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:
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:
List packages whose name contains the text “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).
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.