Remove & Uninstall AutoHotkey Completely from Windows

Do you have trouble in completely uninstalling AutoHotkey from your system? Are you looking for an effective solution to thoroughly get rid of it off the computer? Do not worry! You came to the right place, and you will be able to uninstall AutoHotkey without any difficulty.

AutoHotkey AutoHotkey Macros: Automate almost anything. Hotkeys: Keyboard, mouse, and joystick.

This free, open-source utility can automate almost anything by sending keystrokes and mouse clicks. You can write macros by hand or use the macro recorder. You can also create hotkeys for keyboard, mouse, joystick, and handheld remote controls. Virtually any key, button, or combination can become a hotkey. Similarly, you can define abbreviations that expand as you type them. For example, typing "btw" can automatically produce "by the way". Finally, you can create your own applications and menu bars using standard controls like buttons, checkboxes, list-views, and tree-views. Other features: remap keys; change soundcard settings (like volume or mute); use a joystick or keyboard as a mouse; launch programs/documents; make any window transparent, always-on-top, or alter its shape; retrieve and change the clipboard's contents; customize the tray menu's icon and menu items; run existing AutoIt v2 scripts; and convert any script into an EXE file that can be run on any computer.

Macros: Automate almost anything. Hotkeys: Keyboard, mouse, and joystick.

However, many users have difficulties and problems away from the computer. Below we have listed possible problems when uninstalling AutoHotkey If you also have this problem, you can find a useful solution for this.

It seems that there are many users who have difficulty in uninstalling software like AutoHotkey from the system. And some of them get into trouble when uninstalling the software, and some of them can uninstall the software, but to get problems after removal. Some possible problems that people run into:

  • AutoHotkey does not work as good as you thought.
  • AutoHotkey can not be uninstalled
  • AutoHotkey can not be completely uninstall and removed
  • AutoHotkey or other similar software can not be installed or updated again on the computer
  • The computer system runs much slower after AutoHotkey is uninstalled

Causes of the above problems :

  • AutoHotkey does not appear in the program list of Add/Remove Programs
  • The uninstaller of AutoHotkey can not completely remove all associated files
  • There is some software that is not compatible with AutoHotkey
  • There are many remnants left in the registry and hard drive
  • The .dll, .sys or other files shared with other software are deleted

Manually Uninstall AutoHotkey with Windows Add/Remove Programs.

Windows "Add/Remove Programs" offers users a way to uninstall the program, and each Operating system has a "Add/Remove programs" function.

  • Click "Start menu" and run "Control Panel".
  • Locate AutoHotkey (or AutoHotkey) and click "Change/Remove" to uninstall the program.
  • Follow the uninstall wizard and uninstall the program.
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Manually Uninstall AutoHotkey with Build-in Uninstaller.

Most computer programs are installed with its build-in uninstaller that can also help uninstall the program.

  • Click Start menu and move your mouse to All Programs.
  • Find Search AutoHotkey folder and click on its Uninstaller.
  • Follow its uninstaller and uninstall the program.

To run its uninstaller, you can also

  • Go to the folder where the program is installed.
  • Locate its uninstaller usually named as unins000.exe or uninstall.exe
  • Double click on its uninstaller and follow it to uninstall the program.

Please know that Windows "Add/Remove Programs" and its build-in uninstaller can remove only the main executable program files, but not all program files and components. Some invalid files can be left in the registry and folders. To completely uninstall AutoHotkey, you need to get rid of these remnants, otherwise, it will slow down your computer and block the installation of other incompatible programs.

To thoroughly delete its files, please follow the steps:

  • Run Registry Editor
  • Find and delete all registry entries of the program in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AutoHotkey\, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\AutoHotkey\ and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\
  • Find and delete all files of the program in system folders C:\Program Files\AutoHotkey\, C:\Document and Settings\All Users\Application Data\AutoHotkey\ and C:\Documents and Settings\%USER%\Application Data\AutoHotkey\.

NOTE: We recommend only for advanced computer users, manually edit the registry and remove AutoHotkey because deleting any single registry error leads to a serious problem or even a system crash.