Uninstall Local User Program  

  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10

    Uninstall Local User Program

    I have several programs that I have installed on my work laptop just for my user account (not system-wide) and now I cannot uninstall them without admin privileges. I'm wondering if there is a way to uninstall them without having to put in a request with my IT department.

    I'm a little confused because Windows was perfectly happy to let me install the programs just for my user account, but now won't let me uninstall those same programs without admin rights. I realize that it might be just as fast to get IT to do it, but for my own edification I would like to understand why this is a one-way street.

    Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated.

    Windows Version 1709 Build 16299.1565
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  2. Posts : 13,178
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home

    Don't have a better solution than what you mentioned but do see 2 things to be considered, one is the version of Windows you have reached End of Life last April [unless using something more than Home/Core or Pro] and the other is the IT department probably should have locked down the ability to even install programs not approved by them, could allow getting infections not wanted.
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  3. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Yeah I probably should have been more explicit. It's Win 10 Enterprise so not EOL yet.

    I'm starting to think that they did finally implement the policy for not installing software even for local users (I've only ever been able to install programs that provide the option of installing only for the current user so it may have been a loophole they hadn't recognized) and now I have to go through them to uninstall.

    Thanks for the reply! Definitely helped me think about it a bit more.
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  4. Posts : 13,178
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home

    You're welcome, good luck.
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