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How to Remove Windows 10 Built-in Apps/Bloatware and Restore Them Again

How to Remove Windows 10 Built-in Apps/Bloatware and Restore Them Again

I’m sure there’s a user out there that uses each of Windows 10’s built-in apps, but it’s probably just that –a single person. The OS ships with numerous apps, from Mail to Photos, the outdated Skype, defunct Groove Music, Xbox, and finance management. None of these take up much space on your system, but they do clog up the App list, so we’re going to show you how to uninstall them and remove the Windows 10 bloatware.

It’s worth noting, however, that some of these apps are essential for the running of the OS, and there are some Microsoft deems so important that you can’t even delete them via this method. Remove Bing News, for example, and you could break Cortana’s story functionality. Uninstall Photos and you’ll be left without a viewer until you download a third-party one.

You can’t uninstall built-in Windows 10 as like Cortana, Edge, and Windows Feedback. On top of that, the apps you do get rid of are likely to re-appear when you have a Windows 10 feature update.

Thankfully, you can remove bloatware with a PowerShell script we’ve crafted, which can perform (but isn’t limited to) the following tasks:

  • Uninstall Skype from Windows 10
  • Remove the Windows Store
  • Uninstall the Xbox app
  • Remove the Mail app
  • Remove other UWP bloatware in Windows 10

In the event that you accidentally delete something you need, we’ll also be showing how to restore built-in apps in Windows 10 after an uninstall. And if you want to get rid of all store-apps altogether, we will show you how to wipe them from your disk as well.

Let’s get started.

How to Delete a Specific Built-in Windows 10 App with PowerShell

Open PowerShell

Press “Windows + X” and click “Windows PowerShell (Run as Admin)”.

How to Remove Windows 10 Built-in Apps/Bloatware and Restore Them Again

Remove the app

You can remove Windows 10 bloatware with the following command (example):

Get-AppxPackage *soundrecorder* | Remove-AppxPackage

For the most part, the app names are self-explanatory, but there are some that differ from their display names in Windows 10. Here’s the full list:

3D Builder: Get-AppxPackage *3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage

Alarms and Clock: Get-AppxPackage *windowsalarms* | Remove-AppxPackage

Calculator: Get-AppxPackage *windowscalculator* | Remove-AppxPackage

Calendar and Mail: Get-AppxPackage *windowscommunicationsapps* | Remove-AppxPackage

Camera: Get-AppxPackage *windowscamera* | Remove-AppxPackage

Get Office: Get-AppxPackage *officehub* | Remove-AppxPackage

Get Skype: Get-AppxPackage *skypeapp* | Remove-AppxPackage

Get Started: Get-AppxPackage *getstarted* | Remove-AppxPackage

Groove Music: Get-AppxPackage *zunemusic* | Remove-AppxPackage

Maps: Get-AppxPackage *windowsmaps* | Remove-AppxPackage

Microsoft Solitaire Collection: Get-AppxPackage *solitairecollection* | Remove-AppxPackage

Money: Get-AppxPackage *bingfinance* | Remove-AppxPackage

Movies & TV: Get-AppxPackage *zunevideo* | Remove-AppxPackage

News: Get-AppxPackage *bingnews* | Remove-AppxPackage

OneNote: Get-AppxPackage *onenote* | Remove-AppxPackage

People: Get-AppxPackage *people* | Remove-AppxPackage

Phone Companion: Get-AppxPackage *windowsphone* | Remove-AppxPackage

Photos: Get-AppxPackage *photos* | Remove-AppxPackage

Store: Get-AppxPackage *windowsstore* | Remove-AppxPackage

Sports: Get-AppxPackage *bingsports* | Remove-AppxPackage

Voice Recorder: Get-AppxPackage *soundrecorder* | Remove-AppxPackage

Weather: Get-AppxPackage *bingweather* | Remove-AppxPackage

Xbox: Get-AppxPackage *xboxapp* | Remove-AppxPackage

How to Remove Windows 10 Built-in Apps/Bloatware and Restore Them Again

How to Remove All Built-in Windows 10 Apps at Once with PowerShell

There are some situations where you just want your OS as barebones as possible. We’ve crafted a PowerShell script that will delete all of them in one fell swoop. . Here’s how to use it:

How to Remove Windows 10 Built-in Apps/Bloatware and Restore Them Again

Extract the files

In your downloads folder, right-click “uninstall-pre-installed-apps” and choose “Extract All”.

How to Remove Windows 10 Built-in Apps/Bloatware and Restore Them Again

Modify your execution policy

Open PowerShell by pressing “Ctrl + X” and selecting its admin variant from the fly-out menu. Then type:

Set-ExectuionPolicy RemoteSigned.

This will let you run outside PowerShell scripts. When prompted for an answer, type “Y” and press “Enter”.

How to Remove Windows 10 Built-in Apps/Bloatware and Restore Them Again

Run the script

In PowerShell, type & C:\uninstall-pre-installed-apps.ps1 and press “Enter”. For this example we have copied the script to the root folder on our “C:”-drive. Change the command according to your needs.

How to Remove Windows 10 Built-in Apps/Bloatware and Restore Them Again

How to Remove All Installed Store Apps with a PowerShell Command

Alternatively, you can remove all store apps from Windows 10 with a single command. Classic desktop-applications will remain on your system. If you have a just installed Windows 10 from scratch or bought a new PC this might be an easy alternative to the other shown methods.

Run this command

Get-AppxPackage * | Remove-AppxPackage

How to Remove Windows 10 Built-in Apps/Bloatware and Restore Them Again

How to Reinstall All Pre-installed Windows 10 Apps

You can also restore all default apps if you lose OS features that you rely on.

Run this command in PowerShell:

Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers| Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
How to Remove Windows 10 Built-in Apps/Bloatware and Restore Them Again

Wait for it to execute

It will take a little while for PowerShell to grab and deploy all your apps. Wait for it to complete and close PowerShell.

How to Remove Windows 10 Built-in Apps/Bloatware and Restore Them Again
(via winbuzz: https://winbuzzer.com/2020/06/16/how-to-remove-windows-10s-built-in-apps-bloatware-and-and-restore-them-again-xcxwbt/)