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How to Uninstall Skype completely from Windows XP and Windows 7

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Skype is a Voice over IP service, software application, that was initially released in August 2003. It is compatible with almost all operating systems like Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android, Blackberry OS, Windows Phone, WebOS, Symbian etc.

Over the years after it was released, this application has been developed and updated, and so many features have been added to it. The calls (voice and video) are very clear. All one needs is a computer or laptop with a webcam, and an internet connection. Skype video calls are also possible on tablets and mobile devices that have data/internet connection.

Skype has so many features like, voice and video calls to anyone on skype, calls to mobiles and landlines all over the world with subscriptions or other payment schemes, text messages for a small charge, group calls, instant messaging, file sharing, screen sharing etc.


This hub has been written in response to a question that was asked by a fellow hubber today. I started typing in the answers and was so anxious about adding screenshots to it, as they always help with better understanding and avoid confusions. Unfortunately, we do not have the option to add screenshots to answers here on hubpages (I hope I am right here, please correct me if I am wrong), and I thought I will create a hub on this question.

I have a desktop computer at home that runs on Microsoft Windows XP and a laptop that runs on Microsoft Windows 7 operating system. So I have included screenshots from both the operating systems and specified in the caption, as to which operating system the screenshot belongs to. The question does not specify the operating system. So I thought I would write it down for the devices that I readily have with me.

One might need to uninstall Skype for many reasons. There might be errors coming up, issues with the application itself, there might be compatibility issues with USB devices, or any other issues.

I once had to uninstall Skype and re-install, because Skype did not recognise the USB Webcam with mic that I installed after the installation of Skype. So in order to over come this issue, I had to uninstall and re-install Skype and the device, which helped. This time, I installed the device first and then Skype.

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To completely uninstall Skype you need to make sure that Skype is not running. There are a few checks that you need to do before the un-installation process.

  1. Close Skype - After signing out of Skype -> Click on the Skype menu -> Click Close
  2. On the task bar, right click Skype and click "Quit Skype"
  3. On the box that opens, click on "Quit" (See the Before and After screenshots of the processes list on Task manager, before quitting Skype and after quitting Skype)
  4. To save any personal information that you have on your computer, that are relevant to Skype, for example, chat messages, video snapshots, voice messages, pictures received etc., you need to make a copy of them before the uninstalling Skype.

Please follow the steps below, depending on your operating system. The procedures for Windows Vista should be the same as for Windows 7.

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In order to make a copy of this personal information

For Windows XP:

  • Click Start -> Click Run
  • In the box that appears, type %appdata%\skype -> Click OK
  • The above command (%appdata%\skype) is to open all the data relevant to the application Skype
  • The Skype folder opens
  • Copy the Pictures folder and the folder that has the name of your Skype name (removed on screenshot for confidential purposes) and paste them to a different location in your computer or to a back up drive. You might also have a "My Skype Received Files" folder. If you have one, copy that too.

For Windows 7:

  • Click Start button -> Type Run in the box that appears -> Press Enter
  • On the box that appears, type %appdata%\skype -> Click OK
  • This will take you to the skype folder, and from this folder, copy the pictures folder and the folder that has the name of your "Skype Name" (hidden for confidential purposes).
  • Save this on to a different location on your computer, or on a backup drive.
  • You might also have a "My Skype Received Files" folder. If you have one, copy that too

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Now we are ready to start the un-installation process! To uninstall Skype, please follow the steps below, depending on the operating system.

For Windows XP:

  • Click on the start button -> Click on Run
  • In the box that appears, type appwiz.cpl -> Then click OK
  • A list of programs installed on your computer will be populated (You can also go into the add/remove programs folder through your control panel on your computer)
  • Click on Skype, you can see a Remove button to the right.
  • Click Remove -> This will take you through the uninstall process (I have not provided screenshots for the uninstall process as I do not want to uninstall Skype on my computer. I will add screenshots in the future, when I do so)
  • The uninstall process is pretty straightforward. All you have to do is follow the onscreen instructions.

For Windows 7:

  • Click on the Start button
  • In the field box that appears, type Run
  • Then type appwiz.cpl in the box that appears -> Then click on OK
  • You will be taken to a window that populates the list of all programs installed on your computer
  • Look for the program Skype -> Right-click on Skype -> Click on Uninstall
  • This will take you through the uninstall process. Follow the onscreen instructions. (I have not added screenshots for the uninstall process, and will be adding it soon when I actually uninstall Skype)
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In order to completely remove Skype, after the uninstall, you need to delete the application folder, its program folder and also the registry entries. This is the only way Skype can be completely removed from your computer.

To delete the Skype application folder, please follow the steps below.

For Windows XP:

  • Click on the Start button -> Then click on Run
  • In the box that appears, type %appdata% -> Click on the OK button
  • This will take you to the folder where data from all applications / programs are stored
  • Look for the Skype folder -> Right click -> Click on Delete
  • Also empty the Recycle Bin

For Windows 7:

  • Click on the start button -> In the textbox that you see, type Run and hit Enter
  • A box will appear, and in that box, type %appdata% -> Click on OK
  • This will take you to a folder that has a list of all the Applications' Data (the command %appdata% is to take you to the folder that has a list of all the applications data on your computer)
  • Look for the folder called Skype -> Right click on this folder -> Click on delete
  • Also empty the Recycle Bin
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Now you need to check to see if the Program folder of Skype has been deleted from the program files folder. In order to do this,

  • Go to C:\Program files - (For Windows XP)
  • Go to C:\Program Files - (For Windows 7)
  • Go to C:\Program Files (x86) - (For Windows 7 - 64 bits)
  • Look for the Skype folder, right click and click Delete
  • If there is a SkypePM folder, delete that too.
  • Make sure you empty the Recycle Bin
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How to Remove Skype Completely?

The next important step is to remove the registry entries. You need to be very careful while doing this, and do not delete any other entries by mistake, as it can stop the working of other applications. If you are on the wrong tab/or click any other entry and delete, you might even delete entries that are relevant to the operation system. So please be very careful.

For Windows XP:

  • Click on the start button -> click on Run
  • On the box that appears, type regedit -> click on OK
  • This will take you to the Registry Editor window
  • Click on the Edit menu on top of this window -> Click on Find
  • In the box that appears -> Type the word Skype -> Click on Find Next
  • This will populate all the entries relevant to Skype. It can be anything from 2 to 50 depending on how you have used Skype and also depending on other factors.
  • Right click on each entry on the search result and click Delete.
  • Click on Find next again and delete entries. Repeat this till all the entries relevant to Skype are deleted.

For Windows 7:

1. Click on the start button -> In the field box at the bottom of the list, type Run -> Hit Enter

2. The rest of the steps are the same as for Windows XP

  • On the box that appears, type regedit -> click on OK
  • This will take you to the Registry Editor window
  • Click on the Edit menu on top of this window -> Click on Find
  • In the box that appears -> Type the word Skype -> Click on Find Next
  • This will populate all the entries relevant to Skype. It can be anything from 2 to 50 depending on how you have used Skype and also depending on other factors.
  • Right click on each entry on the search result and click Delete.
  • Repeat Edit -> Find -> Find Next ->Delete, till all entries relevant to Skype are deleted.

In both cases, empty the Recycle Bin also.

Now you can re-install Skype if you wish to do so!

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Please leave your feedback!

I hope this has been of some use to you. Please do not hesitate to leave your thoughts and feedback. I would like to hear from you.

Also if there is anything that can be added for more information or clarification, please leave your thoughts below in the comments section.

Thank you.

Livingsta

Comments

livingsta (author) from United Kingdom on April 25, 2013:

Hi Indian Chef, thank you for reading, and I am pleased that you found the instructions here easy to follow. Thank you for the votes and share.

Have a good day!

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on April 24, 2013:

Livingsta, this is wonderful Hub. You have given instructions point by point and made it look so easy. Voting up, and sharing on hubpages.

livingsta (author) from United Kingdom on April 22, 2013:

Hi Teaches12345, thank you for your feedback. Blessings to you too. Have a good day!

Dianna Mendez on April 21, 2013:

I dont' have this tech wonder, but if I did need the instruction on uninstalling, your hub here is excellent! Blessings.

livingsta (author) from United Kingdom on April 09, 2013:

Hi Casimiro, thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. I have read about Revo uninstaller, but not used it. I will try this in the future. I guess it is similar to the other uninstallers. Thank you again! Have a great rest of the week :-)

Casimiro on April 08, 2013:

The tips on saving your personal Skype data are great! The uninstall process can be made much easier using Revo Uninstaller. It will use the app's built-in uninstaller and then make a very deep sweep for all the junk that Windows uninstaller always leaves behind. A few clicks and it's completely gone.

livingsta (author) from United Kingdom on April 07, 2013:

Thank you so much Bill. I am glad you found this a useful hub :-)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 07, 2013:

Very helpful hub. I can't follow manufacturer instructions; that is why hubs like this one are so useful. Thank you!