How to Uninstall Meet Now From Windows 10

How to Uninstall Meet Now from Windows 10

With the release of the Windows 10 May 2020 update, Microsoft made a lot of new changes that didn’t go down well with many users. The company changed how the Alt+Tab app switcher worked and changed the appearance and size of tasks in the overview menu. So we wrote a detailed guide on how to restore the old Alt+Tab switcher in Windows 10. And now, Microsoft has presented us with another problem, i.e. Meet Now has been permanently added to the Windows 10 Taskbar — something that people didn’t even ask for. So if you wish to uninstall Meet Now from Windows 10, follow our guide below.

Permanently Uninstall Meet Now From Windows 10 (2022)

In this tutorial, we have mentioned four ways to uninstall Meet Now from Windows 10. You can hide, disable, or uninstall Meet Now from Windows 10’s Taskbar. Expand the table below and move to any section you want.

What is the Meet Now Icon in Windows 10’s Taskbar?

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Microsoft has been putting in efforts to make people use its own video calling solution instead of Zoom or Google Meet. Meet Now is an instant video conferencing solution, which is powered by Skype, and is integrated within Windows 10. Right from the Taskbar, you can now start a meeting and share the link with your family members, friends, or colleagues. It’s entirely free and supports up to 100 participants in a single Meet Now link.

How to Uninstall Meet Now from Windows 10

It supports all standard video conferencing features like custom backgrounds, Grid view, etc. Not to mention, participants can directly join the call without requiring a Microsoft account. Having said that, many users don’t prefer Microsoft’s video conferencing platform and want to get rid of the Meet Now icon in the Taskbar. Also, it constantly runs in the background and eats up major system resources. So if you want to uninstall Meet Now from Windows 10, follow our tutorial below.

Hide Meet Now From Windows 10 Using Settings

The easiest way to hide Meet Now from Windows 10’s Taskbar is through the Settings page. It does not uninstall the app, but permanently hides the Meet Now icon from the Taskbar. Here is how you can do that:

1. First, right-click on the Taskbar and open “Taskbar Settings“.

Hide Meet Now From Windows 10 Using Settings

2. Next, scroll down and look for “Turn system icons on or off“. Click on it.

Hide Meet Now From Windows 10 Using Settings

3. Now, scroll to the bottom and disable the “Meet Now” toggle. This will remove Meet Now from Windows 10’s Taskbar.

Hide Meet Now From Windows 10 Using Settings

Uninstall Meet Now From Windows 10 Using PowerShell

If you want to completely uninstall Meet Now from Windows 10, you will need to use a simple command in PowerShell. It will remove the APPX package for this app from your PC right away. Here are the steps to follow.

1. Right-click on the Windows Start Menu and open “Windows PowerShell (Admin)”.

How to Uninstall Meet Now from Windows 10

2. In the PowerShell window, run the below command and hit Enter. This will uninstall Meet Now from your Windows 10 PC right away. You are done.

DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.SkypeApp_14.53.77.0_neutral_~_kzf8qxf38zg5c
Uninstall Meet Now From Windows 10 Using PowerShell

Remove Meet Now From Windows 10 Using Group Policy

To permanently uninstall Meet now from Windows 10, we will use Group Policy Editor. Unfortunately, Group Policy Editor is not available on Windows 10 Home, but there is a workaround to enable it. So go ahead and enable Group Policy Editor on Windows 10 Home to use this method. If you are on Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or any other edition, simply go through the steps below:

1. With Group Policy enabled, you need to press the Windows key and search for “gpedit“. Now, click on “Edit group policy”.

gpedit

3. Here, under the User Configuration section, navigate to Administrative Templates -> Start Menu and Taskbar in the left sidebar.

Permanently Uninstall Meet Now From Windows 10

4. Now, scroll down and look for “Remove the Meet Now icon” in the right pane.

Permanently Uninstall Meet Now From Windows 10

5. Finally, double-click on it and select “Enabled“ in the pop-up window. After that, click on the “OK” button.

Permanently Uninstall Meet Now From Windows 10

6. Now, restart your computer, and Meet Now will be gone from Windows 10 for good. That’s it.

taskbar

7. In case you want to enable it once again, follow the steps above and choose “Not Configured” in step #5.

enable meet now

Disable Meet Now From Windows 10 Using Registry Editor

1. In case you want to permanently disable Meet Now from Windows 10 Taskbar, you can do so with Registry Editor. Press the Windows 10 keyboard shortcut “Windows + R” to open the Run prompt. Here, type regedit and hit Enter.

Disable Meet Now From Windows 10 Using Registry Editor

2. Next, paste the below path into Registry Editor’s address bar and hit Enter. This will directly take you to the Explorer folder.

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Disable Meet Now From Windows 10 Using Registry Editor

3. After that, right-click in the right pane under “Explorer” and choose New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Disable Meet Now From Windows 10 Using Registry Editor

4. Rename the new key to HideSCAMeetNow.

Disable Meet Now From Windows 10 Using Registry Editor

5. Now, double-click on “HideSCAMeetNow” and open it. Here, change the “Value data” to 1 and click on “OK”.

Disable Meet Now From Windows 10 Using Registry Editor

6. Now, close the Registry Editor and restart your Windows 10 PC. You will find that Meet Now is nowhere to be found on your PC.

Disable Meet Now on Windows 10 With Ease

So that was our guide on how to disable Meet Now from the Taskbar on Windows 10. Now, you won’t be bothered by Meet Now on any of the accounts on the PC. This also means that your computer will be responsive after every reboot, reducing the startup process lag. You can go through our guide on how to speed up Windows 10 to find more such ways to improve performance on your PC. Anyway, that is all from us. If you are face any issues in this guide, do let us know in the comment section below.

10 Comments

  1. POWER SHELL

    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.SkypeApp_14.53.77.0_neutral_~_kzf8qxf38zg5c

  2. Many people are complaining about you affirming it was “Uninstall” on the title and then at the bottom (and through the processes you’ve went through) it was a mere disabling of the application. – To those people? Fair enough, you did clickbait, no questions about it. However, you did gave me a very useful tool that indeed does make the startup faster, so I don’t have much to complain.

    What bothers me the most is that “Meet Now” is still present, even after I “enabled” the deactivation. I restarted the PC as well, there is no mistake, it is still there. I’ll click on “occult” so I can’t view it any further, but if that doesn’t work… could it be that I didn’t press “Execute as administrator”?

  3. DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.SkypeApp_14.53.77.0_neutral_~_kzf8qxf38zg5c

  4. It’s an incredible gateway to allow Microsoft to SPY ON YOU. Un-removable bloatware should be illegal and it is how many other governments steal WMD technologies, Microsoft is allowing this to go through. Only themselves to blame for massive security breaches for the USA and its allies. SO WHEN YOUR COUNTRY IS COMPROMISED; THANK THEM!

  5. Hmm, a title which states uninstall and all it teaches is hide… very lame to say the least! Good job on the clickbait though 🙂

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