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How To Delete Windows 10 Bloatware & Default Apps

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Modern apps are still quite new to the Windows scene, which is why you don’t get a lot of customization options for them. Even changing their installation path requires some additional steps, as you can see from our previously covered guide on this subject. Of course, you can always uninstall third-party Modern apps pretty easily by right-clicking on them and choosing the appropriate option from the resulting context menu. When it comes to pre-installed apps though, getting rid of this so-called Widows 10 bloatware is not the easiest of tasks. Some might consider it too harsh to call these apps Windows 10 bloatware, but the fact remains that users don’t get the choice to remove them if they don’t like them. So, if you think you will never use the Xbox app, or the Groove service just doesn’t cut it for you, there are some shell commands that can help you.

Of course, you might not want to remove critical (or at least universally useful) apps like Camera and Mail. However, if you prefer using a third-party alternative to these services, the pre-installed apps might fall under the category of Windows 10 bloatware in your book.

Windows 10 Bloatware Removal Shell Command

If you have ever used shell commands before, you have probably guesses by now that a separate command will be needed to remove each piece of Windows 10 bloatware. Below we have listed some of the most commonly used ones that are likely to come in handy. Before that though, here is a basic overview of how to access and use Windows PowerShell.

  • Go to the search menu in Windows 10, and type ‘PowerShell’. Click on the relevant search result.
  • Wait for the command prompt to show up fully.
  • Type in any of the commands listed below.
  • Press ‘Enter’ and that’s it. The changes should take effect automatically.

So, here is the Windows 10 bloatware removal list we have been rattling on about.

  1. Uninstall the Bing News & Weather apps
    Get-AppxPackage *bing* | Remove-AppxPackage
  2. Uninstall the Xbox app
    Get-AppxPackage *xbox* | Remove-AppxPackage
  3. Uninstall the Voice Recorder app
    Get-AppxPackage *soundrec* | Remove-AppxPackage
  4. Uninstall the 3D app
    Get-AppxPackage *3d* | Remove-AppxPackage
  5. Uninstall Solitaire
    Get-AppxPackage *solit* | Remove-AppxPackage
  6. Uninstall the Mail & Calendar app
    Get-AppxPackage *communi* | Remove-AppxPackage
  7. Delete Camera
    Get-AppxPackage *camera* | Remove-AppxPackage
  8. Uninstalling the Voice Recorder app
    Get-AppxPackage *soundrec* | Remove-AppxPackage
  9. Uninstalling the media apps (Groove, Film & TV)
    Get-AppxPackage *zune* | Remove-AppxPackage
  10. Uninstalling the Photos app
    Get-AppxPackage *photo* | Remove-AppxPackage
  11. Uninstalling the contacts app
    Get-AppxPackage *people* | Remove-AppxPackage
  12. Uninstalling the Windows Phone app
    Get-AppxPackage *phone* | Remove-AppxPackage

While the above commands help remove Windows 10 bloatware, you can also use them to avoid other problems. For example, it has been reported that Windows 10 cycles even your hidden photos through your desktop. Removing the Photos app is sure to fix it. Do take care though, since it might be a real pain in the neck getting any of these apps back.

  • Speedy Cerviche

    “Of course, you might not want to remove critical (or at least universally useful) apps like Camera and Mail. ”
    -> Is using desktop, don’t have camera
    ->instinctively uses browser mail clients instead of local ones because they didn’t exist in Windows 7
    ->Removes anyway ?

    • Hamza

      Well-put. 🙂