[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:
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:
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.
PS: If you have replaced Command Prompt with PowerShell in WIN+X menu, you can directly launch it from there. [See this]
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:
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.
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.
For example, if you want to remove 3DBuilder app, the command to remove it will be as following:
Get-AppxPackage *3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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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:
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