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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220 thoughts on “Remove default Apps from Windows 10

  1. Still cant remove Edge
    i tried all i read in this blog and still get this
    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.MicrosoftEdge_20.10240.16384.0_neutral__8wekyb3
    d8bbwe from: C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe 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 Window
    s Features on or off. However, it may not be possible to uninstall the app.
    NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] 6e1ec563-d524-0003-20d2-1e6e24d5d001 in the Event Log or use th
    e command line Get-AppxLog -ActivityID 6e1ec563-d524-0003-20d2-1e6e24d5d001
    At line:1 char:1
    + Remove-AppxPackage Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_20.10240.16384.0_neutral__ …
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : WriteError: (Microsoft.Micro…__8wekyb3d8bbwe:String) [Remove-AppxPackage], IOException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.RemoveAppxPackageCommand

  2. I had a lot of problems with the Start Menu and Edge hanging as wel as Windows Explorer continuously crashing. I removed the applications giving errors in the application log following your advice. All my problems are gone. Windows 10 seems now very nice and promising. Thank you! Thank you very much! Keep you excellent work!

  3. Thomas,

    You ROCK!
    Groove had given me so much stress that I actually and had a bad day. I am so grateful I found your website when looking for ways to get rid of it.
    Thanks a trillion, you rock! Keep doing this and much more.

  4. I successfully removed the Calculator app but it is not truly removed or uninstalled.

    I used FN shortcut key to launch the calculator and it works, also reappear in Task Manager App History list. What about the other apps? Did we really removed it or just set it to hidden?

    Damn MS.

  5. Thomas, I too want to express my gratitude for the instructions on how to remove the unwanted apps in Windows 10. As as professional, these apps are not good for anything I do daily. This has made my day!

  6. Running the DISM command to remove these from the base image i have removed all that i can but the WindowsPhone returns and Error Access Denied. Anybody had the same issue?

    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.WindowsPhone_2015.620.10.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe

    I want ot remove these from the Base Image and this is the last one that i am stuck on.

  7. So ran the DISM Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage command, and created an ISO file of the new WIM file, if i install from this ISO and go through setup and log into my account i can see all the Apps have been removed.

    When i deploy the WIM file through MDT i get the long Windows Animation upon logon and all the Apps have returned, the animation goes on for some time as if it is downloading them from the internet again.

    Any one else had this experience and know how to stop it ??

  8. got most of the apps out of the system. How do I delete these last nasty ones ?

    Wunderlist
    xbox life minecraft
    tripadvisor

    did reinstall classic menu as even the new startmenu in win 10 is not an improvement.

  9. Ths article and countless others online with smilar titles should be renamed “how to dsable and hide wndows 10 apps” as these commands do not uninstall or delete them, but just disables and hides them. :(

    I love windows 10, but so much invasive crap on by default in it.

  10. Is there ANY way possible to remove Windows 10 & Edge off of my computer? I am so disturbed that I can not take both off and go back to Windows 8 and Explorer. If you can help me at all…I would be more grateful than you’d ever believe.

    I can’t even go back to a restore date. To deliberately prepare anything that would stop a person’s free will of removal is simply beyond my thinking in America.
    Thank you.

    1. Rev,

      you can roll back through the Recovery in Windows 10 but it will only allow you to do this within 30 days. if this option is not available the only option you have if you did not backup is to clean install Windows 8.

  11. Trying to remove Cortana (nasty process still running, even though I disabled it), I get:

    PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Get-AppxPackage *cort* | 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.Windows.Cortana_1.4.8.176_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy from:
    C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_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] 935742a7-dc3b-0001-4cf6-57933bdcd001 in the Event Log or use
    the command line Get-AppxLog -ActivityID 935742a7-dc3b-0001-4cf6-57933bdcd001
    At line:1 char:26
    + Get-AppxPackage *cort* | Remove-AppxPackage
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : WriteError: (Microsoft.Windo…l_cw5n1h2txyewy:String) [Remove-AppxPackage], IOException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.RemoveAppxPackageCommand

    What am I doing wrong?

  12. Posting just to say THANK YOU.
    I hated to have an xbox stuff on my working computer without my consent, and so it was the same for groove and other “adwares”…

  13. Hi Thomas
    I had a problem today with Groove Music in Windows 10. I contacted the Microsoft Helpline and they used your blog to help them sort the problem! (App had to be uninstalled and reinstalled). Amazing that Microsoft had no way of doing this! Anyway, many thanks for helping them and me.
    Regards
    Michael

  14. When i try to uninstall any of the programs its says this:

    cmdlet Remove-AppxPackage at command pipeline position 1
    Supply values for the following parameters:
    Package:

    what do i do?

  15. Hello. That’s great i am able now to uninstall all of apps i don’t need at all! Thanks! But just want to know: is it legal? Does it match with EULA?

    And one more thing, i’ve read before, if i use Microsoft Account i should use some extra commands to remove packages entirely. I don’t remember them, but some *online* keyword was there for sure.

    Cheers, @Senpos.

  16. Terse list of what is installed:
    Get-AppxPackage | Select-Object -Property Name

    Then use that name to safely delete just that one thing (don’t use wildcard):
    Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.BingSports | Remove-AppxPackage

  17. Thanks this helped a ton! but i ran

    Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage

    and it removed everything i wanted. but now i can’t pin anything on my start menu o-o

  18. Using SCCM to deploy. I can use the get/remove-appxprovisionedpackage to remove metro apps just fine but I cannot delete the inbuilt things like “Contact Support”, Leave Feedback”. I’ve also tried running the script listed above to remove OneDrive but it still remains under all All Apps

  19. Thank You. I spent a hours trying to get rid of these apps. You area life saver. I posted this blog spot for my friends and family on my facebook page and I never post any websites or blogs. This was a first. I hope they use it.

  20. OMG, thank you. So far I’ve peeled off about half the crapware. Have you got one for “Get Office” and “Get Skype”?

    Anyone remember the old “Dell Uncrapify” utility? I’d pay real money for a “Windows 10 Uncrapify” app.

  21. Hi Thomas!
    I had delete windows 10 native apps because i had 0x80004005 error and update in loop. Using your help the problem is gone! :)
    But i have re-installed native apps using store…
    Now the result is that i see all native windows 10 apps in “My Apps” section of Windows Store. Any idea? Is there a solution? Sorry for my English.
    http://prntscr.com/8gc3s0

  22. Hello,
    I used this command to remove the windows photo app but it removed not only the photos app but also the windows import photos or videos app. I have tried running the code that you’ve created to bring the photos app back, but it is not coming back.
    I’d appreciate your help!
    Matthew

  23. Hola Tomas, mi PC tenia window 7 y me llego la actualizacion, todo de lo mejor pero me aparece el siguiente mensaje periodicamente.

    Oneclickstarter

    ? El programa se ha iniciado en modo de compatibilidad.
    Debido a que esto puede provocar efectos solaterales indeseados, se debe desactivar la configuracion de compatibilidad.
    ¿Desea que se ejecute la aplicacion de todos modos?

    Si No

  24. thank you so much! this worked for me, I missed my music opening with windows media player i didn’t like Groove. Do you happen to know why my windows media player isn’t reading my SD card?

  25. It actually installed apps back after big Windows 10 update with new features. I simple re-followed this guide and now all this no-needed garbage is out of Windows. It is so bad when they fill laptop with so much junk.

    Thanks for this help.

  26. Any chance you can tell me how to delete ‘the data usage/download from windows 10 in the wifi settings…it seems you simply cannot do it
    It really ‘pisses’ me off MS would collect such stuff. I pay for a VPN and proxy to ensure my privacy as much as possible, and I take a great deal of care about deleting everything from my laptop…So i was surprised as hell to discover that win 10 actually tells you how much data i downloaded from either my proxy or VPN….

    I mean why the hell would MS collect download data from an app which is not theirs’ it kinda freaked me out knowing that if i download from torrents which is where i download everything from, simply for anonymity…then win 10 wifi data
    lists how much i downloaded over a month….ridiculous.

    And every single cleaner I have tried does not clean it even when all downloaded material has been deleted from the computer….This makes me very suspicious of windows 10..

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