Remove garbage from Windows 10

Even after years since initial publication, being mature and stable operating system right now, Windows 10 comes to your computer literally bloated with unnecessary stuff. And you need to clean it up by yourself.

Certain things can be uninstalled “the normal way” (i.e. as easy as going to Add/Remove programs section of Settings and clicking Uninstall next to each of unwanted items). Some other requires more sophisticated moves as some jerks at Microsoft decided that making uninstallation of these as complex and problematic as possible is funny.

So, here is the list of those nasty things and instructions on how to get rid of them.

The removal process

Run PowerShell as admin:

  • Windows,
  • type powers,
  • right-click corresponding search result,
  • select Run as administrator from context menu.

Uninstall those apps and features that you don’t need, by executing corresponding command in PowerShell:

  • “3D Builder”: Get-AppxPackage *3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage,
  • “Alarms and Clock”: Get-AppxPackage *windowsalarms* | Remove-AppxPackage,
  • “Calculator” (are you sure?): Get-AppxPackage *windowscalculator* | Remove-AppxPackage,
  • “Calendar and Mail”: Get-AppxPackage *windowscommunicationsapps* | Remove-AppxPackage,
  • “Camera”: Get-AppxPackage *windowscamera* | Remove-AppxPackage,
  • “Get Help”: Get-AppxPackage *gethelp* | 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,
  • “Messaging”: Get-AppxPackage *messaging* | Remove-AppxPackage,
  • “Microsoft Solitaire Collection”: Get-AppxPackage *solitairecollection* | Remove-AppxPackage,
  • “Mixed Reality Viewer”: Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft3DViewer* | 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,
  • “Paint 3D”: Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.MSPaint | Remove-AppxPackage,
  • “Phone Companion”: Get-AppxPackage *windowsphone* | Remove-AppxPackage,
  • “Photos”: Get-AppxPackage *photos* | Remove-AppxPackage,
  • “Sports”: Get-AppxPackage *bingsports* | Remove-AppxPackage,
  • “Sticky Notes”: Get-AppxPackage *stickynotes* | Remove-AppxPackage,
  • “Store” (are you sure?): Get-AppxPackage *windowsstore* | Remove-AppxPackage,
  • “Voice Recorder”: Get-AppxPackage *soundrecorder* | Remove-AppxPackage,
  • “Weather”: Get-AppxPackage *bingweather* | Remove-AppxPackage,
  • “Xbox”: Get-AppxPackage *xboxapp* | Remove-AppxPackage.

You will most likely be forced to repeat above steps after some Windows update in the future so consider automating above process.

The really “uninstallable” dicks

Following elements cannot be uninstalled this even (as of middle August, 2018) even thoug many sites claim something different (try for yourself, if you don’t believe):

  • “Connect”: Get-AppxPackage *connect* | Remove-AppxPackage,
  • “Mouse Properties”: Get-AppxPackage *mouseproperities* | Remove-AppxPackage,
  • “People”: Get-AppxPackage *people* | Remove-AppxPackage.

You must, unfortunately, learn to live with them, by i.e. hiding these elements (any method, i.e. put to some unused folder in Start Menu).

Cleanup

Do some cleanup after above operations…

…like using Ultimate Windows Tweaker or some other methods to remove Edit with Paint 3D item and other junk from context menu.

If you messed up too much…

In case you make some mistakes and remove too much (i.e. Calculator), you can always reinstall missing application using Windows store (i.e. Calculator).

You need the Microsoft Store application in order to install any new application. If you also removed it with above instructions, you need to use PowerShell again (again as administrator) to reinstall missing Microsoft Store application:

Get-AppxPackage -allusers Microsoft.WindowsStore | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

That should help.

Leave a Reply