How to Troubleshoot: Uninstall SkypeHost.exe in a Windows 10 Computer

Skypehost.exe (Windows Skype) is a process that runs by default on Microsoft Windows 10 computers. By default, it happens right after installation or the first boot of the operating system, even if the Skype for the desktop program has not been installed on the computer.

Skypehost.exe controls two applications that Microsoft installs by default on Windows 10 systems: Skype and Messaging + Skype Messaging is a chat application added to Skype that allows users to send messages via Skype instead of using other forms such as SMS.

What is causing the problem with SkypeHost.exe?

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The main problem is that Skypehost.exe shows a high CPU and memory load in the task manager. Even if you kill the process or disable it, it keeps running in the background. If you use Skype as a Windows 10 application, it uses a lot of system resources and likely causes a high CPU load. However, if you download the desktop version of Skype, you won’t have these problems.

How can I uninstall SkypeHost.exe?

Uninstall it via Applications and features

  1. While holding down the Windows key, press I.
  2. Click on the System button.
  3. Then click on Apps and Features in the left pane.
  4. Find your email, Skype video app, and Skype app. Select them and then click Uninstall.

Uninstall the Skype application using the full name of the package

  1. Open PowerShell using the method described above. In it, type Get-AppxPackage | Select Name, PackageFullName and press Enter.
  2. In the results list that appears, find Microsoft.SkypeApp and note the PackageFullName value.
  3. Then type the following command and replace PackageFullName with the specified value: Get-AppxPackage PackageFullName | Remove-AppxPackage.
  4. Then press ENTER. If Microsoft.SkypeApp is not displayed, the application has already been uninstalled.

Use PowerShell to uninstall it

  1. Press the Windows key. Enter PowerShell in the search box.
  2. Right-click Windows PowerShell in the search results and select Run as administrator.
  3. In the Windows PowerShell window, type the following commands and press Enter after each command: Get-AppxPackage *Messaging* | Remove-AppxPackageGet-AppxPackage *skypeapp* | Remove-AppxPackage.
  4. Reboot the system and test it.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Close Skype and make sure it is not running in the background.
  2. Click or tap on the Windows Start button and type appwiz.
  3. Click or tap on the program to open it in a new window.
  4. Hold down or right-click on Skype in the list and choose Uninstall or Uninstall.

  1. The first thing you need to do is to sign out of Skype.
  2. If Skype is on the taskbar, right click it and select Exit.
  3. Press the Windows key.
  4. Enter appwiz.
  5. Find Skype in the list, right click it and choose Uninstall or Uninstall.
  6. Download and install the latest version of Skype.

  1. Click on the three dots next to your Skype profile picture.
  2. Click on Settings.
  3. In the Settings menu, click General.
  4. In the General menu, click the blue and white slider to the right of "Start Skype automatically." It should now be white and gray.

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