How to Uninstall Windows 10’s Built-in Apps (and How to Reinstall Them)

I’m sure there’s a user out there that uses each of Windows 10’s built-in apps, but it’s probably just that –a single person. The OS ships with numerous apps, from Mail to Photos, the outdated Skype, defunct Groove Music, Xbox, and finance management. None of these take up much space on your system, but they do clog up the App list, so we’re going to show you how to uninstall them and remove the Windows 10 bloatware.

It’s worth noting, however, that some of these apps are essential for the running of the OS, and there are some Microsoft deems so important that you can’t even delete them via this method. Remove Bing News, for example, and you could break Cortana’s story functionality. Uninstall Photos and you’ll be left without a viewer until you download a third-party one.

You can’t uninstall built-in Windows 10 as like Cortana, Edge, and Windows Feedback. On top of that, the apps you do get rid of are likely to re-appear when you have a Windows 10 feature update.

Thankfully, you can remove bloatware with a PowerShell script we’ve crafted, which can perform (but isn’t limited to) the following tasks:

  • Uninstall Skype from Windows 10
  • Remove the Windows Store
  • Uninstall the Xbox app
  • Remove the Mail app
  • Remove other UWP bloatware in Windows 10

In the event that you accidentally delete something you need, we’ll also be showing how to restore built-in apps in Windows 10 after an uninstall. And if you want to get rid of all store-apps altogether, we will show you how to wipe them from your disk as well.

Let’s get started.

How to Delete a Specific Built-in Windows 10 App with PowerShell

  1. Open PowerShell


    Press “Windows + X” and click “Windows PowerShell (Run as Admin)”.

    Windows 10 - Open Powershell as admin

  2. Remove the app


    You can remove Windows 10 bloatware with the following command (example):

    Get-AppxPackage *soundrecorder* | Remove-AppxPackage

    For the most part, the app names are self-explanatory, but there are some that differ from their display names in Windows 10. Here’s the full list:

    3D Builder: Get-AppxPackage *3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Alarms and Clock: Get-AppxPackage *windowsalarms* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Calculator: Get-AppxPackage *windowscalculator* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Calendar and Mail: Get-AppxPackage *windowscommunicationsapps* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Camera: Get-AppxPackage *windowscamera* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Get Office: Get-AppxPackage *officehub* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Get Skype: Get-AppxPackage *skypeapp* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Get Started: Get-AppxPackage *getstarted* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Groove Music: Get-AppxPackage *zunemusic* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Maps: Get-AppxPackage *windowsmaps* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Microsoft Solitaire Collection: Get-AppxPackage *solitairecollection* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Money: Get-AppxPackage *bingfinance* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Movies & TV: Get-AppxPackage *zunevideo* | Remove-AppxPackage
    News: Get-AppxPackage *bingnews* | Remove-AppxPackage
    OneNote: Get-AppxPackage *onenote* | Remove-AppxPackage
    People: Get-AppxPackage *people* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Phone Companion: Get-AppxPackage *windowsphone* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Photos: Get-AppxPackage *photos* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Store: Get-AppxPackage *windowsstore* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Sports: Get-AppxPackage *bingsports* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Voice Recorder: Get-AppxPackage *soundrecorder* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Weather: Get-AppxPackage *bingweather* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Xbox: Get-AppxPackage *xboxapp* | Remove-AppxPackage


    Windows 10 - PowerShell - Remove single app

How to Remove All Built-in Windows 10 Apps at Once with PowerShell

There are some situations where you just want your OS as barebones as possible. We’ve crafted a PowerShell script that will delete all of them in one fell swoop. . Here’s how to use it:

  1. Download the script


    Visit this link to download our ZIP-ed removal script. When prompted, press “Save”.

    Windows 10 - Edge - Save Download uninstall-pre-install-apps

  2. Extract the files


    In your downloads folder, right-click “uninstall-pre-installed-apps” and choose “Extract All”.

    Windows 10 - File-Explorer - Extract ZIP - uninstall-all-pre-installed-apps

  3. Modify your execution policy


    Open PowerShell by pressing “Ctrl + X” and selecting its admin variant from the fly-out menu. Then type:
    Set-ExectuionPolicy RemoteSigned.

    This will let you run outside PowerShell scripts. When prompted for an answer, type “Y” and press “Enter”.

    Windows 10 - PowerShell admin - Set-ExecutionPolicy

  4. Run the script


    In PowerShell, type & C:\uninstall-pre-installed-apps.ps1 and press “Enter”. For this example we have copied the script to the root folder on our “C:”-drive. Change the command according to your needs.

    Windows 10 - PowerShell admin - run script to uninstall pre-installed apps

How to Remove All Installed Store Apps with a PowerShell Command

Alternatively, you can remove all store apps from Windows 10 with a single command. Classic desktop-applications will remain on your system. If you have a just installed Windows 10 from scratch or bought a new PC this might be an easy alternative to the other shown methods.

  1. Run this command


    Get-AppxPackage * | Remove-AppxPackage

    Windows 10 - PowerShell admin - command uninstall ALL store apps at once

How to Reinstall All Pre-installed Windows 10 Apps

You can also restore all default apps if you lose OS features that you rely on.

  1. Run this command in PowerShell:

     

    Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers| Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}


    Windows 10 - PowerShell admin - reinstall all pre-installed apps

  2. Wait for it to execute


    It will take a little while for PowerShell to grab and deploy all your apps. Wait for it to complete and close PowerShell.

    Windows 10 - PowerShell admin - reinstall all pre-installed apps - auto-installation