Tips to remove built-in apps on Windows 10 with PowerShell

Windows 10 includes tons of built-in apps that you are not actively using. Despite the fact that these built-in apps like Weather, News and 3D Builder don’t take up a lot of your device’s storage space, there are reasons to still remove all of them from your device and make way for more useful apps.

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In this step-by-step guide, we will run you through the steps to remove built-in apps on Windows 10. Before we get started, note that some of Windows 10’s stock apps may work with Cortana, so removing them may cause Cortana to act weird. We don’t recommend that you remove your built-in apps on Windows 10

Steps to remove built-in apps on Windows 10

Make sure that you have already closed any running apps on Windows 10 to avoid any unexpected issues during the process

Step one: First off, you need to right-click the Start button and click Search from the popup window

Step two: Once you are now supposed to type PowerShell in the input field, right-click Windows PowerShell and click Run as administrator

Step thee: Next up, all you need to do is to type a command into PowerShell. In this guide, we are going to remove Groove Music from your device, so we need to type Get-AppxPackage *zunemusic* | Remove-AppxPackage.

Note that each built-in app has its corresponding command, so make sure that you enter it correctly.

  • If you want to remove Weather app, type Get-AppxPackage *bingweather* | Remove-AppxPackage
  • If you want to remove Get Office, type  Get-AppxPackage *officehub* | Remove-AppxPackage

Step four: Once you are done, all you need to do is to click the Enter button and you will get a notification informing that the app is being uninstalled

Steps to restore built-in apps on Windows 10

If you change your mind, you can easily bring back all the apps you removed from your computer by using a single command. Here is how you can do this.

Step one: Right click the Start button and click Search

Step two: Once you are done, type PowerShell and right-click Windows PowerShell to proceed

Step three: Next up, click Run as administrator and type the following command into the input field: Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers| Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

Step four: Once you are done, click Enter to complete the task

Also read: Unable to open apps on Windows 10? Try Windows Store Apps troubleshooter

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