Windows 10 is a blend of Windows 7 and 8 with advanced features and improved functionalities, but few things confuse users. For instance, it has many applications that do not contain the uninstall option. If a user finds any application unwanted, there should be a way to get rid of it. Let us inform you that these are AppX packages, which are a secure packing format installed on your Windows 10 operating system. You can view and deploy them via PowerShell. In this article, we will show you how to use Windows PowerShell to remove uninstallable apps in Windows 10 that, too, without too much of a fuss.
What is PowerShell?
PowerShell is an automation and configuration platform for Windows, which helps users to make the management of their operating system simpler. The scripting language of PowerShell is based on the .NET Framework, and it gives full access to WMI and COM. The PowerShell consists of a command-line shell and allows administrators to execute administrative tasks on the local as well as remote computers.
How to Remove Uninstallable Apps in Windows 10 using PowerShell?
First of all, decide which app you want to take off and then launch an upraised PowerShell session by following the steps given below.
- Click on the text box on the taskbar and type PowerShell.
- It will show you Windows PowerShell on the list, right-click on the result and select Run as Administrator
- If a confirmation message pops up, click on Yes. PowerShell will be launched and give you the prompt
- Type the following command in the prompt:
Get-AppxPackage *<name of the part of package>* | Remove-AppxPackage
For Example, if you want to remove a photo app, then you need to type:
- Get-AppxPackage *photo* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Then hit enter
The command will be processed automatically, and the relevant app will be removed.
Part of Package Names
Here is the part of the package names list for a few standard services that can be replaced while using the command mentioned above to get rid of the corresponding services.
- People – *people*
- Camera – *camera*
- Mail and Calendar – *communi*
- Solitaire – *solit*
- Photos – *photo*
- Groove Music and Movies & TV – *zune*
- 3D Builder – *3d*
- Xbox – *xbox*
- Sports, Money, Travel, News, Health, Weather and Food- *bing*
If you want to know about the services associated with Bing, then type:
Get-AppxPackage *bing* | ft Name, PackageFullName -AutoSize
It will specifically show you the list of those services, and later on, you can individually remove any of them using *bingsports*, *bingweather*, *bingnews*, etc.
How to See all Packages?
If you want to view all the packages, then type:
Get-AppxPackage | ft Name, PackageFullName -AutoSize
It will show you the list of all packages with the full name; after that, you can choose any of them and use the previous command to take it off.
How to Get Them Back?
If you wish to use any of the removed apps in the future again, then all you need to do is just open Store and look for the title of that particular application. It will give you the option to install it back on the system.