[How to] Uninstall preinstalled Windows Apps through Windows PowerShell
Microsoft has done a great job with the release of Windows 10. The operating system combines the best aspects of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 and voila you have Windows 10. This brings on the one hand the well known UI from Windows 7 but does bring also some cool features from Windows 8. One such feature which is coming from Windows 8 is the app store.
With Windows 8 Microsoft has done a bold step and apart from the Modern UI the have also introduced an app store for their desktop operating system, which makes it possible to simply install a few apps on your PC like you are used to on your phone. The great thing about the ability to install apps on your PC is actually the fact that with Windows 10 the company has also introduced the Universal App Platform. So this brings less work for developers on the one hand since they do have to develop only one app for all three different Microsoft platforms and it brings a great user experience on the other hand since a lot of apps are offering exactly the same design and features on all devices with a Microsoft operating system installed.
If you are using Windows 10 on your PC or Tablet already, you might have noticed that there is coming quite a list of pre installed Windows Apps which are developed by Microsoft and are offering a great service though not everyone might use them. Unfortunately it is not possible to uninstall every app. However thanks to a little tweak in the PowerShell it is even possible to uninstall apps which Microsoft doesn’t want you to uninstall. If you are familiar to the Windows PowerShell it shouldn’t be a problem for you to follow this guide, however if you are not very experienced in using PowerShell on your PC be sure to think twice if you want to follow this guide and if you do be sure to exactly follow the steps below.
- Apps from other users
The command which you have just typed in brings you a list of all installed apps, however only the apps which you have installed ion your account. If you are using a PC with multiple users you can use different command in order to get a list of the apps which other users have installed on this PC “Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers“. If you are using this command, PowerShell should look something like this:
So now where you do have a list of all your installed apps you can finally start with uninstalling your apps which you do not use. In order to do so you can look through the list of apps and have a look at their names. So if you wish to uninstall the MOvies & TV app for example you can have a look at the list of apps and will notice that the app is listed as “Microsoft.ZuneVideo“. Once you have found the name of the app you want to uninstall, youse the following command to get rid of the app: “Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.ZuneVideo | Remove-AppxPackage“. Be sure to use exactly the name of the and that you don’t have any typos in it.
So this is a quite handy method to uninstall apps which you do not really use but Microsoft doesn’t let you uninstall them. However there are some apps which you can not uninstall, even with this method shown, here is a list of all these apps: Cortana, Contact Support, Windows Feedback, Insider Hub, and Microsoft Edge; If you are trying to uninstall one of those Windows is telling you that these are part of the operating system and can not be removed.
If you are accidentally uninstalling any apps from your PC just head over to the Windows App Store where you can search for and download the app again.
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