On Windows 10, Microsoft is adding a bunch of new visual changes, improvements under the hood, and a new Windows app platform that allows developers to build apps once and run them across devices.
We used to know them as modern apps, now they’re simply known as “Windows apps” (or Universal Windows Platform apps), and Windows 10 comes bundled with many of them, including Mail and Calendar, Messaging, Camera, Maps, Groove Music, Movies & TV, and many more. Then there are those tools that used to come built into the operating system, such as Calculator, Scan, Voice Recorder, and others that are now also apps.
Although, these apps can be useful, sometimes you rarely use them, and while Microsoft allows you to easily uninstall some of them on Windows 10, a number of apps you have to remove manually, and others, unfortunately, you cannot remove, as they are essential to the operating system.
In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to uninstall Windows 10 built-in apps, and pretty much any app from the Store using PowerShell — if you’re up to the challenge of using commands.
Let me remind you that Windows 10 has the new Settings app, and you can easily go to System > Apps & features to uninstall most of the apps, such as the annoying Get Office and Get Skype apps, Microsoft Solitaire Collection by selecting the app and clicking Uninstall. However, you’ll notice that you won’t be able to uninstall some of the apps and that when PowerShell comes in handy.
- How to uninstall Windows 10 apps using PowerShell
- How to uninstall Windows 10 built-in apps using PowerShell
How to uninstall Windows 10 apps using PowerShell
Do a search for PowerShell, right-click the result, and click Run as administrator.
Use the following command to view all the apps installed in your account:
If you want to see all the Windows apps installed in the computer execute the following command:
You will see a long list of apps and their corresponding description, which can be overwhelming, but you need to do this to know the name of the apps you want to uninstall. For example, if you want to uninstall the Camera app, in the listing you’ll notice that the system name is “Microsoft.WindowsCamera”.
Knowing the app name, we can proceed to uninstall the app, simply type the following command and press Enter:
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsCamera | Remove-AppxPackageNote: Although, the camera app was easy to spot, you always want to know how to get the exact app name, because not every app has a very descriptive name. For example, Groove Music’s system name is “Microsoft.ZuneMusic” and Movie & TV’s system name is “Microsoft.ZuneVideo”.
- Restart your computer to complete the process.
How to uninstall Windows 10 built-in apps using PowerShell
The commands mentioned above will remove the Camera app from Windows 10, but you can use the same steps to uninstall any Windows Store app. However, because the list is extensive and confusing, I’m listing the PowerShell commands to remove apps you typically can’t uninstall using using the Settings app.
Here is an example of the command, just replace SampleAppName with the universal Windows app name that you want to remove.
Get-AppxPackage SampleAppName | Remove-AppxPackage
Example: This command removes the Alarms & Clock app in Windows 10.
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsAlarms | Remove-AppxPackage
List of built-in Windows app you can uninstall using PowerShell:
Alarms & Clock: Microsoft.WindowsAlarms
Groove Music: Microsoft.ZuneMusic
Get Started: Microsoft.Getstarted
Mail and Calendar: Microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps
Movies & TV: Microsoft.ZuneVideo
Voice Recorder: Microsoft.SoundRecorder
Keep in mind that apps, such as Cortana, Contact Support, Windows Feedback, Insider Hub, and Microsoft Edge cannot be removed. In fact, you will get a message that reads “This app is part of Windows and cannot be uninstalled on a per-user basis”. Of course, you could find ways to remove them, but they will probably cause more harm than good.
If you don’t feel comfortable using PowerShell and removing these apps, you can always create a full backup of your system before modifying the operating system. In addition, I have previously added a guide that you can use to uninstall the default apps in Windows 10 using a simple app.
In case you need to reinstall some of the specific apps, you can always install them back from the Windows Store.
The process we are seeing in this guide will help you to remove most of the new universal apps, Microsoft is bundling Windows 10, in the case you simply don’t want them on your system. However, you can also use these instructions for those times where you have apps, such as the Store, Mail and Calendar, and other apps have syncing issues, they don’t open, or simply misbehaving, and uninstalling and reinstalling may just fix the problem.