How to Fix Windows 10 Stuck at Uninstalling a Program
"Please wait until the current program is finished uninstalling or being changed" is an error message that appears on the screen when you are about to perform an action on Windows 10 and then it gets stuck at uninstalling a Program. That can be easily rectified if you wait for more than 10 -30 minutes sometimes, other times it doesn't stop, so here is a tutorial to fix that.
Most times Windows stuck at uninstalling a program occurs when you recently made use of that software before trying to uninstall it. Other cases it appears when you just recently made used of a USB stick or mounted an ISO file to the Windows 10/8/7 system.
There are various ways to fix this Windows 10 issue on your PC, so I have shared the best methods to follow.
FIX WINDOWS 10 UNINSTALLING A PROGRAM STUCK
Method 1: Task Manager
We need to make use of Task Manager to restart or end the program, so here is how to do it.
1. Right click on Windows Task Bar and Open Task Manager
2. Right click on the program you are trying to uninstall.
3. Now choose "End Task".
4. Now you can uninstall the program normally.
Method 2: Unmount ISO
If you mounted an ISO file to drive E: and you face this issue when you want to delete it's related file or you can't make use of Windows Explorer, do the following.
1. Right click on Drive E:
2. Choose Unmount.
3. Now try uninstalling a program and see it will work again.
Method 3: Resource Monitor
Resource monitor is an advanced in-built Windows 7/8/10 program which gives you an overview on what's currently happening on your computer. It is a better version of task manager.
1. Open "Resource Monitor" (Search the keyword on Windows).
2. Right-click on the program that proved stuborn to uninstall.
3. Now choose End Process Tree
- End Process above the "End Process Tree" works like "End Task" on Task Manager.
4. So after choosing End Process Tree, it will end the program and it's related executions.
Method 4: Restart PC/ Force shutdown
If you have thoroughly followed all the above methods and Windows is unable to uninstall a program, then you need to restart your Windows 10 PC. Rather than the standard way of shutting down, you need to unplug all external devices like mouse, game controllers, USB and also remove it from charging if it's enough, close all programs and then shut it down.
So after following all these it should fix "Please wait until the current program is finished uninstalling or being changed". This can also be prevented and there is a method I want to show you many doesn't talk about, this will prevent you from accessing Windows Registry which is a dangerous part of a Windows computer if care is not taken.
HOW TO PREVENT WINDOWS CANNOT UNINSTALL A PROGRAM
This is an annoying error you can face and you will have to live it with except you are ready to edit Windows registry. How this works is that you have uninstalled a program from it's file location using the unins000.exe file, but when you head to windows application settings, you will still see it among installed programs and when you try to uninstall it, you get the error message " windows cannot find 'C:\ game uninstall location'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.' To prevent it, do these.
1. Uninstall a program normally using Windows settings.
2. Open settings > Apps > Apps & Features.
3. Tap the the program you want to uninstall, in my case i choose "Call of Duty Black Ops 2".
4. Now click Uninstall which is near the modify button.
5. Next, this will show on the screen. "This app and its related info will be uninstalled". click uninstall.
6. User account control administrator will popup asking if you choose to uninstall the program, choose Yes.
7. Now the program will be uninstalled and you will not get stuck at that if you keep following this not burdensome method.
We have provided the complete method to fix and prevent "“Please wait until the current program is finished uninstalling or being changed" on Windows 10. If you have another approach we should follow, let us know, we welcome new ideas!