How to Uninstall Skype completely from Windows XP and Windows 7

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Skype is a Voice over IP service, software application, that was initially released in August 2003. It is compatible with almost all operating systems like Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android, Blackberry OS, Windows Phone, WebOS, Symbian etc.

Over the years after it was released, this application has been developed and updated, and so many features have been added to it. The calls (voice and video) are very clear. All one needs is a computer or laptop with a webcam, and an internet connection. Skype video calls are also possible on tablets and mobile devices that have data/internet connection.

Skype has so many features like, voice and video calls to anyone on skype, calls to mobiles and landlines all over the world with subscriptions or other payment schemes, text messages for a small charge, group calls, instant messaging, file sharing, screen sharing etc.


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This hub has been written in response to a question that was asked by a fellow hubber today. I started typing in the answers and was so anxious about adding screenshots to it, as they always help with better understanding and avoid confusions. Unfortunately, we do not have the option to add screenshots to answers here on hubpages (I hope I am right here, please correct me if I am wrong), and I thought I will create a hub on this question.

I have a desktop computer at home that runs on Microsoft Windows XP and a laptop that runs on Microsoft Windows 7 operating system. So I have included screenshots from both the operating systems and specified in the caption, as to which operating system the screenshot belongs to. The question does not specify the operating system. So I thought I would write it down for the devices that I readily have with me.

One might need to uninstall Skype for many reasons. There might be errors coming up, issues with the application itself, there might be compatibility issues with USB devices, or any other issues.

I once had to uninstall Skype and re-install, because Skype did not recognise the USB Webcam with mic that I installed after the installation of Skype. So in order to over come this issue, I had to uninstall and re-install Skype and the device, which helped. This time, I installed the device first and then Skype.

Screenshots to Close and Quit Skype after signing out

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Click on "Close" from Skype menu, to close Skype "Windows 7 screenshot"Click on "Close" from Skype menu, to close Skype "Windows XP screenshot"Quitting Skype from Taskbar after closing from Skype Menu.  "Windows XP" screenshotQuitting Skype from Taskbar after closing from Skype Menu.  "Windows 7" screenshotThe box that appears, asking you for confirmation, if you wish to Quit! Only for Windows 7, "Windows 7" screenshot.Skype running in processes before quitting completely "Windows 7" screenshotSkype no more on the list of processes after quitting completely. "Windows 7" screenshot
Click on "Close" from Skype menu, to close Skype "Windows 7 screenshot"
Click on "Close" from Skype menu, to close Skype "Windows 7 screenshot" | Source
Click on "Close" from Skype menu, to close Skype "Windows XP screenshot"
Click on "Close" from Skype menu, to close Skype "Windows XP screenshot" | Source
Quitting Skype from Taskbar after closing from Skype Menu.  "Windows XP" screenshot
Quitting Skype from Taskbar after closing from Skype Menu. "Windows XP" screenshot | Source
Quitting Skype from Taskbar after closing from Skype Menu.  "Windows 7" screenshot
Quitting Skype from Taskbar after closing from Skype Menu. "Windows 7" screenshot | Source
The box that appears, asking you for confirmation, if you wish to Quit! Only for Windows 7, "Windows 7" screenshot.
The box that appears, asking you for confirmation, if you wish to Quit! Only for Windows 7, "Windows 7" screenshot. | Source
Skype running in processes before quitting completely "Windows 7" screenshot
Skype running in processes before quitting completely "Windows 7" screenshot | Source
Skype no more on the list of processes after quitting completely. "Windows 7" screenshot
Skype no more on the list of processes after quitting completely. "Windows 7" screenshot | Source

To completely uninstall Skype you need to make sure that Skype is not running. There are a few checks that you need to do before the un-installation process.

  1. Close Skype - After signing out of Skype -> Click on the Skype menu -> Click Close
  2. On the task bar, right click Skype and click "Quit Skype"
  3. On the box that opens, click on "Quit" (See the Before and After screenshots of the processes list on Task manager, before quitting Skype and after quitting Skype)
  4. To save any personal information that you have on your computer, that are relevant to Skype, for example, chat messages, video snapshots, voice messages, pictures received etc., you need to make a copy of them before the uninstalling Skype.

Please follow the steps below, depending on your operating system. The procedures for Windows Vista should be the same as for Windows 7.

Steps involved in saving personal files relevant to Skype for Windows XP

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Click Start button -  Click Run "Windows XP" screenshotA box appears Screenshot from "windows XP"In the field box, type,  %appdata%\skype command, "Windows XP" screenshotScreenshot after the %appdata%\skype command, "Windows XP" screenshot
Click Start button -  Click Run "Windows XP" screenshot
Click Start button - Click Run "Windows XP" screenshot | Source
A box appears Screenshot from "windows XP"
A box appears Screenshot from "windows XP" | Source
In the field box, type,  %appdata%\skype command, "Windows XP" screenshot
In the field box, type, %appdata%\skype command, "Windows XP" screenshot | Source
Screenshot after the %appdata%\skype command, "Windows XP" screenshot
Screenshot after the %appdata%\skype command, "Windows XP" screenshot | Source

In order to make a copy of this personal information

For Windows XP:

  • Click Start -> Click Run
  • In the box that appears, type %appdata%\skype -> Click OK
  • The above command (%appdata%\skype) is to open all the data relevant to the application Skype
  • The Skype folder opens
  • Copy the Pictures folder and the folder that has the name of your Skype name (removed on screenshot for confidential purposes) and paste them to a different location in your computer or to a back up drive. You might also have a "My Skype Received Files" folder. If you have one, copy that too.

Steps involved in saving personal files relevant to Skype for Windows 7

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Click on Start button and type "run" in the field box at the bottom and hit Enter "Windows 7" screenshotClick on %appdata%\skype command, then click OK  "Windows 7" screenshotScreenshot after the %appdata%\skype command, the above command opens this folder.  "Windows 7" screenshot"Windows 7" screenshot
Click on Start button and type "run" in the field box at the bottom and hit Enter "Windows 7" screenshot
Click on Start button and type "run" in the field box at the bottom and hit Enter "Windows 7" screenshot | Source
Click on %appdata%\skype command, then click OK  "Windows 7" screenshot
Click on %appdata%\skype command, then click OK "Windows 7" screenshot | Source
Screenshot after the %appdata%\skype command, the above command opens this folder.  "Windows 7" screenshot
Screenshot after the %appdata%\skype command, the above command opens this folder. "Windows 7" screenshot | Source
"Windows 7" screenshot
"Windows 7" screenshot | Source

For Windows 7:

  • Click Start button -> Type Run in the box that appears -> Press Enter
  • On the box that appears, type %appdata%\skype -> Click OK
  • This will take you to the skype folder, and from this folder, copy the pictures folder and the folder that has the name of your "Skype Name" (hidden for confidential purposes).
  • Save this on to a different location on your computer, or on a backup drive.
  • You might also have a "My Skype Received Files" folder. If you have one, copy that too

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Steps involved in the uninstall process - Windows XP

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Click start -  Click Run -  In the field box type appwiz.cpl -  Click OK "Windows XP" screenshotAfter clicking OK, you will be taken to this screen. "Windows XP" screenshot
Click start -  Click Run -  In the field box type appwiz.cpl -  Click OK "Windows XP" screenshot
Click start - Click Run - In the field box type appwiz.cpl - Click OK "Windows XP" screenshot | Source
After clicking OK, you will be taken to this screen. "Windows XP" screenshot
After clicking OK, you will be taken to this screen. "Windows XP" screenshot | Source

Now we are ready to start the un-installation process! To uninstall Skype, please follow the steps below, depending on the operating system.

For Windows XP:

  • Click on the start button -> Click on Run
  • In the box that appears, type appwiz.cpl -> Then click OK
  • A list of programs installed on your computer will be populated (You can also go into the add/remove programs folder through your control panel on your computer)
  • Click on Skype, you can see a Remove button to the right.
  • Click Remove -> This will take you through the uninstall process (I have not provided screenshots for the uninstall process as I do not want to uninstall Skype on my computer. I will add screenshots in the future, when I do so)
  • The uninstall process is pretty straightforward. All you have to do is follow the onscreen instructions.

Steps involved in the uninstall process - Windows 7

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Click on Start -  on the field box that appears, type Run and click OK. In the box that appears, type appwiz.cpl , click OK "Windows 7" screenshotWhen you click OK, you will be taken to a window that populates all the programs installed on your computer. Right click on Skype and click Uninstall "Windows 7" screenshotYou can also go into the above folder by clicking start - click control panel "Windows 7" screenshotYou will be taken to a screen that looks like this. Click on "Uninstall a program". You will be taken to the window that populates a list of all programs installed on your computer. Find Skype, right click and click Uninstall "Windows 7" screenshot
Click on Start -  on the field box that appears, type Run and click OK. In the box that appears, type appwiz.cpl , click OK "Windows 7" screenshot
Click on Start - on the field box that appears, type Run and click OK. In the box that appears, type appwiz.cpl , click OK "Windows 7" screenshot | Source
When you click OK, you will be taken to a window that populates all the programs installed on your computer. Right click on Skype and click Uninstall "Windows 7" screenshot
When you click OK, you will be taken to a window that populates all the programs installed on your computer. Right click on Skype and click Uninstall "Windows 7" screenshot | Source
You can also go into the above folder by clicking start - click control panel "Windows 7" screenshot
You can also go into the above folder by clicking start - click control panel "Windows 7" screenshot | Source
You will be taken to a screen that looks like this. Click on "Uninstall a program". You will be taken to the window that populates a list of all programs installed on your computer. Find Skype, right click and click Uninstall "Windows 7" screenshot
You will be taken to a screen that looks like this. Click on "Uninstall a program". You will be taken to the window that populates a list of all programs installed on your computer. Find Skype, right click and click Uninstall "Windows 7" screenshot | Source

For Windows 7:

  • Click on the Start button
  • In the field box that appears, type Run
  • Then type appwiz.cpl in the box that appears -> Then click on OK
  • You will be taken to a window that populates the list of all programs installed on your computer
  • Look for the program Skype -> Right-click on Skype -> Click on Uninstall
  • This will take you through the uninstall process. Follow the onscreen instructions. (I have not added screenshots for the uninstall process, and will be adding it soon when I actually uninstall Skype)

In order to completely remove Skype, after the uninstall, you need to delete the application folder, its program folder and also the registry entries. This is the only way Skype can be completely removed from your computer.

Steps involved in deleting Skype folder from Applications data folder - Windows XP

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Click on Start -  Click on Run -  In the box that appears, type %appdata% , click OK "Windows XP" screenshotWhen you click ok, you will be taken to the applications data folder. Delete the folder called Skype "Windows XP" screenshot
Click on Start -  Click on Run -  In the box that appears, type %appdata% , click OK "Windows XP" screenshot
Click on Start - Click on Run - In the box that appears, type %appdata% , click OK "Windows XP" screenshot | Source
When you click ok, you will be taken to the applications data folder. Delete the folder called Skype "Windows XP" screenshot
When you click ok, you will be taken to the applications data folder. Delete the folder called Skype "Windows XP" screenshot | Source

To delete the Skype application folder, please follow the steps below.

For Windows XP:

  • Click on the Start button -> Then click on Run
  • In the box that appears, type %appdata% -> Click on the OK button
  • This will take you to the folder where data from all applications / programs are stored
  • Look for the Skype folder -> Right click -> Click on Delete
  • Also empty the Recycle Bin

Steps involved in deleting the Skype folder from Applications data folder - Windows 7

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Click on Start -  In the field box, type run and hit enter. In the box that appears type, %appdata% and click OK "Windows 7" screenshotYou will be taken to the Applications data folder "Windows 7" Screenshot
Click on Start -  In the field box, type run and hit enter. In the box that appears type, %appdata% and click OK "Windows 7" screenshot
Click on Start - In the field box, type run and hit enter. In the box that appears type, %appdata% and click OK "Windows 7" screenshot | Source
You will be taken to the Applications data folder "Windows 7" Screenshot
You will be taken to the Applications data folder "Windows 7" Screenshot | Source

For Windows 7:

  • Click on the start button -> In the textbox that you see, type Run and hit Enter
  • A box will appear, and in that box, type %appdata% -> Click on OK
  • This will take you to a folder that has a list of all the Applications' Data (the command %appdata% is to take you to the folder that has a list of all the applications data on your computer)
  • Look for the folder called Skype -> Right click on this folder -> Click on delete
  • Also empty the Recycle Bin

Steps involved in removing the program folder from Program files - Windows XP and Windows 7

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Go to My computer -  Go into C:  "Windows XP" screenshotGo into "Program files" folder.  "Windows XP" screenshotLook for the Skype folder and delete it. "Windows XP" screenshot.For Windows 7, Go to My computer -  Go to C: -  Go into Program Files (x86) folder, look for the Skype folder, delete it. "Windows 7" screenshot
Go to My computer -  Go into C:  "Windows XP" screenshot
Go to My computer - Go into C: "Windows XP" screenshot | Source
Go into "Program files" folder.  "Windows XP" screenshot
Go into "Program files" folder. "Windows XP" screenshot | Source
Look for the Skype folder and delete it. "Windows XP" screenshot.
Look for the Skype folder and delete it. "Windows XP" screenshot. | Source
For Windows 7, Go to My computer -  Go to C: -  Go into Program Files (x86) folder, look for the Skype folder, delete it. "Windows 7" screenshot
For Windows 7, Go to My computer - Go to C: - Go into Program Files (x86) folder, look for the Skype folder, delete it. "Windows 7" screenshot | Source

Now you need to check to see if the Program folder of Skype has been deleted from the program files folder. In order to do this,

  • Go to C:\Program files - (For Windows XP)
  • Go to C:\Program Files - (For Windows 7)
  • Go to C:\Program Files (x86) - (For Windows 7 - 64 bits)
  • Look for the Skype folder, right click and click Delete
  • If there is a SkypePM folder, delete that too.
  • Make sure you empty the Recycle Bin

How to Remove Skype Completely?

Steps involved in removing registry entries for Skype - Windows XP

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Click on Start -  Click Run -  In the box that appears, type regedit -  Click OK "Windows XP" screenshotWhen you click OK, you will be taken to the Registry Editor. Click on Edit -  Find "Windows XP" screenshotIn the box that appears, type Skype and click Find Next "Windows XP " screenshotRegistry editor will populate a list of Skype entries on the right hand side "Windows XP" screenshotRight click on each entry and click Delete.  "Windows XP" screenshot
Click on Start -  Click Run -  In the box that appears, type regedit -  Click OK "Windows XP" screenshot
Click on Start - Click Run - In the box that appears, type regedit - Click OK "Windows XP" screenshot | Source
When you click OK, you will be taken to the Registry Editor. Click on Edit -  Find "Windows XP" screenshot
When you click OK, you will be taken to the Registry Editor. Click on Edit - Find "Windows XP" screenshot | Source
In the box that appears, type Skype and click Find Next "Windows XP " screenshot
In the box that appears, type Skype and click Find Next "Windows XP " screenshot | Source
Registry editor will populate a list of Skype entries on the right hand side "Windows XP" screenshot
Registry editor will populate a list of Skype entries on the right hand side "Windows XP" screenshot | Source
Right click on each entry and click Delete.  "Windows XP" screenshot
Right click on each entry and click Delete. "Windows XP" screenshot | Source

The next important step is to remove the registry entries. You need to be very careful while doing this, and do not delete any other entries by mistake, as it can stop the working of other applications. If you are on the wrong tab/or click any other entry and delete, you might even delete entries that are relevant to the operation system. So please be very careful.

For Windows XP:

  • Click on the start button -> click on Run
  • On the box that appears, type regedit -> click on OK
  • This will take you to the Registry Editor window
  • Click on the Edit menu on top of this window -> Click on Find
  • In the box that appears -> Type the word Skype -> Click on Find Next
  • This will populate all the entries relevant to Skype. It can be anything from 2 to 50 depending on how you have used Skype and also depending on other factors.
  • Right click on each entry on the search result and click Delete.
  • Click on Find next again and delete entries. Repeat this till all the entries relevant to Skype are deleted.

Steps involved in removing registry entries for Skype - Windows 7

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Click on start, type run in the field at the bottom and hit enter. In the box that appears, type regedit and click OK "Windows 7" screenshotYou will be taken to the registry editor. In the edit menu, click find "Windows 7" screenshotIn the box that appears, type "Skype" and click on Find Next "Windows 7" screenshotThis will populate a list of Skype entries to the right pane of the register. Right click on each entry and click Delete. "Windows 7" screenshot"Windows 7" screenshot
Click on start, type run in the field at the bottom and hit enter. In the box that appears, type regedit and click OK "Windows 7" screenshot
Click on start, type run in the field at the bottom and hit enter. In the box that appears, type regedit and click OK "Windows 7" screenshot | Source
You will be taken to the registry editor. In the edit menu, click find "Windows 7" screenshot
You will be taken to the registry editor. In the edit menu, click find "Windows 7" screenshot | Source
In the box that appears, type "Skype" and click on Find Next "Windows 7" screenshot
In the box that appears, type "Skype" and click on Find Next "Windows 7" screenshot | Source
This will populate a list of Skype entries to the right pane of the register. Right click on each entry and click Delete. "Windows 7" screenshot
This will populate a list of Skype entries to the right pane of the register. Right click on each entry and click Delete. "Windows 7" screenshot | Source
"Windows 7" screenshot
"Windows 7" screenshot | Source

For Windows 7:

1. Click on the start button -> In the field box at the bottom of the list, type Run -> Hit Enter

2. The rest of the steps are the same as for Windows XP

  • On the box that appears, type regedit -> click on OK
  • This will take you to the Registry Editor window
  • Click on the Edit menu on top of this window -> Click on Find
  • In the box that appears -> Type the word Skype -> Click on Find Next
  • This will populate all the entries relevant to Skype. It can be anything from 2 to 50 depending on how you have used Skype and also depending on other factors.
  • Right click on each entry on the search result and click Delete.
  • Repeat Edit -> Find -> Find Next ->Delete, till all entries relevant to Skype are deleted.

In both cases, empty the Recycle Bin also.

Now you can re-install Skype if you wish to do so!

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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Indian Chef, thank you for reading, and I am pleased that you found the instructions here easy to follow. Thank you for the votes and share.

Have a good day!


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Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

Livingsta, this is wonderful Hub. You have given instructions point by point and made it look so easy. Voting up, and sharing on hubpages.


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Teaches12345, thank you for your feedback. Blessings to you too. Have a good day!


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I dont' have this tech wonder, but if I did need the instruction on uninstalling, your hub here is excellent! Blessings.


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Casimiro, thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. I have read about Revo uninstaller, but not used it. I will try this in the future. I guess it is similar to the other uninstallers. Thank you again! Have a great rest of the week :-)


Casimiro 3 years ago

The tips on saving your personal Skype data are great! The uninstall process can be made much easier using Revo Uninstaller. It will use the app's built-in uninstaller and then make a very deep sweep for all the junk that Windows uninstaller always leaves behind. A few clicks and it's completely gone.


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you so much Bill. I am glad you found this a useful hub :-)


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Very helpful hub. I can't follow manufacturer instructions; that is why hubs like this one are so useful. Thank you!

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