How to uninstall built in apps from Windows 10

After a new Windows 10 installation, I would expect to have a clean, fresh operating system, eventually with a few useful built in apps, but after installing Windows 10 (  build 10.0.15063 )  my PC looks like this:

Windows 10 new installation
Windows 10 new installation
Windows 10 built in apps
Windows 10 built in apps

Test environment: Microsoft Windows 10 x64 Pro Build 10.0.15063 Version 1703 (Creators Update)


Let’s clean up…

1. Disable Cortana, if you don’t use Cortana just disable it,  saves a lot of time, headache and start menu problems. Download .reg files Disable and enable Cortana or follow the steps from below.
a.) Press ⊞ Windows key + R and type regedit
b.) Navigate to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\
c.) Create new key  “Windows Search” and a new DWORD VALUE “AllowCortana” with the value 0.

2. Uninstall OneDrive
Press ⊞ Windows key + R and type %SystemRoot%\SysWOW64\OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall

3. Uninstall built in apps
In start menu search for “PowerShell”, right click and run as administrator. Let’s run a few commands to understand better.

List all the apps:

Get-AppxPackage

List packages whose name contains the text “mysearch”:

Get-AppxPackage *mysearch*

Remove packages whose name contains *mysearch*

Get-AppxPackage *mysearch* | Remove-AppxPackage

Now that we know how to search and remove an app to remove multiple apps select the apps from the left, copy the text from the right and paste to Windows PowerShell (elevated).

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    Results

    Update 17/12/2017: When I wrote this post I was using Version 1703 (Creators Update) which installed (without asking) "Keeper - Free Password Manager", which contains a serious security flaw, more info.

    8 Replies to “How to uninstall built in apps from Windows 10”

    1. Perhaps I am doing something wrong, but I have tried to follow your advice with respect to removing unwanted applications via the Get-AppxPackage approach and the search for matching applications is only returning Microsoft branded components. None of the “freeware” like Candy Crush Saga appears on the listing any more.

      Perhaps this is a recent change with Windows 10? Maybe the Fall Update?

    2. Screw Microsoft. It should not be so complicated to remove applications we don’t want, didn’t ask for and was loaded onto my expensive equipment without permission.

    3. Uninstalling ‘people’ failed.

      C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.PeopleExperienceHost_cw5n1h2txyewy failed. This app is part of Windows and
      cannot be uninstalled on a per-user basis. An administrator can attempt to remove the app from the computer using Turn
      Windows Features on or off. However, it may not be possible to uninstall the app.

    4. Please add Disney Magic Kingdoms game to your list.
      I’d also like to remove the Microsoft store if possible.
      And the Mixed Reality Portal
      And Money
      And Paradise Bay
      And Royal Revolt 2
      And Sway
      And Word Mobile

      Thank you very much for sharing this method of removing unwanted apps.

      1. It’s not recommended to remove Microsoft Store, did Windows 10 installed the games enumerated by you automatically? without asking? Thank you.

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