Windows 10 comes pre-installed with a variety of apps. These are the steps you can take to debloat Windows 10 and remove bloatware from your computer.
Technology owners are plagued by bloatware. To make a quick buck, manufacturers will pre-install applications on your new tablet, phone, or laptop. The storage space you have is already constrained by the addition of many useless programs.
Microsoft is not a stranger to bloatware. Windows 10 may look great, but there are many programs that you don’t really need. You can get rid of the bloatware. Let’s take a look at how to reduce the pressure and debloat Windows 10.
How to Get Windows 10 Bloatware Out
Windows 10 has a lot of bloatware. It is usually easy to get rid of. You have a few options: you can use the uninstall command, PowerShell commands and third-party installers.
Bloatware is not available in the List > Apps and Features. You would normally use this list to uninstall a program. Why would it? Microsoft and other manufacturers that sell products with bloatware are in it for the profits. Therefore, making bloatware uninstallable is not in their best interests.
It’s better to first determine how much space Windows 10 really needs to run.
How to uninstall Windows 10 Bloatware apps
It is simple to remove some Windows 10 bloatware using regular uninstallation. This doesn’t require complicated bloatware removal software. This works for many apps in Windows 10, including News, Money, Sports, as well as a few other programs that clog up your Start menu. Here are more Windows apps you might want to uninstall!
Locate the application that you wish to delete, click on it and choose Uninstall.
Microsoft made it easy to delete more cosmetic items from Windows 10. However, you’ll quickly discover that Microsoft doesn’t treat all apps equally.
Microsoft considers apps to be part of Windows 10’s core experience. To hide or remove them, PowerShell commands are required or third-party uninstallers (more details below). Cortana and others cannot be completely removed from your system.
Avoid bloatware while installing Windows software.
How to use PowerShell to remove bloatware
PowerShell is an essential part of Windows system administration. Although PowerShell is often compared to the Command Prompt by some, they are fundamentally different.
PowerShell, a command-and-scripting language, gives you more control over Windows’ installation. You can use PowerShell to hide or remove Windows 10 bloatware.
Open the PowerShell command-line first. In the Start menu search bar, type PowerShell. Windows PowerShell is the best match. Right-click on the Run As Administrator option. This will give you complete control of the system.
Next, decide what packages to remove. PowerShell commands are able to remove all packages, including the Zune Music Player, Bing Health and Fitness and the Microsoft Windows Calculator.
Use the “Remove AppxPackage Command” to hide apps
The PowerShell will conceal any application that you have entered by entering the following code.
Get-AppxPackage -name “Microsoft.ZuneMusic” | Remove-AppxPackage Get-AppxPackage -name “Microsoft.Music.Preview” | Remove-AppxPackage Get-AppxPackage -name “Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI” | Remove-AppxPackage Get-AppxPackage -name “Microsoft.XboxIdentityProvider” | Remove-AppxPackage Get-AppxPackage -name “Microsoft.BingTravel” | Remove-AppxPackage Get-AppxPackage -name “Microsoft.BingHealthAndFitness” | Remove-AppxPackage Get-AppxPackage -name “Microsoft.BingFoodAndDrink” | Remove-AppxPackage Get-AppxPackage -name “Microsoft.People” | Remove-AppxPackage Get-AppxPackage -name “Microsoft.BingFinance” | Remove-AppxPackage Get-AppxPackage -name “Microsoft.3DBuilder” | Remove-AppxPackage Get-AppxPackage -name “Microsoft.WindowsCalculator” | Remove-AppxPackage Get-AppxPackage -name “Microsoft.BingNews” | Remove-AppxPackage Get-AppxPackage -name “Microsoft.XboxApp” | Remove-AppxPackage Get-AppxPackage -name “Microsoft.BingSports” | Remove-AppxPackage Get-AppxPackage -name “Microsoft.WindowsCamera” | Remove-AppxPackage Get-AppxPackage -name “Microsoft.Getstarted” | Remove-AppxPackage Get-AppxPackage -name “Microsoft.Office.OneNote” | Remove-AppxPackage Get-AppxPackage -name “Microsoft.WindowsMaps” | Remove-AppxPackage Get-AppxPackage -name “Microsoft.MicrosoftSolitaireCollection” | Remove-AppxPackage Get-AppxPackage -name “Microsoft.MicrosoftOfficeHub” | Remove-AppxPackage Get-AppxPackage -name “Microsoft.BingWeather” | Remove-AppxPackage Get-AppxPackage -name “Microsoft.BioEnrollment” | Remove-AppxPackage Get-AppxPackage -name “Microsoft.WindowsStore” | Remove-AppxPackage Get-AppxPackage -name “Microsoft.Windows.Photos” | Remove-AppxPackage Get-AppxPackage -name “Microsoft.WindowsPhone” | Remove-AppxPackage
Hidden apps can be used to hide them from your view, but not delete them from your system. You can always bring the app back if you find that you no longer require it.
Dismantling Windows 10 Bloatware with DISM
PowerShell can be used to completely remove all bloatware from your computer. DISM is a command line tool that can do the same thing.
DISM stands to Deployment Imaging Service and Administration. The DISM command can be used in many ways to service a Windows computer. We’ll use it in this instance to delete any additional apps from your Windows system.
The process of deleting apps is a bit different from hiding. To begin, use the following command to check for all system bloatware:
DISM /Online /Get-ProvisionedAppxPackages | select-string Packagename
Now you should see the complete list of all installed apps. These package names can be used to remove what you want. Use the following command to remove them:
DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:PACKAGENAME
The PACKAGENAME in the above image is taken from the previously generated list. The below image shows that we have decided to remove the Microsoft Zune Video Package. After the operation is completed successfully, restart your computer to allow the code to take effect.
Windows10Debloater PowerShell script: Delete
It wouldn’t be a MUO article if it didn’t teach you how to automate the process. Sycnex created the Windows10Debloater PowerShell script. It will remove almost all additional Windows 10 packages from your operating system. It also removes any apps that you may find useful such as PowerBI, TuneInRadio and the Windows Netflix app.
The Windows10Debloater can be found on GitHub, along with the complete list of apps that are available for deletion.
Click on the Codebutton to go to the GitHub page. Choose Download ZIP in the drop-down menu. Right-click the archive to download it. Next, extract the folders using your favorite tool.
There are two versions to the main script.
- Windows10Debloater This version works silently and continues to do business.
- Windows10DebloaterGUI: This version has a basic GUI with a few removal options, as well as the Revert Changes options.
You can choose one of the scripts and run it using PowerShell. Right-click any icon and choose Run With PowerShell.
The PowerShell script automates all the steps you have already gone through. It also deletes any associated Windows Registry entries that were created for bloatware applications after they are removed.
There are two options when it comes to removing apps that you don’t want. The first is to go back to the previous section and manually delete the bloatware. Another option is to run the script again and re-enable or install any apps. Both methods can be time-consuming so it is up to you which method you prefer.
Why should you delete Windows 10 Bloatware apps?
Although the Windows 10 bloatware isn’t very large, it allows you to exercise control over your system before installing new software. Many people consider the default apps in Windows 10 to be garbage. However, some of them are useful and worth keeping.
Whatever your feelings, you have all the tools you need to take out any bloatware. Have fun obliterating.