How To Uninstall Adobe AIR (Windows)

Posted November 19, 2008 11:35 am by with 23 comments

Situation: You use an app that requires Adobe AIR but decide you don’t want it anymore and uninstall it. The app was easily removed by going to Add/Remove Programs, but AIR is still installed and there appears to be no way to uninstall it.

Update: The latest version of AIR does have an Add/Remove entry after installation but older versions do not. If you’re running an older version, read below for how to uninstall AIR.

Can you uninstall Adobe AIR completely?


Perform the following steps.

1. Uninstall all AIR apps first.

Being that you’re not going to use AIR anymore, uninstall any app that uses it. You most likely know which apps these are, and they can all be uninstalled via Add/Remove.

2. Download the AIR intstaller executable file.

Available here:

The file downloaded will be AdobeAIRInstaller.exe. Download this direct to the desktop. You’ll understand why in a moment.

Note: If you run this file by double-clicking it, all it will do is update your existing AIR installation but not uninstall it.

3. Launch a Command Prompt.

Click Start, then Run, type cmd and click OK.

You get something that will look similar to this.


4. Type cd Desktop and press Enter.

It looks like this:


5. Type the following command exactly as shown:

AdobeAirInstaller.exe -uninstall

It looks like this:


You must type it exactly as shown, then press Enter.

Adobe AIR will then be uninstalled from your computer.

23 responses to How To Uninstall Adobe AIR (Windows)

  1. Drew November 20th, 2008 at 4:06 am

    5. Type the following command exactly as shown:
    AdobeAirInstaller.exe -uninstall
    It looks like this: *screenshot*

    The “air” in “AdobeAirInstaller” in the screenshot is capitalized, yet the command to be typed in isn’t. As the screenshot isn’t exactly the same as what’s meant to be typed in, will this make a difference?

    I’m guessing not, but figured I’d check to be sure, as this is a really cool tip (one I’ll be making use of actually)


  2. Rod York January 14th, 2009 at 4:00 pm


    I have a problem where Adobe air doesn’t uninstall through Program Features -Vista. I tried your fix through the command prompt. I get a short return when it loads but fininshes with
    C:\users\Rod York\Desktop>Uninstalling Adobe Air failed

    I’m not sure where the log is to give you that info. I’ve looked in system 32 but no text logs under log files
    can you help please?

    Kind Regards
    Rod York


    • Rod York January 14th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

      Hello again,
      I found that after following your advice above -the uninstall through Program Features was now live and it uninstalled in 5 seconds.

      Thanks for the info


  3. Arnie W February 11th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    this is what I got, still can’t get rid of it. I don’t know where to look for a log.

    C:\Documents and Settings\Jan\Desktop>AdobeAirInstaller.exe -uninstall

    C:\Documents and Settings\Jan\Desktop>Uninstalling Adobe AIR (all versions)
    failed (consult log)


  4. Arnie W February 11th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    I found another way. Since I already downloaded the installer to the desktop. I just installed the latest version and then used the control panel to uninstall the program. its gone for me.


  5. Affiliate Marketing for Dummies February 24th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Arnie, I had this same problem but I tried it with the windows Vista “User Account Control” set to OFF and it worked first time.

    Hope this helps


  6. deniz August 26th, 2009 at 6:35 am

    Thank you very much. it works!


  7. EC September 20th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    I used this in Xp and found that nothing happened if I just waited and eventually closed the DOS window with the mouse. However, if I typed exit in the DOS window and then hit the enter key, that seemed to trigger the uninstall. Thanks for the tip!


  8. Posby October 29th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    On XP, this fails with the error as described above, and no indication of where any log is. Simply running the installer and trying to install the latest version also fails. None of the suggested workarounds work.


  9. Jeff January 10th, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I’m trying this in Windows 2000. When I hit “enter” it just goes to the command line, but I do see hard drive activity. However, I still see Adobe Air listed in the Control Panel “Add or Remove Programs” after activity has died down.


  10. Jeff January 10th, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Didn’t work. After rebooting I still see Adobe Air in Control Panel. I had an Adobe update yesterday and now both Firefox and Thunderbird won’t open, just generating error messages without logging the problem. I hate bloatware that takes over a computer. Enough of Adobe – if I get this fixed I’ll use Foxit for PDF files and get rid of Adobe completely.


  11. BIGBEN April 14th, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    It worked for me. The advice to download the AIR to Desktop is the greatest advice for someone who finds difficulty in typing in the paths using c prompt.

    Another thing, Adobe gets the thumbs down from me for insisting we leave AIR in our drive by making it difficult to uninstall. I used Add and Remove Program and Revo Uninstaller, yet it stubbornly refuse to be thrashed. With such a thug, Adobe has proven once again, it is a thug. Now, I only use its Flash, which I have no choice. Everything else from Adobe is bloatware and a pesk!


  12. Mike April 28th, 2010 at 6:52 am

    I did everything you suggested I Typed in AdobeAirInstaller.exe-uninstall and received the message “is not recognised as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file”
    What did I do wrong? any advice?


  13. Leon May 4th, 2010 at 4:50 am

    @ Mike you missed the spaces mate should be :

    AdobeAirInstaller.exe -uninstall


  14. Chris May 21st, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I get the same problem Mike had. I received the message “is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file. This seems to be impossible to unistall for me. Someone please help.


  15. David June 5th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    after it says uninstalling Adobe AIR it says failed what do i do


  16. Robert June 28th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Worked perfectly. If you're getting the 'not recognized…' error, it's because the AdobeAirInstaller.exe file is not located in the directory as displayed in the command prompt.

    I was getting an error trying to remove Adobe air via the Add or Remove Programs interface, but downloading the file, then running the uninstall command (as listed) worked perfectly, and I had a newer version of Adobe Air installed, too.


  17. Daniel August 26th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    This link will take let you download a Settings Manager for Adobe AIR… Then you can turn off auto-update…


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  20. Max H June 2nd, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Try using an elevated prompt – when you type cmd, press Ctrl-Shift-Enter and you get an elevated (Administrator) prompt. Then it should work.


  21. maxlimbu June 22nd, 2013 at 10:16 am

    hello I followed your advice and i get a message saying:
    C:\ Users\max\Desktop> Uninstalling Adobe AIR failed

    can you help me please


  22. RANDOMPOST March 20th, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Personally, what worked for me was to:
    1. Search Windows for ADOBE AIR
    2. Manually delete the ADOBE AIR folder which for me was located in a folder called “COMMON FILES”
    3. I then used a program called REVO UNINSTALLER to clean up the Registry entries and all other left over data related to ADOBE AIR———>This can be done by locating ADOBE AIR on the list then clicking the UNINSTALL button at the top REVO’s window.
    4. Select the Advanced Uninstall
    5. When a bunch of different Registry Entries show up during the uninstall, select all enries listed. Click delete entries then click NEXT.
    When the next set of entries appear, select all entries and Delete them. Click NEXT.



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