The “You do not have sufficient access to uninstall” error on Windows 10 tends to appear when User Account Control, or UAC, has set limits on installed applications and files. This means that you won’t be able to uninstall an application from your PC — and naturally, this can get really frustrating, especially since the problem seems to come back at regular intervals.

The administrator rights feature is meant to protect your PC from automatic installations, malware infections, spyware, and other bad things. However, when the feature malfunctions and errors occur, you may find yourself unable to perform operations on your own computer.

So, how to bypass the “You do not have sufficient access to uninstall” issue? Actually, there are a few helpful workarounds. In this post, we will give you several options for how to uninstall a program that won’t uninstall.

How to Get Rid of the “You Do Not Have Sufficient Access to Uninstall” Error on Windows 10

When you can’t uninstall a program on your PC, you will probably see the following message:

“You do not have sufficient access to uninstall [the program’s name]. Please contact your system administrator.”

Unfortunately, aside from contacting your system administrator, the error message doesn’t provide insight into how this problem can be solved. That said, we have a few solutions for you:

  • Modifying Registry entries
  • Disabling User Account Control
  • Uninstalling the app via the Registry

Now, let’s go over each of these solutions in more detail.

Fix 1: Modify Registry entries

Let’s start with the first solution:

  1. First, launch the Registry Editor by typing “regedit” into the Run box and pressing Enter.
  2. Go to the Installer key.
  3. Create a new DWORD value: DisableMSI.
  4. Set the REG_DWORD value to 0.
  5. Close the Registry and restart your system.

You should no longer be running into the error message, and uninstalling apps should be no problem.

Fix 2: Disable User Account Control

If the solution above didn’t work, you may want to turn off User Account Control altogether. Here’s how:

  1. Go to Search.
  2. Type in “user control”.
  3. Click User Control.
  4. From the menu, choose “Change User Account Control settings”.
  5. You will see a slider — move it to the “Never notify” option.
  6. Click the OK button to save the changes you’ve made.

After you’ve disabled User Account Control, you should be able to uninstall programs on your PC without any difficulties. If this hasn’t worked, move on to the next fix.

Fix 3: Uninstall the app via the Registry

Now, if none of the solutions above have worked, you can delete the app from the Registry to bypass the error message. Here’s how to do it:

  1. On your keyboard, use the Win key + R key combo to launch Run.
  2. In the Run dialog box, type in “regedit” and press the Enter key.
  1. When you are in the Registry, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstall.
  1. By clicking on each key from this path, you will be able to access each program on your device and uninstall it if needed.
  2. Select the program you want to uninstall and look at the right panel of the Registry Editor.
  3. Here, double-click UninstallString to go to Properties.
  4. In the Properties window, copy the path from the Value data field.
  5. Now, go to the search box and type in “command prompt”.
  6. Choose “Run as administrator”.
  7. Once the Command Prompt opens, copy and paste the command we’ve used above.
  8. Press Enter.
  9. The application should now be effectively uninstalled.

And there you have it. We hope that you’ve been able to successfully uninstall the application. In the best-case scenario, the “You do not have sufficient access to uninstall” error will no longer bug you.

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