Completely Uninstall Pre-Installed Windows Store Apps From Windows 8

Windows 8 is basically focused on Modern (Metro) Apps or Windows Store apps and comes with some pre-installed Modern Apps in order to make the users get started with Windows 8. However, there are some folks, who may not have use for Modern Apps and may want to uninstall them. While one can uninstall Windows 8 apps, there is no easy way to completely remove them from your disk.

In this article, I’ll share the way to completely remove all the Windows Store apps from Windows 8.

Please note that, when you uninstall a Windows Store App from usual options, the app is removed temporarily and goes to a staged condition discussed later in this article. Thus, when you create a new user account on Windows 8, it will again have all the pre-installed apps, since the default Windows Store Apps are not removed completely from the system.

To completely remove and erase all default pre-installed apps, you must be signed in as Administrator of you Windows Account – and you need to remove it in two places:

  1. Remove the provisioned package
  2. Remove the “installed” package from the administrator account.

NOTE: mamuf says in the comments. For anyone who wants to try this on Windows 10, DON’T! These two commands remove also the Windows Store app.

Completely Uninstall Default Windows Store Apps

1. Firstly, press Windows Key + Q, and in the search box, type powershell. From results, pick the Windows PowerShell. Right click on it, select Run as administrator from bottom options.

Uninstall Default Windows Store Apps

2. In the Windows PowerShell window, type following command to enlist all the apps pre-installed on your Windows 8.

Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers


Command to remove all the Modern Apps from your system account

3. Run the following command to remove all Windows Store Apps:

Get-AppXProvisionedPackage -online | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online

That’s it! Now whenever you create a new user account on your Windows 8, there will no be no pre-installed Modern apps on that account as well.

Whenever we uninstall a Windows Store App, its status in PowerShell window is displayed as Staged. That means, the app still lies in Windows. In other words, the application is prepared to get automatic installation when a new user account is created.


4. If you’d like to remove all Modern Apps for the current account only, use following command:

Get-AppXPackage | Remove-AppxPackage

5. In case you want to remove all Modern Apps for a specific user then add the -User part in above command, so it is:

Get-AppXPackage -User | Remove-AppxPackage

6. Finally, let us know the command to remove all Modern Apps from all the account on your Windows 8:

Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage

That’s it! The apps will now be completely uninstalled and erased from your system!

Interested readers can proceed to TechNet Blogs & Microsoft for advanced readings.

NOTE: mamuf says in the comments. For anyone who wants to try this on Windows 10, DON’T! These two commands remove also the Windows Store app.

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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP in Windows Experience expertise and a Microsoft Content Creator. He recommends that you create a system restore point first before tweaking the registry.
  • Ano

    Thanks for this news. I followed the instructions but the applications still there in C:Program FilesWindowsApps. What a shame !

  • Kapil Arya


    Once again run the commands, make sure you’re the administrator of your account.

    Also, please include a screenshot of powershell window, so that we can help you further.

    Goodluck :)

  • Claus


    this does not work for me.
    I am running the PowerShell as admin and am not able to completely uninstall the staged modern apps.

    I used this command:

    Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage

    And getting results like this one (sorry, German version) even after a reboot:

    Remove-AppxPackage : Fehler bei Bereitstellung. HRESULT: 0x80073CF1, Das Paket wurde nicht gefunden. (Ausnahme von

    HRESULT: 0x80073CF1)

    Microsoft.XboxLIVEGames_1.2.143.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe kann nicht entfernt werden, da der aktuelle Benutzer dieses Paket

    nicht installiert hat. Verwenden Sie Get-AppxPackage, um die Liste der installierten Pakete anzuzeigen.

    HINWEIS: Wenn Sie weitere Informationen wünschen, suchen Sie im Ereignisprotokoll nach “[ActivityId]

    cdf37304-5d41-0000-1280-f3cd415dce01″, oder verwenden Sie die Befehlszeile “Get-AppxLog -ActivityID


    In Zeile:1 Zeichen:29

    + Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage

    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    + CategoryInfo : ObjectNotFound: (Microsoft.XboxL…__8wekyb3d8bbwe:String) [Remove-AppxPackage], PSInval


    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.RemoveAppxPackageCommand

    Best Regards


    Didn’t work , uninstalled all the apps from the system, but still showing in windows store

  • rannanon

    It worked great after I left out the “-online” after Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage. Makes sense because the other commands do not repeat the -AllUsers or -User with the Remove command either.

  • Baronu

    In Search, click Turn Windows features on or off and un-check Windows PoweShell. It worked for me. Have fun.

  • gurpreet

    worked for me… many thanks to u..

    i used this only

    Get-AppXPackage | Remove-AppxPackage

    also i had changed the correct region for my pc… thats all it took… awesome.. thanks a lot

    Gurpreet Chaney

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad we could help :)

  • wednesday_rose

    My problem is a little different. I removed all the apps., cleared the registry and … some apps keep reinstalling after start up? For example microsoft.reader, Helps&tips and Acer explorer.
    Any ideas?

  • gogo.pogo

    I followed this instruction in Windows 8.1.1 to uninstall all apps for all accounts and it said done, but after reboot all the apps are still there. Going thru the instruction for a second time it reports object not found in each case, but the apps are still there on the stupid metro screen and the WindowsApps folder still contains all that junk, and the registry has billions of entries for windows apps. Bah! I’ve taken control of WindowsApps folder but can’t delete anything as it requires elevated system access. ffs. :(

  • Anand Khanse
  • Niko Saloranta

    Worked perfectly in Windows 10 Build 10166! with Admin rights. Thank you very much :)

  • mamuf

    For anyone who wants to try this on Windows 10: DON’T! These two commands remove also the Windows Store app. I don’t know which one of them actually does that, probably the first one.

  • Anand Khanse

    Thanks for this. Will add your comment to the post.

  • DArkira

    I just typed this command in Windows 10 (before reading you) and i lost the Windows store.
    Well i’m okay with that but i see that i lost also the calculator and the Sound Recorder and i want them back so …

    Is there a way to put again WIndows Store ? and is there a way to install an application which is on the Store by Powershell command ?

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