Windows 10 Creators Update has again shown us that Microsoft isn’t going to stop pushing unwanted apps to the users anytime soon. If you are among the majority which doesn’t like having unwanted apps on your PC, then you can use this article to uninstall most of the apps.
These bloatware apps install automatically when you setup Windows 10 for the first time and there’s no way for you to stop this. You can, of course, uninstall them one by one after you get to your Desktop.
Uninstalling Apps (bloatware) from Windows 10 Creators Update
Windows 10 by default has a lot of apps pre-installed on it. Some of them are useful like Mail and Maps, but most of these apps are crappy games and bloat that you don’t need on your PC. So, making sure which apps are useful and which one is not can sometimes become confusing.
To make things easier, I have categorized these apps as Bloat, Essentials, and Others.
Bloatware are the apps which serve no purpose on your PC other than hogging up space and annoying you from time to time.
Essentials are the ones which I think that most people will need while using their Windows 10 PC time to time.
Others are the apps which are useful but only for specific use cases. You may rarely use them, but they won’t bother you much.
To uninstall these apps, you can use the Microsoft PowerShell as administrator and remove them from your PC.
- First, open the
PowerShellby searching for it in the start menu search.
- Right-click on PowerShell and run it as administrator.
- Type cd .\Desktop\ and press Enter to switch the current working directory to the Desktop.
- Now, you can use the Get-AppxPackage command to view the list of all installed apps on your PC. Type the following command to get a list of all apps on your PC in a text file on your Desktop.
Get-AppxPackage | Out-File myapps.txt
Now, open the myapps.txt with notepad and you’ll see a very large file with all installed apps listed.
In this PowerShell window, you can use the
Remove-AppxPackage command to uninstall any UWP app.
The general format for typing the command is
Remove-AppxPackage <app name>. Look the app name from the myapps.txt file on your desktop.
Of course, finding each app on your Windows 10 PC and figuring out whether it is useful or not is quite tiresome. So, for your convenience, I have made the list of all the current apps that come installed on Windows 10 Creators Update.
You can type these commands in the PowerShell window to uninstall that particular app.
These are the apps that you should uninstall right away. Removing them from your PC won’t have any detrimental effects on its stability or performance.
Get-AppxPackage *Minecraft* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *DrawboardPDF* | Remove-AppxPackage
Farmville 2: Country Escape
Get-AppxPackage *FarmVille2CountryEscape* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Asphalt8Airborne* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *PandoraMediaInc* | Remove-AppxPackage
Candy Crush Soda Saga
Get-AppxPackage *CandyCrushSodaSaga* | Remove-AppxPackage
Microsoft Solitaire Collection
Get-AppxPackage *MicrosoftSolitaireCollection* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Twitter* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *bingsports* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *bingfinance* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *officehub* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *BingNews* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *windowsphone* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *HolographicFirstRun* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Netflix* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *bingweather* | Remove-AppxPackage
View 3D Preview
Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft3DViewer* | Remove-AppxPackage
Movies & TV
Get-AppxPackage *ZuneVideo* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Facebook* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft.SkypeApp* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *SkypeApp* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Appconnector* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Wallet* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Office.Sway* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *ZuneMusic* | Remove-AppxPackage
These are the apps that you will either need or are required by Windows 10 to function correctly. I recommend you to not mess with them.
Store (single account only)
Get-AppxPackage *WindowsStore* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *WindowsCalculator* | Remove-AppxPackage
Paid Wi-Fi & Cellular
Get-AppxPackage *OneConnect* | Remove-AppxPackage
Alarms & Clock
Get-AppxPackage *WindowsAlarms* | Remove-AppxPackage
Calendar and Mail
Get-AppxPackage *windowscommunicationsapps* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *WindowsCamera* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *WindowsMaps* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Messaging* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *soundrecorder* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *MSPaint* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *CommsPhone* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Photos* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *WindowsScan* | Remove-AppxPackage
These are the miscellaneous apps that may or may not be useful depending on whether you personally find a use case for it. You can remove most of these without affecting Windows 10 features.
Get-AppxPackage *OneNote* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *MicrosoftStickyNotes* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *XboxApp* | Remove-AppxPackage
Xbox Game Speech Window
Get-AppxPackage *XboxSpeechToTextOverlay* | Remove-AppxPackage
Xbox One SmartGlass
Get-AppxPackage *XboxOneSmartGlass* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *WindowsFeedbackHub* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *People* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *ConnectivityStore* | Remove-AppxPackage