How To Remove Windows 10 Built-In Apps Using PowerShell
How To Remove Windows 10 Built-In Apps Using PowerShell

Built-In Windows 10 Apps Cause Frustration

Windows 10 includes a number of built-in, mostly useless and unwanted apps by default.  While this might be convenient and fun with a home operating system, the inclusion of apps such as Candy Crush and Xbox in Windows 10 Pro seems out of place.  Given how difficult it can be to uninstall these apps, and keep them uninstalled, including them in an OS that is primarily for business use can be a real headache for system administrators and IT managers.

Luckily, it is easy to remove Windows 10 Built-In apps with PowerShell.  We can’t guarantee that Windows Update won’t just install them again.

Remove Windows 10 Built-In Apps from Apps and Features

Screenshot-of-apps-and-features-windowSome, but not all, built-in Windows 10 apps can be removed from the Apps and Features window.

  1. From your Search Bar type ‘apps’
  2. Hit Enter to select Apps and Features
  3. Highlight the app you wish to remove
  4. Click Uninstall

As stated earlier, this will work from some, but not all, built-in apps.  Although you can’t remove all Windows 10 apps, to remove the maximum amount, you’ll need to use PowerShell.

Remove Windows 10 Built-In Apps with PowerShell

While scripting the removal of Windows 10 Built-In apps is very powerful, you still will run into some that can’t be removed.  Cortana and Edge, for example, will return an error when attempting to remove them.

  • Open PowerShell by pressing Windows+X and choosing ‘Windows PowerShell (Admin) from the menu.
  • From the PowerShell prompt, run the following commands
    • Uninstall 3D Builder: Get-AppxPackage *3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • Uninstall Alarms and Clock: Get-AppxPackage *windowsalarms* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • Uninstall Calculator: Get-AppxPackage *windowscalculator* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • Uninstall Calendar and Mail: Get-AppxPackage *windowscommunicationsapps* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • Uninstall Camera: Get-AppxPackage *windowscamera* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • Uninstall Contact Support: This app can’t be removed.
    • Uninstall Cortana: This app can’t be removed.
    • Uninstall Get Office: Get-AppxPackage *officehub* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • Uninstall Get Skype: Get-AppxPackage *skypeapp* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • Uninstall Get Started: Get-AppxPackage *getstarted* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • Uninstall Groove Music: Get-AppxPackage *zunemusic* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • Uninstall Maps: Get-AppxPackage *windowsmaps* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • Uninstall Microsoft Edge: This app can’t be removed.
    • Uninstall Microsoft Solitaire Collection: Get-AppxPackage *solitairecollection* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • Uninstall Money: Get-AppxPackage *bingfinance* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • Uninstall Movies & TV: Get-AppxPackage *zunevideo* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • Uninstall News: Get-AppxPackage *bingnews* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • Uninstall OneNote: Get-AppxPackage *onenote* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • Uninstall People: Get-AppxPackage *people* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • Uninstall Phone Companion: Get-AppxPackage *windowsphone* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • Uninstall Photos: Get-AppxPackage *photos* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • Uninstall Store: Get-AppxPackage *windowsstore* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • Uninstall Sports: Get-AppxPackage *bingsports* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • Uninstall Voice Recorder: Get-AppxPackage *soundrecorder* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • Uninstall Weather: Get-AppxPackage *bingweather* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • Uninstall Windows Feedback: This app can’t be removed.
    • Uninstall Xbox: Get-AppxPackage *xboxapp* | Remove-AppxPackagege

Reinstalling Windows 10 Built-In Applications

If you ever decide you want these applications back, reinstalling them is as simple as running the following PowerShell command:

Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers| Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

If you like your computers without clutter and you wish that you didn’t have all these unnecessary applications clogging up your Start Menu, these commands are your ticket.  Don’t be surprised when Windows Update reinstalls them again.

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