How To Remove Default Windows 10 Apps With PowerShell In 3 Steps

Windows 10 comes with quite a few pre-installed universal apps, such as Calendar, Mail, Camera, Photos and so on. While some people like them and find them useful, others do not. If you don’t want some of these bundled apps on your Windows 10 device, you might be wondering if they can be removed from the Start Menu or even completely removed from your system. While a few of the built-in apps can be uninstalled by simply right clicking on them and selecting the Uninstall option, most of them don’t offer this option. That is because Microsoft considers them to be core apps, required by Windows 10 to offer you Microsoft’s intended user experience. However, you can uninstall any universal app, if you use PowerShell, so in today's tutorial we'll show you how it’s done:

1. Open PowerShell As Administrator

First of all, you'll have to launch a PowerShell instance as an administrator. If you don't know what PowerShell is and where to find it in Windows, we recommend you to read this article: Simple Questions: What is PowerShell & What Can You Do With It?. However, if you are in a hurry, a fast way to launch PowerShell as administrator is to type "powershell" in Cortana's search box, right click or tap and hold Windows PowerShell and then click or tap on Run as administrator.

Once PowerShell is launched, you should see a window similar to the one in the image below.

2. Find The Full Package Name Of The App You Want To Uninstall

In order to uninstall Windows 10 built-in apps, you'll have to run a specific command for each of them. The problem is that, in order for you to properly run this command, you’ll have to know the full package name of the app you want to uninstall. To find the app’s package name, you first have to list all the apps installed on your Windows 10 computer. For PowerShell to show you this list, run the following command:

Get-AppxPackage

Once you run the above command, PowerShell will start displaying the apps installed on your computer.

Scroll through PowerShell to find the app you want uninstalled. You can easily identify it by looking at the Names of the apps from the list. For instance, the Camera app bears the name of Microsoft.WindowsCamera.

However, in order to be able to run the uninstall command, you’ll need not the Name of the app, but the PackageFullName. Copy it or write it down and move to the next section of this tutorial.

3. Uninstall The Windows 10 App Using PowerShell

The PowerShell command you must run in order to remove a universal app is this:

Remove-AppxPackage [Universal App Name]

In the above code sample, you should replace [Universal App Name] with the full package name of the app you want to remove, the one you noted in the previous section of this tutorial.

For instance, if you'd like to remove the Camera app, you should run a command similar to this one:

Remove-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsCamera_5.54.3002.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe

Fortunately though, to make things simpler, Powershell also allows us to use keywords for the apps names and this is exactly what we'll do. In the following section of this tutorial, we'll list the PowerShell commands you need to run in order to uninstall the universal apps that are bundled with Windows 10.

The Uninstall Commands For Windows 10 Core Apps

This is the list of PowerShell commands you need to run in order to uninstall the universal apps that are preinstalled in Windows 10:

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

Each time you run an uninstall command, PowerShell will show you a progress bar similar to the one below. When the process is done, the PowerShell window will simply remove the uninstall progress information from the screen.

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.

Conclusion

As you've seen, uninstalling all the Windows 10 built-in universal apps can be done, even if it requires a few slightly advanced PowerShell commands. If you don't want or need these apps, you can remove them in just a couple of minutes. In a future tutorial we'll also show you how to reinstall all these built-in Windows 10 apps, in case you changed your mind and want them back. If you have any kind of questions or issues, don't forget that you can always contact us via the comments form below. We'll do our best to help you get your answers.