How to Uninstall Skype

By Brad Chacos

The Skype software does more than just video chat. The service provides phone calls, text messaging and even Wi-Fi access with a paid subscription. But Skype isn't for everyone. You might download the program and find that none of your friends are members, or that the novelty wears off over the course of months. Uninstalling Skype isn't a simple matter of removing the program via the Control Panel -- you'll need to erase the program's application data and registry values manually.

Step 1

Close the Skype program.

Step 2

Click "Start," then "Control Panel" to open the Windows Control Panel. Click "Uninstall a Program" underneath the "Programs" listing.

Step 3

Click on Skype in the list of programs, then click "Uninstall."

Step 4

Allow the uninstaller to remove Skype. Restart your computer to complete the process.

Step 5

Click "Start" once Windows restarts, then type "Run" into the search field and press "Enter."

Step 6

Type "%appdata%" -- minus the quotation marks -- into the Run box. Press "Enter." The Application Data folder for your Windows account opens.

Step 7

Right-click on the "Skype" folder and select "Delete." Confirm that you'd like to remove the folder.

Step 8

Open the Run box via the Start menu again.

Step 9

Type "Regedit" -- minus the quotation marks -- into the box and press "Enter." The Windows Registry Editor opens.

Step 10

Click "Edit" in the toolbar, then select "Find." A dialog box opens.

Step 11

Type "Skype" into the "Find what:" field, then press "Enter."

Step 12

Delete every entry associated with Skype that appears. Right-click on an entry, then select "Delete" to delete it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Your computer can be damaged if the incorrect registry values are altered. Back-up your data and create a system restore point before using the Registry Editor.