How to Remove the Sandisk U3 Launchpad

A few weeks ago I bought a 16gb Sandisk Micro USB drive, awesome for doing large installations from USB and carrying around heavy duty files. Though I found the drive itself to be excellent, I didn’t have any use for the installed “U3 Launchpad” application.

Formatting the drive didn’t remove the app, though eventually I discovered how to remove the U3 Launchpad software from my Sandisk USB drive.

Here’s how to remove Sandisk’s U3 Launchpad:

  1. Open the Launchpad menu, and click “Settings”. You need to select the “U3 Launchpad settings” option:
  2. Select the “Uninstall” option in the left hand navigation and click “Uninstall U3 Launchpad”
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  3. Select the restore files option (unless you want to completely wipe the drive)
    restore-option-sandisk
  4. Click “Next”
    U3-launchpad-removal-sandisk
  5. The uninstaller begins the format process
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  6. Your Sandisk will now be free of Launchpad

All done, and a remarkably easy process once you realise that the easiest way to remove this software is allow it to run…

Want to re-install U3? I can’t come up with a single reason why you’d want to do this but just in case, Sandisk’s site gives the following advice:

SanDisk’s U3 website features a U3 Launchpad Installer utility that you can use to re-install the U3 Launchpad on the Cruzer smart drive.

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