Get Rid Of Windows 10’s Default Apps With PowerShell

Get Rid Of Windows 10’s Default Apps With PowerShell

Windows 10 comes with several apps installed by default, some which you might never use, like the Xbox app or Phone Companion. Here’s how to remove those apps.

You’ll need to run PowerShell as an administrator, but after that all you have to do is copy and paste the code Thomas Vanhoutte has posted on his blog.

The apps you can remove with PowerShell are: 3D; Camera; Mail and Calendar; Money, Sports, News, and Weather; Groove Music and Film & TV; People; Phone Companion; Photos; Solitaire Collection; Voice Recorder; and Xbox.

According to some reports on the interwebs, removing the Xbox app could improve gameplay on Windows 10.

Annoyed by other minor things in Windows 10? You can tweak them away too.

Remove default Apps from Windows 10 [Thomas Vanhoutte]


    • Calls Remove-AppxPackage which says that it removes it ‘from the user account’.

      However, Modern apps are installed per-user and are installed to your profile, so removing them means they’re gone from your account:

      “Windows Runtime app deployments are per user, which means they only impact the account of the user who installed them. Furthermore, in multi-user scenarios, users don’t have any knowledge of what was installed for any other user. For example, suppose UserA installed the Notepad app while UserB installed the Calculator app. In this scenario, UserA and UserB have no knowledge into other apps installed to the same computer (app isolation).”

      So it does properly get rid of them.

      • I would say that ‘properly’ getting rid of it removes it from the computer completely. When another user logs on the app pops back up again.

        On Win 8 and 8.1 you can run a powershell command that will get rid of every one for good.

        • Well if you can do that in 8, you can do it in 10. Modern App installation etc. hasn’t changed.

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