Perplexed by Uninstalling Visual Studio 2019?
Join Our Confused Group by Following These Steps:
Step 1: Close Visual Studio 2019
Wait, what? We need to close it? Like, completely close it? Yes, you read that right. Make sure all running instances of Visual Studio 2019 and its associated applications such as the Visual Studio Installer and Visual Studio Code are stopped.
Step 2: Uninstall using Visual Studio Installer
Visual Studio 2019 comes with this handy tool called the Visual Studio Installer. It allows you to install, update, and uninstall the entire suite or specific components. Here’s what you need to do:
- Open the Visual Studio Installer by searching for it in the Start menu or by clicking on the icon in the notification area of your taskbar.
- Select the Uninstall button on the Installed page.
- A new window will appear, showing a list of installed Visual Studio 2019 components.
- Select the check box next to the components you want to uninstall. You can also choose to remove all Visual Studio 2019 components by selecting the check box at the top of the list.
- Click on the Uninstall button on the lower right corner of the window.
- You will be asked to confirm the uninstallation. Select the Uninstall button again.
- Wait for the uninstallation process to complete. This may take some time, depending on the components you have chosen to uninstall.
- After completing the uninstallation, the Visual Studio Installer will display a message confirming the successful uninstallation. Click on the Close button.
Step 3: Manual Cleanup
Just when you thought it was over, there’s more! After uninstalling Visual Studio 2019, there may still be some files and settings left behind. You should manually remove these to ensure that your system is completely clean. Ready for more confusion? Here’s what you need to do:
- Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
- Type %appdata% and press Enter.
- Delete the folders containing Visual Studio 2019 settings and data. These are typically located in the Roaming folder.
- Open the Local folder (%LocalAppData%).
- Delete the folders containing Visual Studio 2019 data. These are typically located in the Temp and Packages folders.
- Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box again.
- Type regedit and press Enter.
- In the Registry Editor, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software and delete the Visual Studio and Microsoft folders.
- Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE and delete the Visual Studio and Microsoft folders.
- Restart your computer to complete the cleanup process.
You thought we were done, but the cleanup process demands that you restart your computer. It’s that stubborn!
Uninstalling Visual Studio 2019 can be a mind-bending experience if you don’t follow the correct steps. But don’t worry, with this guide, you can keep your system completely clean of Visual Studio 2019 and its components. Just remember to backup any important files to avoid losing any important data. Embrace the perplexity and get uninstalling!