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:


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).



    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.

    Install Microsoft VX-1000, VX-3000 or VX-6000 webcam on Windows 10

    Microsoft VX-1000 webcam

    Remember? A product of 2007, it’s been a while… if you try to install the latest Lifecam on Windows 10, you will get..

    Microsoft Lifecam, Windows 10 compatibility issue
    Microsoft Lifecam, Windows 10 compatibility issue

    Let’s fix the problem by installing manually the driver..

    1. Download the driver for 64 bit: VX-1000, VX-3000VX-6000
    2. Extract the downloaded zip file.
    3. Open “Device Manager”, right click on “USB camera”, select “Update Driver”, browse for the driver and install.

    Update 27/10/2017: 32 bit drivers: VX-1000, VX-3000VX-6000
    Update 12/12/2017: It works only with classic Skype ( doesn’t work with Skype or Camera App from Windows Store