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Author Topic: windows 10 - how to permantly un-install the "junk" pre-installed apps  (Read 3270 times)

chenks

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anyone know to make windows 10 stop re-installing the "built-in" apps that i am un-installing via the powershell (administrator privelidges)?

i am running 2 scripts to achieve this (which apparently should work)

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Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackagethis script removes all the "junk" apps that windows 10 like to pre-install

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Get-AppxPackage -allusers Microsoft.WindowsStore | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}this script re-installs the Microsoft Store (which is removed as part of the first script).

this seems to work fine in that all the junk apps are removed (or appear to be removed), but after a period of time (usually after a reboot) windows decides to re-install them all again. same happens if a new user logs in, all the previsously removed apps re-appear.

there's only so many times i have the will to remove "3d viewer" or "mixed reality portal" (to name just 2).
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Fairly sure there is no permanent solution, these apps are supposed to be part of the OS.  Its stupid, but it is what it is.
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chenks

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not sure why Xbox Console Companion and Xbox Game bar can be considered part of the OS on Windows 10 Pro connected to a corporate domain.
i can't imagine there is no way to fully removed this in a business environment.
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Sure, if you have a Windows Server managing the clients.
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chenks

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well we do, but these are windows 7 PCs being upgraded to Windows 10

and to further confuse matters, it appears that the PCs that shipped with Windows 10 have no problem leaving the un-installed apps un-installed.
it's the PCs that have been upgraded from 7 to 10 that seem to have the issue with re-installing.

all are running 21H2 (be it win10 pre-installed or 7 upgraded to 10)
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Iím pretty sure if you go to the windows store and disable updates, that will stop their reinstallation. I think there is a GPO for this but canít just find it.
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i am running 2 scripts to achieve this (which apparently should work)

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Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackagethis script removes all the "junk" apps that windows 10 like to pre-install

Have a look at https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/easily-remove-bloatware-windows-10/

According to that, Remove-AppxPackage just hides the apps - not deletes them. The web page suggests a couple of ways to achieve what you want though.

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Ideally you would do it in nlite prior to installation, but is possible they would come back after first feature update.

Check this script around line 1500.

https://github.com/ChrisTitusTech/win10script/blob/master/win10debloat.ps1

This is what I was looking into if I migrate to Windows 10 Pro.

I can confirm though the normal removal as said by gt94ss2 just hides, as last year sometime I was trying to clear up space on the windows drive on windows 10 pro in a VM and was surprised to find many gigs of windows apps installed that were not visible.
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chenks

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Ideally you would do it in nlite prior to installation, but is possible they would come back after first feature update.

Check this script around line 1500.

https://github.com/ChrisTitusTech/win10script/blob/master/win10debloat.ps1

This is what I was looking into if I migrate to Windows 10 Pro.

I can confirm though the normal removal as said by gt94ss2 just hides, as last year sometime I was trying to clear up space on the windows drive on windows 10 pro in a VM and was surprised to find many gigs of windows apps installed that were not visible.

i looked at this and tried it

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iwr -useb https://git.io/JJ8R4 | iex
but it didn't seem to offer any options to remove the pre-installed apps
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