Discord is a great VoIP app to have, particularly for gamers. But like any other app, Discord often runs into problems. For example, it sometimes gets stuck on the connecting screen or refuses to launch altogether. Since some great Discord alternatives are available, you may want to uninstall Discord in favor of these apps.
If you’re wondering how to uninstall Discord, you can do it the same way as any other app. Except that sometimes users seem to have issues properly uninstalling Discord. Even after uninstalling Discord, a few files remain on your PC annoyingly.
Let’s learn how to uninstall Discord from your Windows 10 PC cleanly.
How to Uninstall Discord Properly
Instead of directly heading over to the Control Panel to uninstall Discord, you must complete an additional step first. Follow the process below to prepare your system and then uninstall Discord properly.
Step 1: Disable Discord from Startup and Uninstall
If you’re unable to uninstall Discord, it’s probably because the app started automatically when you turned on your PC. Before you begin uninstalling, you need to close all instances of Discord, including the browser version.
- Open the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc.
- Navigate to the Startup tab. Look for Discord, right-click on it, and select Disable.
- Restart your computer.
- Open the Control Panel and begin the uninstallation process.
This should resolve the issue. If it doesn’t, skip to the next fix.
Step 2: Clear All Traces of Discord from Your System
Once you’ve uninstalled Discord, make sure you clear out the cache and registry entries too.
Find the Discord folder and delete it from the following locations:
The AppData folder is hidden by default. If you copy and paste these locations into your file explorer, you should still be able to access the AppData folder, though you’ll need to change “user_name” to your actual user name.
Alternatively, you could unhide the folders by navigating to the View tab in the file explorer and checking the box beside Hidden items in the Show/hide group.
Step 3: Clear All Traces of Discord From the Registry
If you know your way around the Windows Registry, use the steps below to remove the keys.
- Open Registry Editor: Press Win + R, type regedit, and press Enter.
- Locate the Discord folder and delete it from the following path:
- Restart your computer. When the PC restarts, verify that the Discord folders have been properly removed from both Roaming and Local folders.
Uninstall Discord With a Third-Party Tool
If you couldn’t remove Discord manually, you could use one of the various uninstallers available like IOBit Uninstaller and Revo Uninstaller.
- Download an uninstaller. We’ll use IOBit as an example.
- Launch the uninstaller and navigate to All Programs under the Programs section in the left pane.
- Look for Discord in the right pane. Check the box besides Discord and select Uninstall.
- A confirmation window will pop up. Make sure you check the box that reads Automatically remove residual files and then select Uninstall to continue.
Let the process complete. Check if Discord was uninstalled properly. The uninstaller will also remove the residual files (including cache and registry entries), eliminating the need for any manual work.
Scan for Viruses
If the previous methods didn’t work, a virus or malware could be causing the problem. If you have an antivirus program installed, run a thorough scan to ensure your system is clean. If you don’t have an antivirus program, use Windows Defender.
Check for Corrupt or Missing System Files
Sometimes, a corrupt or deleted system file could cause issues with uninstalling a program. Fortunately, there is a built-in Windows utility called System File Checker to check and repair system files.
- Open an elevated Command Prompt: Search for cmd in the Start Menu and select Run as administrator from the right pane.
- Run the following command:
- Let the process complete and retry uninstalling Discord.
Discord Is Uninstalled Now
Hopefully, one of these solutions worked for you to uninstall Discord and you’re no longer feeling annoyed with this process. If you’re looking for an app to replace Discord, TeamSpeak is a great choice. However, if you still couldn’t uninstall Discord, there could be a problem with Windows.