Remove default Apps from Windows 10

Windows 10Windows 10 comes preloaded with a lot of default apps. Depending on which version you have1, you will see various apps in your start menu that you don’t want. I previously explained how to uninstall OneNote from Windows 10, but you can actually remove any app you want.

The very first thing you should try is simply right-clicking on an app on the start menu and see if there is the uninstall option. If there is no such option, read on.

You will need to find PowerShell. Go to start and type PowerShell. You need administrator rights, so right click on it and choose Run as administrator.

Run PowerShell as an administrator

Run PowerShell as an administrator

Now, you need to paste the appropriate code for each app you want to remove from Windows 10.

Remove 3D from Windows 10

Get-AppxPackage *3d* | Remove-AppxPackage

Remove Camera from Windows 10

Get-AppxPackage *camera* | Remove-AppxPackage

Remove Mail and Calendar from Windows 10

Get-AppxPackage *communi* | Remove-AppxPackage

Remove Money, Sports, News and Weather from Windows 10

Get-AppxPackage *bing* | Remove-AppxPackage

Remove Groove Music and Film & TV from Windows 10

Get-AppxPackage *zune* | Remove-AppxPackage

Remove People from Windows 10

Get-AppxPackage *people* | Remove-AppxPackage

Remove Phone Companion from Windows 10

Get-AppxPackage *phone* | Remove-AppxPackage

Remove Photos from Windows 10

Get-AppxPackage *photo* | Remove-AppxPackage

Remove Solitaire Collection from Windows 10

Get-AppxPackage *solit* | Remove-AppxPackage

Remove Voice Recorder from Windows 10

Get-AppxPackage *soundrec* | Remove-AppxPackage

Remove Xbox from Windows 10

Get-AppxPackage *xbox* | Remove-AppxPackage

The following error seems to be incorrect, because the app is actually uninstalled and did not fail:

PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Get-AppxPackage *xbox* | Remove-AppxPackage
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_1000.10240.16384.0_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] 1d60accb-cb8d-0003-d5b8-601d8dcbd001 in the Event Log or use
the command line Get-AppxLog -ActivityID 1d60accb-cb8d-0003-d5b8-601d8dcbd001
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_1000.10240.16384.0_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] 1d60accb-cb8d-0001-d9b9-601d8dcbd001 in the Event Log or use
the command line Get-AppxLog -ActivityID 1d60accb-cb8d-0001-d9b9-601d8dcbd001
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

 

 


1 “N editions of Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 don’t include media-related technologies like Windows Media Player or Camera. To play or create audio CDs, digital media files, and video DVDs; organize content in a media library; create playlists; convert audio CDs to digital media files; view artist and title information of digital media files; view album art of music files; transfer music to personal music players; or record and play back TV broadcasts after Windows 8.1 or Windows 8 is installed, you’ll need to install a media player and other software from Microsoft or another company.”

 

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204 thoughts on “Remove default Apps from Windows 10

  1. hello,
    to uninstall APPX Package can be a wrong because Security updates or only updates.

    Why?
    i am working with many managed clients from Windows 7, 8.1 and now 10 SCCM 2012.
    in the past i removed 5 Application from Windows 8.1 with powershell, after a while there comes updates from MS where them will be updated.
    the client does not have it installed but the client is missing this updates and will them install but this failed.

    i stop the use of this APPX now with GPO and Applocker and is very easy to use but for a better improvement i should them unpin or hideing but for this i search for a solution.

    to modify the defaultlayouts.xml with LayoutModification a part as solution but only the half part. :)

    any idea to hide are very welcome.

    with best regards
    André

  2. Hi Thomas,

    I have tried to uninstall all these bloody stupid apps that no-one seems to want using the instructions as given but all I get is Get-AppxPackage & Remove-AppxPackage not recognized as cmdlt, object not found and various other stuff meaning it can’t remove them. Please advise.

    1. Maybe figured out already, but what’s missing is that once you have your cmd window, you type ‘powershell’ to start the powershell prompt. Then you can execute the commands. Hope this helps!

        1. Hi Tom,

          I’m these steps worked for me in a fresh installation of Windows 10, but I did have to make sure I was running Powershell as an administrator. I apologize if this is something you verified, but if you haven’t it might be worth a shot.

    2. You are using the cmd prompt. Find Windows Powershell (NOT FROM THE CMD PROMPT) and right-click then choose “Run as Administrator”. THEN copy and paste these cmd lines into WINDOWS POWERSHELL not into the cmd.exe screen. They will work for anyone on any copy of Windows 10 if you do it the way I just stated. Fact. Have fun good luck bye.

    1. I won’t verify this works, since I don’t want to remove Edge just yet, but I’ve removed many other of the Windows 10 apps using the format:
      Get-appxpackage *(HERE I INCLUDE SOME PIECE OF THE NAME, FOR EDGE I USED *edg*)
      Then I check to make sure the package is correct (ie. actually edge), so my naming system is correct before removal.
      Once I know my name *edg* is the correct app, I type the code using the OP format:


      Get-AppxPackage *edg* | Remove-AppxPackage

      I can verify *edg* points to the Microsoft Edge Package.

  3. If you have problems removing these apps using Powershell try opening Powershell ISE and copy/pasting above code in that. You will need to right click Paste.

    Be careful downloading and running Reimage Repair after deleting apps, on my PC it simply re-downloaded everything I’d just deleted.

  4. This is fine for the user who was logged in at the time but if another user logs in, all the app icons are back on the Start menu. If you click on one it dynamically reinstalls the app.
    There needs to be a more permanent solution.

  5. When I try to delete Mail and Calendar I get this message in Administrator: Powershell ISE (x86)

    PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Remove-AppxPackage
    cmdlet Remove-AppxPackage at command pipeline position 1
    Supply values for the following parameters:
    Package:

    Get the same in just Powershell when right click and ‘run as administrator’.

    Get the same when use “Get-AppxPackage *windowscommunicationsapps* | Remove-AppxPackage” instead of “Get-AppxPackage *communi* | Remove-AppxPackage” that you recommend.
    I have also used command as two separate items, same result.

    Anyone able to help so I can delete this and many other inbuilt apps.

    I currently cannot receive/send emails and I consider this app is part of the problem as I inadvertantly clicked it the other day and put in my email account info then decided to quit. Now, no email will come through in Outlook at all.

    Thanks

    1. I ended up with most APPs in a “limbo” state. They are still in the Windows APPs folder and show on the ALL APPS screen but with a $ followed by a jumble of letters and numbers. Some of them are of use to me so I am in a similar condition to Brian. I would hate to have to spend hours restoring Windows 10 just for these mainly useless apps.

      Is there a way to reinstall all, or selected APPs?
      Or, are we now forced to a Windows Reset where Microsoft removes our programs?

    1. Hi Ish
      You can uninstall the uTorrent client by going to your control panel, then choose ‘Uninstall a program’ and remove uTorrent from the list of programs.

      1. When I tried uninstalling uTorrent from control panel it gave me an error and asked me did I want to move the shortcut from there so I did…now there’s no way of uninstalling uTorrent as I can’t find an uninstall file anywhere…I tried to install it back so I can uninstall it…it gives me this error “A referral was returned from server.” I have no clue what that means!!! Can you please tell me if there is a way of uninstalling it through the PowerShell Program like the other apps and programs you’ve outlined at the top of this feed??? Thanks in advance!!!

  6. I have windows 10 and have used you mini blog to turn off apps
    It work until an unknown update reset the apps and now I can’t open your mini blog any more. I see the actual blog but it resets in seconds to the initual page. Microsoft is really going to far. Now what?

    1. Welcome to the future. Your computer is controlled now in windows 10 by MS$ o’mighty god. And no, I am not kidding, they won and can control what your pc can or can’t do and spy too even if you turn off shit, its hidden deep inside u cant really turn it off.

      Windows 10 is the beginning of ‘No more control for consumer & no more privacy for the consumer”. Future is bleak man, adopt/accept it or strike back at the companies!

        1. As a long-time Linux user, the vast gulf between the Microsoft and Open Source mentality grows more apparent daily. Linux users search for and install applications they want while Windows users search for a way to remove them with some measure of difficulty. The intent is not to start a Windows/Linux debate. I’m merely saying how much I appreciate what I use. So, why am I here?

          1. I don’t live under a rock. Scraping undesired software off hard drives is something I do for others. Though my customers are reluctant to consider Linux as a desktop alternative, they’re still less than enthusiastic about what Microsoft’s built-in applications.

          2. To thank Thomas for a concise and properly documented list of commands that provide answers to software removal.

  7. As noted the xbox removal fails with the error messages listed. I’ve found that the only way to remove xbox was from a mounted offline WIM.
    Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -Path (MountDir) -PackageName “Microsoft.XboxApp_xxxx.xx.xx.x.x_neutral_~_xxxxxxxx”
    where (MountDir) is the path you have mounted the offiline WIM such as D:\Image\Offline and the xxxx.xx in the package name will vary dependent upon the Windows 10 version such as Windows 10 Professional build 1511 or Windows 10 Education

  8. Hi,
    Are you able to help me with the following? How can I remove some build in apps from my smartphone running W10? I’ve already done it on my laptop with powershell, but don’t know how to do the same on my phone as it doesn’t show up with a drive letter on the pc.
    Markus

  9. Hello,

    The above commands are good for “current users”. How about “all users” or “default users”?

    I tried “Get-AppxPackage -allusers | Remove-AppxPackage” and/or “Get-AppxPackage -user username | Remove-AppxPackage” and logged in a regular user, still I see all the Windows 10 App!

    Regards, Amin

    1. uninstall insider hub
      1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the System icon.
      2. Click/tap on Apps & features on the left side, and click/tap on the Manage optional features link on the right side.
      3. Click/tap on the listed Insider Hub, and click/tap on Uninstall.
      4. The Insider Hub app will now be uninstalled from all users on the PC.

      1. It would be very nice; and very honorable if your idea worked-but; Micro Soft/Vendors do not want their windows into our lives closed! There is not a simple way to get ride of Explorer/One Cloud; or many other of these hellish monitoring tentacles!

  10. Hi. I tired to delete Apps as it has mentioned above, but I do not know the codes. What is the Code???

    And, I did typed into the Powershell as a “Get-AppxPackage *xbox* | Remove-AppxPackage” and
    it has still been asking …

    What am I supposed to type now?

  11. Hi, all,
    Like Ian Smith also asked in previous question…. how do you get rid of Windows 10’s “Contact Support” & “Windows Feedback” on a stable way that is also supported by microsoft. (so not hacking the product on a dirty way out of the OS). Or how can the icons/shortcuts be removed from the All Apps list?
    On a corporate- & VDI image this is not allowed. Via PowerShell and Appx commands this seems not possible. Also the shortcuts cannot be found (it seems).

  12. I’ve tried for 2 days to remove Windows Mail, after inadvertently opening it and putting in my email account (in preparation for Windows Live Mail 2012 being dumped at the end of June).

    Windows mail is a pile of junk so I wanted to get rid of it. I read as much as I could on the web but everything failed. Then I read another post where it was recommended to try CCleaner.
    Hey presto, no fuss, no PowerShell and command prompt – it was uninstalled in seconds. Maybe this can be used to uninstall other unwanted apps

  13. Hi everyone,
    Nobody issue solved ? I tried but sysrep later or new user login , deleted all apps come back . Thank u so much your help.

    Regards

  14. I’m trying to uninstall “Xbox” from my pc, but when I type: Get-AppxPackage *xbox* | Remove-AppxPackage, I get a MASSIVE error saying:

    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_1000.14393.0.0_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] 68b3b888-f32d-0002-3bf8-b6682df3d101 in the Event Log or use
    the command line Get-AppxLog -ActivityID 68b3b888-f32d-0002-3bf8-b6682df3d101
    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.RemoveAppxPackageCommands.RemoveAppxPackageCommand

    Sorry if this message is long and spammy, but xbox is weirdly affecting my computer and games (caps CS:GO to 30 FPS) please help!

  15. Last (Aug 16) update for the photo app broke something now I get errors in reliability monitor showing the app stops working several times a day.
    Whats the best way to delete or repair this app completely for all users?

  16. Thanks to all the positive feedback including the sucky application/OS &*nix. Those of you who detest the way Microcaca is going through, please be sure to reformat your system and get a Commodore. Perhaps PCs are not for you and Xbox or gamming platforms are. These day and age, you can even use your phone instead of M$. Thomas.. thank you so much.. it has helped quite a lot and “ALL” tips worked on the systems by following each tip correctly. Thanks again

  17. Hello,
    my taskbar,start button,calendar,edge etc. dont work…its the 4th time since i installed windows to…i tried every possible solution but nothing seems to help…
    any help???

  18. I am running CCleaner Professional and under “Tools” there is an “Uninstall” choice. I opened the Uninstall and found the following apps that could be (?) uninstalled, Groove Music, 3D Builder, Alarms and Clocks, Camera, Mail and Calendar, Maps, Messaging, One Drive, Solitaire Collection, Sticky Notes, Microsoft Wi-Fi, Movies & TV, One Note, Paid Wi-Fi & Cellular, Sports, Store, Store Purchases App (these last 2 Microsoft keeps updating each time I use the Web – pisses me off), Tips, Voice Recorder, and last but not least Weather. I have all ready uninstalled Xbox. Has anyone else used CCleaner to uninstall? I am going to send an email to CCleaner and ask if the apps in question are COMPLETLY removed? Any comments? One thing I like about CCleaner is that you can COMPLETLY delete. Meaning “right over” the item(s) 3-times, or 7-times, or 12-times. I do it 7 times and there is not that much time delay – maybe 4 seconds. I am going to Linux in time.
    Mike

    1. Thanks, Mike. CCleaner did it for me – the free version. So far, Groove music has not reappeared in my start menu, nor does it show up as an option when I want to play a music file. I haven’t found it under the programs list, either. I got rid of Xbox and a number of other unwanted and unneeded programs this way. At this point I don’t particularly care if it’s on my computer somewhere, I’m just happy that it doesn’t keep popping up as an unwanted option for playing music, nor does it clutter my start menu. The only caveat is that I haven’t had any updates lately so I don’t know if it will reappear somehow.

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