While doing my research I came across a lot of people researching how to uninstall Eclipse on Windows 10 (and other operating systems). So I was intrigued, why so many people are researching it?
Well, as it turns out, there is a bit of confusion on how to uninstall Eclipse from Windows, so I decided to put together the easiest to follow and most conclusive guide out there.
Eclipse is not installed on your system like other programs, instead, it just creates a folder on your computer where it’s running from.
What you have to do to remove Eclipse from your Windows is to delete all folders where it’s installed and all shortcuts it created and that’s it.
Below you will find step-by-step instructions complete with screenshots of all steps, as well as a clickable table of contents to make navigation easier for you.
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How to uninstall Eclipse on Windows 10 in 13 easy steps:
I realize 13 steps sound like a lot, therefore I split them into 4 tasks. Each task will account for a certain number of steps, but in total there are just 13 steps to follow. Hope this makes sense and will help you better understand the process.
Task 1 – Delete installation folder
Our first task is to locate and delete the folder where you installed Eclipse. I also include steps for finding the installation folder, in case you don’t remember where you installed it.
Step 1 – click Start button and ALL PROGRAMS
See, this one is super easy. All you do is go to the bottom left corner of your screen and click on the start button, then click on all programs.
Step 2 – look for Eclipse folder
All you do now is that you look for the Eclipse folder among all folders. Should be pretty easy.
Step 3 – right click on ECLIPSE program and select PROPERTIES
Great now you have to open the folder and you will see the Eclipse program, so you click on it with the right mouse button. Context menu will be presented to you and you click on PROPERTIES.
Step 4 – click on OPEN FILE LOCATION
You will now see the properties window of the Eclipse start menu shortcut, which we’ll now utilize to find installation folder of Eclipse. All you do here it click on OPEN FILE LOCATION.
Step 5 – click on user name in top bar
Finally, we now found the Eclipse installation folder, but unfortunately, you cannot delete a folder from inside it. We will have to go a few folders above this one. If you click on the user name under which it is installed, you can delete the whole folder. Check the below screen shot to better understand what I’m trying to explain.
Step 6 – right click Eclipse folder and select DELETE
Now that you are in the top-level folder, where you installed Eclipse, find the folder named Eclipse. Then click on it with right mouse button and select DELETE. Congratulations, you just finished task one of four.
Task 2 – delete start menu shortcut
In this second task all you have to do is delete the shortcut from start menu. We are nearly half way there, as you can see it’s not hard at all. So let’s keep going.
Step 7 – click start button, all programs and delete Eclipse folder
In order to keep this guide somewhat understandable I decided to put this whole task as one step, because we already found Eclipse folder before. Remember we started Task 1 by clicking on start button, then clicking on all programs. So let’s do that again, this time with different purpose. Locate the Eclipse folder, click on it with your right mouse button and select delete.
Congratulations, you just finished second task.
Task 3 – delete Desktop shortcut
Similarly as in Task 2 we will be deleting shortcut in this task, this time on Desktop.
Step 8 – go to Desktop and delete Eclipse shortcut
This one is pretty straight-forward. Go to your Desktop, where you have to locate Eclipse shortcut. You will then click on it with right mouse button and context menu will appear. Go ahead and select delete here.
Note: your desktop might not be as tidy as mine and you have bunch of stuff sitting there. If you have trouble finding Eclipse shortcut, believe me I was there, you could try organising your desktop by name. But this will mess up whatever organisation of icons on your desktop you migh have.
Task 4 – delete .p2 folder
In this last task we will look for and delete the .p2 folder from your computer. If you’re more advanced user and you know where to find the user file on your computer, you can just directly go there. .p2 folder is located there and you can directly delete it.
Otherwise you can follow our smaller steps to get there.
Step 9 – go to start button and click THIS PC
Click on start button, then look for and click on THIS PC icon.
Step 10 – open C drive
You will be presented will all drives that are installed in or attached to your computer. We are looking for C drive, now click and open it.
Note: if you have more drives on your PC, look for mark C: in your drives names. As the name tag of your hard drive could be anything, but it will always have the marking C: D: etc.
Step 11 – click on USERS
Ok, now you see all folders that are on your C drive, these are usually in alphabetical order. Now just find and open USERS folder.
Step 12 – click on user name
In this step we just find and open folder named as your Windows user name.
Note: the name of the folder should be same to your Windows user name, but it can also be named ADMIN or USER (my case).
Step 13 – find and delete .p2 folder
Great you made it all the way, we are at our last step. And you guessed it, it is again an easy one. Find .p2 folder, then click on it with right mouse button and select DELETE. After this step, you have to restart your computer for installation to be fully finished.
If you prefer to go through these steps following video guide, check out this video on YOUTUBE.