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At some point in time you may find the need to uninstall an app or a program that you've installed here in Windows 8.1. Maybe you're running out of disk space. Maybe you just have apps that you've never used and you don't need them using up valuable space. In any event, there are different ways to uninstall apps and programs in the old desktop environment and that's what we're going to do in this movie. Let's begin with uninstalling a Windows 8.1 modern app, one of the tiles we see on the Start screen, for example. All you do is right click the tile.
Maybe I don't use the video app. I right click, and down below on the app bar I see an option to uninstall. Click that, and I'll need to confirm that I really want to do this. I'll be uninstalling the app and its related info from the PC. If you don't want to uninstall it, just click anywhere in the background to close that up. Click it again in the background and you're back where you started. Now, you might want to instead take a look at all of your apps. See how much room they're taking up on your PC and then pick and choose the ones you want to install.
In that case you can use Settings. I'm going to use Windows+I, the keyboard shortcut to open up Settings. Next we'll click Change PC Settings down in the bottom right corner. And from here down the left hand side we'll go to Search and apps. When we do that we have Search and app settings. We're going to App sizes. Click that. It may take a moment to list all of your apps, but you'll see their sizes with the largest one at the top. There's the video app. It does take up quite a bit of space.
Click it and you'll see an Uninstall option. And again, you'll need to confirm. If you didn't really mean to do that, no problem. Just go back and press the windows key on your keyboard to return to your Start screen. What about those ones that run in the old desktop environment. If you've installed anything there, you need to go there to uninstall it. So we'll go to our Desktop by clicking the Desktop tile. Next, we'll access Control Panel. We can right click the Start button at the bottom left hand corner, and choose Control Panel from the pop up menu.
And from here you'll see under Programs, Uninstall a program. Give that a click. You'll see anything that's been installed in this environment. And all you have to do is select the one you want to remove, and you can uninstall it by clicking Uninstall or Change this program. When you click it, it may take a moment to display information about that. You can see where it's uninstalling from, and you can follow the steps to do it. If you didn't really want to do it, you want to keep it, just click Cancel at any time, and you're right back.
Those are a few different ways to uninstall apps and programs you may have installed in this old desktop environment. Let's return to our Start screen before we look at some additional settings here in Windows 8.1.
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