Please Wait Until Current Program Finished Uninstalling Fix in Windows 10 PC

Among many errors of the Windows 10 that you come across, one of the pesky errors is “Please wait until current program finished uninstalling” as you try to uninstall an application through Control Panel. This specially occurs when you have recently uninstalled an application and you are trying to uninstall another one immediately after.

The “Please wait until current program finished uninstalling” problem in Windows 10 can be a rather grave issue, since it won’t allow you to uninstall a program unless this is resolved. However, the good news is, there are quite a few workarounds, that will help you to continue with your uninstallation. Let’s see how to fix it.


Method 1: By Restarting Your PC


Restarting the PC can solve many Windows 10 issues and this error is no exception. It may happen that Windows has not been able to complete the uninstallation of the said application in the normal way and unless the previous application has completed uninstalling, you won’t be able to remove the other one. In such cases, you will have to allow the previous installation to complete.

Therefore, it’s recommended to restart your computer first. Doing this will ensure that all processes are killed along with the affected uninstallation. Once you have restarted your PC, try uninstalling the program again and it should go through smoothly.

But, if you are still facing the problem, try the 2nd fix.


Method 2: By Restarting the Windows Explorer Process


Step 1: Press the Win + X keys together on your keyboard and select Task Manager from the menu.


Win + X Task Manager


Step 2: In the Task Manager window, under the Processes tab, find Windows Explorer under the Apps section.

Right-click on Windows Explorer and select Restart from the right-click menu.


Task Manager Processes Tab Apps Windows Explorer Right Click Restart


You can now continue with uninstallation process and the error should not come up again. However, please note that this is a temporary fix and you may see the error again some time later. So, you may have to repeat the fix.

Alternatively, you follow the 3rd method.


Method 3: By Closing the Browser


Whenever you try to uninstall a program through the Add or Remove Program in the Control Panel, as the program uninstalls, it opens the feedback page from the provider in your active browser. So, when you uninstalled the last application, the feedback page might have opened in your active browser. This prevents the uninstallation process of the 2nd program (which is showing the error) to complete.

Hence, make sure that you close the browser and then try uninstalling the 2nd program. It should uninstall easily now without showing any error.

But, if the problem persists, try the 4th method.


Method 4: By Re-Registering Windows Installer Using Command Prompt


Step 1: Go to Start and type Command Prompt in the search box.


Desktop Start Search Command Prompt


Step 2: Right-click on the result and select Run as administrator from the right-click menu.


Start Search Command Prompt Right Click Run As Administrator


Step 3: In the Command Prompt (Admin) window, run the below commands one by one and hit Enter after each command:


  • msiexec /unreg
  • msiexec /regserver


Once completed, try uninstalling the program again and check if it’s working. If it’s still showing the error, try the 5th method.


Method 5: By Stopping the Windows Installer Service


Step 1: Navigate to Start and type Services in the search field.


Desktop Start Search Services


Step 2: Left-click on the result to open the Service manager window.


Desktop Start Search Services Result


Step 3: In the Services window, locate Windows Installer under the Names column. Right-click on it and select Stop from the right-click menu.


Services Name Windows Installer Right Click Stop


This service starts whenever you try to uninstall a program and this can be one of the major reasons of the “Please wait until current program finished uninstalling” error that prevents you from removing the programs/apps.

According to some users, you can also restart Windows Explorer once you have stopped the Windows Installer. This can help you get rod if the error while uninstalling applications.