How to Uninstall Evernote from a Windows Based Computer

Evernote has always worked great for me, not long ago when I tried updating it to the latest version on my Windows 7 Home Basic system I got into troubles. I got an error saying that:

Evernote was already installed by another user. Only one per-user installation is supported. An administrator can install Evernote for everyone after the per-user installation is removed.

I only own one account on my computer and without doubt it is the only administrator of the system. I tried to run the updater as administrator and even reinstall Evernote but the problem still remains unsolved. Does anyone know a fix? Please help!

Are you facing with any strange problem on using or updating Evernote? You may need to uninstall and then reinstall it to fix the issue. If you fail to perform a full uninstall of Evernote, the application below would be able to help you with that.

Evernote is a suite of software that allows users to edit, save, organize and share their notes on different devices. Generally, computer users use Evernote Basic for regular use, but Evernote also provides other versions – Plus, Premium and Business to meet specific needs. Users can create a new note in a variety of forms such as plain text, web page, brief excerpt, image and handwritten/audio note.Evernote

Besides, users can also attach a file to a note and the attachment can be any type of content. The only restriction of the uploaded attachment is that the total size of the note with attachments included does not exceed the note size limit of your account. If your account level is Basic, you would have 60MB of new uploads per month. Plus user and Premium user have 1GB and 10GB respectively.
It is fairly easy to share notes with others as it just like we share news on social software. When you take a new note on Evernote, the note will be produced with a unique URL. User can share the public URL on anywhere so that the note is accessible to anyone acquires the URL. Certainly, the owner of the note is able to stop sharing at any time.

If you just add a picture from your photo album to Evernote on your mobile phone and want to view it on computer, there is no impediment to make it. As long as you have an account of Evernote, all you need to do is just to login your account on your computer with Internet. All your notes (except those are stored as local file and stay offline) are synced to Evernote’s server constantly, which means that you can access your notes anywhere Evernote installs, no matter you are using a cell phone, tablet or computer.

Generally speaking, this software is an excellent tool for note-taking and it can apply to multiple platforms effectively, however, users sometimes could come across some problems when update, uninstall and reinstall it due to some kind of technical issues. For example, Evernote could keep crashing after you update to its latest version for some reason.

Once you encounter the situation that you have to uninstall Evernote program, please do it by following the correct procedures, if not, the software could be damaged and cannot be deleted completely. Every application automatically generates a lot of files in different places while being installed on computer system. Deleting the folder on the installation location cannot fully uninstall this program. Moreover, even if you uninstall the program correctly through Control Panel, there could still be some files that cannot be removed with the uninstallation. These useless files occupy much disk space and might affect system performance. Thus, you are advised to use uninstall tool to help you uninstall Evernote completely and safely.

008032-glossy-black-icon-arrows-hand-pointer-right Start to Perform A Quick & Safe Uninstallation Now!

Please make sure that all you data of notes have been backed up properly. Though Evernote usually syncs your contents to Evernote Web seamlessly, synchronization is not equal to backup. There could be irresistible factors to make Evernote fail to sync notes:

* Network problems
* Human error
* Permission issues
* Out of monthly quota
* Software vulnerabilities

Sometimes users can’t see the changes on other devices after they update their notes. In fact this might be the result of database update latency. If you do not know whether your notes have been synced rightly or not, you can log in to Evernote Web to check if the changes have been saved to the server. Once you find your note does not sync properly, please heed the following tips:

  • Check your network connection and try again
  • Try reboot your device
  • Update the application to the latest version and try sync again
  • Looking for help by searching Evernote Help & Learning
  • Empty the Trash
  • Reinstall Evernote

To ensure your data is absolutely secure, you may need to back them up both in local disk and in the remote server. It is not difficult to back up notes on your computer by exporting them. You can choose to back up a single note, several notes or a whole notebook at a time. What is more, users are able to import the saved data into another Evernote account with this method. Even if the data is downloaded from an Evernote Business account, it can be used with an Evernote Basic account.

Therefore, you can be reassured that you will not lose your notes if you uninstall Evernote as long as you keep the full backup of your data. You can view your all notes after you reinstall the program on your device and restore notes.

How to Uninstall Evernote without Third Party Program (for Windows)

If you don’t want to rely on any third party program to remove Evernote from your computer, the following procedures provide you with all necessary steps.

Step 1 Log on your computer as administrator

In certain situations the Windows system may require the PC user to have sufficient authority to modify the system. If you are not the administrator of the computer, you will probably see the warning like that:

don't have sufficient access to uninstall

Hence it is best to run the computer as the system administrator before you start to uninstall the software.

[Windows 7]

  • Open Start menu and type command in search box, then right click on Command Prompt and select “Run as administrator”.

Command prompt

  • Type “net user administrator /active:yes” (without quotation marks) in the Command Prompt window and then press Enter. This will enable the default administrator account.

Command prompt activate administrator

  • When you see a message stating that the command completed successfully, it means this operation works.

Command prompt activate administrator successfully

  • Restart your computer and you would see the administrator account appearing as a login option. You should select that account to login the computer.

[Windows 8/8.1/10]

  • Press Win+X keys together on your keyboard and choose Command Prompt (Admin) from the options.

Windows 8 Command prompt

  • Select Yes on the UAC(User Account Control) dialog box.


  • Type “net user administrator /active:yes” (without quotation marks) and press Enter to continue.
  • If it works, you will see a prompt saying that “The command completed successfully.”

net user administrator active successfully

  • Close this window and sign out from the current user account. You will see the account of administrator is available on the log-in screen.
Please be cautious when you do other normal tasks on your computer because the administrator gains all permissions to modify the system settings.
To disable the default administrator account, you can just type “net user administrator /active:no” in the command prompt window and press Enter.


Step 2 Exit the program

If Evernote is now running on your PC, you should close it first.

Right click on the icon of Evernote and choose Quit Evernote.

Quit Evernote

Step 3 Uninstall programs through Control Panel Applets

The steps to uninstall a program are basically the same in all versions of Windows operating system.

Windows XP

Windows 7

Windows 8/8.1

Windows 10

How to Uninstall Evernote with Advanced Uninstaller (for all users)

The manual methods are much more technical and require certain computer skills. If you are an advanced computer users, uninstalling the program would be a piece of cake, but if you are a general user who don’t know much about computer, a simple-to-use tool is recommended.

Perfect Uninstaller is an efficient program which can help you uninstall any unwanted software. Even inexperienced computer users can use it to uninstall programs from their computers without any extra help from others. It is able to list all installed programs, system updates, browser plug-ins & extensions and so on, so any users can easily find the program that they want to uninstall and remove it in a few clicks.

If you come across any problem while uninstall Evernote, use Perfect Uninstaller to remove it safely without leaving broken files!

  • Save the installer on your computer.

Save Perfect Uninstaller file

  • Install it on your computer by following the installation wizard. The default installation location is C:Program FilesPerfect Uninstaller. This directory can be changed during the installation process.

Install Perfect Uninstaller 1

  • Once the installation is complete, launch Perfect Uninstaller immediately.
  • Choose Evernote from the list and click on Uninstall.

Uninstall Evernote with Perfect Uninstaller

  • A small window of some information about this program will turn up.
  • Click on Next to continue.

Uninstall Evernote with Perfect Uninstaller2

  • Perfect uninstaller would tell you what it is going to do for uninstalling.

Uninstall Evernote with Perfect Uninstaller3

  • A dialog will show up to let you confirm the operation.

Uninstall Evernote with Perfect Uninstaller4

  • Click on Yes to remove all leftovers by Evernotes.

Uninstall Evernote with Perfect Uninstaller5

Now Evernote should be uninstalled from the PC. If you find it is still in your system, please try the Force Uninstall Feature of Perfect Uninstaller.

Note: Force Uninstall will scan the entire computer system. The scan involves startup items, registry keys, and hidden programs. It can forcibly uninstall the program that can’t be uninstalled in conventional way in a few minutes, but it also asks you to get the serial number for the full version.

  • Select Evernote and then choose Force Uninstall.
  • It would prompt a tip suggesting you try normal uninstall method first. If you have tried that before, just click on OK.

Perfect Uninstaller Force uninstall

  • Choose the location where you installed Evernote, select its program file and click on Next.

Perfect Uninstaller Force uninstall3

  • In next session Perfect Uninstaller will show you the related registry key and files of Evernote. Clicking on Next will start to remove them and Evernote should be uninstalled too.

Extra tips:
If you have encountered the problem with Evernote like the one that we have mentioned in the beginning, you can turn to Evernote Support for help if you can’t uninstall it by yourself and don’t want to download any additional tool, but this solution requires a Premium or Business account on Evernote.
The quickest way to fix your issues could still be using a helpful program like Perfect Uninstaller.


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