Remove pre-installed Windows 10 apps
What apps can you easily uninstall? 1
When you first use Windows 10, you’ll see a number of pre-installed apps. Many of these can be removed quite easily, while others are more complicated. The easily-uninstalled apps are: Get Started; Get Skype; Get Office; Microsoft Solitaire Collection; Money; News; Phone Companion; Sports; Optional Features; Windows Media Player; and Windows DVD Player.
Quickly uninstall these apps 2
To remove the apps listed in Step 1, all you need to do is find their entries in the Start menu, right-click their icon, and select Uninstall. A small message will appear letting you know that the app, and any associated data, will be removed from your PC. If you’re happy to proceed, click Uninstall once again. The selected app will then be deleted from your device.
3 Other pre-installed apps you can remove
There are also a number of pre-installed apps in Windows 10 that can be removed as well, but the process is a little more complicated. This is because these apps are more tightly integrated into the operating system. The apps are: Calculator; Calendar; Mail; Camera; Maps; Movies & TV; People; Photos; the Microsoft Store app; and Weather.
5 Removing an app
With the PowerShell window open, you’ll now need to type in the following code to remove apps: ‘Get-AppxPackage *appname* | Remove-AppxPackage’. Where we have written ‘appname’ you’ll need to enter in the code for the app. For example, if you want to remove the Camera app, you’d type ‘windowscamera’ in that bit between the two asterisks.
7 Use third-party software
If you’re not confident about using Windows Powershell to remove apps, try 10AppsManager from www.thewindowsclub.com/10appsmanager-windows-10. Click ‘Download File’, and when the ZIP file has downloaded, open the folder and click the the EXE file. A window will appear and you can click the icon of the app you want to uninstall.
4 Use PowerShell to remove those apps
For the trickier-to-remove apps, you’ll need to use the Windows PowerShell. This is a powerful tool that should only be used if you’re confident. To open PowerShell, type ‘powershell’ into the search box in the Taskbar. When ‘Windows PowerShell’ appears, right-click it and select ‘Run as administrator’. A window will appear that looks similar to the command prompt.
6 Codes for other apps…
3D Builder (3dbuilder); Alarms and Clock (windowsalarms); Calendar and Mail (windowscommunicationsapps); Calculator (windowscalculator); Groove Music (zunemusic); Maps (windowsmaps); Movies & TV (zunevideo); OneNote (onenote); People (people); Photos (photos); Store (windowsstore); Voice Recorder (soundrecorder); Xbox (xboxapp).
8 Reinstall apps
You now know how to get rid of unwanted apps! If you change your mind and want to reinstall an app you’ve deleted, you can do this by opening the Microsoft Store and searching for it. When you find the app, click it, then click Get. Of course, this assumes that you haven’t deleted the Microsoft Store app! If you have, you’ll need to use a Restore point to get it back.