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Windows 10 - Remove a program that windows won't uninstall

Windows 10 - Remove a program that windows won't uninstall

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There are a bunch of unwanted softwares that you don't want to keep in the Windows 10 system. By doing this you free up some disk spaces and speed up your PC.

One thing you should know before you attempt the methods outlined below. Microsoft has incorporated a sort of a self-healing service in Windows. This means if anything goes wrong in the background, Windows will fix it. The self-healing service might reinstall the apps that you unstalled. And, in case it doesn’t, it will install those apps automatically on your next major upgrade of Windows 10. If you don't want to repeat the process every time this happens, you may choose to stop all automatic updates.

When you uninstall a desktop app (program), it will uninstall it for all users on the PC.

When you uninstall a Windows app (ex: from Store), it will only remove it from your user account since each Microsoft account owns their own modern apps like a smart phone.

Here are some tips to remove them.

Method 1 - Remove in Start Menu
  1. Click the Windows logo icon on the screen or press the Windows logo key on keyboard. From the Start menu select the app which you want to remove and right click on it.
  2. When you see a small window pup up. click Uninstall.
  3. Follow the instrutions and finish the uninstallation.
Method 2 - Remove from Settings
  1. Click the Start button to pop up the Start menu, then click the Settings icon.
  2. In the Settings pop up window, click the following icons:
    Apps -> App & features.
  3. Choose the app that you want to remove. Click the uninstall Icon.
  4. Choose other programs that you want to remove and repeat the above step.
  5. Finally close the Settings window.
Method 3 - Remove from Control Panel
  1. Click the Start button to pop up the Start menu, select Windows system -> Control Panel and click.
  2. In Control panel window, click Programs(Unstall a program).
  3. In Control Panel choose the program that your want to remove. Click the uninstall Icon.
  4. Choose other programs that you want to remove and repeat the above steps.
  5. Finally Exit Control panel.
Method 4 - Remove by running PowerShell
  1. Find the Windows PowerShell from the start menu. Right-click on it, select Run as administrator from giving options.
  2. In the Windows PowerShell window, copy and paste the following command corresponding to the app which you want to uninstall. Press Enter to run the command.
    • Uninstall 3D Builder
      • Remove from current account only:
             Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft.3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage

        Remove from all current accounts on PC:
             Get-appxpackage -allusers *Microsoft.3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage

        Remove from new accounts created afterwards:
             Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like "*Microsoft.3dbuilder*"} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online

    • Uninstall Get Help
      • Remove from current account only:
             Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft.GetHelp* | Remove-AppxPackage

        Remove from all current accounts on PC:
             Get-appxpackage -allusers *Microsoft.GetHelp* | Remove-AppxPackage

        Remove from new accounts created afterwards:
             Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like "*Microsoft.GetHelp*"} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online

    • Uninstall Get Started or Tips
      • Remove from current account only:
             Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft.Getstarted* | Remove-AppxPackage

        Remove from all current accounts on PC:
             Get-appxpackage -allusers *Microsoft.Getstarted* | Remove-AppxPackage

        Remove from new accounts created afterwards:
             Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like "*Microsoft.Getstarted*"} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online

    • Uninstall Groove Music
      • Remove from current account only:
             Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft.ZuneMusic* | Remove-AppxPackage

        Remove from all current accounts on PC:
             Get-appxpackage -allusers *Microsoft.ZuneMusic* | Remove-AppxPackage

        Remove from new accounts created afterwards:
             Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like "*Microsoft.ZuneMusic*"} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online

    • Uninstall Maps
      • Remove from current account only:
             Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft.WindowsMaps* | Remove-AppxPackage

        Remove from all current accounts on PC:
             Get-appxpackage -allusers *Microsoft.WindowsMaps* | Remove-AppxPackage

        Remove from new accounts created afterwards:
             Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like "*Microsoft.WindowsMaps*"} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online

    • Uninstall Messaging
      • Remove from current account only:
             Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft.Messaging* | Remove-AppxPackage

        Remove from all current accounts on PC:
             Get-appxpackage -allusers *Microsoft.Messaging* | Remove-AppxPackage

        Remove from new accounts created afterwards:
             Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like "*Microsoft.Messaging*"} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online

    • Uninstall My Office
      • Remove from current account only:
             Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft.MicrosoftOfficeHub* | Remove-AppxPackage

        Remove from all current accounts on PC:
             Get-appxpackage -allusers *Microsoft.MicrosoftOfficeHub* | Remove-AppxPackage

        Remove from new accounts created afterwards:
             Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like "*Microsoft.MicrosoftOfficeHub*"} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online

    • Uninstall OneNote
      • Remove from current account only:
             Get-AppxPackage *onenote* | Remove-AppxPackage

        Remove from all current accounts on PC:
             Get-appxpackage -allusers *onenote* | Remove-AppxPackage

        Remove from new accounts created afterwards:
             Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like "*onenote*"} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online

    • Uninstall Sticky Notes
      • Remove from current account only:
             Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes* | Remove-AppxPackage

        Remove from all current accounts on PC:
             Get-appxpackage -allusers *Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes* | Remove-AppxPackage

        Remove from new accounts created afterwards:
             Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like "*Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes*"} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online

    • Uninstall Xbox
    •         Remove from current account only:

      1. Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft.XboxApp* | Remove-AppxPackage
      2. Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI* | Remove-AppxPackage
      3. Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft.XboxIdentityProvider* | Remove-AppxPackage
      4. Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft.XboxGameOverlay* | Remove-AppxPackage
      5. Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft.XboxGamingOverlay* | Remove-AppxPackage
      6. Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft.XboxSpeechToTextOverlay* | Remove-AppxPackage

              Remove from all current accounts on PC:

      1. Get-appxpackage -allusers *Microsoft.XboxApp* | Remove-AppxPackage
      2. Get-AppxPackage -allusers *Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI* | Remove-AppxPackage
      3. Get-AppxPackage -allusers *Microsoft.XboxIdentityProvider* | Remove-AppxPackage
      4. Get-AppxPackage -allusers *Microsoft.XboxGameOverlay* | Remove-AppxPackage
      5. Get-AppxPackage -allusers *Microsoft.XboxGamingOverlay* | Remove-AppxPackage
      6. Get-AppxPackage -allusers *Microsoft.XboxSpeechToTextOverlay* | Remove-AppxPackage

             However, if you create a new account in the future, the app will still be there, and to remedy this, there’s one more command to remove from new accounts created afterwards:

      1. Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like "*Microsoft.XboxApp*"} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online
      2. Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like "*Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI*"} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online
      3. Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like "*Microsoft.XboxIdentityProvider*"} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online
      4. Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like "*Microsoft.XboxGameOverlay*"} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online
      5. Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like "*Microsoft.XboxGamingOverlay*"} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online
      6. Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like "*Microsoft.XboxSpeechToTextOverlay*"} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online

  3. Uninstall Xbox Game Bar
    • Remove from current account only:
           Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft.XboxGameOverlay* | Remove-AppxPackage

      Remove from all accounts on PC:
           Get-appxpackage -allusers *Microsoft.XboxGameOverlay* | Remove-AppxPackage

      Remove from new accounts created afterwards:
           Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like "*Microsoft.XboxGameOverlay*"} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online

  4. Uninstall
    • Remove from current account only:
           Get-AppxPackage ** | Remove-AppxPackage

      Remove from all current accounts on PC:
           Get-appxpackage -allusers ** | Remove-AppxPackage

      Remove from new accounts created afterwards:
           Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like "**"} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online

  5. Uninstall
    • Remove from current account only:
           Get-AppxPackage ** | Remove-AppxPackage

      Remove from all current accounts on PC:
           Get-appxpackage -allusers ** | Remove-AppxPackage

      Remove from new accounts created afterwards:
           Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like "**"} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online

  6. Uninstall
    • Remove from current account only:
           Get-AppxPackage ** | Remove-AppxPackage

      Remove from all current accounts on PC:
           Get-appxpackage -allusers ** | Remove-AppxPackage

      Remove from new accounts created afterwards:
           Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like "**"} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online

  7. Uninstall
    • Remove from current account only:
           Get-AppxPackage ** | Remove-AppxPackage

      Remove from all current accounts on PC:
           Get-appxpackage -allusers ** | Remove-AppxPackage

      Remove from new accounts created afterwards:
           Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like "**"} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online

  8. .
  9. To remove other apps, you can list all apps installed on your pc.
    Outputs inside PowerShell:
         Get-AppxPackage | Select Name, PackageFullName
    Outputs to a text file:
         Get-AppxPackage | Select Name, PackageFullName >"$env:userprofile\Desktop\Apps_List.txt"

    Scroll down the list of installed apps, and look for the PackageFullName of the app (ex: People) you want to uninstall. (see screenshot below)

    For example People app full name:
         Microsoft.People_10.0.3450.0_x86_8wekyb3d8bbwe

    Type the command below in PowerShell, press Enter,
         remove-appxpackage PackageFullName
    Substitute PackageFullName in the commands above with the app's actual Package Full Name.
    For example to remove People app:
         remove-appxpackage Microsoft.People_10.0.3450.0_x86_8wekyb3d8bbwe

  10. With the methods above mentioned, you can remove most apps which you don't want. However there are still some stuborn apps that you cann't remove. The methods above only hiding the app. To truly remove them we have to use DISM.

    To get a list of installed packages:

    dism /online /get-provisionedappxpackages | select-string packagename

    Then for each packagename, let's say Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI, you can remove it as such:

    dism /online /remove-provisionedappxpackage /packagename:dism /online /remove-provisionedappxpackage /packagename:Microsoft.Xbox.TCUI_1.11.29001.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe

  11. Finally Exit Windows PowerShell.
Method 5 - Remove by starting windows in Safe mode

Windows Safe Mode enables you to remove troublesome programs that usually start at the same time as Windows. However, Windows Installer will not work under Safe Mode, this means that some programs cannot be installed or uninstalled in safe mode without giving a specific command using msiexec in command prompt.

Simply download SafeMSI, boot in safe mode and then run this utility. You can now try to install or uninstall the program that require Windows Installer service.

Start Windows 10 in Safe mode from Start menu

  1. Step 1: Open the Start menu, click on the Power button.
  2. Step 2: Hold down the Shift key and the click on the Restart button.
  3. Step 3: When you see the Choose an option screen, follow the directions to start your Windows 10 PC in safe mode.

A Very Important Safety Aspect You Should NOT Ignore

Most of the Windows 10 built-in apps can be "safely" removed. We've tested this scenario and we didn't find any problems in the core Windows 10 operation. However, there is one app which we highly recommend that you do not uninstall: the Store. If you choose to remove the Store from your Windows 10 device, you won't be able to reinstall any universal app afterwards. You won't be able to do it even if you refresh or reset your Windows 10 computer. The only way to get the Store back, and then be able to install other apps, is to make a clean Windows 10 installation. As such, we strongly recommend you leave the Store app untouched.

FYI: you can't remove Cortana & Cloud Experience.




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