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Bloatware is truly awful. Manufacturers fill your shiny new laptop How To Remove Bloatware & Avoid It On New Laptops How To Remove Bloatware & Avoid It On New Laptops Tired of software you never wanted consuming your laptop's resources? Your computer isn't free ad space. Here's how to get rid of bloatware. Read More , phone, or tablet with pre-installed applications to put an extra dollar in their pocket, leaving you a bundle of oft-useless programs taking up space. If it is annoying on laptops with large storage drives, it is downright infuriating finding out your 32GB phone storage is 25% full at purchase.

It is wrong, and we’ve seen some pretty appalling examples of bloatware this year; Lenovo’s SuperFish debacle Lenovo Installs Adware on PCs, Apple & Motorola Exchange Words [Tech News Digest] Lenovo Installs Adware on PCs, Apple & Motorola Exchange Words [Tech News Digest] Lenovo catches Superfish, Apple and Motorola argue, Samsung buys LoopPay, Reddit gives money away, saving video games for posterity, and random places to stick a GoPro. Read More springs to mind. Unfortunately, Microsoft is no saint, either. If you’ve upgraded to Windows 10 you may have noted a number of new applications appearing on your system, seemingly without your permission. Let’s look at how to ease the pressure on that awful bloating.

A Brief Uninstall Guide

While Windows 10 does come with a reasonably large amount of bloatware, it is also relatively easy to get rid of it 3 Clever PowerShell Functions After Upgrading to Windows 10 3 Clever PowerShell Functions After Upgrading to Windows 10 Windows 10 brings us a new PowerShell, essentially Command Prompt on steroids. This article shows you how to do the otherwise impossible with PowerShell. And it's easier than you think! Read More . Microsoft has provided us two options: using the traditional uninstall, or by using the PowerShell. First we’ll look at the traditional.

Bloatware doesn’t feature within the System > Apps & Features list you would normally use to uninstall a program. Why would it? Microsoft, and other manufacturers who deliver products with bloatware stand to profit from your using them, so making it easy to uninstall isn’t in their best interest.

The Traditional

By which I mean, you can right-click the application, and select uninstall from the context menu. This appears to work for several apps included in the Windows 10 installation package, such as Money, News, Sports, and a few others clogging up your Start menu.

Windows 10 App Uninstall

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Microsoft has made it simple to remove the more cosmetic items attached to Windows 10, but you’ll quickly find that not all apps are considered equal. Indeed, those apps Microsoft considers part of the core Windows 10 experience will require you to use the PowerShell to hide, or remove.

Others, such as Cortana simply cannot be 100% removed from your system, despite your best efforts. Or rather, you can remove Cortana How to Set Up Cortana & Remove Her in Windows 10 How to Set Up Cortana & Remove Her in Windows 10 Cortana is Microsoft's greatest productivity tool since Office. We'll show you how to get started with Windows 10's digital assistant or how to turn Cortana off for improved privacy. Read More , but your Start menu search function will cease to work.

Using the PowerShell

The PowerShell is an important part of the Windows command line. It forms a command and scripting language Command Prompt vs. Windows PowerShell: What's the Difference? Command Prompt vs. Windows PowerShell: What's the Difference? Windows users can get by without using either the Command Prompt or PowerShell. But with Windows 10 and new features around the corner, maybe it's about time we learned. Read More enabling you greater control over your Windows installation through task automation, configuration management, and administrative tools. In this case, we can use the PowerShell to either hide, or remove the apps installed with Windows 10.

First, open the PowerShell command line. Type PowerShell into your Start menu search bar. The best match should be Windows PowerShell. Right-click and select Run as Adminstrator. This ensures you have control over the entire system.

PowerShell Start menu

Next, we need to decide what you want to remove. The PowerShell can remove any packages ranging from the Zune Music Player, to Bing Health and Fitness, to the Microsoft Windows Calculator. Not everyone will want to remove each feature, but I’ll list a large proportion of them in a moment.

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Hiding the Apps

Entering the following code into the PowerShell will hide each application you enter.
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.ZuneMusic" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.Music.Preview" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.XboxIdentityProvider" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.BingTravel" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.BingHealthAndFitness" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.BingFoodAndDrink" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.People" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.BingFinance" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.3DBuilder" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.WindowsCalculator" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.BingNews" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.XboxApp" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.BingSports" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.WindowsCamera" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.Getstarted" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.Office.OneNote" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.WindowsMaps" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.MicrosoftSolitaireCollection" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.MicrosoftOfficeHub" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.BingWeather" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.BioEnrollment" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.WindowsStore" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.Windows.Photos" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.WindowsPhone" | Remove-AppxPackage

Hiding has the obvious advantage of obscuring irritating bloatware from your view without actually deleting it from the system, meaning you can relocate it at any time.

Deleting the Apps

If you truly want to remove everything from your system using the PowerShell, we’ll use a different command 6 Basic PowerShell Commands to Get More out of Windows 6 Basic PowerShell Commands to Get More out of Windows PowerShell is what you get when you give steroids to the Windows Command Prompt. It grants you control of nearly every aspect of the Windows system. We help you leap up its learning curve. Read More : DISM. DISM stands for Deployment Imaging Service and Management. The DISM command is relatively powerful and can be used to service a Windows system in many different ways. In this case, we’ll use it to remove the additional apps from your system.

This one works a little differently. First, we’ll check to see the entire bloatware spectrum by using this command:
DISM /Online /Get-ProvisionedAppxPackages | select-string Packagename

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You should now see a complete list of installed apps. We can now use the package names in the list to begin removing them. To remove them, use the following code:
DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:PACKAGENAME

Where PACKAGENAME is taken from the list we previously generated. As you can see in the below image, I’ve chosen to remove the Microsoft Zune Video package. Once the operation completes successfully, you’ll need to restart your machine for the code to take full effect.

DISM Zune Music

What Does This Do?

While the Windows 10 bloatware doesn’t actually take up much physical space, it is more about exercising control over your own system. Many consider the default apps included in the installation to be “garbage” and while this author would agree in some cases, others I cannot see the point of removing.

However you feel, you now have the tools to remove each piece of bloatware yourself. Happy obliterating. And if you want to get rid of OneDrive How to Disable & Replace OneDrive in Windows 10 How to Disable & Replace OneDrive in Windows 10 OneDrive is deeply integrated in Windows 10 and Microsoft might tell you that removing it is not possible. Well, not unless you're willing to dig deep. We show you how to extract OneDrive from Windows... Read More , we’ve figured that out for you, too.

Are you offended by the apps Microsoft included with Windows 10? Or do you just plain not care? Let us know what you think below!

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