Permanently remove Microsoft Teams from your Windows PC
Although uninstalling the Microsoft Teams app is simple and straightforward, but you may have noticed that it keeps reinstalling every time you reboot your computer.
This happens when the Teams app has been installed as part of an office-wide subscription and not just for a single user. In such cases, you need to uninstall the ‘Teams Machine-Wide Installer’ as well to permanently remove the Microsoft Teams app from your Windows PC.
Uninstall Microsoft Teams App
Open the Start menu or click on the ‘Search’ button present on the bottom left of the Windows taskbar and type ‘Control Panel’. Then, click on the ‘Control Panel’ app from the results.
On the Control Panel screen, select ‘Category’ under the ‘View By’ drop-down menu on the upper-right side of the window in case it is not selected. This will list all the options under different categories.
Select ‘Uninstall a program’ option under Programs category in Control Panel.
You will be taken to the ‘Programs and Features’ screen. This screen lists all the desktop applications currently installed on your computer.
Type ‘Teams’ in the search box present on the top right side of the window to search the apps having ‘teams’ word in their names. This would help to find the ‘Microsoft Teams’ app easily among the sea of apps you may have on your computer.
Click on Microsoft Teams app from the list. The ‘Uninstall’ button will appear in the toolbar on the screen. Click on it and uninstall the app from your computer.
This will remove the Microsoft Teams app from your computer. However, if you have the ‘Teams Machine-wide installer’ too, the Microsoft Teams app will probably reinstall when you reboot your PC.
Stop Microsoft Teams from Reinstalling After Reboot
If Microsoft Teams keeps installing on your system, then you need to look for and uninstall the ‘Teams Machine-wide installer’ as well.
Go to ‘Programs and Features’ menu under Control Panel » Programs settings on your computer.
Search for ‘Teams’ in the search box. You will see both the ‘Microsoft Teams’ app and the ‘Teams Machine-wide installer’. First, click on ‘Teams Machine-wide installer’ app and then the ‘Uninstall’ in the toolbar to remove the software from your PC.
Similarly, uninstall the Microsoft Teams app again if it’s installed and listed on the screen.
To further make sure that you have completely deleted Microsoft Teams from your computer, you can clean up and remove some additional configuration files too.
Open ‘File Explorer’ on your computer and copy/paste the following folder location (below) in the address bar.
This will list all the Microsoft apps installed on your system. Scroll down until you find the Teams folder. Then, right-click on the Teams folder and select the ‘Delete’ option.
Uninstalling the unused application from your desktop helps to improve your system’s performance. But make sure that it is completely removed from your system. You can also use the Settings menu feature in windows for the uninstallation process.