Windows 10 comes pre-loaded with a lot of Windows 10 Apps, which may or may not be very useful to Windows 10 users but definitely consume precious internet data in the background. Even if they are not using internet, they might be hogging onto the CPU. By default Windows 10 Apps update automatically which cause high data consumption in Windows 10, and you might be wondering where your data is actually going.
Can you uninstall these pre-installed Windows 10 Apps? Answer is both Yes & No. Graphically, you can uninstall some of the preinstalled Windows 10 Apps but not all. Some pre-loaded Windows 10 Apps can’t be uninstalled using Settings GUI. However, you can uninstall all preinstalled apps on Windows 10 using PowerShell. But you need to be careful while removing Microsoft Store App, we recommend that you don’t uninstall it. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to delete or uninstall preinstalled Windows 10 Apps using PowerShell.
How to delete preinstalled Windows 10 Apps using PowerShell?
First of all, open PowerShell with Administrator rights. To do that, search powershell in Start menu, right-click on PowerShell and select Run as Administrator. This will open PowerShell with Administrators rights.
Run following command to get the list of installed Windows Apps:
Get-AppxPackage | Select Name, PackageFullName
You will get output something like this:
You will get list of all Windows 10 Apps that are installed in your PC showing the names and full package names of the Apps. Well will be using full package names for uninstalling these apps.
Now, for uninstalling the App package, we need to note down the name of the package. Then, we can use Remove-AppxPackage command with the package name to uninstall it. You can also use wildcard to match the package name. For example, if you want to uninstall 3D Builder app, you can use following command (while full package name for 3D Builder app is Microsoft.3DBuilder_13.0.10349.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe):
Get-AppxPackage *3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage
Where *3dbuilder* is part of the package name for 3D Builder application.
Please note that using above command will uninstall Windows 10 Apps from your profile only. If you want to uninstall them from all users, then you have to use -allusers switch after Get-AppxPackage. Here is example:
Get-AppxPackage -allusers *3dbuiler* | Remove-AppxPackage
Above command will remove selected Windows 10 App from all user profiles.
You can also uninstall all Windows 10 preinstalled Apps using single Powershell command but it is not recommended as it might delete some useful apps also. If you are certain to delete all Windows 10 Apps in one go, run following command in PowerShell:
Get-AppxPackage | Remove-AppxPackage
Here are list of commands for uninstalling some common Windows 10 Apps. Make sure to check for PackageFullName before uninstalling any app to avoid deleting some useful app.
Uninstall 3D Builder: get-appxpackage *3dbuilder* | remove-appxpackage
Uninstall Alarms & Clock: get-appxpackage *alarms* | remove-appxpackage
Uninstall App Connector: get-appxpackage *appconnector* | remove-appxpackage
Uninstall App Installer: get-appxpackage *appinstaller* | remove-appxpackage
Uninstall Calendar and Mail apps together: get-appxpackage *communicationsapps* | remove-appxpackage
Uninstall Calculator: get-appxpackage *calculator* | remove-appxpackage
Uninstall Camera: get-appxpackage *camera* | remove-appxpackage
Uninstall Feedback Hub: get-appxpackage *feedback* | remove-appxpackage
Uninstall Get Office: get-appxpackage *officehub* | remove-appxpackage
Uninstall Get Started or Tips: get-appxpackage *getstarted* | remove-appxpackage
Uninstall Get Skype: get-appxpackage *skypeapp* | remove-appxpackage
Uninstall Groove Music: get-appxpackage *zunemusic* | remove-appxpackage
Uninstall Groove Music and Movies & TV apps together: get-appxpackage *zune* | remove-appxpackage
Uninstall Maps: get-appxpackage *maps* | remove-appxpackage
Uninstalling Windows 10 pre-loaded Apps using PowerShell
Uninstalling preinstalled Windows 10 Apps is quite simple using PowerShell method. You can also use graphical user interface (GUI) to uninstall Windows 10 Apps but it is limited to some third party apps. You can’t uninstall all preloaded apps using GUI. Above tutorial explained the way to delete preloaded Windows 10 Apps using PowerShell. If you face any issue following any of the steps above, feel free to right down in the comments below.