How to remove unwanted Windows 10 apps

Windows 10 is proving stable and useful. But what if you want a cleaner environment? What if you don’t like Bing News? What if you don’t want to Bing anything?

Powershell can help! If you open this command line tool and enter Get-AppxPackage, it returns a list of currently installed apps under your user account.

You can also export the resulting list to a text file with Get-AppxPackage | Out-File c:\users\youareawesome\desktop\yourfilename.txt.

These are not just full-blown programs as seen under Programs & Features, but smaller applications built into Windows. These include both critical pieces like the .NET framework and less useful apps like Bing Food and Drink. The second category are the apps that haunt your Start menu live tiles.

What you’re looking for in the resulting list is the value in PackageFullName for the app you want to weed out. You can even zero in further by using wildcard text in the package call. Get-AppxPackage *bing* returns any apps with “bing” in the name text.

Let’s assume the Bing Health and Fitness app is not going to put more broccoli in the fridge or increase your overall deadlift. Let’s get rid of it.

We copy the PackageFullName of the app. In this case, it is Microsoft.BingHealthAndFitness_3.0.4.336_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe.

This helps build our overall command in Powershell to remove it:

Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.BingHealthAndFitness_3.0.4.336_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe | Remove-AppxPackage

If the command runs successfully, no errors show and the cursor displays a second time. Bing Health and Fitness has been removed from your system, but only within the current user account. It still lurks elsewhere.

To remove the app for all users of your machine, our command needs the switch -AllUsers. It goes into our command behind the first cmdlet, like so:

Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers Microsoft.BingNews_4.11.156.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe | Remove-AppxPackage

Running this command for all users requires administrative privileges on your system. If you’re a local administrator and the command is still denied, try running Powershell as administrator.

If you’d like to try it out, you can download our sample Powershell script: Remove Windows 10 Apps. This removes some of the most common third-party apps from Windows 10 for all users. Feel free to modify in the same format to clear out whichever apps you want.

Happy cleaning!