The Windows System is one of the most user-friendly platforms that I have ever used in my life. If “user-friendliness” was the deciding parameter, it has the potential to beat other software available in the market any goddamn day. But this wasn’t the case always. Many of these “user-friendly” features were incorporated into Windows when the latest version of Windows, known as “Windows Vista” was released. As a result, the following operating systems are extremely user-friendly as well:
- Windows 7
- Windows 8
- Windows 8.1
Why do you face this error – “you do not have sufficient access to uninstall”
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Windows is pre-loaded with this default feature called User Account Control (UAC). This is why you get this alert message – “you do not have sufficient access to uninstall”. As you can guess, this is an added security feature which offers limited access to installed programs and files. But unfortunately, because of this, you might be unable to uninstall some unnecessary apps and tools from your Windows device which are just sitting there and occupying memory space.
How To Resolve This problem?
In case you are already fed up and want to get rid of this irritating alert, follow these simple steps:
Get Administrator Permissions
This is the first and most important thing that you need to do – Ensure you have Administrator rights when trying to uninstall a program from Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.
Click on the app that you want to remove. When you try to uninstall it, you will get the message – “you do not have sufficient access to uninstall”. Right click on “uninstall” executable file and choose “Run as Administrator”. This will definitely solve your problem.
Use Registry Editor
If you are not able to resolve the issue using the above solution, follow these steps:
- Go to the “Start” screen on your device and use “Win + R” keys to open the “Run” box. Type “regedit” and press OK.
- From Registry Editorgo to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall”.
- You will now be able to access each program and you can also uninstall whatever program you want to uninstall.
- Select the program that you want to uninstall and check out the right panel of “Registry editor”.
- Click on “Uninstall String” and copy the value data.
- Right click on the start button and press “Win + X” to select “Command Prompt”.
- Right-click on the “cmd window” and press “Enter”.
- The value data will be transferred to “cmd” and you will be able to uninstall the program.