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How to get rid of these bloatware.

  1. Stop uninstalled games from returning
    1. Windows 10 Pro
    2. Windows 10 Home
  2. Uninstall all preinstalled apps
  3. Uninstall specific preinstalled app
  4. Prevent removed default apps from returning during an update
  5. Restore removed default apps

Windows 10 comes bundled with many unused apps. Worse, it even install third-party apps from time to time by itself (even after you remove it!). Here’s how to get rid of these bloatware.

Stop uninstalled games from returning

Stop included games like Candy Crush and Minecraft to reappear after you remove them.

Windows 10 Pro

  1. Right click on Start button and open Run.
  2. Enter gpedit.msc and run.
  3. Go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Cloud Content.
  4. Enable Turn off Microsoft consumer experiences.

Windows 10 Home

  1. Open Notepad, copy and paste the following text (make sure you don’t copy the line number),
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    ;1709 Registry Keys
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CloudContent]
    "DisableWindowsConsumerFeatures"=dword:00000001
  2. File > Save As, select Desktop folder, Save as type as All Files and set file name as cloud-content.reg.
  3. Launch the cloud-content.reg file from your Desktop.

Uninstall all preinstalled apps

This is the easiest method to remove all preinstalled apps. Note: this will remove ALL apps listed at the next section.

  1. Launch PowerShell as administrator (right click Run as administrator).
    1. Windows 10 Home user might not have it, install here.
  2. Run the following command:
    Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage

For more thorough removal including tracking or telemetry, use Debloat Windows 10 powershell script. I haven’t test it myself, but it looks like it’s regularly updated.

Uninstall specific preinstalled app

  1. Launch PowerShell as administrator (right click Run as administrator).
  2. Run the following command:
    Get-AppxPackage *<app-name>* | Remove-AppxPackage
  3. Substitute <app-name> with the package name listed below. Right click on PowerShell to paste.
    For example to remove 3D Builder,
    Get-AppxPackage *3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage
App namePackage name
3D Builder3dbuilder
3D Viewer3dviewer
Alarms and Clock¹windowsalarms
Calendar and Mail¹windowscommunicationsapps
Calculatorwindowscalculator
Camerawindowscamera
Get Officeofficehub
Get Skypeskypeapp
Get Startedgetstarted
Groove Musiczunemusic
Mapswindowsmaps
Microsoft Solitaire Collectionsolitairecollection
Moneybingfinance
Movies & TVzunevideo
Newsbingnews
OneNoteonenote
Paintmspaint
Peoplepeople
Phone Companionwindowsphone
Photos²photos
Print 3Dprint3d
Store³windowsstore
Sportsbingsports
Voice Recordersoundrecorder
Walletwallet
Weatherbingweather
Xboxxboxapp
Your Phoneyourphone
¹ These are not the time and date view you get at the bottom right. Safe to remove.
² This is a full-screen/UWP image viewer. Safe to remove.
³ You might need it. Safe to remove if you don’t.

Prevent removed default apps from returning during an update

  1. No, you are not done yet. Those removed apps can return during an update.
  2. To make sure they stay removed, create a registry .reg file (how-to). Remove any entry to keep the app.
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    ;1709 Registry Keys
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx\AppxAllUserStore\Deprovisioned]
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx\AppxAllUserStore\Deprovisioned\Microsoft.BingWeather_8wekyb3d8bbwe]
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx\AppxAllUserStore\Deprovisioned\Microsoft.Getstarted_8wekyb3d8bbwe]
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx\AppxAllUserStore\Deprovisioned\Microsoft.Microsoft3DViewer_8wekyb3d8bbwe]
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx\AppxAllUserStore\Deprovisioned\Microsoft.MicrosoftOfficeHub_8wekyb3d8bbwe]
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx\AppxAllUserStore\Deprovisioned\Microsoft.MicrosoftSolitaireCollection_8wekyb3d8bbwe]
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx\AppxAllUserStore\Deprovisioned\Microsoft.Office.OneNote_8wekyb3d8bbwe]
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx\AppxAllUserStore\Deprovisioned\Microsoft.People_8wekyb3d8bbwe]
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx\AppxAllUserStore\Deprovisioned\Microsoft.Print3D_8wekyb3d8bbwe]
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx\AppxAllUserStore\Deprovisioned\Microsoft.SkypeApp_kzf8qxf38zg5c]
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx\AppxAllUserStore\Deprovisioned\Microsoft.Wallet_8wekyb3d8bbwe]
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx\AppxAllUserStore\Deprovisioned\Microsoft.Windows.Photos_8wekyb3d8bbwe]
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx\AppxAllUserStore\Deprovisioned\Microsoft.WindowsAlarms_8wekyb3d8bbwe]
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx\AppxAllUserStore\Deprovisioned\Microsoft.WindowsCamera_8wekyb3d8bbwe]
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx\AppxAllUserStore\Deprovisioned\microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_8wekyb3d8bbwe]
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx\AppxAllUserStore\Deprovisioned\Microsoft.WindowsFeedbackHub_8wekyb3d8bbwe]
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx\AppxAllUserStore\Deprovisioned\Microsoft.WindowsMaps_8wekyb3d8bbwe]
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx\AppxAllUserStore\Deprovisioned\Microsoft.WindowsSoundRecorder_8wekyb3d8bbwe]
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx\AppxAllUserStore\Deprovisioned\Microsoft.WindowsStore_8wekyb3d8bbwe]
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx\AppxAllUserStore\Deprovisioned\Microsoft.Xbox.TCUI_8wekyb3d8bbwe]
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx\AppxAllUserStore\Deprovisioned\Microsoft.XboxApp_8wekyb3d8bbwe]
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx\AppxAllUserStore\Deprovisioned\Microsoft.XboxGameOverlay_8wekyb3d8bbwe]
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx\AppxAllUserStore\Deprovisioned\Microsoft.XboxIdentityProvider_8wekyb3d8bbwe]
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx\AppxAllUserStore\Deprovisioned\Microsoft.XboxSpeechToTextOverlay_8wekyb3d8bbwe]
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx\AppxAllUserStore\Deprovisioned\Microsoft.ZuneMusic_8wekyb3d8bbwe]
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx\AppxAllUserStore\Deprovisioned\Microsoft.ZuneVideo_8wekyb3d8bbwe]
  3. Simply open the registry file to apply.

Restore removed default apps

  1. Unfortunately you can’t restore the app individually (at least not trivial).
  2. To restore all removed preinstalled apps, run the following PowerShell command (as administrator):
    Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers| Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
  3. Restart Windows.

Update (19/10/2018): Windows 10 version 1903 (to be released in April 2019) will include the ability to uninstall:

  • 3D viewer
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Groove Music
  • Mail
  • Movies & TV
  • Paint 3D
  • Snip & Sketch
  • Sticky Notes
  • Voice Recorder

Above ability is introduced in Insider Preview build 18262.

On a side note, version 1809 (October 2018 Update) is able to uninstall:

  • Microsoft Solitaire Collection
  • My Office
  • OneNote
  • Print 3D
  • Skype
  • Tips
  • Weather

Update (01/03/2019): Windows 10 version 1809 (released in October 2018) includes Your Phone app. Instruction has been updated.

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