How to completely remove node js from Windows

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I removed my prior version of node.js (0.8.11), then downloaded and installed the current version, 0.10.24, from the node.js website. However, when I run node —version, it still says I'm on v0.8.11. Obviously, something was left behind during the uninstall process, and it's generating all kinds of issues when I try to add modules using npm. I've seen solutions for OSX and Linux, but not for Windows. I'm using a 64-bit version of Windows 7.
Jun 14, 2022 in Node-js by Vaani
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  • Run npm cache clean --force

  • Uninstall from Programs & Features with the uninstaller.

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

  • 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)
  • C:\Users\{User}\.npmrc (and possibly check for that without the . prefix too)
  • C:\Users\{User}\AppData\Local\Temp\npm-*
  • Check your %PATH% environment variable to ensure no references to Nodejs or npm exist.

  • 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.

  • Reboot, for good measure.

answered Jun 14, 2022 by Neha
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