Windows 10/8 is basically focused on Windows Store apps and comes with some pre-installed Modern Apps in order to make the users get started with Windows. However, there are some folks, who may not have use for some of the default pre-installed apps and may want to uninstall them completely.
While one can easily uninstall Windows 10 apps, in this article, we’ll share the way to completely remove all the Windows Store apps from Windows 10/8.
Please note that, when you uninstall a Windows Store App using the 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 8/10, 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:
- Remove the provisioned package
- Remove the “installed” package from the administrator account.
NOTE: If you are a Windows 10 user and do not want to go through this process, use our 10AppsManager. It will let you easily uninstall and reinstall Windows Store apps in Windows 10 easily.
If you want to know the manual method read on. The first part applies to Windows 8 and the latter part applies to Windows 10.
Before you proceed, create a system restore point first.
Uninstall pre-installed Windows Store Apps in Windows 8.1/8
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.
2. In the Windows PowerShell window, type following command to enlist all the apps pre-installed on your Windows 8.
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 Windows 8 system!
NOTE: After the November Update, if you used this method, it broke the Windows Store apps – maybe due to some bug. But it works now – Admin. 1 July 2016.
UPDATED BY ADMIN:
Completely Uninstall Default Windows Store Apps in Windows 10
If you wish to uninstall individual apps in Windows 10, run the following command in an elevated PowerShell window:
Get-AppxPackage | Select Name, PackageFullName
You will be able to see the list of all installed apps and its PackageFullName information.
Note down the PackageFullName and replace it in the following command:
Get-AppxPackage PackageFullName | Remove-AppxPackage
So the command to remove some of the apps will look as follows:
Uninstall 3D Builder
Get-AppxPackage *3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage
Uninstall Alarms & Clock
Get-AppxPackage *windowsalarms* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *windowscalculator* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *windowscamera* | Remove-AppxPackage
Uninstall Calendar & Mail
Get-AppxPackage *windowscommunicationsapps* | Remove-AppxPackage
Uninstall Get Office app
Get-AppxPackage *officehub* | Remove-AppxPackage
Uninstall Get Started app
Get-AppxPackage *getstarted* | Remove-AppxPackage
Uninstall Solitaire Collection
Get-AppxPackage *solit* | Remove-AppxPackage
Uninstall Get Skype app
Get-AppxPackage *skypeapp* | Remove-AppxPackage
Uninstall Groove Music
Get-AppxPackage *zunemusic* | Remove-AppxPackage
Uninstall Microsoft Solitaire Collection
Get-AppxPackage *solitairecollection* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *windowsmaps* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *bingfinance* | Remove-AppxPackage
Uninstall Movies & TV
Get-AppxPackage *zunevideo* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *onenote* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *bingnews* | Remove-AppxPackage
Uninstall People app
Get-AppxPackage *people* | Remove-AppxPackage
Uninstall Phone Companion
Get-AppxPackage *windowsphone* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *photos* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *windowsstore* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *bingsports* | Remove-AppxPackage
Uninstall Voice Recorder
Get-AppxPackage *soundrecorder* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *bingweather* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *xboxapp* | Remove-AppxPackage
Run the command to uninstall the particular pre-installed default Windows 10 Store app and restart your computer.
If you want to uninstall the particular pre-installed app from all user accounts, use the following command format:
Get-AppxPackage -allusers PackageFullName | Remove-AppxPackage
If you wish to remove a pre-installed app from a particular user account, use following command:
Get-AppxPackage -user username PackageFullName | Remove-AppxPackage
But as I said earlier, if you are a Windows 10 user and do not want to go through this process, use our 10AppsManager. It will let you easily uninstall and reinstall Windows Store apps in Windows 10, with a click! You can also uninstall preinstalled Apps & Games via Windows 10 Settings.
See this if you need to re-register your Windows 10 apps.