Correctly Remove BlueStacks 2 – Proper Steps to Take
BlueStacks 2 is the greatest upgraded version of the BlueStacks emulator — a product that allows you to access multiple Android apps including games, communication tools and others on PC. For one or more reasons users need to remove BlueStacks 2 from their computers, and that’s when they met troubles.
If you can’t even start the removal through the Start menu/Control Panel, that means the program could be corrupted/damaged, and you might need to reinstall BlueStacks 2 before uninstalling it. The newly installed files will cover the old & repair its registry entries, making the whole program back to normal.
During the installation, it will ask you to enable App store access & Application Communications, which are two functions instead of programs that you need to particularly uninstall. So do whatever pleases you.
Then let’s move on to remove BlueStacks 2. Looking for another Android emulator for PC? Click here.
Remove BlueStacks 2 with an All-purpose Tool
By “All-purpose” I mean you can also try to uninstall other unwanted programs with the tool, and steps will always be the same. Video demonstration & specific procedures of how to remove BlueStacks 2:
1. Install this small-sized tool.
Click any the green download buttons on current page or go to our homepage to download Max Uninstaller. Run it after installation.
2. Run Analysis > Complete Uninstall.
Select BlueStacks App Player to scan, and confirm the removal.
3. Scan Leftovers > Delete Leftovers.
Find all its vestiges and confirm the deletion.
When the whole process is finished, you can click “Back to Step1” to refresh the programs list and see if BlueStack 2 has gone.
How to Remove BlueStacks 2 Yourself
Here is the most complete manual instruction to go through. I’m listing all the steps including the necessary and the optional, and you take what you need to take depending on your situation. Since operations in Windows 7 & 8/8.1 are almost the same, so I’m not going to separately write two parts. For Windows 10 users, refer to How to uninstall programs in Windows 10 🙂
1. Administrative account.
In most cases we log in the operating system as an Administrator, which allows the user to make changes without being asked for password permission. If you don’t know whether you’re logging in as an Administrator, just continue and you will find out.
Need another Administrator? See How to enable the built-in Administrator account in Windows 7/8/10.
2. Shut down BlueStacks 2 (Optional).
Some programs will automatically close or ask you to shut them down during the removal, while some will not. To better remove BlueStacks 2, shut down the program and the related possesses that are running in the background before actual removal. There are two places to check:
System Tray: Right-click the icon and select Quit.
Task Manager: press & hold Ctrl + Alt + Del to open, then close/end everything related to BlueStack 2.
3. Remove BlueStacks 2 through the Control Panel.
In the bottom-left corner of your screen, right-click the Windows logo and select Control Panel. > Under Programs, click Uninstall a program.
Then you see the list which tells you what programs are installed on your PC, the names of them, when they’re installed, and how much disk space they’re taking. Locate & double-click BlueStacks App Player to activate its built-in uninstaller.
4. Follow the prompts to proceed with the removal.
It will ask whether you wish to keep your user data, click No if you have no intention to reinstall the program, otherwise click Yes.
5. Back up the Registry (Optional).
This is a precaution — if you accidentally delete anything that isn’t supposed to be deleted by doing the next step, you’ll have a full back-up copy to restore the data.
Hover your mouse in the bottom-right corner to see the charms bar, select Search, then enter “regedit” to open Registry Editor. > On the navigator click File > Export, type a name for the back-up copy and save it to your selected location.
6. Remove BlueStacks 2 from the Registry Editor.
During installation the program puts its entries/keys in the Registry, so that it can be connected to the whole system. That’s why sometimes you can’t run a program by simply coping the folder from somewhere else. And this step is to delete the entries of BlueStacks 2.
Hover your mouse in the bottom-right corner to see the charms bar, select Search, then enter “regedit” to open Registry Editor. > On the navigator click Edit > Find… , enter “BlueStacks” to find the entry (entries) to Delete.
7. Restart your PC to completely remove BlueStacks 2 (Advised).
Is it necessary? Yes and no. When you install/remove BlueStacks 2, it will register or unregister the usage of one or more .dll files. And when you choose to reboot your computer after uninstalling a program, Windows will close the program & delete any file that is no longer assigned to a program to clean up the computer.
Not every program’s removal requires a reboot, but I think it would be better to follow the general idea.
Three Other Android Emulators for PC
Some gamers would like to use a mouse & keyboard on their games. If you’re exactly one of them, check the list. But you should know that the operations are rarely easy and some of the emulators require a little technical knowledge.
AMIDuOS [Price: $10-15]
A relatively newer Android emulator for PC comes in two flavors: Lollipop & Jelly Bean. It may not overly great for developers since it doesn’t give you device-specific configurations, but on a consumer level this one works just fine.
It did have some issues when it first came out, yet it still managed to prove itself as a capable replacement for competitors like BlueStacks.
It runs in a similar fashion as Andy/AMIDuOS, and the performance & productivity is about the same as well. In addition, it includes an app you install on your smartphone so that you can control games on your PC.
Very Brief Sum-up
There are always more than one solution to uninstall a program as well as how you can remove BlueStacks 2. What you only need to do is finding the right ones & choosing your favorite.