How to Remove Bloatware from Windows 10 Quickly and Easily

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Don’t you hate it when you get a shiny new computer, and you find it to be full of programs you don’t want or need (or what we call bloatware)? The manufacturer added these programs to your computer to promote their apps or the apps of their partners. The apps don’t take up a tremendous amount of space, but depending on the number of them installed, they can cause speed issues.

You can remove bloatware from your Windows 10 computer and free up space. Be aware, though, that major Windows updates may just reinstall them anyway.

Most of these programs are impossible to uninstall using traditional uninstall, although some can be. They don’t want to make it easy to get rid of these apps because Microsoft and their partners stand to lose money if these programs are not on your computer.

And even with several different methods of removing bloatware, there are some apps you cannot uninstall using any method. These apps include:

  • Contact Support
  • Cortana
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Windows Feedback

The following are four different ways to get rid of bloatware and unwanted applications, from ways to remove them one at a time, to one method that will clear everything out with one click of a button.

1. Traditional Uninstall

You can remove some bloatware programs through the traditional “Uninstall” feature on Windows 10. To remove programs such as Microsoft Money, News, or Sports:

1. Click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner.

2. Locate the program you want to uninstall and right-click on it.

Remove Bloatware Windows Uninstall From Start

3. Click Uninstall and confirm the uninstall.

Remove Bloatware Windows Click Uninstall

2. PowerShell

Windows PowerShell is a shell, or user interface, developed by Microsoft for task automation and configuration management. We can use PowerShell to remove bloatware in two different ways.

Hiding Apps Using “Remove-AppxPackage”

The first procedure hides the apps without actually deleting them from your system. This method is best if you think you may want to reinstall the app at another time.

Before you uninstall apps, make sure no other programs are running on your computer. Then start PowerShell.

1. Type Powershell in the search box in the lower-left corner.

2. Click “Run as Administrator.”

Remove Bloatware Windows Run As Administrator

3. Click “Yes” to confirm.

4. Enter the command listed below for the program you want to uninstall.

Remove Bloatware Windows Remove App Package

Replace appName with the actual name of the application you want to uninstall.

5. Press Enter.

6. Repeat for other programs you want to remove.

Enter a command from this list for the program you wish to uninstall.

3D Builder:

Alarms and Clock:

Calculator:

Calendar and Mail:

Camera:

Get Office:

Get Skype:

Get Started:

Groove Music:

Maps:

Microsoft Solitaire Collection:

Money:

Movies & TV:

News:

OneNote:

People:

Phone Companion:

Photos:

Store:

Sports:

Voice Recorder:

Weather:

Xbox:

3. Deleting Bloatware Using DISM

If you want to obliterate all bloatware from your system totally, you can use a different command in PowerShell called DISM. DISM stands for Deployment Imaging Service and Management.

1. Type Powershell in the search box in the lower-left corner.

2. Click “Run as Administrator.”

3. Click “Yes” to confirm.

4. View the entire list of system bloatware using the following command:

Remove Bloatware Windows List Of Bloatware Powershell

5. Locate an app you want to delete from your system entirely.

6. Copy the Packagename for the app. I’m deleting Xbox apps from my system.

Remove Bloatware Windows Copy Packagename

7. Type this command:

replacing PACKAGENAME with the name from the list we generated earlier. Mine was:

Remove Bloatware Windows Delete Appxpackage

8. Repeat until you have deleted the bloatware you want to remove.

9. Restart your machine for the changes to take effect.

4. Windows 10 Debloater App

If you are absolutely sure that you want to delete all of the bloatware on your machine, you can use a third-party app called Windows 10 Debloater to remove them all with one click of a button. Here is a list of the programs Windows 10 Debloater will remove.

1. Go to the Windows 10 Debloater site.

2. Click the green Clone or download button.

Remove Bloatware Windows Clone Or Download

3. Click Download ZIP.

4. Save the file to your machine.

5. Click on the “Extract all” button to extract the contents of the file.

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6. For easy location, click the box that says, “Show extracted files when complete.”

Remove Bloatware Windows Extract Destination

7. Right-click on Windows10DebloaterGUI and select “Run with PowerShell.”

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8. Click Open.

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9. Type Y for yes and press Enter.

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10. A window for Windows 10 Debloater will open.

11. Click the first button, which says, “Remove All Bloatware.”

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The app will immediately begin uninstalling bloatware apps on your machine. You can watch the progress in the PowerShell Window that remains open in the background.

Whatever your reason for wanting to remove bloatware from your Windows 10 computer, these methods will help you get rid of everything you possibly can.

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2 comments

  1. “Microsoft and their partners stand to lose money if these programs are not on your computer.”
    How is that? If I am not using a program, they cannot make money. UNLESS the programs run stealthily in the background, harvesting data without my knowledge.

    AFAIAC, the best way to decrapify a PC is to completely remove Windows O/S and replace it with BSD. I was going to say Linux but most of the popular distros also have a bloatware problem. Much of the bloat cannot be removed because it is tied to system modules.

  2. How much disk space does this actually free up?

    Ever since Windows 7 the entire array of source software just stays on the computer, and resides inside the WinSxS folder which is the bloatiest thing ever invented.

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