Removal help needed

Jeremy Whiting jpwhiting at
Wed Aug 12 11:42:26 UTC 2015

In case it helps, looking at my windows 10  vm here I see my personal
start menu is located at
c:/Users/Jerem/AppData/Roaming/Microsoft/Windows/Start Menu/Programs

On Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 5:40 AM, Jeremy Whiting <jpwhiting at> wrote:
> Anne,
> What you are describing sounds like there's a folder and some dead
> shortcuts left in the users start menu folder (or maybe the global
> one, depending how kde was installed). You should be able to delete
> the whole folder either from right clicking it in the start menu or by
> finding that location/folder in windows explorer and deleting it.
> Hope that helps,
> Jeremy
> On Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 5:16 AM, Anne Wilson <cannewilson at> wrote:
>> On 12/08/2015 08:36, Patrick Spendrin wrote:
>>> Am 11.08.2015 um 11:58 schrieb Anne Wilson:
>>>> Hi.  I have KDE installed on an older laptop which has just been
>>>> upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10.  The KDE apps are no longer
>>>> used on that laptop (they are 2 years old), so I wanted to remove
>>>> them, but all my efforts have failed.
>>>> They are not installed within the Windows Programs system, and I
>>>> thought I remembered that they had to be uninstalled using the KDE
>>>> Installer-GUI.  I did that, and got messages that they were
>>>> uninstalling, but coming back to the laptop afterwards I found that
>>>> the command window with a message from kdewin4init (misremembered
>>>> name?) still opens, and all the programs are back in the
>>>> appropriate folders.
>>>> Since another family member will be using that laptop I need to
>>>> clean it up, so what should I do to properly remove them?
>>> Try to open the windows task manager, navigate to the processes tab,
>>> and close all KDE processes, that is kded4.exe, kdeinit4.exe... and
>>> dbus-daemon.exe .
>> Hi, Patrick.  Mostly got there, thanks to you.  Windows 10 feedback below.
>>> Then go to the installation directory and remove the complete
>>> installation directory.
>> It is likely that Task Manager opens a page with only the user's
>> processes showing.  Deal with any KDE stuff there, then look for the
>> link at the bottom of the page - More Details, I think it was called.
>> That will open all the expected tabs, starting with Processes.
>>> To cleanup also the user settings, open the explorer, and go to
>>> %APPDATA% and remove the .kde directory.
>>> If removing a file fails, check that you really killed all processes
>>> in question.
>> It took a few tries before I had found and killed everything, but I
>> think I have now.  Unfortunately the folder KDE Release and all the apps
>> are still listed on the start menu though they appear to be dead.  I'm
>> working on finding the reason, and I'll report back if I find the cure.
>>  Hope it helps others.
>> Anne
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