How do I uninstall MATLAB on Windows when the uninstaller fails?

859 views (last 30 days)
I could not uninstall MATLAB. How do I uninstall MATLAB completely from my computer?

Accepted Answer

MathWorks Support Team
MathWorks Support Team on 1 Aug 2022
Edited: MathWorks Support Team on 1 Aug 2022
If the MATLAB uninstaller was unable to complete, try executing the uninstall.exe from $MATLAB\uninstall (where $MATLAB is the folder where MATLAB is installed). For example:
C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2014a\uninstall\bin\win64
If you are unable to complete the uninstaller, you can manually delete the MATLAB installation folder.
Afterwards, you can remove the MATLAB entries from the Windows System Path. For help modifying the Path in Windows, see the related article:
How do I set my system path under Windows

More Answers (4)

Bruce on 30 Jul 2020
They don't add much, but there were about 50 entries in the registry that reference either matlab or mathworks. I don't think many of them are "important" enough to affect performace, but bloat is bloat.
SMBG on 28 Aug 2021
It can also be done a little easier. At least delete the directory.
a) open the command line (cmd.exe) with administrator rights.
b) and enter the command "rmdir /S /Q C:\..\MATLAB\" + release (e.g. R2021b)
c) wait - it takes about 10-15 minutes
The registry cleanup must still be done manually or with a cleaner.

Sign in to comment.

Vladimir Sovkov
Vladimir Sovkov on 3 Dec 2021
I have a similar but somewhat different problem. For a couple of years, I used Matlab 2019b with Windows 10. This year I decided to switch to the newer version Matlab 2021b. After installing and testing it, I decided to remove the older one using the standard Windows tools. However, it reproted that it could not do it because it could not find "uninstall.exe". Indeed, I did not find it in the installation folders of Matlab 2019b as well (meanwhile, "uninstall.exe" exists in the installation folders of Matlab 2021b...). Are there any ideas of where it could go? Is there a way to restore "uninstall.exe" and uninstall the older version in a regular way? Or, can it only be removed manually as described in those answers above? Would not it harm the new version somehow?
Vladimir Sovkov
Vladimir Sovkov on 12 Feb 2022
Unfortunately, I was not. Two installations of Matlab still coexist in my system.

Sign in to comment.

Bruce on 29 Jul 2020
And how to we "safely" remove all of the drek that gets added to the registry if we have to resort to the "delete the matlab folder" option of blowing away a version of matlab that can't be installed "cleanly"
Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 6 May 2022
MATLAB notes itself in the registry for automation purposes, and to control what happens with the file extensions of interest.

Sign in to comment.

Charles Lee
Charles Lee on 7 Nov 2021
My own experience:
Delete all the files in your matlab install folder, i.e.: E:\Program Files\Polyspace\R2020a
Just install again. Problem solved.


No tags entered yet.


Community Treasure Hunt

Find the treasures in MATLAB Central and discover how the community can help you!

Start Hunting!