How to Uninstall Explorer Patcher from Windows 11

How to Uninstall Explorer Patcher from Windows
How to Uninstall Explorer Patcher from Windows

Microsoft has greeted its Windows users with the new Windows 11 which comes with a ton of new features and also visual UI changes. One such change is the change in its Taskbar. Everything is now centered, along with no more Cortana logo and the Start menu logo is also changed from Windows 10 logo to the new Windows 11 one.

But there is always a section to which the new changes don’t suit and the same also applies to the new Windows 11 taskbar. There were users who were missing the old Windows 10 style Taskbar and hence they used Explorer Patched to get back the Taskbar from the previous version of Windows.

Installing the Explorer Patcher is really simple and straightforward. Simply download the exe file and run it. That’s it, you will now be able to use the Windows 10 Taskbar on your new Windows 11.

But for some reason, if you want to remove or uninstall the Explorer Patcher from your PC in order to get back the Windows 11 Taskbar, it can be tricky. As the Explorer Patcher doesn’t have an installation or uninstallation UI and works directly, it may confuse some users.

If you are one of those Explorer Patcher users who want to get rid of it from your Windows 11 PC, here are the 3 different ways to uninstall the Explorer Patcher.

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How to Uninstall Explorer Patcher

Uninstalling the Explorer Patcher is not a big deal. In fact, you can uninstall it very easily by following any of the below-mentioned methods.

1. Uninstall Explorer Patcher Using Control Panel

The Explorer Patcher can be uninstalled like any other installed application, by going into the Apps and features section of your Control Panel.

1. Search and open the Control Panel on your PC.

2. Switch the View by option to Category and click on the Uninstall a program option.

3. From the list of installed apps, select Explorer Patcher and click on Unisntall.

4. Click on Yes on the User Account Control windows to confirm the uninstallation.

This will uninstall the Explorer Patcher from your PC and your Taskbar will get back to the default one.

2. Uninstall Explorer Patcher Using Command Prompt

If you were not able to uninstall the Explorer Patcher from the Control Panel for some reason, then you can use the Windows Command Prompt to do so.

1. Open File Explorer on your PC. You can press Win + E on your keyboard to open it directly.

2. Now, navigate to the location where you have downloaded the Explorer Patcher exe file.

3. Enter CMD into the address bar of Windows Explorer and hit Enter. This will open a command prompt window in that location.

4. Now execute the following command:

ep_setup.exe /uninstall

5. Click on Yes to confirm the uninstallation.

Once done, the Explorer Patcher will no more be in the active state of your PC and the Taskbar will also get normal.

3. Uninstall Explorer Patcher by renaming the exe file

Lastly, there is one more method that you can use to uninstall the Explorer Patcher from your PC. This method includes the renaming of the downloaded Explorer Patcher exe file and running it.

1. Navigate to the downloaded Explorer Patcher exe file and right-click on it.

2. Select the rename option and change its name to the following:


3. Once the file is renamed, run it by double-clicking on it.

4. Click on Yes to confirm the uninstallation.

That’s it. This will remove the Explorer Patcher from your PC.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I Uninstall Explorer patcher?

To uninstall Explorer patcher on Windows, go to the Control Panel, select Programs and Features, find Explorer patcher in the list of installed programs, click Uninstall, follow the prompts, and restart your computer. Additionally, you can also uninstall it by using the command prompt or renaming the Explorer Patcher exe file as described above in this fixing guide.

Is Explorer patcher safe?

It’s hard to determine if Explorer patcher is safe because it depends on where it’s downloaded from and its specific type. Patching Explorer may cause harm to your computer such as system instability, security issues, or even malware infection. To minimize risks, download Explorer patchers only from trustworthy sources and keep your software updated with the latest security patches.

What does Explorer patcher do?

Explorer patcher modifies or updates system files for the Windows Explorer user interface. It can add new features, customize the appearance of the interface, or fix bugs and vulnerabilities. However, patching Explorer can be risky, causing system instability, security issues, or malware infection. Use Explorer patchers with caution and only download from trustworthy sources.

Bottom Line

So these were the 3 different ways by which you can uninstall the Explorer Patcher from your Windows 11 PC. The uninstallation is, however, nowhere tricky and can be done easily by using the Apps & features section of your Control Panel.

But for some reason, if this feature doesn’t work, you can use the other two methods to get the job done.

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Bhanu Pratap

Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.


  1. I wanted Explorer Patcher on my laptop so that I could add a new toolbar since windows 11 is not capable of adding new toolbars by itself. After the installation, I faced some changes from windows 10 to windows 11 that I didn’t want anymore. Thus, I was trying to find a way to remove the Explorer Patcher. Since the application name was er_setup when I downloaded it, I could not find and delete it. Through this fantastic post, I was able to delete it.

    Thanks a lot.

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