Do you want to remove all build-in apps that come with Windows 10?

As you know Windows 10 introduced a new type of programs called UWP (Universal Windows Platform) apps like Photos, Music, OneNote, Xbox, People, Camera, Cortana, …

These apps can be uninstalled one by one using the Apps & features Setting and this can take some significant time to do. In this tutorial you will also discover the PowerShell method which will allow you to uninstall/reinstall all UWP apps in a matter of seconds.

UWP apps are different from legacy programs and can not be found under Programs and Features in Control Panel. But some legacy apps can be found under Apps & features. I know it looks like a mess right now, but most firms are switching toward providing UWP apps since they can be used from any platform (mobile, tablet, desktop, …) just like Android and iOS apps.

Uninstall Built-in Apps on Windows 10

There are two methods, the easy-but-takes-too-much-time way and the powershell method.

Remove UWP Apps Using from Apps & Features Settings

To remove a specific app please open your Settings app using the Win+I key combination. Type in the search Apps & features and click on the first result in the search list.

You can also access Apps & features by going to System or by using the following Run command: ms-settings:appsfeatures

You will get the list of all the apps that are installed on your system. Just select the app you want to get rid of and click “Uninstall”. You can use the search on top of the list to easily find the targeted app.

Please don’t forget that if the built-in app can’t be deleted, the uninstall button will be grayed out.

This way you will be able to delete one by one the following apps: Get Office, Solitaire Collection, Phone companion, Money, News, People, Sports, Alarm, and Clock, Get started, …

But this method is not in any way productive and will take lot of time especially if you want to remove all UWP apps at once.

Remove UWP Apps on Windows 10 Using PowerShell

Open the Start menu and search for powershell, right-click on “Windows PowerShell” and click “Run as administrator“.

To look for and uninstall the pre-installed apps on Windows 10, we will be using two commands in the PowerShell. Get-AppxPackage and Remove-AppxPackage.

  • Get-AppxPackage is used to get a list of all installed apps on your Windows 10 PC.
  • Remove-AppxPackage is used to remove an app from your Windows 10 PC.

Please keep in mind that the following commands are not case sensitive.

In your PowerShell type in the following command:

Get-AppxPackage

This command will display a large list of all the apps installed on your PC. The downside is that this list is full of information and will show lot of information that we are not interested in like IsResourcePackage, IsBundle or IsDevelopmentMode especially if you are not a super user.

However, since we are only interested in showing the Package name we are going to use the following command:

Get-AppxPackage | Select Name, PackageFullName

The command will display the Name of each app and its PackageFullName.

Now look for the app you want to uninstall and copy (highlight & CTRL+C) its PackageFullName and use this command:

Get-AppxPackage PackageFullName | Remove-AppxPackage

Don’t forget to replace the PackageFullName with the Full package name information that you copied before.

So, if you want to remove 3DBuilder app, your command will look something like this:

Get-appxpackage Microsoft.3DBuilder_14.0.1031.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe | Remove-appxpackage

Hit enter to execute the command. If you don’t see any error, then be sure that the app has been removed from your Windows 10 PC. If you see any error, you may need to restart your PC to complete the uninstallation process of the app.

To remove apps from all the user account use the following command:

Get-appxpackage -allusers packagefullname | Remove-appxpackage

To remove apps from any other account on your PC, use the following command:

get-appxpackage -user username packagefullname | Remove-appxpackage

In the above command replace username with the user account name from which you want to uninstall the app.

To REMOVE ALL built-in apps from Windows 10, use the following command:

Get-appxpackage | Remove-appxpackage

And if you want to REINSTALL all apps back again use the following command:

Get-AppxPackage -allusers | foreach {Add-AppxPackage -register "$($_.InstallLocation)\appxmanifest.xml" -DisableDevelopmentMode}

And there you have it !

You just learned how to uninstall all built-in Windows 10 apps the fast & easy way.

Soufiane – WindowsCollege.com