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How to completely debloat Windows 11

Debloat Windows 11 and (partially) retake control of your computer with ThisIsWin11.

Windows 11 debloat

The term “debloat” refers to the process of removing those apps and services from Windows 11 (in this case) that you may not find necessary, they are invasive, or otherwise would be wasting system resources.

Unfortunately, even if you do a clean installation, Windows 11 still comes with a bunch of software and services that may continuously run in the background, wasting system resources, battery life, and collecting usage data (telemetry) without an option to turn them off.

Although you could spend hours trying to figure out the things you can remove and more time using PowerShell commands, there is a tool known as “ThisIsWin11” that makes it easy to debloat Windows 11 quickly. The tool is available through GitHub, and it’s a simple piece of software to uninstall many components, including those that are not available through the “Apps & features” settings page.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to use a simple to make Windows 11 as lean as possible by removing components you may not need.

Important: Since this is a third-party application that will make system changes, it’s recommended to create a backup of the system in case something goes wrong and you need to roll back. Use the tool and instructions at your own risk.

Remove bloat apps and services from Windows 11

To remove all the bloatware from a Windows 11 installation, use these steps: 

  1. Open GitHub website.

  2. Under the “Assets” section, click the TIW11.zip link to save the file to your computer.

  3. Open the downloaded file.

  4. Click the Extract all button from the command bar.

  5. Click the Extract button.

  6. Open the uncompressed TIW11 folder.

  7. Double-click the ThisWin11.exe files to launch the application.

  8. Click the Run anyway button (if applicable).

  9. Click on Debloat Windows 11 from the left pane.

  10. (Optional) Hold the Ctrl button and select each of the apps you want to remove.

  11. Click the Move selected button.

    Windows 11 debloat

  12. (Optional) Click the Move all button to debloat all the apps.

  13. (Optional) Click the Show system apps button to show system apps, including apps you usually can’t uninstall from Windows 11.

    Remove system apps

  14. (Optional) Hold the Ctrl button and select each of the apps you want to remove.

  15. Click the Move Selected button.

  16. Click the Empty Bin button.

Once you complete the steps, the tool will run the necessary scripts to remove the selected apps and services to debloat the system.

Although the tool works well, it cannot remove many components like Microsoft Edge as they are essential, and removing them will break other features that depend on those components.

Tweak system settings on Windows 11

In addition to removing unnecessary components, the tool also comes with many tweaks you can apply to Windows 11 without resourcing to registry hacks or manual configuration.

For instance, you can make the Taskbar icons smaller, hide the default button in the Taskbar, uninstall Widgets, block system telemetry, uninstall broken updates, disable location tracking, diagnostic data, and more.

To apply advanced system tweaks on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open the ThisWin11.exe application.

  2. Click the Run anyway button (if applicable).

  3. Click on Customize Windows 11 from the left pane.

  4. Click the Check button to see a preview of the changes that can be applied.

  5. Clear the checkmark for the customizations you don’t want to apply.

    Windows 11 tweak settings

    Quick tip: Clear the checkmark of the category to clear all the customization tweaks in that section.
  6. Click the Fix issues button.

After you complete the steps, the system changes will apply to the computer.