How to Easily Remove Bloatware From Windows 10

Gavin Phillips Updated 15-11-2018

Bloatware is a scourge for technology owners. Manufacturers fill your shiny new laptop, phone, or tablet with pre-installed applications to put an extra dollar in their pocket. You are left with bundles of oft-useless programs taking up the already limited storage space.


Microsoft is no stranger to bloatware. Windows 10 might look the part, but behind the scenes, there are a plethora of programs you simply don’t need. Luckily, you can rid yourself of the bloatware. Let’s look at how to ease the pressure and debloat Windows 10.

How to Remove Windows 10 Bloatware

Windows 10 does come with a reasonably large amount of bloatware. In most cases, it is easy to remove. There are also a few different removal options, too: using the traditional uninstall, using PowerShell commands, and third-party installers.

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.

If you’re considering removing the bloatware due to space concerns, find out how much space you really need to run Windows 10 How Much Space Do You Need to Run Windows 10? Windows 10 is compact. You can strip it back even further to make it take up the least amount of disk space possible. Read More .

Uninstall Windows 10 Bloatware Apps

Some of the Windows 10 bloatware is easy to remove using a regular uninstall. 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. (Here are some more Windows programs you should consider uninstalling 12 Unnecessary Windows Programs and Apps You Should Uninstall Wondering which Windows 10 apps to uninstall? Here are several unnecessary Windows 10 apps and programs you should remove. Read More !)


Find the application you want to remove, right-click, and select Uninstall.

Windows 10 App Uninstall

Microsoft has made it simple to remove the more cosmetic items within Windows 10 Tired of Bloatware? How to Purge Windows 10 Store Apps For Microsoft, Windows 10 is a cash machine. With future updates, more apps will be pre-installed and promoted on the Start Menu. Let us show you how to easily remove pre-installed Windows Store apps. Read More . But you will quickly realize that Microsoft doesn’t consider all apps equal. Indeed, those apps that Microsoft considers part of the core Windows 10 experience require you to use PowerShell commands to hide or remove, or third-party uninstaller (more on both of these below). Others, such as Cortana, simply cannot be 100% removed from your system Cortana in Windows 10: Everything You Need to Know The digital assistant Microsoft Cortana is an integral part of Windows 10. Do you wonder what Cortana can do or how to turn Cortana off? We've got answers. Read More .

Using PowerShell to Remove Bloatware

PowerShell is an important part of Windows system management. While some compare PowerShell to the Command Prompt, at their core they are different beasts 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 . However, PowerShell is a command and scripting language that gives you greater control over your Windows installation Powershell Cmdlets That'll Improve Your Windows Admin Skills Powershell is equal parts command line tool and scripting language. It gives you the ability to automate your computer via the same commands you use to administer it. Read More . In this instance, you can use a series of PowerShell commands to either hide or remove Windows 10 bloatware.


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 Administrator. This ensures you have control over the entire system.

Windows PowerShell

Next, you need to decide what to remove. The PowerShell commands can remove any packages ranging from the Zune Music Player to Bing Health and Fitness, to the Microsoft Windows Calculator.

Hide Apps Using the “Remove-AppxPackage” Command

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 a pre-installed app has the advantage of obscuring it from your view without actually deleting it from your system. If at a later date you realize that you do require the app, you can relocate it.

Deleting Windows 10 Bloatware With DISM

Want to truly obliterate every piece of bloatware from your system using PowerShell? There’s a different command line tool for that: 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 How to Fix a Corrupted Windows 10 Installation System corruption is the worst that could happen to your Windows installation. We show you how to get Windows 10 back on track when suffering from BSODs, driver errors, or other unexplained issues. Read More . In this case, we’ll use it to remove the additional apps from your system.

Deleting the apps works a little differently to hiding. First, check to see the entire spectrum of system bloatware using the following command:

DISM /Online /Get-ProvisionedAppxPackages | select-string Packagename

Deleting Windows 10 Bloatware with DISM


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 command:

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

Delete Using Windows10Debloater PowerShell Script

Of course, it wouldn’t be a MakeUseOf article if you didn’t learn how to automate the process. The Windows10Debloater is a PowerShell script developed by Sycnex. It removes almost every additional Windows 10 package from the operating system, stripping it bare. Within that, however, it also removes apps you might find useful, such as TuneInRadio, PowerBI, or the Windows Netflix app.

You can find the Windows10Debloater here (along with the full list of apps for deletion).

On the GitHub page, head to the top-right corner and select Clone or download. Select Download ZIP from the drop-down menu. When the archive downloads, right-click and use your favorite tool to extract the folders.

There are two versions of the main script:

  • Windows10Debloater: This version is silent and gets on with business.
  • Windows10DebloaterGUI: This version has a basic GUI with a few removal options, as well as the Revert Changes options.

The PowerShell script automates the process you went through in the previous section. As a bonus, it also removes the associated Windows Registry entries for the bloatware apps after removal.


Regarding the removal of apps you want to keep, you have two options. One is to head back to the prior section and manually remove the bloatware. The other is to re-enable and install any apps after running the script. Either way is slightly time-consuming, so it really is a personal preference.

Why Delete Windows 10 Bloatware Apps?

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

Whichever way 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 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  or disable the Microsoft Office Upload Center How to Disable the Microsoft Office Upload Center What does the Microsoft Office Upload Center do? How do I disable the Office Upload Center? Here's what you should know. Read More , we’ve figured that out for you, too.

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  1. George Corrigan
    March 8, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    Is it just me, or is everyone getting their inboxes nuked with an endless barrage of endless tips on how to fix windows 10?

    Don't wanna be an "i told you so" but . . .

    Hey MS, ditch #10 and go back to a real operating system, if you know how.

  2. Katherine Fulkerson
    March 1, 2020 at 12:06 am

    I used Windows 10 DeBloater, it ran successfully, BUT DID NOT REMOVE EVERYTHING IT SAID IT WOULD!. Apparently, you need to run it right after a clean install of Windows 10; if you have been using your pc long enough to have established a user profile, this will interfere with the scripts. Developer says so (I think on the GitHub download page).
    It is also a bit of an adventure getting it to run...

  3. Nick Anderson
    December 23, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    How do you go about enabling the Windows Calculator again if it was part of the blacklist? I used the GUI PowerShell script from the Git Hub link. I have ran Get-AppxPackage -allusers *windowscalculator* | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”} but this is not working.

  4. daniel thomas
    December 1, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    Great article, however, I'd consider removing Calculator from the "bloatware" list.

    This app is a small, unobtrusive and pretty universally used.

    Just one man's opinion!

    • David
      December 19, 2019 at 8:01 am

      Except that the calculator built into Win10 is ugly as sin, and so very clunky to use. All sorts of added gucking farbage that 99+% of people would never use. You can download an app that works like the one we had prior i.e. Win 7 back to Win 3.1 but unfortunately you can't install it to replace the POS that comes with 10. And to move it on the screen involves all sorts of gymnastics, mentally and physically. Have to select a very precise part of the top of calculator instead as of previous anywhere on top click and drag.

      But of course, its part of the (cough, cough) improvements of Win10

  5. JassyJas
    October 12, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Thank you!! This article just saved my mental health! Not sure how much was left to save but no one was harmed in my trying to update windows on my crappy HP stream.

  6. budweiserhans
    May 7, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    In powershell on my machine DISM /Online /Get-ProvisionedAppxPackages | select-string Packagename is not a thing

  7. Sean K
    March 8, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    I used Windows10DebloaterGUI on 2 Win10 laptops and they work like a charm. One laptop is a cheap $400 one & other is a more powerful one and both have fast bootup times and less lag. This is a must when you buy a new Windows 10 laptop. Thanks Makeuseof and the Windows10Debloater creators.

  8. ReadandShare
    November 16, 2018 at 5:21 am

    Is this something we have to do with each new MS upgrade (eg 1809, 1903, etc.)?

  9. Sally
    November 5, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    How do you identify the bloatware. I am not technically educated enough to know which programs are necessary to run the computer, say my sound card, vs. crap I will never use and don't want, whatever xbox stuff I see in the article.

  10. Usedtobeusable
    October 5, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Windows 10 is the worst OS os all times, i rather go back to ms-DOS without graphic interface than keeping having constantly right mouse click delays and freezes. Bill Gates, I bet you are using MAC. No way you would let this bs get worse than previous versions.

    • Donald L Wilson
      October 27, 2018 at 5:36 pm

      or the next best alternative "Linux"

    • Kevin Lundeen
      November 25, 2018 at 4:34 am

      Yeah, be maudlin about MS-DOS and Win 10. Win 10 is far from perfect, granted, but it's been fine for me. Why don't you go to Linux? I would use Linux myself, but game support is still annoying.

  11. Tech Dude
    August 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    I tried removing Microsoft 3D Builder, and I got this error message: "Error: 87" "The parameter is incorrect."
    This is very annoying. What's the deal??

  12. Joaquim Rocha
    July 13, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    That real a sh.. this w10. Even Millenium was better. Soon going to change to Linux.

    • Donald L Wilson
      October 27, 2018 at 5:37 pm

      I switched to Linux and haven't regretted it one single bit. Complete control over your OS and best of all it's FREE!!

  13. Alex
    July 10, 2018 at 8:04 am

    windows 10 sucks so much, i tried it 2 times and everytime get back to windows 7 or linux , this bloatware, updates and all other crap really make my system slow and not consistent, interfere with my apps , that i use for work, updates brake my printer and network drivers. Sudden update in an inappropriate time forced me once to be left without computer, 3 HOURS i was not able to do my job, even this single case worth to remove this shit and never install it again!! And i don't even talk about onedrive , cortana, telemetry, skype, allthat shit, which uses CPU/RAM of my computer without benefit for me and gathers different info and sends them to some corporations. F*ck Windows, I hope you die Microsoft!

    • Wol
      July 18, 2018 at 1:34 am

      Could not agree more.
      The 1803 update in particular has tied up my comfuser for weeks. With a basic 1.5MBs internet - usually 1.2MBs on a good day - it takes several hours to download before "failed to install". Over and over again.
      The update policy is a disgrace: the information it provides is usually incorrect, it says you are up to date when you are not and vv, it fails to instal so many times that the computer is useless for weeks on end etc etc.
      I went "back" to W7 on my desktop (my quotes, because W7 still runs perfectly excepting the old issues with sleep/hibernate - which are still there in Ten anyway!)

  14. Jon
    May 11, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    This didn't work for me, May 2018, Creators Update 1803. The packages no longer show in the powershell list, but all the apps are still present and working. I don't get it.

  15. iobender
    February 10, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    You can use this clean two liner in PowerShell to remove all of the unneccesary bloatware. Enjoy!

    DISM /Online /Get-ProvisionedAppxPackages | select-string Packagename | foreach ($_)
    iex "DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /$_.ToString().Replace(' ','')"

  16. Conradaz
    January 14, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    so basically you installing windows 10
    for then spend the first hour on windows 10 disabling crap you don't want
    and uninstalling programs you don't need?!
    and on top of that you still need to deal with crap YOU CANNOT remove
    why you people even bother to install windows 10?
    it's because is free?
    it's because you're brain dead?
    what it is?!!

    • M A Weiss
      December 21, 2018 at 4:01 am

      ...and spend another 85 hours just trying to get Windows to recognize all your hardware and to get networking to work.. I'm that deep into it and I haven't slept in 4 days.

    • David
      December 19, 2019 at 8:14 am

      Windows 10 is NOT free. If you bought computer from shop then the license was paid for by manufacturer. If you built your own computer then you either bought a retail version or you pirated it.

      Some people use Win 10 because a) its all they know (and what they use at work), and b) it came with the computer and c) don't have the desire or capability to switch to Linux or Mac (yes you can install Mac on a PC).

      And lets face it, Windows is, by far the dominant operating system on the planet.

      Information suggests there are over 1 billion Windows computers in operation around the planet, many of them earlier versions. That equates to around 88.7% of all computers. Macintosh around 9.57% and Linux 1.65%

  17. Kevin Burns
    January 14, 2018 at 5:46 am

    Run this as an Admin in PowerShell ISE, it will grab a list of the files, split them up, and run through them all without having to copy and paste a bunch of times.

    $programs = DISM /Online /Get-ProvisionedAppxPackages | select-string Packagename | Out-String;
    $splits = $programs.Split('\n');

    Foreach($p in $splits)
    Write-Host 'Removing '+$p;
    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:$p

  18. Felipe
    January 4, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.3DBuilder_14.1.1302.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.BingWeather_4.21.2212.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.DesktopAppInstaller_1.2.2002.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.Getstarted_5.11.1641.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.Messaging_3.2.24002.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.Microsoft3DViewer_2.1709.8012.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.MicrosoftOfficeHub_2017.311.255.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.MicrosoftSolitaireCollection_3.17.8162.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_1.8.0.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.MSPaint_3.1710.4027.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.Office.OneNote_2015.8568.57631.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.OneConnect_2.1709.2484.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.People_2017.526.111.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.SkypeApp_11.19.856.0_neutral_~_kzf8qxf38zg5c
    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.StorePurchaseApp_11707.1707.25064.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.Wallet_1.0.16328.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.Windows.Photos_2017.39081.15820.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.WindowsAlarms_2017.920.157.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.WindowsCalculator_2017.928.0.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.WindowsCamera_2017.921.10.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_2015.8600.40525.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.WindowsFeedbackHub_2017.1010.2056.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.WindowsMaps_2017.1003.1829.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.WindowsSoundRecorder_2017.928.5.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.WindowsStore_11708.1001.3013.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.XboxApp_33.33.15001.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.XboxGameOverlay_1.21.11001.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.XboxIdentityProvider_2017.523.613.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.XboxSpeechToTextOverlay_1.14.2002.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.ZuneMusic_2019.17083.18321.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:Microsoft.ZuneVideo_2019.17092.13511.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe

  19. Bill C.
    December 4, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    I'm a 15-yr sys admin and have wasted a lot of hours trying to preserve yet customize the Start menu and make it the default for new users, but not fixed and unchangeable by said new user. COMPLETE waste of time. Better to get rid of it all, IF this works. Also came across a retro-ficator [my term] app that makes Start look like good ol' Win7... that which my users at least KNOW if not love. And they HATE change!

    • Bill C.
      December 4, 2017 at 11:59 pm

      I can't believe how fast and how completely this worked. I copied the list of apps into Notepad. Next I added the command prefix to Remove each line. Pasted all 33 lines into Powershell, and WHAMO!! In about 30 seconds they were gone without a trace. Control panel showed only ONE program afterwards. Nice and clean.

  20. Nulimitz
    December 1, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Iobit Uninstaller Portable v5.0.3 (version 6 removed the batch option .. i think) has the ability to batch uninstall all of the Windows 10 apps, as well as remove the files and registry entries. This makes it so a less than savvy user can remove what he wants without having to type in commands in powershell. I have used it on numerous occasions. Only Issue I see is if they are using the default Windows 10 email program. If they remove people, calendar they will run into issues. It does prompt you if you are sure you want to remove the apps.

    There is also an app called 10 Apps Manager by The Windows Club. It has a one click option to remove all the bloatware in Windows 10.

    CCleaner also has the option to uninstall Windows 10 bloatware. Tools -> Uninstall gives you a list of all the software installed including the bloatware.

    I feel those are easier options, than having to type each package separately. The title does say "easily."

  21. Bill
    November 30, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    I ran the following command you suggested using PowerShell and it did not list anything.
    DISM /Online /Get-ProvisionedAppxPackages | select-string Packagename
    I tried 3 different PowerShell program options that came up, with the same result, nothing listed.

  22. blahblah
    November 2, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Windows has come all this way just to have their version of an apt-get package manager like Linux. smh But, as powerful as it could be (if you've ever used Linux distros, you know apt-get package management can be amazing), they hide it and won't let users (even with admin accounts) have control over it.. b/c they keep stripping away more and more control from Admin accounts with every major update of Windows 10 coming out.

    Likewise, what is the deal with the size of major updates these days? For the past 2 major updates, using cleanmgr has purged 15GB (GIGAbytes) of old Windows install EACH TIME. This means they're basically redownloading the ENTIRE OS for each major update, and if you're on a metered service plan.. that's insane.

    Then they keep slapping new features in every update, so it bloats up the OS more and more after every major update. I updated a Win 8 netbook to Win 10 when it first came out. Ran like a charm. Now it's bogging down more and more after every mandatory, forced, major update, b/c MS spent so much time optimizing the OS just to bloat it up with more junk that I don't want (but don't have the power to get rid of, even with an admin account .. on Win 10 PRO.. Pro version used to be "home enterprise edition" that let you have lots of control, but these days it's a joke. Pro and Home should just merge, b/c you have about as much control over the OS in Pro version as you have with Home version.)

    And every major update resets your user settings. Usability 101 as preached by Jakob Nielsen says that the user of a process or tool is the most important part of that process or tool (b/c processes and tools don't exist in a bubble for their own sake; they exist as servants to users). But, MS is like "screw it.. we own the OS, we'll reset telemetry and everything else to our defaults.. b/c screw the users."

    I like Win 10, but it's like a slap in the face the more I use it.

  23. David
    September 3, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    To install just the packages you want to remove the package names copy them into a file, e.g. packagenames.txt, that looks like this:


    Then execute this command:

    Get-Content packagenames.txt | Foreach-Object {DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:$_}

  24. Parameter
    August 14, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Spent hours and hours to get rid of W10 crap, bloatware and spyware. Was very happy to find this document, especially the possibility to UNINSTALL rather then NOT SHOWING, but unfortunately it isn't working no more! Please update!
    Image Version: 10.0.15063.0
    Error: 87
    The parameter is incorrect.

  25. Thomas B
    July 1, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    I followed your directions, powershell did everything you showed, but when I looked at the start menu afterwards ALL of the apps I tried to delete using your method is still there.
    What gives?

    • Rickard
      August 1, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      Same here. Apps are gone from the PowerShell list but show up both in the start menu and the "installed apps" list under Settings. Same size and everything. I tried opening one of the apps and it works flawlessly, as if nothing ever happened.

      Clearly, the PowerShell operation did nothing. Please help!

      • ani
        October 5, 2017 at 10:07 pm

        it doesn't help as far as I am concerned. Every app I removed over the last one hour or so still exists!!!

  26. Jack
    July 1, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Recently, I installed ZoneAlarm firewall for testing something.
    After some time popup notification:
    "Photo.exe want to connect to the internet"
    (i didn't even use it)
    So, all MS windows built-in apps are built with telemetry in mind; even if you disable all telemetry related things, all individual apps still "phone-home" and talking god-knows-what to its masters.
    Most of any third-party windows apps have telemetry too.

    Even if that's not enough, since November 2016, nVidia have telemetry too.
    Now, MOST users argue that nVidia telemetry is good, because it sends things home to help developers. I agree. HOWEVER, I am not concerned about "nVidia have my data", I AM CONCERNED that this mechanism is prone to exploit by others, so that is the main reason why I am against telemetry and such.

    So, using properly configured firewall with restricting apps by your choice to access internet is one way to boost your security, AND UNINSTALLING THEM, as sugested on this site (THANK YOU) is a second way.
    Third way is to use Linux, but for gaming you still need windows (now, for all comments that will say that you CAN gaming on linux I have this to say:
    Use FOR EXAMPLE 'Borderlands 2' and compare FPS on both systems. Now, you see, I didn't pay 3.000$ to run game on 18-30 FPS, when I can have 144FPS, g-synced)
    Thank You

    • C. Armstrong
      July 27, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      Could not understand why my Win 7 was slowing, jerky, freezing. Re-installed NVidia WITHOUT the inane 'Experience' junk. Feels like a new machine.

      I will be going to AMD on next build.

  27. Jack
    July 1, 2017 at 11:13 am

    I forgot to ask:
    Once all those apps are hidden by method described here (Thank You), what is the command or procedure to get them back (unhide?) if we ever need them for whatever ...

  28. Squalle
    June 17, 2017 at 10:07 am

    I've been using Geek Uninstaller for awhile now. It now has under the "View" menu a place to switch to show all Windows apps installed. I removed a bunch of them earlier today. Geek Uninstaller is a great little piece of software. It's portable too.

  29. Bob Gov
    June 10, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    It's all part of a plan to slowly take over control of all computers. They start a little at a time until the general public gets used to it... In the end we are fed a portal for us to plug in our credit vouchers issued by the government so they feed us PC propaganda, reality TV Games, and of course "My Face" & "Face Book"... The average citizen will be none the wiser, google, and apple are at it too...

  30. Fred Johnston
    May 23, 2017 at 12:49 am

    I just want to get rid of Microsoft altogether

  31. Fred Johnston
    May 23, 2017 at 12:37 am

    I am totally over win 10, just wish I could get rid of ms altogether

  32. David Lee
    May 12, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    I hate every bit of Windows 10! Thanks for the article.

    • Gavin Phillips
      May 17, 2017 at 10:43 am

      No problem, David, I hope it helped a little. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  33. lee c hyde
    May 5, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Fed up to eyebrows with microsoft. Give me full control and go away!!

    • Gavin Phillips
      May 17, 2017 at 10:43 am

      I can feel you tearing chunks of your hair out.

  34. tryingtounderstand
    March 15, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Thanks for showing this. Is there somewhere i can see what the bloatware does... and if it will decrease my ability to game, or youtube, or watch a video. Some names are obivious... calculator .. but others, i am more uncertain about their function.

    • Gavin Phillips
      March 16, 2017 at 11:32 am

      Without being rude, Google is your friend. If you are unsure, an internet search will help you understand what each tool does. Some is more obvious. There is nothing that will stop you gaming, unless you want to use the Xbox app.

  35. A T Kennedy
    March 10, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    I HATE ALL OF IT! We pay extra to get the "Professional" version of Win 10, but Micro$oft insists on configuring it like at 12-year-old's toy. It take about 30-45 minutes per PC to manually remove all the junkware (spyware, really) & turn off all the privacy violations for each user account on the PC.

  36. jan jedryka
    March 9, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    I am livid that MS is prepared to ride roughshod over people's sensibilities and sense of being in charge of their own affairs and computing destiny just to produce something which so completely tramples human need with so much human greed. Giving away a bad product is no justification for abusing a market monopoly.

  37. Pamela
    February 16, 2017 at 2:50 am

    I am not "offended" by Windows 10 apps, but that's only because I use a desktop with plenty of RAM, and I'm not particularly affected. However, I do uninstall apps I will never use, and am not interested in, and did that as soon as I upgraded to 10.

    For folks who have older computers, it's miserable to have to use an operating system that takes up practically all your system resources, and I've experienced that. Is there such a thing as a portable version of an OS? In this case, there should be! Thanks for the power shell command suggestions. I'll pass this on to a friend who really needs it.

    • Gavin Phillips
      March 16, 2017 at 11:39 am

      Thanks, Pamela, I'm glad it can help. The amount of background services is somewhat irritating. Older computers were definitely screwed a little bit by the W10 update process. People had no idea what was going on, and update blindly, only to find their resources stretched.

  38. P'd off
    February 8, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    I'm offended and annoyed by every freaking Win10 update relisting/reinstalling all this dreck! Not only that, but Windows firewall automatically gives these apps access to the Net.

  39. Squalle
    January 29, 2017 at 7:43 am

    When removing bloatware with PowerShell, instead of typing the same code over for each one you remove, when one has finished, at the command prompt, just hit the up arrow on your keyboard. That will enter the last command you ran. Then just backspace the PACKAGENAME and copy and paste the next one you're removing.

    • Gavin Phillips
      March 16, 2017 at 11:37 am

      Good tip, Squalle, thank you.

  40. OldStick
    January 24, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Yes I am dislike bloatware. My new HP laptop is filled with bloatware from Microsoft and from HP. I have already spent days uninstalling - where possible - but some of the stuff seems to be creeping back (e.g GetOffice 365). I suspect that Microsoft has some sort of secret connection where it downloads and installs stuff 'when I'm not looking....'. I found that with Administrator rights for powershell I still ran into some roadblocks set up by Microsoft. I then made myself a 'trusted installer' which helped a bit - but I will have to check if Microsoft has succeeded in turning that off too.....

  41. mike
    January 24, 2017 at 1:19 am

    Why go through all this 'gnashing of teeth?
    Linux Mint and Ubuntu to name a few Linux apps work just as well and you don't have to pick off all the web ticks.
    Most Linux version work just the same as Windows for most of the simple tasks.
    Most versions of Linux allow you to install whatever front end you want, you can even get a "mac" front end.
    Linux installs faster, loads faster, and shuts down faster. No going for a cup of coffee while your windows system boots.
    While gaming is a sore spot, even here things are getting better, not as good as Windows yet, but close.
    So, why put up with Windows spyware...Windows ten?

    • Gavin
      January 24, 2017 at 10:39 am

      This year will be the year of Linux. No, really. This year. It is a similar line delivered by Liverpool supporters. I think the majority of people are so entrenched in Windows or Apple OS that spending time learning something that can be difficult isn't appealing. Especially when the majority don't care that their operating system is bloated, or spying, and so on. Linux has caught up massively in the last few years, and is more accessible than ever. However, some users just cannot make the switch. Certain values do not simply trump others just "because." While reliable, and easy to use for some people, others have no desire to work at something - they just want it to work. Furthermore, some applications that have made the switch from Windows to Linux are still in their infancy, and don't yet compare to their tried and tested counterparts.

      Also, with an SSD, my laptop and PC boot within seconds. It still surprises me.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

      • Dermoth
        January 24, 2017 at 6:24 pm

        Hi Gavin and Mike, well gee thanks a lot? Why are you talking about Linux? Not that Linux is bad but why are you promoting Linux and bashing Windows (and even Windows users) here? This isn't a Windows vs. Linux article is it? It is almost the same as talking about your new car as reply to an article about flowers or mentioning how fish tastes when we are eating beef. Come again? Wud? Sounds a little bit hijacking this conversation don't you think?

        So you guys are very happy to see a 'mac-frontend'. Why again? To cover up the so called 'sore spot' as you mention yourself or is it that your apps 'are still in their infancy'. Why would you even want to make your Linux look like something it isn't? If it is so great as you say it is, it just doesn't make any sense at all. Is it to impress your friends? Please do tell me!

        You're bragging about Linux apps that 'work for most of the simple tasks', so probably you don't need more than that, and that is fine! There are a lot of people who need more than just a front-end, they need real and good working software and full-grown, trustworthy apps - like in 'industry standard'.

        What was the discussion again? Oh wait, it was about Windows bloatware and how to remove it, I almost forgot! Hmmmkay...Booooring! Now can we talk about boats, cats, telephones and other things? (Next time start your own discussion on a Linux board or something?)

        Well I am off 'going for a cup of coffee' while my Windows reboots...Thanks for reading and commenting! (Oh btw I wrote this on my Android phone! Do you have an Iphone or a fish?

        • Gavin Phillips
          January 25, 2017 at 4:19 pm

          Hi Dermoth.

          Linux regularly comes up in conversations regarding Windows 10 due to the bloatware, and various privacy and security issues. Furthermore, Linux users find the lack of control over Windows 10 updates jolly amusing. I see their point.

          I'm not promoting anything at all. Just laying out why some people won't make the switch to Linux. However, I reserve the right to respond to comments on an article...that I wrote. I would go back and read what I wrote properly.

          I'm interested as to what you consider just a front-end, and what real and good working software you mean? Again, I feel like you missed part of my argument against people switching to Linux. There are plenty of programmers I know that can work fine in a Linux environment. But game developers? Not so much. The same can be found with any number of industries.

          I have a OnePlus One and an iPhone 3GS, thanks for asking. I do like fish. In fact, seared tuna is one of my absolute favourites. You could add paella to that, too. And if your system is taking forever to boot, I really would consider an SSD. Makes a world of difference.

          Thanks for reading and commenting.

        • Shirin
          June 21, 2018 at 4:19 am


  42. TKS-OK
    January 6, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Why does M$ sell a "Professional" version of Windows 10 they pre-configure like a 10-year old's bedroom toy? I spend about 1 hr per PC turning off, removing, disabling, uninstalling all the time-wasting junk. Every time have have to do this, I start to hate M$ a little bit more (about 50 times/mo).

    Micro$oft, load your "Home" version with all the toys/junk/revenue maximizers. LEAVE THE PROFESSIONAL VERSION CLEAN!!!!!!

    • Gavin
      January 17, 2017 at 12:32 pm



      I explain how to create streamlined Windows 10 installation media at the bottom of the article. The instructions should still be fine. Hopefully I'll save you some serious time each month!

    • Sean R Kethcart
      March 20, 2017 at 8:03 am

      Because the version you're looking for is Enterprise, not Professional. Enterprise is devoid of any of the bloat/crapware.

  43. doug
    January 1, 2017 at 2:07 am

    i just bought a win10 system today and DISM /Online /Get-ProvisionedAppxPackages | select-string Packagenamedidn't work, just takes me back to the prompt.

    • Rob
      January 19, 2017 at 2:29 am

      when you launch powershell, be sure n as administrator

  44. doug
    January 1, 2017 at 2:05 am

    help. just bought a system today with win10 and DISM /Online /Get-ProvisionedAppxPackages | select-string Packagename doesn't work, just takes me back to the prompt

    • Alonso
      May 30, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      Hey! I'm getting the same problem, running it as administrator... Did you manage to figure it out? Thanks in advance.

  45. 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.

    • Sean R Kethcart
      March 20, 2017 at 8:05 am

      Or just buy the Enterprise version and don't worry about it.

      • Mitchell
        November 19, 2017 at 4:24 am

        Spending even more money just so Microsoft won't include their laptop draining bloatware? Sounds a lot like extortion to me.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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

  49. 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.

  50. 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?


  51. 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.

  52. 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.

  53. 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?


    • 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.

    • Sean R Kethcart
      March 20, 2017 at 8:08 am

      From my experience, you really don't want to remove the windows store app. I somehow managed to do it on a couple of Surface Pro 4's at it completely hosed the installations. Any of the modern apps would no longer launch (calculator, calendar, etc) Had to rebuild from scratch.

  54. 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.

  55. 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.

    • Sean R Kethcart
      March 20, 2017 at 8:09 am

      The version you seek exists. It's called Enterprise, and none of the problems you are trying to avoid exist in that flavor.

  56. 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


    • Sean R Kethcart
      March 20, 2017 at 8:10 am

      I beg to differ?. Windows 7 was extremely solid.

  57. 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?

      • Alex
        July 18, 2018 at 10:21 am

        Microsoft corp eats everything on it's way, once it was a company, which contributed into computer software development, now it's just giant monster, who eats everyone, who tries to improve,develop,research new technologies, because Microsoft knows, if this young companies grow, their products can be better and microsoft will lose some part of income, that's why they try to set monopoly and make their win10 more and more controlled by corp and closed to user. Microsoft thinks, that average user is an idiot.

    • 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.

  58. 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!!

  59. 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.

    • Russ
      March 15, 2017 at 2:23 am

      Well said and I completely agree.

    • Orlandus
      January 31, 2018 at 12:43 am

      Go, then! You won't be sorry.

  60. 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.

  61. 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

  62. 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.

  63. 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.

  64. 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???

    • Sean R Kethcart
      March 20, 2017 at 8:14 am

      It didn't. Dell out a recovery partition on that drive as well, as a convenience, so that if you ever need to Reimaged the device back to factory conditions, you're able to do so. Those are usually 7-10Gb. Windows 10 itself is quite large. The windows\Winsxs folder and windows\installer folders can grow to 10GB or more each.

  65. 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...

      • Joe
        January 31, 2017 at 3:41 pm

        Same here

  66. 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.

  67. 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.

  68. 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.....

  69. 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.

  70. Anonymous
    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.

  71. Anonymous
    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.