How to uninstall Skype on your Dell PC

How to uninstall Skype on your Dell PC



This article provides information on how to remove Skype from a Dell PC with a Windows Operating System.


Table of Contents:

  1. Uninstalling Skype on a Dell PC with a Windows Operating System
  2. How to uninstall Skype
  3. How to uninstall Skype for Business

Uninstalling Skype on a Dell PC with a Windows Operating System

This article is a guide to uninstalling Skype for the various Windows Operating Systems.

Note: Please be aware this article only deals with Skype, not Skype for Business (Formerly Lync). Skype for Business is still part of the Microsoft Office Suite. See section How to uninstall Skype for Business for more information.


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How to uninstall Skype

Windows 10

  1. Close Skype and make sure it isn't running in the background.

  2. Tap or click on the Windows Start Button and type appwiz.cpl

  3. Tap or click on the program to open a new window.

  4. Hold down on, or right-click on Skype from the list and select either Remove or Uninstall.

  5. Reboot your system and check the application has gone.

Windows 8 & 8.1

  1. There are two different methods for uninstalling applications in windows 8 and 8.1. I'll take you through them both :

    Using a Touch Screen

    1. Navigate to the start screen.

    Windows 8/8.1 Start Screen

    (Fig.7 Windows 8/8.1 Start Screen)

    1. Find the Skype applications icon and press down on it.

    Windows 8/8.1 Skype Tile

    (Fig.8 Windows 8/8.1 Skype Tile)

    1. After a few seconds pull down on the icon without releasing your finger. A little checkmark should appear in the corner of the icon.

    Windows 8/8.1 Skype Tile with corner tick

    (Fig.9 Windows 8/8.1 Skype Tile with corner tick)

    1. A bar should appear at the bottom of the screen and it should have a button for uninstall. Press the button to uninstall the application.

    Windows 8/8.1 Flow Screen Tile commands

    (Fig.10 Windows 8/8.1 Flow Screen Tile commands)

    Using a Keyboard and Mouse.

    1. Navigate to the start screen.

    Windows 8/8.1 Start Screen

    (Fig.7 Windows 8/8.1 Start Screen)

    1. Find the Skype applications icon and right click your mouse on it.

    Windows 8/8.1 Skype Tile with corner tick

    (Fig.9 Windows 8/8.1 Skype Tile with corner tick)

    1. Select uninstall from the menu that appears.

Windows Vista & 7

Note: Please be aware as of 12 July 2011, Microsoft has stopped supporting Microsoft Windows Vista in all it's revisions.
  1. Removing a program from Vista and 7 is similar to XP, only the location names change.

  2. Please go to your Start menu and open the control panel.

Windows 7 Control Panel

(Fig.3 Windows 7 Control Panel)

  1. In the control panel, ensure the windows is set to View as - Small or Large icons.

Windows 7 Control Panel Categories Drop Down

(Fig.4 Windows 7 Control Panel Categories Drop Down)

  1. Go down the page and select the Programs and Features icon and double click it with your mouse.

Windows 7 Control Panel with Programs and Features Highlighted

(Fig.5 Windows 7 Control Panel with Programs and Features Highlighted)

  1. This will generate a list of all the programs currently installed on your system. Once the list has generated select Skype.

  2. With Skype selected click on the change/remove button to start the uninstall.

Windows 7 Programs and Features

(Fig.6 Windows 7 Programs and Features)

  1. The system will advise when the uninstall is complete. Restart your system and ensure the program has been removed.

Note: There have been reports of folders and hooks being left on your system after uninstalling Skype on Windows 7.

If this is the case for you then I would advise either one of two steps.

I. You can search online and use a specific uninstaller such as Revo to completely remove the program or you can use the regedit utility to remove all mention of Skype from your registry.

II. I wouldn't recommend editing your registry unless your sure of what your doing. Mistakes made in the registry can have bad effects on your system being able to run or boot correctly.


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How to uninstall Skype for Business

Note: Skype for Business comes integrated into Office 365. It won't appear in the Programs and Features list. you won't be able to uninstall it, short of removing Office 365 or 2019 from your machine.

However someone with administrator priviledges on your system can disable Skype.

  1. Open Skype for Business

  2. click on the Options menu at the upper right hand side corner of your toolbar

  3. Click on Personal in the left hand side menu on the window that appears

  4. Uncheck the check boxes next to:

    • Automatically start the app when I log on to windows

    • Start the app in the foreground

  5. Click on OK, restart your PC and test

  1. Stop the automatic Skype for Business startup:

    1. Open Skype for Business and click on the tools icon and select tools > options from the drop down menu.

    2. In the Options window, choose Personal and uncheck Automatically start the app when I log on to Windows and Start the app in the foreground and select OK.

    3. Click on the tools icon and select File > Exit.
      Skype for Business is still on your PC, but it'll no longer start up when you turn on your PC.

Note: You can only remove Skype for Business Basic from your PC, but you can not remove Skype for Business from Office 365 as it's an integrated unit of the Office suite.
  1. How to remove Skype for business from your PC (If Possible):

    1. Open Control Panel and go to Programs > Programs and Features > Uninstall or change a program.

    2. Choose Skype for Business > Uninstall.

    3. When the Ready to Uninstall window appears, choose Uninstall.

      Note: The Dialog box will tell you that it's removing Office from your computer, but it's not removing Office - it's only removing Skype for Business. You will be asked to close any open Office applications while it removes Skype for Business and this can take several minutes to complete.
    4. When it's finished uninstalling, click on Close and restart your PC.

    5. If this hasn't worked you can use the registry to remove the program as well, however we will not go over this in this guide. It is too easy to cause irrepairable damage to your operating system changing your registry options.

  1. Stop the automatic Lync for Business startup:

    1. Open Lync for Business and click on the tools icon and select tools > options from the drop down menu.

    2. In the Options window, choose Personal and uncheck Automatically start the app when I log on to Windows and Start the app in the foreground and select OK.

    3. Click on the tools icon and select File > Exit.
      Lync for Business is still on your PC, but it'll no longer start up when you turn on your PC.

  2. How to remove Lync for business from your PC (If Possible):

    1. Open Control Panel and go to Programs > Programs and Features > Uninstall or change a program.

    2. Choose Lync for Business > Uninstall.

    3. When the Ready to Uninstall window appears, choose Uninstall.

      Note: The Dialog box will tell you that it's removing Office from your computer, but it's not removing Office - it's only removing Lync for Business. You will be asked to close any open Office applications while it removes Lync for Business and this can take several minutes to complete.
    4. When it's finished uninstalling, click on Close and restart your PC.

    5. If this hasn't worked you can use the registry to remove the program as well, however we will not go over this in this guide. It is too easy to cause irrepairable damage to your operating system changing your registry options.


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Article ID: SLN265912

Last Date Modified: 09/21/2019 01:25 AM


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