I cant open or uninstall Spotify! It says I may have the inappropriate permissions to access it even though I am the admin for my computer. When I try and uninstall it it tells me to contact my system admin but I AM ADMIN and there is only one account.
Ok, I've just come across this same problem and its appears to be a flaw in the way the Spotify application is written, After a little investigation here’s what I found and hopefully help people
The Spotify installation creates firewall rules in the Windows Firewall if you use it, it creates a lot of registry entries. So if you just delete the files, as is recommended by some of the earlier posters, you are left with all this configuration that should be undone when you uninstall the software
And for some reason, I guess a what could be considered to be a mistake in how the application has been written. It doesn't use the standard UAC process to elevate privileges when you try to uninstall the software, we’ll find out why shortly.
Other users have advised that you log on as an administrator so you can uninstall as an administrator. However, if you are following Microsoft’s current recommended practice and your user account is not an administrator but a standard user and there is a separate user account on the machine which has administrator rights on the machine it won't be visible inthe administrator user’s account's profile and this won't work. So if this is the case you have no way of running the uninstall process as an administrator through the control panel programs and features applet.
The installation path for Spotify application is: C:\Users\bob\AppData\Roaming\Spotify\Spotify.exe
So for people who have a user account which is a standard user account and a separate account with administrator privileges the following may interest you.
I had a search through the registry and found the uninstall string which is located within the HKey_users section of the registry, which explains why the administrator can't see the program is installed as it won't be visible to the administrator and therefore can't uninstall it. The uninstall string which is
So you think, great I can now uninstall this, I'll open up a command prompt as an administrator and I'll run the uninstall string, that will fix it. Well, this won't work because when you run uninstall as above it will try to uninstall the software from the user account which has administrative privileges. It will ask you if you want to uninstall Spotify but won't do anything to the account which you want to uninstall spotify from. Kind of annoying.....
So the solution to the problem is to temporarily, now don't forget that...... temporarily make your user account an administrator.
By temporarily making my account a member of the administrators group I was able to uninstall the Spotify using an elevated command prompt and the uninstall string above.
I’m not going to provide any steps on how to do this, if you have the knowledge then you will know what to do. Maybe Spotify could provide a set of steps which details this and they can take responsibility for it as it is the way they have written the program which makes it very difficult to uninstall the software of you are following Microsoft’s current recommended practice related to running your day to day users account as a standard user.
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So, I'm in Windows too (v.10), where is this "Finder"? I need to uninstall Spotify completely and reinstall like new, because is not working. Every song is "This song is not availale....", so how do I uninstal completelly? I have Spotify in a iPhone, and another two Windows 10 and 8 and they are working great. I have Premium account and use every installation without prolem, just in my laptop that suddenly stopped working and even when I uninstall and reinstall is doing the same not available thing.
I am going to uninstall Spotify for the second and last time. The first time it worked fine for a few weeks and then, when it asked me to sign in, it repeatedly denied entry due to "incorrect password", so, I uninstalled and a week or so later I reinstalled with new password. After about a week the same thing happened again and I couldn't access my Premim account. Life is too short and I have unlimited music options. Too bad though, I liked the Spotify format but don't like doing business with any entity I can't contact directly. Bye, bye Spotify!
Ive went to Control Panel and went to Apps and Features, went to uninstall Spotify I click Uninstall, then Yes when it says, "Do you want to allow this application to make changes on your device?" And when I do that, NOTHING HAPPENS! It just shows the loading icon on my cursor and then it disappears and nothing happens. I NEED HELP! AND I AM GETTING SO IMPATIENT!!!