I uninstalled Atom to reinstall it from scratch (as spell checking isn’t working, but reinstalling didn’t fix that).
I used the uninstall entry point in the installed application list of Windows.
I had to remove manually the three folders I know:
C:\Users\<user name>\.atom folder (settings, packages…).
C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Local\atom (application itself)
C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Roaming\Atom folder (for cache?)
The first one was problematic because npm created very long paths (deep dependencies of packages) and Windows Explorer refused to remove them, and
rm -rf (from UnxUtils) was hung on them.
I solved this by taking the
node_modules folder of the problematic packages and moving them (D’n’D in Explorer) to the
.atom folder. Not an obvious move for the uninitiated…
Install and uninstall processes should be improved.
I don’t appreciate that Atom doesn’t ask anything at installation: I don’t want a desktop icon, I might not want a start menu icon, I might want to choose an installation folder to group with other softwares. Although I understand that installing in
Program Files is problematic for updates…
And uninstalling should, at least optionally, clean up everything.