right-click "Run as administrator").
  • To get a list of installed programs in Command Prompt, type "product get name" and press the Enter key.
  • Run the command "product where name="program name" call uninstall" to delete the unwanted app.
  • Change "program name" to the name of the program you want to uninstall or delete.
  • Confirm with "Y" and press Enter.

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