How to Remove Apps in Windows 10

How to Uninstall Apps Using Windows Package Manager

In Windows 10, app removal is an important feature that lets you delete apps that you no longer need. It can also help you get rid of malware, make room and fix problems.

If you no longer need a specific app or need to reinstall one of them, Windows 10 includes several ways to completely remove apps with the Settings app, control panel, Windows Package Manager, PowerShell, and even a command line.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to remove apps in Windows 10.

 

Delete the app with settings in Windows 10

To remove the Microsoft Store or the classic (win32) app, follow:

  1. Open Settings in Windows 10. 
  2. Click “Apps.”
  3. Click Apps and Features.
  4. In the Apps and Features section, select an app (or game) (if you have many apps, you can use the search box, sort by, and Filter by to find the app faster).
  5. Click delete.
  6. Click “Delete” again.

Brief Note: If you remove a classic desktop program, follow the instructions on the screen to complete the process.

Once you’ve followed these steps, the app will be removed from your computer.

If the Delete button is inactive for your app, you may have stumbled across a system application that can’t be removed from settings. You can still delete this app, but you’ll need to go through a more complex process with PowerShell by doing the following:

Delete the app with the Start menu in Windows 10

In addition to using the Settings app, you can quickly remove Microsoft Store apps from the Start menu. Here’s what you can do to remove apps with the Start menu:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Click the app with the right button and select the Delete button.
  3. Click “Delete” again.
  4. Once you’ve done this, the Microsoft Store app will be removed from your computer.

 

Delete the app with additional features

Through the Settings app, you can also remove system apps known as “on-demand features,” including apps such as Notebook, Paint, WordPad, Windows Media Player, and more. Here’s what you can do to remove additional features in Windows 10:

  1. Open the settings.
  2. Click “Apps.”
  3. Click Apps and Features.
  4. In the Apps and Features section, select “Additional Features.”
  5. Choose an app you want to remove, such as a Notebook, WordPad, or Microsoft Paint.
  6. Click delete.

Once you’ve followed these steps, the system app will no longer be available on your device.

 

Removing the app with Windows Package Manager in Windows 10

Windows Package Manager (Winget) is a command-line tool available in the latest version of Windows 10. It was designed to save you time and nerves by automating the search, download, installation, and deletion process, updating, and tweaking software. Here’s how to remove the app with a Windows Package Manager:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Find the command line, click the top result button, and select “Running on behalf of the administrator.”
  3. Enter the following command to confirm if the deletion option is on, and click Enter: Winget features (if the feature is disabled, follow the steps below to turn it on, and continue to do the following steps).
  4. Enter the following command to see a list of apps you can delete with Windows Package Manager, and click Enter: Winget uninstall
  5. Enter the following command to remove the app from Winget and click Enter: Winget uninstalls “APP-NAME” (the team change APP-NAME to the app’s actual name. For example, this team deletes the Microsoft Teams app in Windows 10: Winget uninstall “Microsoft teams.”

Once you’ve followed these steps, the app will be removed from your computer. If you’re removing a traditional desktop app, additional steps may appear in the application reinstallation interface to complete the deletion.

If the team option for removing apps is not available, you can use these steps to turn it on and use this feature.

 

Delete the app with the windows 10 control panel

In Windows 10, you can still use the control panel to remove programs, but only classic apps, not the ones you install from the Microsoft Store. Remove classic desktop apps (win32) from your computer by doing the following:

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. In the Program category, select Delete Program.
  3. Choose the program you want to remove.
  4. Click delete.
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen (if applicable).

Once these steps are taken, the win32 app will be removed from Windows 10. You can always repeat the instructions for removing other apps.

 

Removing the app with PowerShell in Windows 10

While you can use the Settings app to remove classic and modern apps, you still can’t remove many of the built-in apps, such as Camera, Alarms and Clock, Cortana, and many others, and it’s here in PowerShell.

In addition to user settings and control panels, you can also use PowerShell to remove classic, modern, and built-in applications and tools. Here’s what you can do to remove apps with PowerShell in Windows 10:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Find PowerShell, click the top result button, and select “Running on behalf of the administrator.”
  3. Enter the following command to view all the apps installed on your device and tap Enter: Get-AppxPackageif you want to see all the Windows apps installed on your computer, enter the next command and click Enter: Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers. On the way out, you will see a long list of applications, which can be huge, but you need to know the names of the apps you want to remove. For example, if you want to remove the Camera app, you’ll notice that the system name is on Microsoft.WindowsCamera list.
  4. Enter the following command to remove the app. Click Enter: Get-AppxPackage PROGRAM-NAME | Remove-AppxPackage (in the team, do not forget to replace PROGRAM-NAME with the actual name of the application, as indicated in the step above). For example, these teams remove Cortana in Windows 10: Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.549981C3F5F10 | Remove-AppxPackage

Once you’ve done these steps, the app won’t be available on your device anymore, but you can always reinstall it with the Microsoft Store.

 

Delete the app with a command line in Windows 10

In addition, you can also use the command line to remove apps using the Command Line Control Tool Tool (WMIC) toolkit (WMIC), but only classic desktop programs, not Microsoft Store apps. Delete apps with the WMIC command-line tool:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Find the command line, click the top result button, and select “Running on behalf of the administrator.”
  3. Enter the next command to run the WMIC tool, and click Enter: wmic
  4. Enter the following command to list all installed apps, and click Enter: product gets a name
  5. Enter the following command to remove the program, and click Enter: a product where the name “PROGRAM-NAME” calls uninstalls. In the team, be sure to replace PROGRAM-NAME with the actual name of the application, as indicated in the step above. For example, this team deletes the Microsoft Edge Dev app: a product where the name “Microsoft Edge Dev” call uninstall
  6. Enter Y to confirm the removal process.

After these steps are taken, the program listed on the team will be removed from the Windows 10 installation.

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