Windows 10 comes with a lot of pre-loaded or preinstalled Microsoft apps while Windows 11 comes with little less. These apps might be really useful for some users while of no use for others. But they certainly consume your precious data in the background unless you remove those preinstalled or preloaded Microsoft Apps from your Windows 10 or 11 using Apps Settings or PowerShell.
Can you uninstall these preloaded Microsoft Apps? Answer is both Yes and No. Using Settings page (Settings > Apps > Apps & features), you can remove some of the pre-installed apps but not all of them. Some of the pre-installed Microsoft Apps can’t be uninstalled graphically. This is where, PowerShell comes to the rescue. You can uninstall all preinstalled apps on Windows 10 and 11 using PowerShell.
Uninstall Preloaded Microsoft Apps from Windows 10 and 11 using PowerShell
So, if data consumption is not a concern for you, you can try moving your Microsoft apps to other drive from C or changing default save location to D or some other drive. But again you can’t move all of them.
However, you can uninstall or remove those stubborn preinstalled apps including Microsoft Store App using PowerShell. But we recommend that you don’t uninstall it. So, here is how you can remove preloaded Windows 10 or 11 Apps using PowerShell.
Step 1: Launch PowerShell with Administrator Rights
First of all, open PowerShell with Administrator rights. You can also try Windows Terminal that opens PowerShell by default. But in this tutorial, we are using PowerShell.
So, search powershell on Start and select Run as Administrator under PowerShell. Click Yes when you see UAC prompt. This will open PowerShell with Administrators privileges.
Step 2: Get the List of Preinstalled Microsoft Apps using PowerShell
Before we start removing the preinstalled Microsoft Apps, let’s see the list of all installed apps. So, run following command in PowerShell to get the list of all preinstalled Windows 10 Apps:
Get-AppxPackage | Select Name, PackageFullName
You will get list of all Microsoft Apps that are installed in your Windows 10 or 11 PC. The list will also show full package names with the names of the Apps. So now, we can use full package names for uninstalling these apps using PowerShell.
Step 3: Uninstall Microsoft Apps using PowerShell
Now, for uninstalling the App package, you need to note down the name of the package. After that, we can use Remove-AppxPackage command with the package name to uninstall it.
You can also use wildcard character to match the package name. For example, if you want to uninstall 3D Builder app, you can use following command (while full package name for 3D Builder app is Microsoft.3DBuilder_13.0.10349.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe):
Get-AppxPackage *3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage
*3dbuilder* is part of the package name for 3D Builder application.
Please note that using above PowerShell command will remove preinstalled Microsoft Apps from your profile only. If you want to uninstall them from all users, then you have to use
-allusers switch after
Get-AppxPackage. Here is an example:
Get-AppxPackage -allusers *3dbuiler* | Remove-AppxPackage
Above command will remove selected App from all user profiles in Windows 10 or Windows 11.
Step 4: Remove All Microsoft Apps using PowerShell
You can also uninstall all preinstalled Apps from Windows 10 or 11 using single PowerShell command but it is not recommended as it might delete some useful apps also. If you are certain to delete all Microsoft Apps in one go, run following command in PowerShell:
Get-AppxPackage | Remove-AppxPackage
So, if you wish to uninstall the preloaded apps one-by-one, here is the list of commands for uninstalling some common Windows Apps. Make sure to check for PackageFullName before uninstalling any app to avoid deleting any of useful apps.
|Get-AppxPackage *3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage
|Alarms & Clock
|Get-AppxPackage *alarms* | Remove-AppxPackage
|Get-AppxPackage *appconnector* | Remove-AppxPackage
|Calendar and Mail Apps
|Get-AppxPackage *communicationsapps* | Remove-AppxPackage
|Get-AppxPackage *calculator* | Remove-AppxPackage
|Get-AppxPackage *camera* | Remove-AppxPackage
|Get-AppxPackage *feedback* | Remove-AppxPackage
|Get-AppxPackage *officehub* | Remove-AppxPackage
|Get Started or Tips
|Get-AppxPackage *getstarted* | Remove-AppxPackage
|Get-AppxPackage *skypeapp* | Remove-AppxPackage
|Get-AppxPackage *zunemusic* | Remove-AppxPackage
|Groove Music and Movies & TV apps
|Get-AppxPackage *zune* | Remove-AppxPackage
|Get-AppxPackage *maps* | Remove-AppxPackage
Remove Windows 10 and Windows 11’s Preloaded Apps with Ease
Uninstalling preinstalled Windows 10 Apps is quite simple using PowerShell method. You can also use graphical user interface (GUI) to uninstall Windows 10 Apps but it is limited to some third-party apps only. You can’t uninstall all preloaded apps using GUI method. However, PowerShell method can remove any or all preinstalled Microsoft Apps from your Windows 10 or 11 PC.
Hope you liked this tutorial. In case you face any issues following any of the steps above, feel free to write it down in the comments below.