After growing bored with Windows 10’s ineffective “Add or Remove Programs” menu, I decided to research ways to uninstall Windows software in bulk. That led me to a handy and delightful program called Bulk Crap Uninstaller, which does a much better job than Microsoft’s uninstall utility.
The BCU itself does not require installation. Download the portable version, extract the zip file anywhere on your computer and run the program file inside. After going through the setup wizard, I suggest you leave almost all settings as they are, you will be taken to a main list of all installed programs. On the left sidebar, click “Select using checkboxes”, tick all the programs you want to remove.
A quick word of caution: Because Bulk Crap Uninstaller is much more comprehensive than the default Windows uninstaller, it can find some drivers and other software that you may not be aware of, but are important for running other applications. Remove programs if you are sure they are unnecessary.
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After selecting the programs you want to remove, you can select “Uninstall” or “Quiet Uninstall” from the top menu bar. Select the latter, and Bulk Crap Uninstaller will try to remove everything without annoying uninstalls.
Either way, uninstalling apps will process them in an orderly fashion, so you’ll never be inundated with pop-ups. By default, the app will also create a system restore point, so you can go back to the way things were if you’ve accidentally deleted an important program. At the end, you will also have the option to remove the associated log files.
BCU isn’t the only program of its kind, but I appreciate that it’s free, open source, and doesn’t come with its own bloatware. While some software removal tools can do more harm than good, this one lives up to its name.
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