How to Uninstall and Restore Windows 10’s Built-in Apps

Windows 10 comes with a bunch of built-in apps that you may find useful, and a few you will probably never need. Unfortunately, Windows 10 doesn’t want you to uninstall universal apps such as Money, Maps and People. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use a little ingenuity to delete them.

First, though, think before you uninstall these apps, as removing Bing News might cripple Cortana’s ability to deliver you stories, and removing Alarms and Clock might break the digital assistant’s ability to set reminders. If deleting an app creates such an unintended consequence, we’ve also got instructions for how to restore all apps.

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Universal apps don’t take up much storage space, so remember that you’re removing them strictly to tidy the All Apps view in the start menu. Also, note that Contact Support, Cortana, Edge and Windows Feedback cannot be removed.

How to Uninstall Windows 10’s Built-in Apps

Before you uninstall or restore apps, make sure no other programs are running aside from Windows PowerShell. Follow the below instructions to uninstall the apps.

Step 1: Click the Cortana search field.

Step 2: Type ‘Powershell‘ into the field.

Step 3: Right-click ‘Windows PowerShell.’

Step 4: Select Run as administrator.

Step 5: Click Yes.

Step 6: Enter a command from the below list for the program you wish to uninstall.

Here are the list of commands:

  • 3D Builder: Get-AppxPackage 3dbuilder | Remove-AppxPackage
  • Alarms and Clock: Get-AppxPackage windowsalarms | Remove-AppxPackage
  • Calculator: Get-AppxPackage windowscalculator | Remove-AppxPackage
  • Calendar and Mail: Get-AppxPackage windowscommunicationsapps | Remove-AppxPackage
  • Camera: Get-AppxPackage windowscamera | Remove-AppxPackage
  • Get Office: Get-AppxPackage officehub | Remove-AppxPackage
  • Get Skype: Get-AppxPackage skypeapp | Remove-AppxPackage
  • Get Started: Get-AppxPackage getstarted | Remove-AppxPackage
  • Groove Music: Get-AppxPackage zunemusic | Remove-AppxPackage
  • Maps: Get-AppxPackage windowsmaps | Remove-AppxPackage
  • Microsoft Solitaire Collection: Get-AppxPackage solitairecollection | Remove-AppxPackage
  • Money: Get-AppxPackage bingfinance | Remove-AppxPackage
  • Movies & TV: Get-AppxPackage zunevideo | Remove-AppxPackage
  • News: Get-AppxPackage bingnews | Remove-AppxPackage
  • OneNote: Get-AppxPackage onenote | Remove-AppxPackage
  • People: Get-AppxPackage people | Remove-AppxPackage
  • Phone Companion: Get-AppxPackage windowsphone | Remove-AppxPackage
  • Photos: Get-AppxPackage photos | Remove-AppxPackage
  • Store: Get-AppxPackage windowsstore | Remove-AppxPackage
  • Sports: Get-AppxPackage bingsports | Remove-AppxPackage
  • Voice Recorder: Get-AppxPackage soundrecorder | Remove-AppxPackage
  • Weather: Get-AppxPackage bingweather | Remove-AppxPackage
  • Xbox: Get-AppxPackage xboxapp | Remove-AppxPackage

Step 7: Click Enter.

Repeat steps 6 and 7 as necessary for the apps you want to remove.

Now you’ve deleted applications from Windows, and cleared them from the Start Menu!

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How to Restore Windows 10’s Built-in Apps

Remember, do not have any applications open other than Windows PowerShell.

  1. Follow steps 1 through 5 in the previous walkthrough.
  2. Type the below text and then hit Enter.
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers| Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

You’ve restored the apps you’ve deleted!

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