Sometimes you cannot uninstall the Visual Studio 2010 on your computer by using the Add or Remove Programs feature in Control Panel of Windows XP or the Programs and Features feature in Control Panel of Windows Vista and Windows 7, if one of the following reasons is true.

  • The installation process was not halted and then stuck forever.
  • Previously installed Visual Studio can’t be uninstalled because installation files are corrupted.
  • Some other product may have uninstalled components of Visual Studio and installation got corrupted.

If it so, Visual Studio 2010 Uninstall Utility is the right solution. It uninstalls all top level products of Visual Studio 2010 (English release only) and it’s supporting components.

The Visual Studio 2010 Uninstall Utility can be run in 3 different modes and you can initiate them by passing these command line arguments to executable:

Default (VS2010_Uninstall-RTM.ENU.exe)

Uninstalls all top level products of 2010 release and its supporting components. This mode does not remove Visual Studio components shared with previous product releases (e.g. Visual Studio 2008) or system level updates such as Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0.

Full (VS2010_Uninstall-RTM.ENU.exe /full)

Removes Visual Studio 2010 and supporting products, including components shared with previous versions of Visual Studio. Note: may break features of previous versions of Visual Studio installed on the machine. This option does not remove Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 from the machine.

Complete (VS2010_Uninstall-RTM.ENU.exe /full /netfx)

Removes entire set of Visual Studio 2010 and supporting products, including Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 and components shared with previous versions of Visual Studio. Note: may break features of previous versions of Visual Studio or other products taking dependency on Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0.

For more information about uninstalling other versions of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, please visit http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=151208
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Applies To:

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Premium
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Shell (Isolated)
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Shell (Integrated)
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 SDK
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Team Explorer
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 2010 Express
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Express
  • Microsoft Visual C# 2010 Express
  • Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2010 Express
  • Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Test Agent 2010
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Test Controller 2010
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Lab Agent 2010
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Test Professional 2010

One response to “Visual Studio 2010 Uninstall Utility: Clean/Uninstall Visual Studio 2010 completely”

  1. Yossu Avatar

    WARNING: This will NOT completely uninstall VS2010, despite what it claims. It will leave hundreds of registry entries, and a large folder hierarchy of VS-related stuff in the Program Files (x86) folder, as well as some items in the Uninstall part of the Control Panel.

    Why can’t MS provide something that will actually uninstall what it installed? My VS installation was hosed by a buggy Silverlight update, and I can’t clean my PC from VS to do a clean install. This is totally unacceptable.

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