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silicone caulk, or regular caulk? Regular caulk will become brittle and you can chip it off. Silicon caulk usually be peeled off. If the “caulking “ was construction adhesive...there may be a solvent for it.
You need to cut the caulking with a utility knife and remove it so that the windows move freely. There is a solution called Silicone Remover which will help you to remove most of the residue. As a last resort, maybe if you warm the caulk up with a hair blower it may become soft enough for you to move it.
I would search for a solvent or you could give a heat gun a try...just be careful and use proper protection. I used it to remove lead paint: http://gatheredinthekitchen.com/2019/02/08/how-to-use-a-heat-gun-to-remove-paint-from-wood/
Try “Goof Off” power solvent. But get it in the spray can. It worked for me.