How to Uninstall Windows 10’s Built-in Apps and Reinstall Them

How to Uninstall Windows 10’s Built-in Apps and Reinstall Them

September 26, 2018 By kirsten

    Do you know that you can easily uninstall Windows 10’s built-in apps and reinstall them again? It’s very easy to do. This article describes how you can do it.

    Sometimes, We feel the necessity to remove/uninstall Windows 10 default apps. Because often you may see some of them are not working or have been corrupted. In that case, We may take some steps to fix them. One of the things to do it Reinstalling these default apps. Again, We may not need all of these apps. So, What you can do? You can uninstall the unnecessary built-in apps.

    Normal Removal Method Doesn’t work for Built-in Apps:

    Normally, We right-click on the apps and select Uninstall. But when, You right click on default apps, You won’t see any options like it. See the screenshot below. So, It is not possible to remove them normally.

    can't uninstall default apps windows 10

    How to Uninstall Windows 10’s Built-In Apps

    There are two ways to do it. One is a manual method. It doesn’t require any third-party tool. Another one is an automatic and easy method. But. That requires a third-party tool.

    1. Manual Method to Remove Default Windows Apps

    Yes, There is a way to remove them easily. It is an uncommon method but not so hard. You just need to use some commands. So, Let’s see the procedures.

    • At first, You need to open Windows PowerShell as administrator. To do it, Just open the Start Menu and type PowerShell.
    • Now you will see the Windows PowerShell app. Right click on it and select Run as administrator.

    run windows powershell as administrator

    • Now, You have to type the specific commands for the default app you want to remove.
    Get-AppxPackage *packagename* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • Suppose, You want to remove 3D Builder which has comes with Windows 10 by default. To uninstall this app simply type the command given below and press Enter.
    Get-AppxPackage *3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • By this way, You can remove every default apps of windows 10. Below, I’m giving you a list of commands for each built-in Windows 10 apps.

    how to uninstall windows 10 default apps by command

    Windows 10 Built-in Apps Removal Commands for Windows PowerShell

    These commands can be used to uninstall all default apps.

    To remove 3D Builder, Use that command

    Get-AppxPackage *3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage

    For Windows Alarm,

    Get-AppxPackage *windowsalarms* | Remove-AppxPackage

    To remove Windows Calculator,

    Get-AppxPackage *windowscalculator* | Remove-AppxPackage

    For Mail & Calender App,

    Get-AppxPackage *windowscommunicationsapps* | Remove-AppxPackage

    To uninstall Office Hub/My Office,

    Get-AppxPackage *officehub* | Remove-AppxPackage

    For Camera,

    Get-AppxPackage *windowscamera* | Remove-AppxPackage

    For Skype,

    Get-AppxPackage *skypeapp* | Remove-AppxPackage

    To remove Get Help,

    Get-AppxPackage *getstarted* | Remove-AppxPackage

    For Groove Music,

    Get-AppxPackage *zunemusic* | Remove-AppxPackage

    For Maps,

    Get-AppxPackage *windowsmaps* | Remove-AppxPackage

    To remove Microsoft Solitaire Collection,

    Get-AppxPackage *solitairecollection* | Remove-AppxPackage

    For Bing News,

    Get-AppxPackage *bingnews* | Remove-AppxPackage

    To uninstall Finance,

    Get-AppxPackage *bingfinance* | Remove-AppxPackage

    To delete Movies & TVs

    Get-AppxPackage *zunevideo* | Remove-AppxPackage

    For OneNote,

    Get-AppxPackage *onenote* | Remove-AppxPackage

    To uninstall People,

    Get-AppxPackage *people* | Remove-AppxPackage

    For Phone app,

    Get-AppxPackage *windowsphone* | Remove-AppxPackage

    To uninstall Microsoft Store,

    Get-AppxPackage *windowsstore* | Remove-AppxPackage

    For Sound Recorder,

    Get-AppxPackage *soundrecorder* | Remove-AppxPackage

    For Photos,

    Get-AppxPackage *photos* | Remove-AppxPackage

    To remove Sports,

    Get-AppxPackage *bingsports* | Remove-AppxPackage

    For Weather app,

    Get-AppxPackage *bingweather* | Remove-AppxPackage

    And for XBox App,

    Get-AppxPackage *xboxapp* | Remove-AppxPackage

    App names are mentioned in the commands. So, You will understand easily which one is for which app. But there are some default apps which can’t be uninstalled. These are –

    1. Windows Feedback
    2. Microsoft Edge
    3. Contact Support
    4. Cortana

    How to Get Any App Package Names?

    If you don’t know any app package name, you can know it very easily. To do it,

    Open Windows Powershell as administrator and run the following command.

    Get-AppxPackage –AllUsers

    It will reveal all app package names. But, You will need to find what you are looking for. In this case, Be a bit clever. Just copy the whole texts from PowerShell and paste it in Notepad++.

    Then, Press on CTRL+F and type your desired app name. It will help you to find your information. Usually, You will see the package name next to the PackageFullName.

    If you can’t remove the App using the above commands. You can use this command.

    Remove-AppxPackage FullPackageName

    2. Uninstall Windows 10 Default and Built-in Apps Using IObit Uninstaller

    To some of you, the manual method may seem painful and complex. For them, there is a very simple solution. You can easily uninstall built-in apps from Windows by using IObit Uninstaller. Here are the instructions.

    Uninstall Built-in Windows 10 Apps using IObit Uninstaller Pro

    • First of all, Download IObit Installer from here.
    • Then, Install it on your PC and open it.
    • Now, Click on the Windows Apps and find which one you want to uninstall.
    • Just select your desired app and click on the Uninstall button.

    The free version of this app is very basic but enough for most tasks. But, Pro version is amazing with far more functionalities. If you wish, you can grab a discount on purchasing IObit uninstaller from here.

    How to Reinstall Windows 10’s Built-in Apps:

    If you decide to install them again, You can easily do it. There are two methods. First one is you can install them one by one from Microsoft store. If you remove windows store, It won’t work for you.

    The second method is to install them all at once by a simple PowerShell command. In this case, Just follow the instructions below.

    • At first, Open the Windows PowerShell as administrator.
    • Now, Type the following lines and press enter.
    Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers| Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

    reinstalling wndows 10 default apps by powershell

    I hope, This article will help you to uninstall and re-install any Windows 10’s built-in apps. If you know any better method, You can share with us.