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If you need to recover uninstalled programs in Windows 10

Here you will find out:

  • what happens when you uninstall programs
  • how to recover uninstalled programs in Windows 10
  • how DiskInternals Partition Recovery can help you

Are you ready? Let's read!

What happens when you uninstall programs in Windows 10

Whether you’re using a third party application or the default “Programs and Features” option in Windows 10, once you click the Uninstall button and then confirm your action by clicking “OK” on the prompt, you will successfully remove a particular software or program from your computer.

When an app/software program is uninstalled, all the features and components of the app/program are deleted from the computer, and there’s no way to get those things back, unless you reinstall the app. Initially, people may choose to uninstall several programs to gain more space to install new ones or save some important files. But as time goes on, they may discover that they really needed those uninstalled programs. So how would they get them back, including the programs' files?

How to recover uninstalled programs in Windows 10

Method 1: From the Settings page

This method does not actually retrieve the uninstalled program; it only helps to fix the apps and programs that are malfunctioning and not running correctly.

  • Press Windows key + I to launch the Settings page in Windows 10.
  • Click on “System” or “Apps”.
  • Then click on “Apps & features”.
  • Select the malfunctioning app and click on the "Advanced options" link (Note: most PC apps/programs don’t support this feature).
  • On the next prompt, select “Repair” if available. If you don’t see the “Repair” option, then click on “Reset” (if available).

Method 2: From the Control Panel

Similar to the method above, this method doesn't restore removed/uninstalled programs, but it repairs or fixes them.

  • Launch the control panel by right-clicking on the Windows icon on the taskbar and selecting "Control Panel”.
  • Go to “Programs” and then to “Programs and Features”.
  • Select the program and click “Repair” from the options shown on the top bar. If “Repair” isn’t shown, then click on “Change.” (Some programs may not support either option.)

Method 3: Use System Restore

This action can actually get back uninstalled programs and their files. System Restore returns your computer to a previous state from a restore point. Thus, it retrieves all old programs that may have been uninstalled from the computer after the restore point was created, and at the same time, uninstalls new programs installed on the computer after the restore point was created.

System restore points are automatically created when you install new stuff (apps, drivers, OS updates, etc.) on a computer. You can also create restore points manually. When restoring your computer to a restore point, your files won't be affected; only third party programs, drivers, and updates may be affected.

  • Right-click on the Windows icon on the taskbar and select "Control Panel".
  • Search for "System Restore" and click on the "System" link from the search results.
  • On the left pane, click on "System Protection."
  • Now click on the "System Restore…" button.
  • Choose a restore point and click "Next"
  • Follow the instructions to restore your computer.

Method 4: Use DiskInternals Partition Recovery

Using DiskInternals Partition Recovery, you can easily recover all apps uninstalled on a computer without going through many steps. DiskInternals Partition Recovery is an advanced PC utility that helps to retrieve deleted or lost files, including program files that were deleted during uninstallation. This software is very intuitive and easy to use. You do not need advanced technical knowledge to use DiskInternals Partition Recovery.

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