How to Completely Remove Built-in Apps from Windows 10.

How to Completely Remove Built-in Apps from Windows 10.

As you may know, Windows 10 comes with many apps preinstalled. Some of these preinstalled apps (also known as built in apps), can be easily uninstalled from the system, by right clicking on them and choosing uninstall, but many built in apps cannot be uninstalled by using this way, and you have to uninstall them by using PowerShell commands.


In Windows 10/8.1 OS, there is also another problem: When you uninstall a built in app, the uninstall process does not completely remove the app from the system, because the app’s installation files (aka “Provisioned Packages”) and its leftovers, are not deleted during the uninstall.

In this tutorial you will find detailed instructions on how to uninstall the built in apps and to completely remove their leftovers from Windows 10.

How to Completely Remove the Built Apps in Windows 10.

1. Open PowerShell as Administrator. To do that:

    1. At Cortana‘s search box, type powershell
    2. Right click on Windows PowerShell result and select Run as administrator.

Open PowerShell as Administrator

2. Follow the instructions below, to remove the built in apps:

Part 1. How to Uninstall all Built in Apps in Windows 10.

To Remove all the built in apps from the current user account in Windows 10:
Info: The below command, will simply uninstall all the built in apps, from the active user account, without removing the installation files. *

  • Get-AppXPackage | Remove-AppxPackage

* Note: Its not recommended to uninstall all the built in apps. Some apps (like the Microsoft Store), is essential for Windows 10 to work smoothly.


To Remove the Built in Apps (Provisioned) from the System Account:
Info: The below command, will prevent Windows 10 to install the removed built in apps, on the new users. 

  • Get-AppXProvisionedPackage -online | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online

To Remove all the built in apps from all the user accounts in Windows 10:
Info: The below command, will completely uninstall all the built in apps from Windows 10 (from all user accounts), and will remove their installation files. *

  • Get-AppxPackage -allusers | Remove-AppxPackage

* Note: In Windows 10 version 1809 and later, the above command doesn’t work anymore (doesn’t remove the apps in other accounts). So, if you want to uninstall all the built-in apps from all the other user accounts, login in separately to each other account and give the command: “Get-AppXPackage | Remove-AppxPackage”.

Part 2. How to Uninstall or Completely Remove Specific Built in apps in Windows 10

1. Get a list of all the installed apps:
Info: The above command, shows a list of all the installed apps in Windows 10.


  • Get-AppxPackage | Select Name, PackageFullName

2. From the list, note the app’s Name (at left column) and the PackageFullName (at right column), of the app that you want to remove.

How to Completely Remove Built-in Apps from Windows 10

3. Then according your will, give the corresponding command:

To Simply Uninstall a Specific Built in App from the current user account in Windows 10:
Info: The below command, will uninstall the selected built app from the active account, without removing the app’s installation package and its leftovers.

  • Get-AppxPackage *Name* | Remove-AppxPackage

e.g. To remove the “Microsoft Photos” app from the current user, type this command:

  • Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft.Windows.Photos* | Remove-AppxPackage

To Completely Remove a Specific Built in App from Windows 10:
Info: Use one of the below commands to remove a specific built in app from all the user accounts, and to delete the installation files and the leftovers of the uninstalled app.

  • Get-AppxPackage *Name* | Remove-AppxPackage -allusers
  • Remove-AppxPackage -AllUsers -Package “PackageFullName

e.g. To completely remove the “Microsoft Photos” app and its installation files, give one of the following commands:

  • Get-AppxPackage *photos* | Remove-AppxPackage -allusers

OR

  • Remove-AppxPackage -AllUsers -Package “Microsoft.Windows.Photos_2019.19041.16510.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe”

* Note: If you want to reinstall the removed app, open the Microsoft store app on your PC, search for the app, and download and install it from scratch! (you have to do that, for every user account on the PC).

Part 3. List of PowerShell Commands to Uninstall the Built in Apps in Windows 10. *

You can use any of the below commands to just uninstall a particular app from the current user account in Windows 10.

If you want to completely uninstall a built in app from Windows 10, and to completely delete its installation files and leftovers, add the “-allusers” parameter at the end of the uninstall command. (see the example above)

To uninstall 3D Bulider:

  • Get-AppxPackage *3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage

To uninstall uninstall Alarms and Clock:

  • Get-AppxPackage *windowsalarms* | Remove-AppxPackage

To uninstall Calculator:

  • Get-AppxPackage *windowscalculator* | Remove-AppxPackage

To uninstall Mail & Calendar:

  • Get-AppxPackage *windowscommunicationsapps* | Remove-AppxPackage

To uninstall Camera:

  • Get-AppxPackage *windowscamera* | Remove-AppxPackage

To uninstall Get Office:

  • Get-AppxPackage *officehub* | Remove-AppxPackage

To uninstall Groove music (Zune).

  • Get-AppxPackage *zunemusic* | Remove-AppxPackage

To uninstall Maps.

  • Get-AppxPackage *windowsmaps* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Microsoft Solitaire Collection:

  • Get-AppxPackage *solitaire* | Remove-AppxPackage

To uninstall Money:

  • Get-AppxPackage *bingfinance* | Remove-AppxPackage

To uninstall Movies & TV:

  • Get-AppxPackage *zunevideo* | Remove-AppxPackage

To uninstall News:

  • Get-AppxPackage *bingnews* | Remove-AppxPackage

To uninstall OneNote:

  • Get-AppxPackage *onenote* | Remove-AppxPackage

To uninstall People:

  • Get-AppxPackage *people* | Remove-AppxPackage

To uninstall Phone:

  • Get-AppxPackage *CommsPhone* | Remove-AppxPackage

To uninstall Phone Companion:

  • Get-AppxPackage *windowsphone* | Remove-AppxPackage

To uninstall Photos:

  • Get-AppxPackage *photos* | Remove-AppxPackage

To uninstall Skype app:

  • Get-AppxPackage *skypeapp* | Remove-AppxPackage

To uninstall Sports app:

  • Get-AppxPackage *bingsports* | Remove-AppxPackage

To uninstall Voice Recorder:

  • Get-AppxPackage *soundrecorder* | Remove-AppxPackage

To uninstall Weather:

  • Get-AppxPackage *bingweather* | Remove-AppxPackage

To uninstall Windows Store:

  • Get-AppxPackage *windowsstore* | Remove-AppxPackage

To uninstall Xbox:

  • Get-AppxPackage *xbox* | Remove-AppxPackage

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