Removal help needed

Anne Wilson cannewilson at
Wed Aug 12 13:54:11 UTC 2015

On 12/08/2015 12:42, Jeremy Whiting wrote:
> 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
Exactly so.  A few minutes ago I found
- which refers to both 7 and 10.  It advised me to open File Explorer
and enter %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu - which took me exactly
where you are indicating.  I found and removed the KDE Release folder,
rebooted, and my menu is now clean.

Thanks to you and Patrick for the help.


> 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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