PERPLEXING GUIDE TO UNINSTALLING VISUAL STUDIO COMPONENTS
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you need to bid adieu to Visual Studio, but felt uncertain of how to uninstall it? Fear no more! In this article, we will delve deep into the mystifying world of Visual Studio and guide you through the perplexing process of removing it from your system.
WHAT IS VISUAL STUDIO?
Now, let us attempt to understand the myriad complexities of Visual Studio. It is a versatile and robust integrated development environment (IDE) crafted by none other than the mighty Microsoft. It enables developers worldwide to build software programs and applications for various platforms such as Windows, web, and mobile platforms. Visual Studio is equipped with an overwhelming range of tools and features, including in-built support for various programming languages, code management tools, visual designers, and debugging tools.
WHY UNINSTALL VISUAL STUDIO?
Why indeed! There could be numerous reasons for the perplexing decision to uninstall Visual Studio. Perhaps you want to eradicate it from your system to free up some much-needed space. Or, maybe you have finally decided to upgrade or switch to a different version of Visual Studio or IDE altogether. Alternatively, it could be that Visual Studio has been causing issues that you have been unable to resolve consistently. The last scenario could be that you are moving to a new computer, and therefore, need to remove Visual Studio from your old system.
STEPS TO UNINSTALL ALL VISUAL STUDIO COMPONENTS
Prepare to embark on a perplexing journey guided by expertise and a hunger for knowledge!
STEP 1: UNINSTALL VISUAL STUDIO USING THE VISUAL STUDIO INSTALLER
The recommended way to uninstall Visual Studio and its components is through the divine tool known as the Visual Studio Installer. Keep scrolling to quench your thirst for knowledge with the following steps:
- Launch the Visual Studio Installer from your Start menu or the Visual Studio folder in your program files.
- On the start page, click on the Remove button next to the version of Visual Studio you want to uninstall, or on the Uninstall button under the More dropdown menu.
- In the next screen, you’ll see a list of all installed components of Visual Studio, including workloads, languages, and individual components. Make sure all checkboxes are selected.
- Click the Uninstall button, sit back and let the process complete. Depending on the size of your installation, this may take some time.
STEP 2: REMOVE VISUAL STUDIO FILES AND FOLDERS
After completing the first step with perfection, you have officially uninstalled Visual Studio. However, some residual files and folders may still remain, which can lead to much confusion. Follow these steps to remove them:
- Open File Explorer and navigate to
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\Installer(or
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\Installerif you’re running a 32-bit system).
- Select all files and folders in this directory and delete them.
- Next, navigate to
C:\Users\, for example,
C:\Users\JohnDoe\Documents\Visual Studio 2019. Delete the entire Visual Studio
- Repeat step 3 for
is your Windows username.
STEP 3: REMOVE REGISTRY ENTRIES
You’re still not done yet! Some pesky registry entries related to Visual Studio still need to be removed. Follow these steps:
- Press the Windows key + R to launch the Run dialog box.
- Type “regedit” (without the quotes) and hit Enter.
- In the Registry Editor window, navigate to
stands for the version of Visual Studio you just uninstalled. For instance, if you uninstalled Visual Studio 2019, the key will be
- Right-click on the
key and click Delete.
- Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
Finally, we have come to the end of our perplexing journey. Congratulations! You have successfully uninstalled all Visual Studio components completely. Remember to follow these steps carefully to avoid inadvertently deleting any vital system files or registry entries. In case you require further assistance post this perplexing and volatile process, do not hesitate to seek guidance from Microsoft Support or Visual Studio community forums.