How to Uninstall the Preinstalled Apps in Windows 10, 8.1 & 8 from PowerShell.

Windows 8 & Windows 10 comes with many Store Apps (or Modern Apps) preinstalled. But, many users doesn't want all these built-in Apps, so they are looking for a way to uninstall them from their system, in order to keep their computer clean from bloatware.

In this tutorial you can find detailed instructions on how you can remove all or particular built in apps (also known as "Provisioned" or "Pre-installed),  in a Windows 10, 8.1 or 8 system. * Also at Part-C of this tutorial, we mentioned the way to delete the provisioned packages (the installation files of the apps), to avoid the installation of the built in apps to new users.

* Note for Windows 10 users: In Windows 10, there is an easiest way to uninstall store apps (including the preinstalled apps) without using PowerShell commands. For instructions read this article: How to: Easy uninstall apps and programs in Windows 10.

How to Remove the Built-in Apps in Windows 10, 8.1 & 8 OS by using PowerShell commands.

1. Open PowerShell with Administrator permissions. To do that:

    1. At Cortana‘s search box, type powershell
    2. Right click on Windows PowerShell result and select Run as administrator.

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2. Now choose the action that you want to perform:

Part A. Remove All or Specific Built in apps from the Current User only.
Part B. Remove All or Specific Built in apps from a Other Users.
Part C. Remove All or Specific Built in apps & their installation files from all All Users.

 

 

Part A. How to Remove Apps from the current user only in Windows 10 / 8.

A1. To remove all built in apps from the current user give this command in Windows 10 & 8: *

  • Get-AppXPackage | Remove-AppxPackage

* Note : I don't suggest to remove all apps  from your system. Some apps are essential for Windows to work smoothly.

 

A2. To remove a particular built in app from the current user only in Windows 10 & 8:

1. Get a list of installed apps for the current user by giving this command:

  • Get-AppxPackage | Select Name, PackageFullName 

2. From the list, note the Name (at first column), of the app that you want to remove. (e.g. "Microsoft.WindowsMaps")

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3. To remove a  specific built-in app from the active user account, use this command: *

  • Get-AppxPackage *Name* | Remove-AppxPackage

 

* Note:  Replace the "Name" value with the name of the app that you want to uninstall.

e.g. To remove "Maps" from the current user only type: Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft.WindowsMaps* | Remove-AppxPackage

 

Part B. How to Remove All or Particular Apps from  a other user accounts in Windows 10 / 8. *

* Note: The instructions below applies in cases where multiple users are working (sharing) the same PC, and you want to uninstall built in apps, from a different user (not the active).

B1. To remove all built in apps for a specific user in Windows 10 & 8 OS, give this PowerShell command: *

  • Get-AppXPackage -User UserName | Remove-AppxPackage

Notes: 

  1. I don't suggest to remove all the built in apps, because some apps are essential for Windows to work smoothly.
  2. At the above command, replace the "UserName" value, with the account's username (e.g. "User1"), that you want to remove the app from.

e.g. To remove all apps from the user "User1" type: Get-AppxPackage  -User User1 | Remove-AppxPackage

 

B2. To remove a particular app for a another user in Windows 10 & 8 OS:

1. Get a list of all installed apps on the specific user, by giving this command:*

  • Get-AppxPackage -User UserName | Select Name, PackageFullName 

* Note: Replace the "UserName" value, with the account name of the user (e.g. "User1"), that you want to remove apps from.

2. From the list, note the name of the app that you want to remove. (e.g. "Microsoft.WindowsMaps")

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3. Then remove the desired built in app from the specific user, by giving this command: *

  • Get-AppxPackage -User UserName *Name* | Remove-AppxPackage 

 

* Note:  At the above command replace the "UserName" & "Name" values, according your choice:

e.g. To uninstall the "Maps" app from the "User1", type:

  • Get-AppxPackage -User User1 *Microsoft.WindowsMaps* | Remove-AppxPackage

 

PART C. How to Remove All or Particular Built in Apps & the Installation files from All Users in Windows 10 / 8.

C1. To Remove a Specific Built in app from All Users in Windows 10 & 8:

1.  Give this following powershell command to get a a list of all the available installed packages:

  • Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Select Name, PackageFullName

2. From the list, note the Name (at first column) and the PackageFullName (at second column), of the built in app that you want to remove.

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3. Then give the following command to uninstall the particular app from all users: *

  • Get-AppxPackage –AllUsers *Name* | Remove-AppxPackage

* Notes:
1. At the above command, replace the "Name" value, with the corresponding "Name" of the app that you want to uninstall:

e.g.  If you want to to remove the Maps app from All Users, the command is:

  • Get-AppxPackage – allusers *Microsoft.WindowsMaps* | Remove-AppxPackage

 

2. After the app removal and in case that you want to delete also the installation files of the removed  built in App, give this command: *

  • Remove-AppXProvisionedPackage -Online -PackageName <PackageFullName>

* At the above command, replace the PackageFullName value, with the corresponding "PackageFullName" of the app that you want to uninstall.

 

C2. To remove all built in apps from all users type this command in Windows 10 & 8: *

  • Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage

* Notes:
1. In Windows 10 v1809 and in later versions, the above command does not work.
2. I don't suggest to remove all apps  from your system. Some apps are essential for Windows to work smoothly.
3. After the apps removal and  if you want, proceed and remove also the installation files of all the removed provisioned apps, in order to avoid the installation of the built-in apps when you create a new user:

  • Get-AppXProvisionedPackage -online | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage –online

 

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