Windows 10 is a blend of Windows 7 and 8 with advance features and improved functionalities, but there are few things that 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 actually 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 a command-line shell and allows administrators to execute administrative tasks on the local as well as remote computers.
How can we Remove apps 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.
- Go to Cortana which is located on the taskbar and type PowerShell
- It will show you Windows PowerShell on the list, right click on 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 photo app then you need to type:
- Get-AppxPackage *photo* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Then hit enter
The command will be processed automatically and the co-relevant service will be removed.
Part of Package Names
Here are the part of package names listed for few common services that can be replaced while using the above-mentioned command 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 just 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 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 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.