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

Windows 8 & Windows 10 comes with many Windows Store Apps (or Modern Apps) preinstalled. But, many users doesn’t want all these Modern 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 Store apps (even the pre-installed – provisioned) apps in your Windows 10, 8.1 or 8 system. Also at Part-C of this tutorial, we mentioned the way to delete the provisioned installation files from your hard disk.

First of all, you should know that when you uninstall a preinstalled (also called “provisioned”)) Windows Store app, the app’s installation files are not completely removed from your computer and are still remain on your disk because these files are needed for future usage. In fact the installation package files are needed for the following reasons:

1.  If you create a new user on your computer, this user will have available all the pre-installed apps.

2. To reinstall the removed default apps in the future. (See related article: How to reinstall default apps in Windows 10, 8.1 & 8 OS).

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 preinstalled Apps in Windows 10, 8.1 & 8 OS by using PowerShell commands.

1. First 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. I want to remove all or particular apps from the current user only.
Part B. I want to remove all or particular apps for a specific user.
Part C. I want to remove all or particular apps & their installation files from all All Users.

 

 

Part A. To remove Apps from the current user only in Windows 10 / 8.

A1. To remove all 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 app (or apps) 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 of the app that you want to remove. (e.g. “WindowsMaps”)

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3. Then remove the desired particular app for the current user, by giving this command: *

  • Get-AppxPackage *PackageName* | Remove-AppxPackage

Note *:  Replace the “PackageName” value with the name of the package that you want to uninstall.

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

 

Part B. To remove All or particular Apps for a specific user in Windows 10 / 8.

B1. To remove all 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 apps  from your system. Some apps are essential for Windows to work smoothly.
  2. Replace the “UserName” value, with the specific user name (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 particular app(s) for a specific user in Windows 10 & 8 OS:

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

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

Note: Replace the “UserName” value, with the specific user name (e.g. “User1”), that you want to remove the app from.

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

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3. Then remove the particular app(s) for the specific user, by giving this command: *

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

Note*:  Replace the “UserName” & “PackageName” values.

e.g. To uninstall “Maps” from “User1”, type: Get-AppxPackage -User User1 *WindowsMaps* | Remove-AppxPackage

 

PART C. To remove All Apps or Particular App(s) & the installation files from All Users in Windows 10 / 8.

C1. To remove all apps from all users type this command in Windows 10 & 8: *

  • Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage

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

Extra step: After apps removal and in case that you want to delete also the installation files of all removed provisioned apps, give this command:

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

C2. To remove a particular app from All Users in Windows 10 & 8:

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

  • Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Select Name, PackageFullName

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

Get-AppxPackage list installed packages

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

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

Note*: Replace the “PackageName” value, with the corresponding “Name” of the app that you want to uninstall:

e.g. The command to remove Maps from All Users, is: Get-AppxPackage – allusers *WindowsMaps* | Remove-AppxPackage

 

Extra step: After App removal and In case that you want to delete also the installation files of the removed provisioned App, give this command*:

  • Remove-AppXProvisionedPackage -Online -PackageName <PackageFullName>

Note*: Replace the PackageFullName value, with the corresponding “PackageFullName” of the app that you want to uninstall:

 

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