[Guide] How to Remove All Built-in Apps in Windows 10

UPDATE: Tutorial updated to include instructions for removing new apps such as Messaging, Phone, Skype Video and Sway present in the new Windows 10 November Update build 10586 (Threshold 2).

In previous tutorial, we told you about different ways to uninstall modern apps in Windows 10 operating system:

[Tip] How to Uninstall Modern Apps in Windows 10

The methods given in above mentioned tutorial can't uninstall all built-in apps. There are many built-in apps such as Photos, Music, OneNote, Xbox, People, Camera, etc which come preinstalled with Windows 10 and you can't uninstall them.

But there is an advanced method which can be used to get rid of all or specific built-in apps in Windows 10. You can remove any desired bundled app in Windows 10 with the help of this method.

The method we are talking about, includes use of PowerShell program present in Windows 10. You can use some commands in PowerShell to remove all or some modern apps which came bundled with Windows 10.

We have divided this tutorial in following parts for your convenience:

  • PART 1: Remove a specific built-in app in Windows 10
  • PART 2: Remove all built-in apps in Windows 10
  • PART 3: Reinstall/restore all or a specific built-in app in Windows 10

Now lets start the tutorial:

STEP 1:

First of all we need to open PowerShell as Administrator to execute the required commands.

Open Start Menu and type powershell. It'll automatically start searching for the program and will show PowerShell in search results. Now press Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys together to launch PowerShell as Administrator. Alternatively, you can right-click on PowerShell and select "Run as Administrator" option.

Launch_PowerShell_Windows_10.png

PS: If you have replaced Command Prompt with PowerShell in WIN+X menu, you can directly launch it from there. [See this]

STEP 2:

Now you'll need to execute commands in PowerShell as mentioned in following steps:

PART 1: Remove a Specific Built-in App in Windows 10

You can take help of Get-AppxPackage and Remove-AppxPackage commands to uninstall/remove built-in apps in Windows 10.

Get-AppxPackage command can be used to get a list of all installed modern apps in your computer. Remove-AppxPackage command is used to remove an app from Windows 10 computer.

If you want to remove an app, these commands will require an essential information about that app i.e. PackageFullName (the full package name of the modern app).

So first we'll need to get the PackageFullName of our desired modern app which we want to remove from our computer.

1. Just run following command in PowerShell to get a list of all installed apps:

Get-AppxPackage

This command will output a long list of all installed apps containing lots of information about each app. But we only need the PackageFullName information of our desired app, so run following filtered command:

Get-AppxPackage | Select Name, PackageFullName

This command will show only the name of the app and its PackageFullName information. Now the output will be easy to read and understand.

Get_Installed_Apps_List_Windows_10.png

2. Now select the PackageFullName information of your desired app and press Enter key to copy it to clipboard.

3. Now to remove the app from your computer, you'll need to run following command:

Get-AppxPackage PackageFullName | Remove-AppxPackage

In above mentioned command, replace PackageFullName with the copied information from step 2. You can also take help of wildcards (such as *) to make the PackageFullName parameter easy to type.

Remove_Specific_App_Windows_10.png

For example, if you want to remove 3DBuilder app, the command to remove it will be as following:

Get-AppxPackage *3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage

OR

Get-AppxPackage *3d* | Remove-AppxPackage

It'll take a few moments in uninstalling the app. If you see any error after completion of the command, ignore it. You may need to restart the computer.

NOTE:

The above mentioned command "Get-AppxPackage PackageFullName | Remove-AppxPackage" uninstalls the app from your current user account only. If you want to uninstall the app from all user accounts, you can use following command format:

Get-AppxPackage -allusers PackageFullName | Remove-AppxPackage

And if you want to remove the app from any particular user account, use following command:

Get-AppxPackage -user username PackageFullName | Remove-AppxPackage

Replace username term in above mentioned command with the correct user account name.

PS:

For your convenience, we are providing ready-made commands to remove built-in apps in Windows 10. Just copy the desired command and paste it in PowerShell window using Ctrl+V hotkey and press Enter:

To uninstall Messaging and Skype Video apps together:
get-appxpackage *messaging* | remove-appxpackage

To uninstall Sway:
get-appxpackage *sway* | remove-appxpackage

To uninstall Phone:
get-appxpackage *commsphone* | remove-appxpackage

To uninstall Phone Companion:
get-appxpackage *windowsphone* | remove-appxpackage

To uninstall Phone and Phone Companion apps together:
get-appxpackage *phone* | remove-appxpackage

To uninstall Calendar and Mail apps together:
get-appxpackage *communicationsapps* | remove-appxpackage

To uninstall People:
get-appxpackage *people* | remove-appxpackage

To uninstall Groove Music:
get-appxpackage *zunemusic* | remove-appxpackage

To uninstall Movies & TV:
get-appxpackage *zunevideo* | remove-appxpackage

To uninstall Groove Music and Movies & TV apps together:
get-appxpackage *zune* | remove-appxpackage

To uninstall Money:
get-appxpackage *bingfinance* | remove-appxpackage

To uninstall News:
get-appxpackage *bingnews* | remove-appxpackage

To uninstall Sports:
get-appxpackage *bingsports* | remove-appxpackage

To uninstall Weather:
get-appxpackage *bingweather* | remove-appxpackage

To uninstall Money, News, Sports and Weather apps together:
get-appxpackage *bing* | remove-appxpackage

To uninstall OneNote:
get-appxpackage *onenote* | remove-appxpackage

To uninstall Alarms & Clock:
get-appxpackage *alarms* | remove-appxpackage

To uninstall Calculator:
get-appxpackage *calculator* | remove-appxpackage

To uninstall Camera:
get-appxpackage *camera* | remove-appxpackage

To uninstall Photos:
get-appxpackage *photos* | remove-appxpackage

To uninstall Maps:
get-appxpackage *maps* | remove-appxpackage

To uninstall Voice Recorder:
get-appxpackage *soundrecorder* | remove-appxpackage

To uninstall Xbox:
get-appxpackage *xbox* | remove-appxpackage

To uninstall Microsoft Solitaire Collection:
get-appxpackage *solitaire* | remove-appxpackage

To uninstall Get Office:
get-appxpackage *officehub* | remove-appxpackage

To uninstall Get Skype:
get-appxpackage *skypeapp* | remove-appxpackage

To uninstall Get Started:
get-appxpackage *getstarted* | remove-appxpackage

To uninstall 3D Builder:
get-appxpackage *3dbuilder* | remove-appxpackage

To uninstall Windows Store: (Be very careful!)
get-appxpackage *windowsstore* | remove-appxpackage

As you may have noticed, in Windows 10 you can uninstall Windows Store as well, so be very careful while uninstalling Windows Store app. We advise you to not remove Windows Store app to stay on safe side.

PS: If you want to remove Cortana Search, Microsoft Edge web browser, Contact Support and Windows Feedback apps, following tutorial will help you:

[Windows 10 Tip] Remove Cortana, Microsoft Edge, Contact Support and Feedback Apps

PART 2: Remove All Built-in Apps in Windows 10

If you want, you can uninstall all built-in modern apps in a single step using following command:

Get-AppxPackage | Remove-AppxPackage

The above mentioned command will uninstall the apps from your current user account only.

Remove_All_Apps_Windows_10.png

Command to uninstall all built-in apps for all user accounts:

Get-AppxPackage -allusers | Remove-AppxPackage

Command to uninstall all built-in apps for a particular user account:

Get-AppxPackage -user username | Remove-AppxPackage

NOTE: We'll not advise you to uninstall all built-in apps using these commands as it may break some functionality of Windows 10 OS. Also you may not be able to restore all modern apps in future.

PART 3: Reinstall/Restore All or a Specific Built-in App in Windows 10

If you decide to reinstall some or all built-in apps in future, you can do this by following the methods given in following tutorial:

[Guide] How to Reinstall All Default Built-in Apps in Windows 10

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BONUS TIP:

You can access all built-in modern apps as well as all installed Desktop programs in one single place in Windows 10 using a very simple command shell:appsfolder as mentioned in Point 6 of following exclusive article:

Hidden Secret Features and Useful Hotkeys in Windows 8 and Later

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Also Check:

Easy Way to Uninstall Built-in Apps in Windows 10





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Comments

  • Very detailed and easy to understand guide. Thank you.

  • I've uninstalled them from Settings - System - Apps & Features...

  • search cortana cant be removed ? how to remove it

  • In Win7 I had reinstated the Vista Windows Mail, which resembles so much the good old Outlook Express of the Win XP era.
    Even if I shunned the Win8 edition, I know that the same could be done, with small differences.
    Now, in Win10, I've tried to repeat the trick, with no success.
    Could you find a way to reinstate Vista Windows Mail in Win10?
    Thanks in advance.
    P.

  • Very easy to work with and just what I was looking for. Thanks.

  • Most valuable info! V.G., you are the top.

  • After I had used the command:
    Get-AppxPackage -allusers PackageFullName | Remove-AppxPackage
    I wonder why i can't remove the service
    tiledatamodelsvc
    I hope for an explanation for a novice
    W.K.R. Ole hansen

  • VG

    ^^ Why do you want to remove the service and what exact problem are you facing?

  • @Slamet, If you remove Cortana, then you lose the search feature in start menu.
    But if you insist:

    Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.Windows.Cortana" | Remove-AppxPackage

  • Question: What's the benefit behind deleting built-in apps that do not have the uninstall option readily available? Would removing them actually clear enough space worth the process or help the device run better, i don't think they occupy that much space to begin with?

    I'm asking because I just got a new laptop with win10 on it and will definitely not be using most of the built-in apps. The OCD freak in me loves having all things clear and minimal so I would personally prefer not having any useless software on my device, but since I am not tech-savvy I worry about the consequences of tinkering with it... Could removing some of them (App connector, sway, Xbox... for example) potentially cause any complications?

  • VG

    ^^ Some modern/metro apps continuously run in background and consume system resources. Also uninstalling modern apps will disable them from default programs list and Windows will not waste your Internet bandwidth in updating those apps. If you are not going to use these apps, uninstalling them would be a wise choice.

  • Convinced! Thanks VG, will be using your tutorial to clear them up! Happy 2016!

  • Tried that but for each package that showed in the result command it result as Package was not found...

  • Now will these commands actually uninstall the applications or just hide them? I am prepping for a firm wide roll-out of Win 10 and there are certain apps we do not need installed or want the users to reinstall, such as Xbox, Mail, Store, Calendar, Movies, TV, etc. I have done what you list in step 1, but since we are on a domain the apps come back as that process just hides the applications. Is there no procedure that will actually uninstall them?

  • Unfortunately, after removing all your apps, microsoft are likely to reinstall them again. I've just had amazon, skype, xbox and a bunch of others reinstalled as part of Ms updates.

    Keep the script handy you are likely to need it again.

    Also running scripts in powershell is likely to be banned by execution priveleges. If you get a warning you can execute these commands type the following into powershell before running the above commands.

    Set-ExecutionPolicy Bypass

    This removes all execution restrictions.
    To reset them to default, after running the script run

    Set-ExecutionPolicy remote

  • Hi VG, got a question, I ran the following:
    Get-AppxPackage -allusers *officehub* | Remove-AppxPackage
    It removed it for the current user but new user got it back. Ideas?

  • It would be cool to run some Batch file and just remove annoying apps.

  • i attempted to get rid of Xbox and recieved this:

    remove-appxpackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CFA, Removal failed. Please contact your software vendor.
    (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80073CFA)
    error 0x80070032: AppX Deployment Remove operation on package
    Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI_1000.10586.0.0_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy from:
    C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI_cw5n1h2txyewy failed. This app is part of Windows and cannot be
    uninstalled on a per-user basis. An administrator can attempt to remove the app from the computer using Turn Windows
    Features on or off. However, it may not be possible to uninstall the app.
    NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] fd4e6b19-9e95-0000-a997-4efd959ed101 in the Event Log or use
    the command line Get-AppxLog -ActivityID fd4e6b19-9e95-0000-a997-4efd959ed101
    At line:1 char:26
    + get-appxpackage *xbox* | remove-appxpackage
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : WriteError: (Microsoft.XboxG...l_cw5n1h2txyewy:String) [Remove-AppxPackage], IOException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.RemoveAppxPackageCommand

    remove-appxpackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CFA, Removal failed. Please contact your software vendor.
    (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80073CFA)
    error 0x80070032: AppX Deployment Remove operation on package
    Microsoft.XboxIdentityProvider_1000.10586.0.0_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy from:
    C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.XboxIdentityProvider_cw5n1h2txyewy failed. This app is part of Windows and cannot be
    uninstalled on a per-user basis. An administrator can attempt to remove the app from the computer using Turn Windows
    Features on or off. However, it may not be possible to uninstall the app.
    NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] fd4e6b19-9e95-0000-ab97-4efd959ed101 in the Event Log or use
    the command line Get-AppxLog -ActivityID fd4e6b19-9e95-0000-ab97-4efd959ed101
    At line:1 char:26
    + get-appxpackage *xbox* | remove-appxpackage
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : WriteError: (Microsoft.XboxI...l_cw5n1h2txyewy:String) [Remove-AppxPackage], IOException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.RemoveAppxPackageCommand

    I tried and recieved this first, then copy pasted it exact from your website. Any clue what might've gone wrong?

  • VG

    ^^ You need to open PowerShell as Administrator. It seems you directly opened it.

  • For anyone looking to prevent certain apps from installing for new users use this in a powershell admin console or script with admin rights (You can add or remove apps as you please. I intentionally left out the calculator and photo viewer. You may want to keep the store. I didn't):

    $Applist = Get-AppXProvisionedPackage -online

    $Applist | WHere-Object {$_.packagename -like "*3DBuilder*"} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
    $Applist | WHere-Object {$_.packagename -like "*Appconnector*"} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
    $Applist | WHere-Object {$_.packagename -like "*BingFinance*"} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
    $Applist | WHere-Object {$_.packagename -like "*BingNews*"} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
    $Applist | WHere-Object {$_.packagename -like "*BingSports*"} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
    $Applist | WHere-Object {$_.packagename -like "*BingWeather*"} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
    $Applist | WHere-Object {$_.packagename -like "*CommsPhone*"} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
    $Applist | WHere-Object {$_.packagename -like "*ConnectivityStore*"} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
    $Applist | WHere-Object {$_.packagename -like "*Getstarted*"} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
    $Applist | WHere-Object {$_.packagename -like "*Messaging*"} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
    $Applist | WHere-Object {$_.packagename -like "*MicrosoftOfficeHub*"} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
    $Applist | WHere-Object {$_.packagename -like "*MicrosoftSolitaireCollection*"} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
    $Applist | WHere-Object {$_.packagename -like "*OneNote*"} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
    $Applist | WHere-Object {$_.packagename -like "*Sway*"} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
    $Applist | WHere-Object {$_.packagename -like "*People*"} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
    $Applist | WHere-Object {$_.packagename -like "*SkypeApp*"} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
    $Applist | WHere-Object {$_.packagename -like "*WindowsAlarms*"} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
    $Applist | WHere-Object {$_.packagename -like "*WindowsCamera*"} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
    $Applist | WHere-Object {$_.packagename -like "*windowscommunicationsapps*"} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
    $Applist | WHere-Object {$_.packagename -like "*WindowsMaps*"} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
    $Applist | WHere-Object {$_.packagename -like "*WindowsPhone*"} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
    $Applist | WHere-Object {$_.packagename -like "*WindowsSoundRecorder*"} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
    $Applist | WHere-Object {$_.packagename -like "*WindowsStore*"} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
    $Applist | WHere-Object {$_.packagename -like "*XboxApp*"} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
    $Applist | WHere-Object {$_.packagename -like "*ZuneMusic*"} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
    $Applist | WHere-Object {$_.packagename -like "*ZuneVideo*"} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
    $Applist | WHere-Object {$_.packagename -like "*xbox*"} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
    $Applist | WHere-Object {$_.packagename -like "*contact support*"} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online

  • Thanks for the guide, unfortunately I am facing the same trouble as Michael from a few comments above.

    I am designing a Windows 10 SoE image for a large scale deployment and I am required to have most of these apps removed.

    I've run the powershell commands as an administrator and with the -allusers command while the system is in Audit mode, but after the machine has been sysprepped these apps all reappear :(

    Now scratching my head on how to get rid of these.

  • Can I use this method to uninstall Microsoft Edge? I did try it with the exact syntax you have mentioned here with all additions that were needed, but, nothing happened after I clicked on enter. It did not in fact run a script at all. Is that how it works? I can still open edge and it is actually a very big nuisance. Mainly, when it keeps opening up when I search anything through cortana.
    I realize this is unrelated to the above issue but I wish to know also whether edge is a part of Office or not, because I have had Windows 10 for almost 6 months now but have not even had to use edge until now! I have been happily (quite ignorantly, I might add) using chrome as my default browser for any and every application, especially with cortana! (I had subverted cortana to use chrome with chrometana)

    I would quite desperately try to know of a solution to this issue!

  • VG

    ^^ Check following:

    http://www.askvg.com/windows-10-tip-remove-cortana-microsoft-edge-contact-support-and-feedback-apps/

  • thank you so much for making it completely clear as to removal of those useless apps.

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