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How to completely remove the 3D Builder app from Windows 10

Windows 10 isn't only about new features and improvements. It's also about an operating system that focuses on apps. As Microsoft keeps updating the OS, you might have noticed that they are regularly replacing old apps with new modern ones and adding whole new apps.

One of these new default apps is the new 3D Builder app, which was designed to create, edit, and print 3D models to a 3D printer. However, even though 3D printers are now more affordable, not everyone has one nor needs to use the 3D Builder app.

If you don't have an use for the 3D Builder app — like with other built-in apps — you can uninstall it from Windows 10. But there is a little problem: merely uninstalling the app will leave behind the "3D Print with 3D Builder" option in the context menu for .bmp, .jpg, and .png file extensions. And if you click the option by accident, the 3D Builder app will reinstall automatically. Fortunately there is a workaround to prevent this from happening.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to completely remove 3D Builder by uninstalling, and removing the option from the context menu to prevent the app from coming back.

How to uninstall the 3D Builder app

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Click on Apps & features.
  4. Select 3D Builder.
  5. Click Uninstall.

  1. Click the Uninstall button again to confirm and complete the task.

How to remove the 3D Builder context menu option

Once you uninstall the app, you'll need to edit the Registry to remove the "3D Print with 3D Builder" from the context menu to prevent the app from coming back to Windows 10.

Important: As always, this is a friendly reminder to let you know that editing the registry is risky, and it can cause irreversible damage to your installation if you don't do it correctly. It's recommended to make a full backup of your PC before proceeding.

  1. Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command
  2. Type regedit, and click OK to open the registry.
  3. Browse the following path:HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.bmp\Shell
  4. Under the Shell (folder) key, right-click the T3D Print subkey, and click Delete.

  1. Click Yes to confirm.

  1. Browse the following path:HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.jpg\Shell
  2. Under the Shell (folder) key, right-click the T3D Print subkey, and click Delete.
  3. Click Yes to confirm.
  4. Browse the following path:HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.png\Shell
  5. Under the Shell (folder) key, right-click the T3D Print subkey, and click Delete.
  6. Click Yes to confirm.
  7. Close the Registry to complete the task.

After completing the steps, when you right-click an .bmp, .jpg, or .png image files, the context menu will no longer show "3D Print with 3D Builder", which will also prevent you from reinstalling the app by mistake.

Context menu with "3D Print with 3D Builder" (left), Context menu without "3D Print with 3D Builder" (right)

How to bring back 3D Builder and the context menu option

If the time comes when you need 3D Builder back, you can always reinstall the app by downloading it from the Windows Store (opens in new tab).

It's important to note that reinstalling the app won't bring back the T3D Print keys you deleted from the Registry. The only way to restore them is by using a previous backup or exporting each key before deleting them with the steps mentioned above.

To export the T3D Print keys before removing them from the Registry, do the following:

  1. Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command
  2. Type regedit, and click OK to open the registry.
  3. Browse the following path:HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.bmp\Shell
  4. Right-click the T3D Print subkey, and click Export.

  1. Save the file with a descriptive name.
  2. Browse the following path:HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.jpg\Shell
  3. Right-click the T3D Print subkey, and click Export.
  4. Save the file with a descriptive name.
  5. Browse the following path:HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.png\Shell
  6. Right-click the T3D Print subkey, and click Export.
  7. Save the file with a descriptive name.

When you want to restore the "3D Print with 3D Builder" option in the context menu, simply double-click each .reg files you exported with the above steps and click Yes to merge the key into the Registry.

More Windows 10 resources

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

37 Comments
  • great work guy for all the tips, means a lot.
    happy to be in the community
  • Good to hear that you find them useful. Thanks,
  • Thanks for putting this up...I never noticed 3d builder.....Great for my business I have now. I just have to play with it a bit, and try some of the imaterialize printing and make sure the quality is there...but I can make use of this in 1000s of ways!
  • Thank you! This is something that's bugged me for a long time now and I don't know my way around the registry well enough to have fixed this on my own.
    Don't know why I never thought to ask but at least now I don't need to.
  • Remove? I'm waiting to ADD the 3D capture app to my phone.
  • That's not what 3D Builder is. It's a desktop-only app that is for 3D printers. It has nothing to do with the camera app that they are releasing in a few months to go with Paint 3D.
  • I'm aware.
  • It didn't seem like it.
  • I did say that I'm *waiting*...& I am. I want that 3D capture app.
  • You asked "remove?" And then emphasised the word "add", not "waiting".
    If you're being honest then the question wasn't necessary & either way it was an irrelevant comment/reply to make.
  • Thanks for sharing your opinion. /s
    Interestingly, I found your sentence breakdown & analysis to be inaccurate and irrelevant. My comment is relevant to me, because I'm waiting for the complete suite of 3D apps, including the 3D capture app that we haven't seen heard about since seeing it as part of the demo.
  • Enough of English lesson
  • Whether it's relevant to you doesn't change the fact that it wasn't relevant to my comment let alone the article.
    And how was what I said inaccurate/irrelevant? You asked an irrelevant question whether it was rhetorical or not. And you then gave an opinion about a mobile app when this article is about a completely different PC app. But I guess everyone wanted to know your irrelevant thoughts on the matter /s
  • Just struggling to work out why this debate is a thing....
  • Seriously.
  • It's only 1.35 MB though, apart from the context menu item, this Tweak will have very little to no impact on your system, so what is the point?
  • For me It's getting rid of the 3D builder app that likes interfere with my other 3D printing software.
  • Fair Enough
  • How to completely remove the registry from Windows?
  • Start by removing the engine from your car. Good luck.
  • How to completely remove Ude Garami from Windows Central?
  • Ude, please don't have children!
  • It gets reinstalled every time windows updates thought so what does this really do ? I gave up deleting it
  • That shouldn't be the case anymore after installing update when the Creators Update releases. Thanks,
  • Wish Microsoft adds stuff like this in Windows 10 mobile. This is like rooting right?
  • Not really. To my knowledge root means you can change each and every system file how you like it. Having access to the registry on the other hand only allows you to change some predefined values there, and not mess with the system itself. Btw Linux/Android don't have any registry at all, that's a Windows only thing.
  • Android is not Linux and it doesn't behave like Linux. It only happens to be compiled with a modified, old and bugged Linux kernel. Anyway Linux and unix-like os have something similar to the Windows registry, but not the same
  • Seriously Microsoft. Stop with the preload harassment. And that 13% battery life savings nag for Edge needs to go, along with the failure to make Chrome the default browser (takes a few times to finally stick). Treading on IE anti-trust here. They should settle down. If the software they push is so great, I'll use it on my own accord, thanks. Do not babysit me.
  • I made Chrome the default browser and it always stuck. So I'm not buying your lies about that.
  • I've had to reset my default back to Chrome multiple times, mainly after fast ring updates, so maybe it isn't a lie?
  • Actually Migi, that was a thing for a while although I believe it has been sorted out by MS with a fix in the last patch Tuesday...or whatever we call it these days. The only way to make a change to your default apps was through the old control panel. The bug wouldn't let your change stick. So no BS mate although as I said I believe MS have fixed the bug :)
  • Why would I want to remove such a useful app?
  • Then don't. Move on to the next WC article.
  • Yeah, 1.82 MB is really worth doing this on a modern PC...
  • CCleaner is also a handy option to remove most of the unwanted apps. It works well!
  • 3d printing will soon be a consumer thing as printers become cheaper and as available as a microwave oven. Take some time now to learn a little about building 3d models. It's actually fun and will soon come in handy.