How to terminate or close preinstalled system apps from Windows 10 Settings

Microsoft is enhancing the functionality of Windows Settings panel that opens by clicking Win+I button together. If you are using Windows 10 v1803, you may not have to open the Task Manager to close any unresponsive app since you can close preinstalled system apps from Windows 10 Settings itself.

The Task Manager is probably the best way to close any “Not Responding” process or any other app that you want to close. Microsoft has now added a new option in the Windows Settings that can close any preinstalled app within moments. If you want to try something new, do this.

Close preinstalled system apps from Settings

Open the Windows 10 Settings and go to Apps > Apps & features. On your right-hand side, you should find all the apps which shipped with the Windows installation. Find one that you want to close and click the Advanced options.

Close preinstalled system apps from Settings

Previously, there was only one option called Reset. However, now you can find an option called Terminate.

Click on that Terminate button to close the app immediately.

You won’t get any notification of closing that app but the app and its related processes will be terminated immediately.

As of now, I could see only some preinstalled apps such as Alarm & Clock, Calculator, Camera, Mail and Calendar, Maps, Messaging, etc.

Read next: How to kill a process in Windows.

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