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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 Decrap My Computer: Remove Unwanted Programs & 'Bloatware' From Your PC Decrap My Computer: Remove Unwanted Programs & 'Bloatware' From Your PC Read More 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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  1. P woycheese
    October 10, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Really irritated. I pay for a tool/tools. My choice. Taking advantage of my purchase to stash apps and other bloatware WITHOUT my permission is ethically immoral. Stop it MS. Control your IT personnel.
    Furthermore releasing updates that cause your customers issues is another violation of service. Requiring technical knowledge to workaround your egregious errors is irresponsible on your part.

  2. John Gluck
    October 5, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    I started working in hardware and software design around 1975. I'm old school in some ways.

    My definition of an operating system is something that provides a unified software platform for accessing and controlling the basic functions of a machine. That means it has some basics like a kernel that may or may not be multitasking or multiuser, device drivers, a file system, and network access. A few utilities such as a text editor and Internet browser may also be provided.

    Any applications provided with and OS must be removable and replaceable.

    In short, Microslop (not a typo) forces people to use a lot of garbage that provide "features" better served by 3rd party applications.

  3. Jacquie
    October 4, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Microsoft has included all kinds of programs that have no business in a work setting. Just when I had gotten rid of several programs and tiles in the start menu, more were added. I have staff rotating to different workstations. None of these people need to be playing xbox or watching movies or playing with photos or candy crush or any of that during work hours. This is so unnecessary I hate to upgrade our users to windows 10!

    • Rich S
      October 10, 2016 at 9:19 pm

      Boy have you got that right.

      Windows 7 Pro with Aero is a secure, mature, attractive OS that works and support will continue till at least 2020 so why change?

      Windows 10 is not an upgrade. I installed it in July on several desktops and reverted to 7 after 3 weeks.
      All I got were complaints about how "crappy" it looked and worked.

      I just saw the Anniversary Upgrade and it's much better but still light years away from the ease of use with Windows 7.
      10 is a bastard compromise between a desktop and mobile OS.
      Add in the crapware Micro$haft tries to cram down your throat and it becomes an ineffective, time wasting platform with privacy concerns.

      I figured out years ago the the most important aspect of an OS is the interface.
      Yes it needs to be secure and reliable, but to be productive the person needs the OS to be intuitive organized and flexible with apps suited to the need.
      The hardware needs a good keyboard, pointing device, big, easy to read display and comfortable, noise blocking headset for phone calls, voice control and/or dictation.
      Supply that and work gets done.
      Many of our machines use dual displays with the older 17" - 20" dedicated to 1-4 full screen applications. Our accounting folks loves those setups.

      We've switched to Linux Mint in a few cases which has a very similar look and feel to Windows 7 for everyday use, with Windows 7 running as a guest when an app I need won't run under WINE and might go there if nothing better is available by 2020.

      For the hybrids we use Windows 8.1 with Classic Shell and Modern Mix or AMIDuos/Android 5.11 for those workers that prefer Android, myself being one of those.

      Windows progression in my company.
      Desktops and laptops/notebooks. 3, 3.11, 95, 98, 98SE XP, 7.
      8, 8.1 on hybrids since no driver support under 7 and 8.1 with the addons is actually usable.

  4. Nic
    October 3, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Some great tips, though I've realised that I removed a package that I actually need.

    Get-AppxPackage -name “Microsoft.WindowsStore” | Remove-AppxPackage

    How can I add it back?

    • Peter Davis
      December 3, 2016 at 5:59 pm

      Why do you need it? Just go to the Windows store in your browser

  5. Marguerite
    September 25, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    I am a "casual user". I don't know how to program, don't know how to do nit-picky things to adjust the computer, and generally shy away from anything that includes words like "command line". I just want a machine that I can boot up and use for a few, simple things. The internet, Krita, and Skype, specifically. Having all that junk, even if it "doesn't take much space" makes me angry because I want all my memory and processing power focused on the things I want. Krita, my art program, needs lots and lots of power because I handle massive file sizes to get the detail I need. Everything that takes away from that is taking away from the entire reason I have a computer instead of just a tablet.

  6. Alex
    September 24, 2016 at 4:48 am

    Gavin, with the anniversary update to windows 10, are all of the methods you've listed above still working? I removed the x-box apps using powershell and it says that it worked in powershel, but the icon still appears on my toolbar and when i click on the login window launches. And, when I tried to hide the icon using powershell i got a message stating that some apps cannot be removed. What can I do to get rid of these useless apps?

    Cheers,
    Alex

  7. SneakiestNEG
    September 21, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    If you can't even remove the bloatware or edit registry than god help all the whiners when they try out Linux.

    Windows was built for the mainstream. They don't care about privacy. For people like me who opt out of social media and advertising MS was kind enough to include powershell. It took me two hours but I turned win10 into win7 and all is good. Your article, and many others certainly helped.

  8. Phillyvans
    August 19, 2016 at 11:09 am

    as a young programmer you sound like a kid who used a thesaurus. And larry with the old school emoticons. Just sad.

  9. Rick Franz
    August 3, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    I ran the Powershell remove command for Xbox and the Microsoft Store. They both indicated that the remove operation completed successfully. Upon reboot, they are both still in the menu and I can launch both apps. What do I need to do to permanently get rid of these apps?

    Thanks

    • Chris
      September 13, 2016 at 11:26 pm

      With NTLite. You'd need to basically rebuild Windows I expect. Though frankly, you're best leaving it. You can build a 'perfect' image of Windows, with none of the stuff you want - and Windows Update will probably stop you dead in your tracks.

      I miss the days where 9x let you pick what you did and didn't want.

  10. Carrie Tanti
    July 20, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    I just got my Dell Win 10 laptop. First experience with Win10. I am already annoyed that Dell has to do major stuff prior to even launching Win10 on boot up. Win10 looks okay, but i totally agree there are a lot of bloatware that is not needed. I thought Cortana would be interesting until I found out my laptop didn't come with a mic, so I can't even use it. They say Win10 more user friendly for the novice. However, I bought this system to see what it is like prior to upgrading my father's system from Win7. I am not going to bother him with it. So far, it seems even less user friendly. Hopefully I can streamline my Win10 system so it is more friendly to me.

  11. leo
    July 5, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    I think that the problem is that microsoft put all the effort in making an OS for the simple-limited computer user, forgetting completely on the business people, tech people,and all the people that understand something about computers.
    there should be two versions, IMHO, the "home" version for the computer-null people, and the "pro" version which should be more "windows 2000 style" for the people that knows what is going on, all of course based on the same core.
    I always hated apple for what they represent, and I am starting to hate microsoft for copying the very worst of apple, by doing the same crap apple does.

  12. Dave61
    June 15, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    The only stable OS Microsoft has ever produced was XP.
    What did they learn?
    Nothing, there was very little built in spyware, the OS just did what it was supposed to do.
    Now we have 10. Packed full of rotting goodness, "oh look my $2300 'Puter is as fancy as my IPhone, yeah"

    • Brett
      July 16, 2016 at 8:02 am

      I fully agree. XP was the best OS Microsoft ever created. I uninstalled Windows 10 two days after upgrading, and went back to Windows 7.

    • epiquestions
      July 27, 2016 at 3:11 am

      well there were lot's of problem when windows xp came out. They just sorted it out. Maybe this will get sorted out too. I don't have issues with win10. The tracking stuff can be disabled so it's fine. DX12 and basically a smoother system is what I need. Wish it could be as modular as unix/linux distros though.

      • epiquestions
        July 27, 2016 at 3:12 am

        lots

  13. Larry C. Sessions
    June 6, 2016 at 12:04 am

    I think it is funny how I read so many comments about how people hate Windows. Truth is, Microsoft, largely through Windows, has done a great service in forcing a certain standardization on us all. You may think that it squashes creativity, limits your options or even intrudes on your privacy. But also consider that fact that the imposed standardization also saves us all money because we don't have to have a new operating system for every program. Not every developer has to reinvent the wheel.

    Sure, there are things I don't like and never have, but overall it has been a positive experience. I started with computers before Microsoft, before the first PC, back when all programming was done on punched cards and you had to wait sometimes a week for the computing center to run your program only to find an error somewhere that you may have to spend additional days hunting down.

    Later, I was brought, kicking and screaming, from the DOS world to Windows back at the 3.0 level (shortly thereafter 3.2). I even toyed with Apple for a while, but very quickly tired of their very closed systems. If you do not like Microsoft, God help you with Apple. Overall, Windows has vastly improved and Windows 10 is amazing. I skipped Vista and Windows 8 altogether, but Windows 7 was good and Windows 10 is better. If you do not like it, check out Linux, but please stop dissing the system and the company that pretty much allowed you to be where you are today with computers. Even if you do not use Microsoft products, you should realize that it has been a major, major positive influence on computing, and without it, computing today likely would be far more expensive and complicated for the general public.

    • Slavisa Nesic
      June 30, 2016 at 6:20 am

      Bringing standardization to IT world, right? Wrong.
      Microsoft is using the monopoly of business to get rich. It has destroyed by acquisition or simply by force numerous small IT companies who was contributing to the REAL IT prosperity. Not to mention the bribing officials worldwide, lawsuits, or simply Wild West style threats. Does anybody remember how even the largest PC and laptop manufacturers have been threatened they will be forbidden to sell their hardware with Windows if any of them try to supply Linux on some of their models?
      Standardization, you say?! Do you know that in the last 3 decades there has never been a language standard established by any international consortium, well documented and correctly built that Microsoft did not try to obliterate, destroy or divert to its own profit? Do you have a slightest idea how deeply Microsoft has dragged us into the past instead into the future?

    • epiquestions
      July 27, 2016 at 3:26 am

      Oh yeah I remember before those IE browser engines not complying to web standards (it's a pain to have to develop web pages to cater to IE users since the behavior is different.
      And the ms office not complying with open document format. What specific standardization are you talking about?

      I don't have problems using windows for gaming and light work. But when I need to get stuff done especially programming, I usually go linux since large part of commercial IT businesses use unix as their os for their servers. Linux has come a long way and has become user friendly.

      Don't get me wrong, I don't hate windows, I use it both at work and home along with unix/linux systems. But you are giving them too much credit for somethings that they didn't do or even start.

    • nick
      August 1, 2016 at 2:17 am

      This was a very well thought out and explained comment Larry. As a younger programmer I was interested in how you summarized the overall effect Windows has had on a developing OS market at its infancy. Its hard to thing of all the possible ways in which this could have gone, but I agree...we can bemoan the fact that Windows became the world's defacto OS or appreciate the fact that it probably accelerated the technology jump that we appreciate now because everyone had one standardized platform from which to begin. Were some of Microsoft's practice malicious and over the top? Sure, but seems if you take the approach that they wanted to continue this view of one world OS...almost seems to justify it.

      • Larry Sessions
        August 1, 2016 at 5:30 pm

        {;^)

    • Len
      October 22, 2016 at 3:08 am

      How about substituting standardised for bastardised? How about coluding with Intel in dropping support for USB 2.0 so it's almost impossible to install W7 on Skylake? How about all the malpractice and destruction of smaller developers so MacroShite can keep their monopoly?
      I've been around a while. Remember COBOL? Probably not. My first machine, that I took apart, was ZX80. Unfortunately than we had pig gates stealing dos from his mates and the rest is history of incompetent and almost not fit for purpose releases alas loaded with bloatware. It should be illegal to even sell it unless it is fully working, safe and secure.
      Just try to imagine how you'd feel if you bought a car that half worked.

  14. WebTek
    June 3, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Microsoft should be fined for getting too intrusive into people's lives by adding software that forces the user to have the app. Yes you can remove/uninstall the app with PowerShell commands but how many average users will know that or know to do that? NONE!!

  15. JMG
    May 27, 2016 at 12:14 am

    Hate WIN 10 and all the Bloatware. Cortana is a massive fail as she fails to ever function properly. Hate that I had to shut down 124 tracking apps on start up (after getting Win 10). Hate that it wiped half my system drivers for keyboard, track mouse and screen. Sadly tried to work with it and exceeded the 30 days rollback time frame and now I am stuck with it. Makes me want to go to a Linux system that I can customize and control. Seriously, why do I want XBOX or a craptacular music player with no equalizer and bad list functionality. Why would I want Candy Crush ....Microsoft needs to stop trying to force everyone into a box and make a platform that is easier to customize and has the option to ADD apps rather than choke us with them.

    • Alex
      September 24, 2016 at 4:56 am

      Couldn't agree more! Well said.

    • Len
      October 22, 2016 at 3:10 am

      Here, here, well said.

  16. dog
    April 27, 2016 at 2:01 am

    Windows 10 demonstrates clearly down the road of stupidity Microsoft have gone. Why would I possibly need a news 'app', a finance 'app' and so on when I have... the internet. Apps exist on phones and tablets because they are not nearly as compatible, customisable and powerful as a PC. Trying to fill my computer with toned down crappy apps like this is totally missing the point in what a computer is. You only have to look at the shitty new calculator 'app' compared to the simple, small and functional old one to realise how moronic they have become.

  17. BillGreedy
    April 13, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Why would I want XBOX on my PC?? Why would I want Microsoft maps when I have google earth? All this bloatware is CRAP! MS should let it be optional!

    • Angelle1986
      April 30, 2016 at 5:56 am

      The only reasons I see for the XBOX app and extensions exist on PC is:
      - to connect to games through an XBOX account remotely on PC
      - for PlayStation users(me) to use the drivers and connect our PlayStation controllers to the PC and play games using a controller instead of mouse and keyboard
      - marketing :p

  18. TechCulture of Reno
    April 6, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    I used Ashmploo Antonio Spy (Free ware) and used it to, among other things, hide Cortana while preserving my search function.

  19. SomeoneAngry
    April 5, 2016 at 3:16 am

    This sh*t is why you can't pay me to use Windows 10. Until someone finds a way to disable every single bullsh*t thing installed on it, and prevent any spying from taking place & I have the ability to maintain complete control, I will not touch it. Screw Microsoft and this unbelievable behavior, but even more-so, screw every person who claims they don't care about their privacy or control & let Microsoft get away with this crap, effectively screwing the rest of us over. It should be illegal for them to do what they're doing, considering so much of the world relies on Windows for business & in the home as well. Entire infrastructures rely on this OS, so there should be a bit of regulation concerning the ways they can screw us over & use it to spy on us & gather tons of information on us. It's not ok.

  20. Jason
    February 25, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Does anyone have a list of bloatware items and their respective sizes?

    I opted for a 256gb SSD over a 1TB HDD, and Dell sent me a laptop with 196gb/225gb. I understand that the hardrive formatting could have taken up 29GB, but how did the OS+bloatware take up another 29GB???

  21. Kevington
    January 24, 2016 at 8:21 am

    I followed instructions for using DISM to delete "services", like "Get Started", I rebooted, then found the apps still listed in the apps list, and they still executed! Strange.

    • Cristian
      February 26, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Have you found a solution for this problem? I also followed the instruction, if i run get-packages again, the packages are gone, but the apps are still there unharmed...

  22. Sissy Chunaski
    January 7, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    THX 1138- The sequel.

    In the future, mankind lives in vast underground cities and free will is outlawed by means of mandatory Windows bloatware that controls human emotion. But when THX 1138 and LUH 3417 stop upgrading Windows, they wake up to the bleak reality of their own existence and fall in love with each other in the process. But user control over Windows is also illegal in this Orwellian dystopia, so this act has made both of them outlaws on the run from an army of Windows police.

  23. Lawton
    December 23, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    This is in response to question as to: do I object to bloatware or just not care.

    I certainly care, although I have not yet downloaded 10. I'm still in pain from trying 8, and am gunshy. Windows 7 is the very first OS I've ever loved, and I started out with DOS.

    One friend of mine says he likes 10, but he is super savvy, and says it took him a "few weeks" (working with it daily) to get 10 configured and pared down to what he wants. Every other person I know who has 10 does nothing but b---h and moan about it; and that is a lot of people, of a variety of levels of sophistication, so I do not feel that I'm under-qualified to predict that I'm not going to be happy with it. One friend, a law clerk, was the most savvy individual in the employ of the firm, and she converted the entire office to 10 Now she's frantic, because there is so much anger and resentment among her co-workers that she actually feels her employment -- after over a decade -- is in jeapordy.

    Microsoft is going to pester everybody to distraction and may eventually stop supporting 7 and 8 altogether. So, do I care? You betcha.

    Sorry if this is based on hearsay instead of first hand witness, but the download from you is like a breath of fresh air.

  24. Gordy
    December 22, 2015 at 4:53 am

    Microsoft seem to be about Control over your computing experience by effectively forcing applications on to you whether you want them or not. I prefer to use Firefox as my browser, yet it seems that every time I run a SW update Windows resets my default. It really annoys me, I wont type how I really feel.....

  25. Ben
    December 22, 2015 at 3:20 am

    You're damn right I'm offended. It's my goddamn system. I built it from scratch, and I expect full control over what runs on it and what doesn't. For Microsoft to just decide that its acceptable to just shove bullshit in my face after I paid them $200 is disgusting to me.

    There should be nothing I can't remove from my system, and nothing I don't know is on it. Windows used to kind of understand this, but it's been so busy trying to be Apple that it's forgotten why everyone uses windows in the first place. Frankly I'm sick of it.

  26. Rob Hindle
    October 7, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Might be useful to explain how to restore from hidden or deleted state too. And will MS update service decide they should be there and put them back regardless?

    • Jim
      August 11, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      yes they will. I just imaged windows 10 on a laptop ran a powershell script to remove every bit of bloatware that is included. then updated to version 1511, and funny thing all that crap was back. Not on the start menu but under all apps.

  27. JD
    October 6, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Excellent Gavin,Thank you

    • Gavin Phillips
      October 6, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      No problem, Joe, happy to help.

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