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How to uninstall apps built into Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with a lot of pre-installed apps, although not all of them are as popular as the ubiquitous Paint. Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn't allow users to uninstall them easily, although, there is an alternative solution to this problem if you really want to get rid of all the junk that comes with your Windows PC. So, without further ado, let's go straight to it and see how you can uninstall these "Universal Apps" from your system to recover storage space and regain control over a chaotic boot menu:

Note: before we begin, it is important to realize that we will have to be cautious before uninstalling any of the universal apps, because removing some of them could paralyze Cortana. For example, removing Bing News may compromise Cortana's ability to bring you news and removing Alarms and Clock may make it difficult for the digital assistant to set reminders.

Uninstall the integrated Windows 10 apps the easy way

  • Open the Start menu by pressing the Windows key on the keyboard and right-click on the app you want to uninstall . With many of the apps in the Start menu, you will be presented with the "Uninstall" option, as you can see in the screenshot below, then click on it to delete the unwanted app.

This is a quick and painless way to remove pre-installed bloatware on your Windows PC, but does not work with all universal apps . While you can uninstall Twitter, Skype, Money, News, Solitaire and some other apps in this way, you will have to resort to something stronger to get rid of the many other built-in apps that are part of the package.

Uninstall Windows 10 built-in apps via Windows PowerShell (command prompt)

  • First, simultaneously press the Windows key and X to display the "advanced user menu". Now click on the option 'Windows PowerShell (Admin)' as seen in the screenshot below.

Note: on computers not yet updated on "Creators Update", the command prompt options will appear instead of "PowerShell", so all you have to do is type "PowerShell" in the search box of the Start menu, right-click the mouse on "Windows PowerShell 'and select the option' Run as administrator '.

  • Once the PowerShell window is open, copy / paste the following code if you wish to uninstall the 3D Builder app: Get-AppxPackage * 3dbuilder * | Remove-AppxPackage

  • To uninstall any other app, just do it change the name inside the two asterisks a depending on what you want to remove (keep the asterisks unchanged). So, if you are not in love with card games, you can safely get rid of Solitaire with the following code: Get-AppxPackage * solitairecollection * | Remove-AppxPackage

  • This little trick will allow you to get rid of most of the bundled apps, but will not allow you to uninstall some of the critical apps that are inserted into the system, such as Cortana or Edge, as you can see in the screenshot below:

Note: also if you will not be able to completely uninstall apps like Cortana or Edge, you should be able to disable them by switching to "Enable or disable Windows functionality" from "Control Panel> Programs" or "Control Panel> Programs and Features" depending on the settings.

Now that you have installed a series of integrated apps on your Windows 10 PC, what if you have a change of heart and want to go back? Don't worry, because there is always a way to do it:

How to reinstall all built-in apps

  • To reinstall these apps, you will need to again open the PowerShell window as described earlier in the article. Then copy / paste the following and hit "Enter": Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$ ($ _. InstallLocation) AppXManifest.xml"}

  • You may receive a couple of error codes that say "app already installed" or "new version of app already installed". They are normal, so ignore them and Reboot the PC .

That's all, folks! With one shot, you have all the apps integrated and uninstalled on your PC.

Uninstall / reinstall the built-in apps on the Windows 10 PC

The only problem with running the above code that doesn't allow you to choose and choose which apps to reinstall, so you'll end up reinstalling all the removed apps, whether you want it or not. Which means you may have to scrupulously delete each redundant app one by one again. Anyway, now that you know how to get rid of everything that swells on your PC, try it and let us know how it went, because we love to hear you.