How to Remove Bloatware from Windows 10

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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. They waste space on your hard drive, appear on your Start menu, and sometimes they can run in the background and slow down your PC.

You can remove bloatware from your Windows 10 computer and free up space. Be aware, though, that major Windows updates tend to reinstall them anyway, so you may find yourself battling against that.

Luckily, we’ve put together a list of different ways to get rid of bloatware and unwanted applications. Here they are!

1. Remove Suggestions and Ads

More than any Windows version before it, Windows 10 is intertwined with various companies and developers to promote certain products to you. It’s annoying and takes away the feeling that this is your operating system.

So how do you get rid of this particular brand of bloat?

Remove Bloatware Windows 10 Show Suggestions

One thing you can do is block suggestions from Windows 10. Click the Start button, type “suggestion” and select “Show suggestions occasionally in Start.”

Another thing you can do to clean up your Start menu of Microsoft bloat is simply right-click the offending tiles and click “Unpin from Start.”

Remove Bloatware Windows 10 Unpin From Start

2. Traditional Uninstall

You can remove some bloatware 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

3. 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 don’t want the app reappearing if Windows reinstalls it because it’s not actually being reinstalled.

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:

4. 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.

5. Windows 10 Debloater App

If you are absolutely sure 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.

Remove Bloatware Windows Extract All

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.”

Remove Bloatware Windows Run With Powershell

8. Click Open.

Remove Bloatware Windows Open File

9. Type Y for yes and press Enter.

Remove Bloatware Windows Type Y Yes

10. A window for Windows 10 Debloater will open.

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

Remove Bloatware Windows Remove All

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

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.

To recover more storage space, you might also want to remove unwanted data from the “C” drive. Of course, there are ways to expand your PC’s storage without deleting anything, too.

If you want to keep digging and messing around with your Windows setup, find out how to add different startup sounds to your PC. We can also show you how to find out if someone is logging into your PC.

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Robert Zak Robert Zak

Content Manager at Make Tech Easier. Enjoys Android, Windows, and tinkering with retro console emulation to breaking point.

One comment

  1. Robert – You know, if Windows really wants to defeat Chrome all Windows has to do is stop “being” like Chrome with all this “bloatware” and snooping, etc., etc. The door is wide open for Widows right now but I don’t think their nerds understand this. There are millions, upon millions, of users like me who need computers but we hate all this crap being shoved up our backsides by Chrome and Windows. Maybe, someday, another company will come along who respects its customers. If this happens there would be a stampede by us to them. The money would flow like a prehistoric flood! I know…I know…good luck with that!😔

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