How to quickly uninstall Windows 10 built-in apps using CCleaner

You can use this nifty trick to uninstall those built-in apps that Windows 10 won't let you.

Uninstall Windows 10 apps using CCleaner

Windows 10 bundles a number of built-in apps, such as Calculator, Camera, Groove Music, Mail, Maps, and many others. While these apps are useful, they’re not for everyone, and if you use the Settings app, you’ll quickly find out that you can’t uninstall them.

You could use PowerShell to uninstall built-in Windows 10 apps, but it may not be an easy task for regular users. However, if you’re not up to the challenge of using command lines, you can use CCleaner to uninstall any app installed in Windows 10.

CCleaner is a maintenance tool that has been around for years, and it’s not only a great way to remove built-in apps, but you can perform a number of tasks, including cleaning the Registry, delete temporary files, and much more.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to use CCleaner to quickly uninstall built-in Windows 10 apps from your computer with a one click.

How to uninstall built-in apps on Windows 10

  1. Download the CCleaner.

  2. There is a free and a paid version, but you only need the free version, click the Download button.

  3. Double-click the installation file and follow the wizard to install the tool.

    Quick Tip: Before installing make sure to click the Customize link to remove any option you don’t want.
  4. Launch CCleaner.

  5. Click on Tools.

  6. Click on Uninstall.

  7. Select the Windows 10 app you want to remove.

  8. Click the Uninstall button.

    CCleaner uninstall Windows 10 built-apps
    CCleaner uninstall Windows 10 built-apps
  9. Click OK to confirm that you’ll be uninstalling the app to complete the task.

    CCleaner confirm uninstall
    CCleaner confirm uninstall

Once you completed the step, the app will be gone from your system.

If you want the app in the future, you can simply go to Windows Store, search for the app, and click Install.

Which built-in Windows 10 apps are you removing? Tell us in the comments below.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He's also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ & Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, and LinkedIn.