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Removing Bloatware / Crapware from Windows 10.

Microsoft is now getting as bad about shipping their operating system full of bloatware and crapware, as Packard Bell was back in the nineties. That's a SHAMEFUL turn of events. To add insult to injury, many of these apps cannot be uninstalled by going to the "Programs and Features" applet. The [Uninstall] button is grayed out. These apps install automatically with Windows 10, and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. You have to manually uninstall them one at a time after your machine is up and running.

Fortunately there is a way, you just have to be a bit of a hacker. Powershell to the rescue.

I got this information from https://errorfixer.co/uninstall-bloatware-apps-windows-10-creators-update/ but will re-post the gist here in case that site ever goes away.

Run Powershell as administrator.

To get as list of the apps installed on your machine, run...

Get-AppxPackage | Out-File myapps.txt

Then examine the file "myapps.txt" that has been written to the current directory. To ensure that the file is written to your desktop nomatter where Powershell is, run it like this...

Get-AppxPackage | Out-File $env:userprofile\desktop\myapps.txt

Or, if you're using OneDrive...

Get-AppxPackage | Out-File $env:userprofile\onedrive\desktop\myapps.txt

Here are the commands for removing the most common bloatware packages...

Get-AppxPackage *Minecraft* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *DrawboardPDF* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *FarmVille2CountryEscape* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Asphalt8Airborne* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *PandoraMediaInc* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *CandyCrushSodaSaga* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Twitter* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *bingsports* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *bingfinance* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *officehub* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *BingNews* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *windowsphone* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Netflix* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *bingweather* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft3DViewer* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *ZuneVideo* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft3DViewer* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Facebook* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft.SkypeApp* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *SkypeApp* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Appconnector* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Wallet* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Office.Sway* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *ZuneMusic* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *XboxOneSmartGlass* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *XboxSpeechToTextOverlay* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *XboxApp* | Remove-AppxPackage