There seems to be no way for Microsoft (and PC makers) to make a firm commitment to removing the Bloatware and improve the negative experience caused by the large number of junk applications, unnecessary or unwanted with which they load the operating system. Today we remember the problem in personal computers, but in the same way we could talk about a typical smartphone with Android inflated with software.
If you buy a new computer with Windows 10, religiously paying for both the hardware and the system license, you will see that the amount of installed software is endless. To the thirty long Microsoft universal applications (most useless on the desktop without touch screens) the company adds others that have nothing to do with the operation of the operating system but with commercial needs: providers pay Microsoft (and manufacturers ) for including them.
As if that were not enough, the different OEMs install a good number of applications, the vast majority of little use (to put it mildly) and among all of them they penalize the user experience, the performance of the equipment, they occupy storage space unnecessarily and sometimes seriously compromise security as we saw in the SuperFish case.
Consumers, analysts and the media have been crying out in the desert for decades. A couple of summers ago and after a campaign on Reddit where criticism reached an unprecedented pitch, Microsoft promised to downgrade bloatware in Windows 10. It has failed and only the new version of Workstation and the companies have reduced the inflation of software.
Windows 10 2004 clean
The latest version of Windows repeats all the ills of previous editions in this regard and adds another not less. Microsoft has decided to remove “Fresh Start”, a tool that at least made cleaning the system easier by automating the process. In this scenario and waiting for a year of these Microsoft and manufacturers to become aware, if you buy a new computer with Windows, buy a copy in retail or upgrade the system, there is no other choice but to “roll up your sleeves” and put yourself on the task.
We have already offered it to you other times, but we do not get tired. We review the methods to make the system as clean as possible, not complete, because not everything can be removed. We go from less to more so you don’t miss out.
From the graphical system options
– The simplest way to remove universal applications (and others) is done by accessing the interactive tiles if you keep them and have not already removed them. We right click on the icon and there we will see a menu that includes an option to “uninstall”. So we can remove apps like Get Office, Get Skype, Money, News, Sport or others.
– Another simple way is accessing the list of start menu applications. The same as the previous one, by right-clicking on the application to remove it.
– We have more disposal options in the general Settings tool Windows 10, accessing from the “Start menu> Settings> Applications> Applications and features”, where you will see the full list of installed, universal or Win32 applications.
– Finally, you can also uninstall applications by accessing the classic panel, from “Control Panel> Programs and Features”. In this section you will only find Win32, not Modern UI.
From the Windows console
Many of the universal Windows 10 apps cannot be removed from the graphical interface. This is where the advanced Windows Powershell console comes into play, which in addition to other possibilities does allow you to uninstall them. If you do not have it at hand through the advanced menu (right mouse button on the start button) do a search and use the right mouse button on it to run it in “administrator mode”.
At Powershell we use commands to remove each of the applications, copying, pasting and executing the following codes:
- Uninstall Cortana: Get-AppxPackage * 549981C3F5F10 * | Remove-AppxPackage
- Uninstall 3D Builder: Get-AppxPackage * 3dbuilder * | Remove-AppxPackage
- Uninstall alarm and clock: Get-AppxPackage * windowsalarms * | Remove-AppxPackage
- Uninstall calculator: Get-AppxPackage * windowscalculator * | Remove-AppxPackage
- Uninstall mail and calendar: Get-AppxPackage * windowscommunicationsapps * | Remove-AppxPackage
- Uninstall camera: Get-AppxPackage * windowscamera * | Remove-AppxPackage
- Uninstall get office: Get-AppxPackage * officehub * | Remove-AppxPackage
- Uninstall get Skype: Get-AppxPackage * skypeapp * | Remove-AppxPackage
- Uninstall Start: Get-AppxPackage * getStarted * | Remove-AppxPackage
- Uninstall Groove music: Get-AppxPackage * zunemusic * | Remove-AppxPackage
- Uninstall Maps: Get-AppxPackage * windowsmaps * | Remove-AppxPackage
- Uninstall solitaire: Get-AppxPackage * solitairecollection * | Remove-AppxPackage
- Uninstall money: Get-AppxPackage * bingfinance * | Remove-AppxPackage
- Uninstall cinema and tv: Get-AppxPackage * zunevideo * | Remove-AppxPackage
- Uninstall news: Get-AppxPackage * bingnews * | Remove-AppxPackage
- Uninstall OneNote: Get-AppxPackage * OneNote * | Remove-AppxPackage
- Uninstall People: Get-AppxPackage * people * | Remove-AppxPackage
- Uninstall Phone Companion: Get-AppxPackage * WindowsPhone * | Remove-AppxPackage
- Uninstall Photos: Get-AppxPackage * Photos * | Remove-AppxPackage
- Uninstall Store: Get-AppxPackage * windowsstore * | Remove-AppxPackage
- Uninstall Sports: Get-AppxPackage * bingsports * | Remove-AppxPackage
- Uninstall Voice Recorder: Get-AppxPackage * SoundRecorder * | Remove-AppxPackage
- Uninstall Time: Get-AppxPackage * bingweather * | Remove-AppxPackage
- Uninstall Xbox: Get-AppxPackage * xboxapp * | Remove-AppxPackage
- Uninstall CandyCrushSaga: Get-AppxPackage -Name king.com.CandyCrushSaga
You can also use the standard Windows console to remove these applications by invoking “powershell” before the command. You can recover any of these removed apps by reinstalling them from the Microsoft Store.
Another interesting less known command that we can use in the Windows advanced console is DISM (Deployment Imaging Service and Management). We use two codes, the first to list the additional installed apps and the second to uninstall them by changing the name of the package:
- DISM /On-line /Get–ProvisionedAppxPackages | select–string Packagename
- DISM /On-line /Remove–ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:PACKAGENAME
Clean Windows 10 2004 with third-party solutions
If using the command line seems complicated to you, there are third-party tools that are more visual and automatically uninstall. We review some to use, recommending in all cases to previously create a system restore point in case the removal of one app connected to another returns any error.
- O&O AppBuster. It is the one we like the most for its power and permanent updating. Allows you to remove applications for the current user or for the entire group of users on a computer. It also allows you to reinstall the removed apps in case you want to use any later.
- Windows X App Remover It is another of the best. It recognizes more applications than the previous ones, both installed for the user or the local machine. It is also not up to date.
Why does Microsoft not offer a clean Windows 10 improving the user experience, the performance of the computers and preventing us from spending time uninstalling applications that we have not requested, need or have anything to do with the system? You already know our opinion on this matter. Microsoft and OEMs should limit application installation as much as possible, including only those essential for the operation of the system and offering all the others as optional download and installation and independence with full transparency.