How to uninstall (and restore) Windows 10's built-in apps

Anyone who has opened the Start menu on a fresh copy of Windows 10 (opens in new tab) knows how many apps Microsoft baked right into the OS. While these apps — things such as Weather, News, and 3D Builder — don't take up a lot of hard drive space and can basically live quietly on your system when not in use, you might want to get rid of them.

That's no problem, as long as you're comfortable using PowerShell. Using a few simple commands, listed below, you can remove and restore any of the built-in apps in Windows 10. Ready to clean up that Start menu? Here's everything you need to know.

A word on compatibility

Before you remove any of Windows 10's built-in apps, know that Cortana relies on some of them to help you out. If you remove an app and notice that she is acting weird, follow our directions to restore the built-in apps at the end of this tutorial.

Also note that some integral apps such as Edge, Cortana and Contact Support cannot be removed.

How to remove built-in apps on Windows 10

Before starting these steps, make sure you close any running apps on your PC. Failing to do so can cause problems when you're uninstalling built-in apps.

  1. Right-click the Start button.
  2. Click Search.
  3. Type PowerShell into the search field.

  1. Right-click Windows PowerShell.
  2. Click Run as administrator.
  3. Type a command into PowerShell. In this case, I will remove Movies & TV by typing Get-AppxPackage *zunevideo* | Remove-AppxPackage
  4. Hit Enter on your keyboard. A notification will pop up below your command letting you know that the program is being uninstalled.

That's all there is to it. You can search for the app, but it should no longer appear. The above command removes the Movies & TV app, and there are plenty more apps you can uninstall, as well.

A note on 3D Builder: If you've attempted to uninstall 3D Builder in the past, you might have noticed that it mysteriously came back. This is due to a "3D Print with 3D Builder" option being left behind in certain file images — if you click that option, 3D Builder automatically installs. To get rid of it for good, check out our guide to completely removing 3D Builder from Windows 10.

List of commands to remove Windows 10 apps

Here is a full list of built-in apps you can remove and the corresponding commands to type or copy and paste into PowerShell.

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AppCommand
3D BuilderGet-AppxPackage *3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage
Alarms & ClockGet-AppxPackage *windowsalarms* | Remove-AppxPackage
CalculatorGet-AppxPackage *windowscalculator* | Remove-AppxPackage
CameraGet-AppxPackage *windowscamera* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get OfficeGet-AppxPackage *officehub* | Remove-AppxPackage
Groove MusicGet-AppxPackage *zunemusic* | Remove-AppxPackage
Mail/CalendarGet-AppxPackage *windowscommunicationapps* | Remove-AppxPackage
MapsGet-AppxPackage *windowsmaps* | Remove-AppxPackage
Microsoft Solitaire CollectionGet-AppxPackage *solitairecollection* | Remove-AppxPackage
Movies & TVGet-AppxPackage *zunevideo* | Remove-AppxPackage
NewsGet-AppxPackage *bingnews* | Remove-AppxPackage
OneNoteGet-AppxPackage *onenote* | Remove-AppxPackage
PeopleGet-AppxPackage *people* | Remove-AppxPackage
Microsoft Phone CompanionGet-AppxPackage *windowsphone* | Remove-AppxPackage
PhotosGet-AppxPackage *photos* | Remove-AppxPackage
SkypeGet-AppxPackage *skypeapp* | Remove-AppxPackage
StoreGet-AppxPackage *windowsstore* | Remove-AppxPackage
TipsGet-AppxPackage *getstarted* | Remove-AppxPackage
Voice RecorderGet-AppxPackage *sound recorder* | Remove-AppxPackage
WeatherGet-AppxPackage *bingweather* | Remove-AppxPackage
XboxTips | Get-AppxPackage *xboxapp* | Remove-AppxPackage

How to restore built-in apps on Windows 10

Did you accidentally remove an app you now want to use? No worries — you can use PowerShell to restore any built-in apps that you wiped from your PC. Again, ensure you don't have any programs running before starting the following steps.

  1. Right-click the Start button.
  2. Click Search.
  3. Type PowerShell into the search field.

  1. Right-click Windows PowerShell.
  2. Click Run as administrator.
  3. Type Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers| Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
  4. Hit Enter on your keyboard. Any built-in apps you removed will now be restored. Depending on how many apps you removed, this process might take awhile.

You should now be able to once again find all the built-in apps in Windows 10.

Have you removed any Windows 10 built-in apps? Which ones? Let un know in the comments. And if you need more help or answers when it comes to Windows 10, check out our forums or visit our collection of help and tips articles.

Cale Hunt
Senior Editor, Laptop Reviews

Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.

33 Comments
  • My store app in my pc went 4 years back. Showing only apps and games tab only. No music, theme and books section available as I'm in build 15025. I believe this could help. Let me try ya.
  • Damn! just... damn
  • I'm thinking to remove Xbox app.
    Is it fine?
    I'm not playing any games or own any Xbox console.
  • Go ahead
  • Yep. Nothing's stopping you, Windows 10 is all about free of choice.
  • Is removing the Store app really a good idea? This will prevent built-in apps from updating - security and bug fixes
  • Good question, I'll check it on a VM..... Nope, don't do that lol
  • Don't, lol
  • I like the information, but Why screw with them at all? Personally with W10 almost everything is either web od app based. Yes, I have a cxouple of older programs installed.
  • Anyone else loving the "ZUNEVIDEO"?  Long live Zune.
  • there is still a lot of Zune named stuff in Windows. Funny that once you name something it sticks forever no matter how it evolves ...
  • just goes to show how much microsoft have "made the new windows 10 from the ground up"
  • I unistalled 3D Builder, Alarm and Clock, camera, groove music, movies & tv, maps, news, weather, OneNote, people, Skype, Voice Recorder,Xbox. I don't have internet connection in my pc so that many of the apps i uninstalled.
  • You have removed too much stuff
  • How did I know who the author would be when I saw an article about removing Windows functionality.  You know in MacOS you can go and do an rm -rf /* as well?  Neither are probably recommended by the OS manufacturer as they likely cause unintended problems.  The irony is your opening paragraph says they don't take up much drive space... which might be the only value in removing them.
  • Can I get rid of crap from my library that I didn't choose to ever download like Twitter? That would be great, though I know it isn't possible.
  • ****** sponsored crapware like Candy Crush and Twitter can be uninstalled via the "legit" way and there is actually an icon in the Store's library (at least on the desktop, it has an eye on it) to stop it from messing up your list. It doesn't stop reinstalling when you do a clean install though, even business people with the Enterprise Edition are being spammed with that nonsense.
  • except it only removes them for your user and it keeps getting downloads for the thing
  • Calculator/converter app is very good
  • What about Edge? I would like to restore it.
  • this is per user profile or for all new users that login?
  • I have got rid of cortana, i deleted the coprtana directory and now it can not run in the background.  Madce no difference to how Windows 10 unless you use the serch function or Cortana, which I don't. i have also got rid of most of the apps as well, Ccleaner does a good job at doing that.  
  • Is this possible on Windows 10 Mobile? My front facing camera kinda works but the Camera app freezes every time I try to actually take a picture on my Lumia 950XL. I would love to uninstall and reinstall as no other solutions I've found have worked... And I'm out of warranty...
  • The front facing camera on my 950xl also failed and I tracked it down to a loose ribbon connector inside, there is actually a ribbon that runs from the camera at the top to the motherboard at the bottom and it connects in two places I think. However the connection is quite loose and it has fallen out more than once. You also need special screw drivers to get inside the phone, don't try it without the proper tools. There are guides on Youtube. Best of luck.
  • Awesome! Getting rid of that stupid OneNote app that forces you to store all your notes in the hands of microsoft... I'll also try using this to fix an issue with fkn Cortana by uninstalling and reinstalling it. For some reason, Cortana doesn't find my portable executable programs I have pinned to my start screen. Only those that I installed.
  • Portables are portable because they dont "install" in the registry. Cortana probably cannot see them without this.
  • Except, on my relative's Surface Pro, it has no problem doing precisely that. Not sure what went corrupt in windows again even after a fresh system restore...
  • BTW @Danieal, trying to support this website, but for some reason, with uBlock Origins disabled, it tends to stop responding in Edge and takes a long while to load. Please consider fixing that.
  • I think people are largely missing the point that this helps *greatly* in troubleshooting a misbehaving app. For example, the People app on my desktop was being a total headache; would not launch, if it did it wouldn't load contacts, if it did load my account it wouldn't show contacts. Total mess. "Resetting" the app would do nothing. So I had to uninstall using PowerShell and then download again from the Store. Voila, every issue solved.
  • Exact the same problem here, lets see how long it works....
  • First thing I do on every install is remove everything but the store and then install only those 1-2 applications I need. Namely calculator and sticky notes on a traditional computer, and mail, calendar and photos on tablets.
     
  • My issue is that the apps are installed per User profile.   Is there a way to keep it from installing these apps when new profiles are created?
  • "Also note that some integral apps such as Edge, Cortana and Contact Support cannot be removed." Really? Removing Cortana is a simple switch in the registry.