How to uninstall VALORANT

Be gone, VALORANT.

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Tired of VALORANT? Sorely miss Counter-Strike? Well, absolutely nothing is stopping you from uninstalling Riot’s tac shooter.

VALORANT certainly isn’t for everyone. It’s a game that requires patience, practice, and determination. At times, it can be much slower-paced than games like Overwatch, Call of Duty, and even Counter-Strike. And that can take a toll on some players.

But how do you uninstall VALORANT? Weirdly, it’s not as simple as it sounds. If you jump into your control panel and click uninstall, you’ll be faced with an error message. There are a few extra steps you need to take before uninstalling the game.

VALORANT’s anti-cheat detection system, Vanguard, first needs to be closed and uninstalled. You can close Vanguard by opening your system tray, found on the bottom right-hand side of your desktop, right-clicking on the red Vanguard icon, and selecting exit. 

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A message will pop up at this point asking if you want to “turn off” Vanguard. Click Yes.

Screengrab via Windows

When it’s closed, you’ll be able to uninstall both Vanguard and VALORANT as normal. You can do this by pressing the Windows Key or clicking the Windows icon on your taskbar, typing “Add or remove programs” in the search bar, and pressing enter.

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From there, scroll down to “Riot Vanguard,” right-click, and uninstall.

Screengrab via Windows

Finally, uninstall VALORANT.

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