Windows 11 or Windows 10, ships with several apps or software that many of us do not need. This means, the operating system takes up more space and memory on your hard drive than it needs, and that’s a problem. We believe, no operating system or computer should come with preinstalled apps, but this is the nature of the business. Fortunately, there are ways to get rid of these crapware or bloatware apps once and for all, and that’s exactly what we’re going to discuss.
How to remove Bloatware from Windows 11/10
Removing bloatware, crapware and unwanted apps & programs from Windows 11 or Windows 10 is easier than you might think. This article will explain everything you need to know in order to fully set the operating system to your own liking. To begin were going to look at how to remove bloatware with the typical Uninstall function that works so well.
- Open the Windows Settings app
- Navigate to Apps & Features
- Identify software that you do not need
- Uninstall these software
- Remove preinstalled apps using Windows PowerShell
1] Open Windows Settings
OK, so the first thing you should do here, is to fire up the Settings app by pressing the Windows key + I.
2] Navigate to Apps & Features
The next step here is to click on Apps, and from there, select Apps & Features at the top from the right area.
3] Identify software that you do not need
Go through the list and try to identify the apps or programs that you do not need.
3] Uninstall these software
OK, so when it comes down to uninstalling an app from your Windows 11/0 computer, scroll down until you find the one you want to remove, for example, the Weather app. Locate it, then click on the three-dotted button to the right of it.
After that, select Uninstall, and that’s it, the app should no longer be on your computer.
4] Remove preinstalled apps using Windows PowerShell
Some preinstalled applications cannot be removed via the traditional method, therefore, we need to use Windows PowerShell to get the job done. Apps such as Photos, OneNote, Video Player, People, Xbox, among others, are apps you cannot remove by simply clicking Uninstall.
Youll be required to use the following commands to remove apps via Windows PowerShell:
“Get-AppxPackage” and “Remove-AppxPackage”
Bear in mind that some of these apps will not be removed, but instead, hidden. That’s better than anything at all.
Get a list of preinstalled apps: First, you must find out which apps are preinstalled on your Windows 11 computer. You must fire up Windows PowerShell, and from there, type the following command, then hit Enter:
A list of apps will appear. You can either remove them all or just the ones you’re not interested in using, ever.
Remove preloaded apps from Windows 11: From within the PowerShell utility, you will want to type the following command, then hit Enter:
Get-AppxPackage <AppName> | Remove-AppxPackage
For example, if you want to get rid of the Xbox app, then the command should look like this:
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Xbox.TCUI | Remove-AppxPackage
List of commands you can use to uninstall or hide preinstalled applications on Windows 11/10:
- Remove Calculator:
Get-AppxPackage *calculator* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Remove People:
Get-AppxPackage *people* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Remove Voice Recorder:
Get-AppxPackage *soundrecorder* | Remove-AppxPackag
- Remove Get Office:
Get-AppxPackage *officehub* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Remove 3D Builder:
Get-AppxPackage *3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Remove Sway:
Get-AppxPackage *sway* | remove-AppxPackage
- Remove OneNote:
Get-AppxPackage *onenote* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Remove Alarms & Clock:
Get-AppxPackage *alarms* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Remove Camera:
Get-AppxPackage *camera* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Remove Calendar and Mail:
Get-AppxPackage *communicationsapps* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Remove Groove Music and Movies & TV apps together:
Get-AppxPackage *zune* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Remove Maps:
Get-AppxPackage *maps* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Remove Movies & TV:
Get-AppxPackage *zunevideo* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Remove Microsoft Solitaire Collection:
Get-AppxPackage *solitaire* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Remove Money, News, Sports, and Weather apps together:
Get-Appxpackage *bing* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Remove Money:
Get-AppxPackage *bingfinance* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Remove News:
Get-AppxPackage *bingnews* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Remove Sports:
Get-AppxPackage *bingsports* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Remove Get Started:
Get-AppxPackage *getstarted* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Remove Weather:
Get-AppxPackage *bingweather* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Remove Skype:
Get-AppxPackage *skype* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Remove Your Phone Companion:
Get-AppxPackage *yourphone* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Remove Photos:
Get-AppxPackage *photos* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Remove Microsoft Store:
Get-AppxPackage *windowsstore* | Remove-AppxPackage
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
Related: Tips to avoid Crapware & Bloatware on your Windows PC.
How can I quickly remove bloatware from Windows?
The quickest way to remove bloatware from Windows 11/10 computers is by using Control Panel or Windows Settings to uninstall the apps. You could also use a free crapware remover tool, Windows10Debloater, 10AppsManager or a free Uninstaller software.