Completely Uninstall Pre-Installed Windows Store Apps From Windows 10 / 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. akemi says in Windows 10, you should use: Get-AppXPackage -User | Remove-AppxPackage.

Completely Uninstall Default Windows Store Apps

Before you proceed, create a system restore point first.

1. Firstly, you will have to open an elevated PowerShell prompt. 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

In Windows 10, you should use: Get-AppXPackage -User | 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. akemi says in Windows 10, you should use: Get-AppXPackage -User | Remove-AppxPackage.

UPDATE: Our 10AppsManager will let you easily uninstall and reinstall Windows Store apps in Windows 10.

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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP in Windows Experience expertise and a Microsoft Content Creator. Please read the entire post & the comments first & create a system restore point before making any changes to your system.
  • 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 ?

  • Tuur

    The calculator app automatically reinstalls itself if you press Winkey + R, type “calc” and press enter.

  • Miloš Vu?i?

    Anyone found a way to reinstall store?

  • Thomas V.

    I removed all of my Windows 10 apps as well, including ‘Store’. I would like to reinstall it as well, if possible.

  • Miloš Vu?i?

    This reinstalled store in Windows 10 for me:

    in powershell run as admin:

    $app = (Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online | where {$_.DisplayName -eq “Microsoft.WindowsStore”}).InstallLocation
    Add-AppxPackage -Register $app -DisableDevelopmentMode

  • kkh5565

    I get this error:

    Add-AppxPackage : Cannot find path ‘C:Program


    because it does not exist.

    At line:2 char:1

    + Add-AppxPackage -Register $app -DisableDevelopmentMode

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

    + CategoryInfo : ObjectNotFound: (C:Program File…dleManifest.xml:String) [Add-AppxPackage], ItemNotFou


    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : PathNotFound,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand

  • Gomlen

    Hvorfor kaller en det “Modern Apps”? For å gi inntrykk av at dette er noe nytt, fresht og moderne?

  • ritalin

    This worked for me:
    -AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “C:Program FilesWindowsAppsMicrosoft.WindowsStore_2015.7.1.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbweAppXManifest.xml”

  • DArkira

    No it doesn’t work… it says, you need an application to open this type of file (and it needs Windows Store)

  • Akemi Akamatsu

    don’t use

    Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage

    in windows 10, because it removes all metro apps ,including weather, calculator, store ,sound recorder, camera etc.. apps from the OS ,and they can never be recovered since these commands remove the apps from all accounts (including the system account)

    but if you used this one

    Get-AppXPackage -User | Remove-AppxPackage

    you can have your apps by making a new user profile in windows because it only removes apps from a specific account. when you are gonna make a new account, the apps are copied from the system account to your account so if you removed apps from system account, you won’t be able to have them back no matter how many accounts are made but the upside is, it speeds up making a new account.

  • Anand Khanse

    Thanks. Added you comment to the post.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Thanks for your inputs :)

  • BJ

    Update for Windows 10 – exclude the Store…

    Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | where-object {$ –notlike “*store*”} | Remove-AppxPackage

    Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –notlike “*store*”} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online

  • seleleth

    You’ve got “smart” quotes and aren’t explicit enough, but helped me get there:

    -AllUsers | where-object {$ –notlike “*Microsoft.WindowsStore*”}
    | Remove-AppxPackage

    Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –notlike “*Microsoft.WindowsStore*”}
    | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online

  • OPE

    How can you get the Windows Store app back?

  • OPE

    I get this error:
    Add-AppxPackage : Cannot process argument transformation on parameter ‘Path’. Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
    At line:2 char:27
    + Add-AppxPackage -Register $app -DisableDevelopmentMode
    + ~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : InvalidData: (:) [Add-AppxPackage], ParameterBindingArgumentTransformationException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : ParameterArgumentTransformationError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand

  • Anand Khanse

    Run DISM command in an elevated PowerShell windows and see if it works:

  • seleleth

    I was finally able to fix this. It’s actually quite funny. I upgraded Windows 10 to Windows 10.

    – Insert the disc or create and mount the iso
    – You can download it here:
    – I was able to upgrade to Windows 10 from other OS’s using this tool directly, but that did not work from 10 to 10
    – Chose “Download and install updates (recommended)”
    – Accepted agreement
    – Chose “Keep Windows settings, personal files, and apps”

    After the “upgrade” you’ll have the Store and all other default apps back

    It reverted the two windows updates I had received but then they downloaded and installed again just fine. I imagine this would get more risky as more updates come out in the future.

    After all of that was done, I ran these commands in an admin PowerShell to strip off everything but the Store and Calculator:

    Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -online | where-object {$_.packagename -notlike “*Microsoft.WindowsStore*”} | where-object {$_.packagename -notlike “*Microsoft.WindowsCalculator*”} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
    Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -online | where-object {$_.packagename -notlike “*Microsoft.WindowsStore*”} | where-object {$_.packagename -notlike “*Microsoft.WindowsCalculator*”} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online

  • Bill Waits

    This did not work for me as well. I even elevated ExecutionPolicy to
    unrestricted, but to no avail. I get the confirmation dialog box, which I
    respond Y, but no error message and the package remains. Any insight
    would be appreciated.

  • Aneracam

    Have you resolved your problem? It happened the same to me and I can’t find the way to fix it

  • Frank

    Wow…talk about doing things the hard way.

    Ignore all of the nonsense in this article…just download “IObit Uninstaller” and install it. It can uninstall ANY and ALL of the annoying preinstalled apps in Windows 10.

  • FenyX

    And how do you think IObit tool does that properly? By wizardry? lol
    This soft is a pretty GUI that does what we’re trying to do manually here. Only difference is that we’ve understood what we’ve done to our system at the end. And we have understood something cool today, then we could sleep a lil’ bit less dummy tonight.

    In addition try to convince people to install IObit everywhere in your company while pushing a simple powershell command via GPO to all computers tomorrow morning could do the same job, even without users seeing anything… good luck.

  • FenyX

    But thanks anyway to call “nonsense” some clever thoughts and ideas visibly too large for limited brains :)

  • David Trapp

    -User alone doesn’t work for me, I have to provide the username afterwards. This can be done through an environment variable, though.


    Get-AppXPackage -User $env:username | Remove-AppxPackage

  • Privat Privat

    Love how you can remove all built inn appsprograms with powershell, and its not a one way trip, if you realy miss some apps you can use powershell to restore them too.

    So far iv removed edge browser, all metro apps, windows store, cloud storage and so on, and the computer feels like windows 7 again, exept all the advantages of windows 10.

  • wallrider

    plz help me m not completely remove the app from my pc and when i want to reinstall it,it shows that it already installed in ur pc but can’t find out in my pc

  • pdiddles

    There are powershell (run as administrator) commands you can run to re-install the store and calculator

    For the Store

    Get-AppXPackage *WindowsStore* -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)AppXManifest.xml”}

    for the Calculator

    Get-AppXPackage *Windowscalculator* -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)AppXManifest.xml”}

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