How to completely uninstall/remove cygwin from windows10

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Steps for removal

  1. open powershell with administrator privilege.

  2. run takeown /f PATH_TO_CYGWIN /r /d y, for me, PATH_TO_CYGWIN = C:\ENVs\MinGW64.

  3. run icacls PATH_TO_CYGWIN /t /grant everyone:F

  4. run del PATH_TO_CYGWIN.

  5. check if the files are deleted and delete the residual files.