This Is How You Uninstall Adobe AIR

With many thanks to Oliver Goldman from the Adobe AIR Engineering, I’ve finally solved my problem. Quoted from his email, here’s how you uninstall Adobe AIR if it does not appear in the Add/Remove Programs control panel:

Download the latest installer and then pass it the "-uninstall" flag from the command line, like so:

AdobeAIRInstaller.exe -uninstall

After uninstalling it successfully, I re-installed again and now, the "Adobe AIR" sits in the Add/Remove Programs list. I assume any last remnants of any Apollo runtime had been uninstalled as well. Coolness~ 😀

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19 Responses to This Is How You Uninstall Adobe AIR

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  2. Dvir Reznik says:

    We should have been connected before… would have solve my Air problem ( weeks ago :-)

    Thanks !!

  3. says:

    Very usefull post!

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  5. yilz says:

    i tried dat,its tellin me unistallation failed,consult log…i need help man

  6. verwoods says:

    This Is How You Uninstall Adobe AIR
    May 15, 2008 | AIR

    Sorry but what is the command line you are mentioning?
    Is it seen on new download? I don’t have an exe. programme in the Air list of files.

    • flashmech says:

      You can get to the command line via Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Command Prompt
      Or you can just go to Start -> Run… and type “cmd” without the quotes and run the command prompt.
      Hope that helps. :)

  7. eboughey says:

    didn’t help at all. I get the (consult log) but nobody goes any further than the command prompt…

    • flashmech says:

      If you could try and explain it more, like where did it not work, what’s the message in the consult log, which consult log you are talking about, then maybe whoever sees this might be able to help you. :)

  8. XEON says:


    “didn’t help at all. I get the (consult log) but nobody goes any further than the command prompt…”

    If you’re running Vista, you’ll need to run Command Prompt as Admin.


    You’ll need to change your directory to where the AdobeAIRInstaller.exe is located

    (example: mine was on my desktop so I type “cd c:\users\me\desktop”.)

    Then run the uninstall command “AdobeAIRInstaller.exe -uninstall” and it should uninstall successfully.

    Hope this helps.

  9. Jherek says:

    if you get the ‘failed (consult log) message, run the AIR installer to install it, then use the command prompt to uninstall it. Worked for me.

  10. Karen says:

    I tried to uninstall Air, using the above instructions. I get the “failed (consult log)” message. When I try to reinstall Air, I’m told it’s already installed. There seems to be no way to get rid of this program… or is it a virus? I’d love to be able to go back to an older version so I could use Tweetdeck again. I uninstalled Tweetdeck so I could uninstall Air, and I’m told when I try to reinstall Tweetdeck that the Air installation file is damaged. This is infuriating.

  11. Eric says:

    Here’s a walkthrough (with screenshots) of how to uninstall AIR.

    How to Uninstall Adobe AIR for Windows

  12. Josh P says:

    For those of us who can’t uninstall a corrupt version of AIR via any of the above methods, I found a simple fix that works.

    Microsoft offers a free program called the “Windows Install Clean-Up”. Run that, find any entries for “Adobe AIR” (I had two versions installed) and remove them.

    Bingo! Problem fixed. I can now install the latest version of AIR and update it with no problems.

    To download, visit, then scroll down till you see download link.

    Hope that helps.

  13. Arun says:

    Thanks, it worked for me.

  14. Tracy says:

    Thanks for the info. the windows install clean up utility worked for me!

  15. bsajiremm says:

    I tried everything but failed… except for this… I have Vista.

    Jherek on August 7th, 2009 at 2:45 am

    if you get the ‘failed (consult log) message, run the AIR installer to install it, then use the command prompt to uninstall it. Worked for me.

  16. Mark says:

    Thanks Josh, that was the fix I needed!!!!

  17. gabriel says:

    Sorry, but I want to remove the earlier AIR to install the newer one, because I can’t !

    I can’t install newer adobe AIR. that’s the problem, so I cannot solve it by installing it, and then removing it with control panel options.
    and the cmd way is faulty too. even if I toy with the administrator rights back and for.

    adobe really does not care about customers.