How to Uninstall and Restore Windows 10’s Built-in Apps

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Windows 10 comes with a bunch of apps that you may find useful, and a few you will probably never need. Unfortunately, Windows 10 doesn't want you to uninstall Universal apps such as Money, Maps and People. But that doesn't mean you can't use a little ingenuity to delete them.deleteapp end 675341.44407345576

First, though, think before you uninstall these apps, as removing Bing News might cripple Cortana's ability to deliver you stories, and removing Alarms and Clock might break the digital assistant's ability to set reminders. If deleting an app creates such an unintended consequence, we've also got instructions for how to restore all apps.

Universal apps don't take up much storage space, so remember that you're removing them strictly to tidy the All Apps view in the start menu. Also, note that Contact Support, Cortana, Edge and Windows Feedback cannot be removed.

How to Uninstall Windows 10's Built-in Apps

Before you uninstall or restore apps, make sure no other programs are running aside from Windows PowerShell.

1. Click the Cortana search field.deleteapp 1

2. Type 'Powershell' into the field.deleteapp 2

3. Right-click 'Windows PowerShell.' deleteapp 3

4. Select Run as administrator.deleteapp 4

5. Click Yes. deleteapp 5

6. Enter a command from the below list for the program you wish to uninstall.

Here are the list of commands:

3D Builder: Get-AppxPackage *3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage

Alarms and Clock: Get-AppxPackage *windowsalarms* | Remove-AppxPackage

Calculator: Get-AppxPackage *windowscalculator* | Remove-AppxPackage

Calendar and Mail: Get-AppxPackage *windowscommunicationsapps* | Remove-AppxPackage

Camera: Get-AppxPackage *windowscamera* | Remove-AppxPackage

Get Office: Get-AppxPackage *officehub* | Remove-AppxPackage

Get Skype: Get-AppxPackage *skypeapp* | Remove-AppxPackage

Get Started: Get-AppxPackage *getstarted* | Remove-AppxPackage

Groove Music: Get-AppxPackage *zunemusic* | Remove-AppxPackage

Maps: Get-AppxPackage *windowsmaps* | Remove-AppxPackage

Microsoft Solitaire Collection: Get-AppxPackage *solitairecollection* | Remove-AppxPackage

Money: Get-AppxPackage *bingfinance* | Remove-AppxPackage

Movies & TV: Get-AppxPackage *zunevideo* | Remove-AppxPackage

News: Get-AppxPackage *bingnews* | Remove-AppxPackage

OneNote: Get-AppxPackage *onenote* | Remove-AppxPackage

People: Get-AppxPackage *people* | Remove-AppxPackage

Phone Companion: Get-AppxPackage *windowsphone* | Remove-AppxPackage

Photos: Get-AppxPackage *photos* | Remove-AppxPackage

Store: Get-AppxPackage *windowsstore* | Remove-AppxPackage

Sports: Get-AppxPackage *bingsports* | Remove-AppxPackage

Voice Recorder: Get-AppxPackage *soundrecorder* | Remove-AppxPackage

Weather: Get-AppxPackage *bingweather* | Remove-AppxPackage

Xbox: Get-AppxPackage *xboxapp* | Remove-AppxPackage

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7. Click Enter. Repeat steps 6 and 7 as necessary for the apps you want to remove. deleteapp 7You've deleted applications from Windows, and cleared them from the Start Menu!deleteapp end

How to Restore Windows 10's Built-in Apps

Remember, do not have any applications open other than Windows PowerShell.

1. Follow steps 1 through 5 in the previous walkthrough.

2. Type the below text and then hit Enter. 

Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers| Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

restoreapps 1You've restored the apps you've deleted!restoreapps end



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Henry T. Casey
Henry T. Casey,
After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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  • Prabhakar Kumar Says:

    You can use this little powershell script to make it easier

    $packages = @("3dbuilder", "windowsalarms", "windowscalculator", "windowscommunicationsapps", "windowscamera", "officehub", "skypeapp", "getstarted", "zunemusic", "windowsmaps", "solitairecollection", "bingfinance", "zunevideo", "bingnews", "onenote", "people", "windowsphone", "photos", "windowsstore", "bingsports", "soundrecorder", "bingweather", "xboxapp")
    foreach ($package in $packages)
    echo "Uninstalling $package"
    Get-AppxPackage "*$package*" | Remove-AppxPackage;
    echo "Couldn't remove $package"

  • Edward Brey Says:

    Ironically, you didn't say how to remove PowerShell. That would be useful to know if you only need PowerShell Core.

  • Rasta Says:

    Thank you! I was able to remove the Mail and Calendar using the command "Get-AppxPackage *windowscommunicationsapps* | Remove-AppxPackage"


  • Shane Says:

    I use IObit uninstaller, since MS decided they like using their apps to hijack my A/V and other media files. Bye bye, Windows app.

  • Pablo Ariel Says:

    Awesome. Microsoft is always attempting to get us out from Windows by adding a lot of useless crap to their system but thankfully there are valuable people actually working in favor of the company, like you, who prevent us to throw the computer and the operating system to the toilet.

  • Sean Pereira Says:

    Or you could just download the free version of Ccleaner and do it easily through that.

  • Judith wallace Says:

    I can't find the uninstall app please tell me where to look,, thanks

  • Richard Says:

    Oops! Missed out the vertical bar before foreach :-(

  • Jennifer Howells Says:

    Tried to uninstall some win 10 apps following your instructions but the screen giving the option to say YES to changes does not come up. Help!

  • Mike A Says:

    I found your explanation of removing apps via powershell easy to understand and execute. Thank you
    Mike :)
    PS if my laptop dies tomorrow I reserve my right to change my mind :)

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