Installing Bootcamp or Bootcamp Services on a MacBook running the Windows 10 operating system is the easy part. Uninstalling either program? Not so much. You’ll see the Bootcamp services entry in your Control Panel. But there’s no option to uninstall it. And there’s no option for uninstallation in Settings either. So, how do you uninstall Bootcamp from Windows 10? While it can be done, the process can be tasking. Luckily, there are several methods to choose from which we’ve compiled in this guide, with only a few steps each to walk you through the process. Check them out below.
Method 1: Uninstall Bootcamp from the Microsoft Program Install and Uninstall
This is one of the most common methods Microsoft has released to ease the install and uninstall process. The method involves using Microsoft’s Troubleshooter. This was built because some programs, like Bootcamp, can’t be uninstalled from the Control Panel.
Here are the steps you need for this method:
- First, download and run Microsoft Troubleshooter. You can do so from here.
- Then, click Next. You’ll be asked, “Are you having a problem Installing or Uninstalling a program?”
- Click Uninstall.
- Then, you’ll see a series of programs downloaded on your laptop. Locate Bootcamp Services.
- After highlighting your option and clicking Next, you should see a confirmation message saying, Uninstall and Clean up?
- Choose Yes, try to uninstall. Be patient in this step because it could take a few minutes to work.
- The following screen will show that the problem was found. It should say, Cannot install or uninstall the program. Next to it, you should find a green tick box and a piece of text reading Fixed.
- Now, all there is to do is restart your laptop and find Bootcamp Services to uninstall it manually.
With most installations, you’ll be able to locate the setup file easily. These are the steps to uninstall Bootcamp from the setup file.
- Go to the Windows Support folder and navigate to Bootcamp’s drivers and setup file.
- You can use the following command to guide you through the setup file; WindowsSupport>BootCamp>Drivers>Apple.
- Once you’ve reached the Apple file, skim through the files for the BootCamp.msi one.
- Right-click on the mentioned file and choose the option to uninstall the program.
- A confirmation pop-up will appear asking, Are you sure you want to uninstall this product? Click Yes.
- You might also get another pop-up with regards to the User Account Control. Here, you’ll also want to choose, Yes.
Now, you’ll be able to freely reinstall Bootcamp. You can then use Windows 10 on your Mac with the Bootcamp program.
In this method, we’ll explore how you can uninstall Bootcamp from the Bootcamp assistant launchpad. This option is best if you use Bootcamp to simulate a Windows 10 environment on a Mac.
- Open the Bootcamp assistant from the Utility folder found in the Application folder.
- Select the Continue icon. The next screen will show you three tasks.
- Pick the one that says, Remove Windows 10 or later version, followed by Continue.
- A message prompt will appear confirming that you want to remove the Windows partition. Click, Restore.
- A pop-up might appear saying, Bootcamp Assistant wants to make changes. In it, you’ll fill out your admin username and password.
- After clicking, OK,” your Windows environment will be removed, along with the Bootcamp partition.
You can install other Bootcamp drivers if you’re unable to open the Bootcamp assistant on your laptop.
Other options might be worth considering if all of the above isn’t working.
Firstly, you’ll need to re-download the Bootcamp service, then uninstall it. This method is most applicable if you can’t find the uninstall file of your current Bootcamp service.
In this method, navigate to the installation folder provided by Bootcamp services. Check for a file named, uninstall.exe. or unins000.exe.
Then, click on that file and follow along with the instructions until the Bootcamp service is deleted from your Windows 10.
The process is applicable if you’ve acquired a system restore point before downloading a program. It’s essentially like going back to a clean slate. Or, more accurately, going to a time before Boot Camp services was installed on your machine.
To start, make sure every file and program is closed. After that, go to the Windows Control Panel and select System. Then System Protection, which should be under Related Settings.
Once the System Protection window appears, choose System Restore. Then, check the box next to, Choose a different restore point, followed by Next.
Hover over a date and time, then click Next. After the confirmation prompt shows up, click Finish. Then click, Yes.
All the programs you’ve previously downloaded appear on the registry. Each program is usually accompanied by its uninstallation folder.
This method might be one of the riskiest since any issues within the removal process or mishaps can cause a system crash. So, tread carefully with each step. We recommend resorting using this option as a last resort if nothing else works because it comes with its fair share of risks.
On your Windows 10 laptop, press both the Windows key and “R.” The Run window will automatically pop up. In the space, type Regedit, then click OK.
On the right-hand side, you’ll find a few file options; choose “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.” Click on the following: SOFTWARE>Microsoft>Windows>CurrentVersion>Uninstall.
Find the UninstallString file. After clicking it, you’ll see the Edit String window. Hover over the Value data and copy it. Then paste it into the Run window’s (Windows key and “R”).
After that, follow the prompts from the wizard to remove Bootcamp services.
If you want to cut the process short, there’s always the option of downloading a third-party uninstaller to remove Bootcamp services.
The third-party program will be able to go through all of your files and system to pluck out any Bootcamp file. However, it’s worth noting that this method, too, comes with its own risks. You should only resort to it if all else fails.