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 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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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

Cale Hunt brings to Windows Central more than eight years of experience writing about laptops, PCs, accessories, games, and beyond. If it runs Windows or in some way complements the hardware, there’s a good chance he knows about it, has written about it, or is already busy testing it.