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How To Uninstall Eclipse On Windows 10

Uninstalling applications on your Windows PC can be an annoying task at times due to several reasons. This article primarily focuses on uninstalling Eclipse IDE on Windows 10.

To begin with, IDE means Integrated development environment, it is used to write codes, and it provides features like running and deploying the code so that we don’t have to deploy it manually, etc. Eclipse IDE provides all the coding tools with the help of which you can create software easily. It is primarily used for developing JAVA applications. Many other IDEs are also available in the market for java, such as Netbeans and IntelliJ, and eclipse is one such of them.

Why Is Uninstalling Eclipse IDE a Challenge?

Uninstalling eclipse can be particularly challenging because eclipse does not come with an uninstaller for windows. We have to follow some manual steps to remove eclipse program software from our system. The regular way of deleting or removing a program software is through the control panel. In the case of eclipse IDE, it doesn’t work. If you go to the control panel and click on ‘uninstall a program, you will not find eclipse in the respective list of programs. This might make it very confusing to figure out where to delete the eclipse IDE.

You can follow the following methods to delete the Eclipse IDE software program from your windows 10 without any issues.

How To Uninstall Eclipse On Windows 10?

Steps For Uninstalling Eclipse on Windows 10 PC.

  1. Delete installation directory.
  2. Delete shortcuts on the desktop and start menu.
  3. Delete p2 directory

Method 1

Right-click on the eclipse icon on your desktop. And open the “open file location”. From the page that opens, click on the username from the path at the top. The username is the first component of the page path.

When you click on the username, you will be directed to a page with many folders. There, you will find two folders named “eclipse” and “.eclipse” respectively. These two files have to be deleted manually to uninstall Eclipse IDE. To delete the folders manually, right-click on them and select “delete”.

Check-in case you have any more eclipse folders (such as eclipse workspace), delete them too, manually. Go back to the desktop, select the eclipse icon from there, right-click on it, and select “delete”. By doing this, you manually delete all the eclipse files and icons and remove them from your device completely. Restart your device to finish up things.

Method 2

Go to ‘This PC’  and navigate to ‘C drive’ where your Microsoft is installed. Move to ‘users’ and delete the ‘.p2’ directory from the user’s home folder. In ‘users’, select the user where the eclipse is installed. Locate the ‘eclipse’ file in the ‘users’ folder.

Now, right-click on it and select ‘delete’. Locate all other eclipse folders in the ‘users’ file and follow the same steps to delete them manually. Once you have deleted the eclipse files, you can go ahead and delete the shortcuts; you can delete them from the desktop and reboot your system.

Now that you have learned how to uninstall eclipse IDE, you might realize that it is a  pretty cool program and that you want to work on it again. In case you are having difficulty reinstalling it, don’t worry; we are here for the rescue.

Below are described the steps to install eclipse IDE on windows 10.

NOTE: Before installing eclipse, make sure you have java installed on your operating system.

Steps To Install Eclipse IDE

Search for eclipse ide on your browser and click on the first link that appears. It should be https://www.eclipse.org/ide/ . You will find a download button on the top right of the web page. Click on it.

Scroll down a little on the web page you are directed to, and find the option which says “Eclipse IDE 2019-12”. Below will be the download button for 64- bit eclipse IDE. Click on it. You will find a final download button on the web page you are directed to, click on it, and it will start to download the eclipse Exe file on your system.

Open the .exe file (executable file) to initialize the installer. You can choose the language you want to develop in and customize your IDE accordingly. The default location of the eclipse will be the same as the location where you have installed java. Change it if you want to.

Check all the settings and make changes in accordance with your needs. Click “Install”. Accept license terms and conditions and user agreement. Go along the steps as you keep customizing your program software for yourself. The installation will be complete soon, and you will see the icon on the desktop. You can click on the “Launch” button to launch the software on your windows 10 operating system.

After all, with this installing and uninstalling, you might discover that eclipse does not satisfy your needs as a developer, and you might want to try a different Integrated Development Environment or IDE to figure out what suits you the best. Apart from this, there are situations where different IDEs are suited for different purposes.

5 Eclipse Alternatives For Developers

We have brought you a list of IDEs other than eclipse to try to develop your perfect software.

  1. Intellij
  2. JCreator
  3. NetBeans
  4. BlueJ
  5. XCode (only for mac users)

These were some simple steps to guide you in installing and uninstalling the eclipse IDE from your windows OS.

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Kavita Sharma