Andrew De Forest Andrew De Forest - 6 months ago 1325
Node.js Question

How to completely remove node.js from Windows

I uninstalled my previous version of node.js (0.8.11) and downloaded the latest, 0.10.24 from the node.js website and installed it. However, after running

node --version
, it still indicates that I'm running v0.8.11. Obviously, some stuff was left behind during the uninstall process, and it's causing me to have all sorts of errors when trying to add modules through npm. I've seen solutions to this for OSX and Linux, but couldn't find anything for Windows. I'm running Windows 7 64-bit.

Answer

How to remove Node.js from Windows:

  1. Uninstall from Programs & Features with the uninstaller.

  2. Reboot (or you probably can get away with killing all node-related processes from Task Manager).

  3. Look for these folders and remove them (and their contents) if any still exist. Depending on the version you installed, UAC settings, and CPU architecture, these may or may not exist:

    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Nodejs
    • C:\Program Files\Nodejs
    • C:\Users\{User}\AppData\Roaming\npm (or %appdata%\npm)
    • C:\Users\{User}\AppData\Roaming\npm-cache (or %appdata%\npm-cache)
  4. Check your %PATH% environment variable to ensure no references to Nodejs or npm exist.

  5. If it's still not uninstalled, type where node at the command prompt and you'll see where it resides -- delete that (and probably the parent directory) too.

  6. Reboot, for good measure.

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