Uninstall Visual Studio

This page walks you through uninstalling Visual Studio, our integrated suite of productivity tools for developers.

Note

This topic applies to Visual Studio on Windows. For Visual Studio for Mac, see Uninstall Visual Studio for Mac.

  1. Find the Visual Studio Installer on your computer.

    For example, on a computer running Windows 10 Anniversary Update or later, select Start and scroll to the letter V, where it is listed as Visual Studio Installer.

    Visual Studio Installer

    Note

    On some computers, the Visual Studio Installer might be listed under the letter "M" as the Microsoft Visual Studio Installer.

    Alternatively, you can find the Visual Studio Installer in the following location: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\Installer\vs_installer.exe

  2. In the installer, look for the edition of Visual Studio that you installed. Next, choose More, and then choose Uninstall.

    Uninstall Visual Studio 2017

  3. Click OK to confirm your choice.

If you change your mind later and want to reinstall Visual Studio 2017, start the Visual Studio Installer again, and then select Install from the selection screen.

Uninstall Visual Studio Installer

To completely remove all installations of Visual Studio 2017 as well as the Visual Studio Installer from your machine, uninstall it from Apps & Features.

  1. In Windows 10, type Apps and Features in the "Type here to search" box.
  2. Find Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 (or, Visual Studio 2017).
  3. Choose Uninstall.
  4. Then, find Microsoft Visual Studio Installer.
  5. Choose Uninstall.
  1. Find the Visual Studio Installer on your computer.

    For example, on a computer running Windows 10, select Start, and then scroll to the letter V, where it's listed as Visual Studio Installer.

    Open the Visual Studio Installer

    Note

    You can also find the Visual Studio Installer in the following location:

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\Installer\vs_installer.exe

    You might have to update the installer before continuing. If so, follow the prompts.

  2. In the installer, look for the edition of Visual Studio that you installed. Next, choose More, and then choose Uninstall.

    Uninstall Visual Studio 2019

  3. Click OK to confirm your choice.

    Uninstall Visual Studio confirmation

If you change your mind later and want to reinstall Visual Studio 2019, start the Visual Studio Installer again, choose the Available tab, choose the edition of Visual Studio that you want to install, and then select Install.

Uninstall Visual Studio Installer

To remove all installations of Visual Studio 2019 as well as the Visual Studio Installer from your machine, uninstall it from Apps & Features.

  1. In Windows 10, type Apps and Features in the "Type here to search" box.
  2. Find Visual Studio 2019.
  3. Choose Uninstall.
  4. Then, find Microsoft Visual Studio Installer.
  5. Choose Uninstall.

Get support

Sometimes, things can go wrong. If your Visual Studio installation fails, see Troubleshoot Visual Studio installation and upgrade issues for step-by-step guidance.

We also offer a live chat (English only) support option for installation-related issues.

Here are a few more support options:

See also