[SOLVED] Windows cannot find “C:\Windows\system32\SpoonUninstall.exe”. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.

Simple Summary

If when trying to uninstall an application, you receive the error:

  • Windows cannot find “C:\Windows\system32\SpoonUninstall.exe”. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again

Then try uninstalling using the old Control Panel “Programs and Features” instead of the modern UI “Settings/Apps & Feature”.

The details – so you can be sure the same applies to you

I installed OpenDHCP Server on a demo Windows Server 2019.  After I had finished testing, I wanted to uninstall to tidy things up. (Google research indicates that this problem applies to a number of other applications)

  1. Using the “modern UI” Settings/Apps & Features
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  2. I clicked Uninstall and received an error (C:\Windows\system32\SpoonUninstall.exe”. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.)
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  3. After a bit of “google research” I changed to the old Control Panel, Programs and Features tool
  4. Windows Key, then start typing “Control Panel”
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  5. Click on Programs/Uninstall a Program
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  6. After selecting the OpenDHCPServer item I was prompted to uninstall
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  7. And this time all OK
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  8. And checking the program list in both places (Modern UI and Control Panel) shows that OpenDHCPServer is gone as well as the install directory on C:

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