All versions of the Windows 10 operating system come with some apps preinstalled. Some of these apps that are installed on your computer are also the apps that show up as the suggested apps.
Windows developers have allowed you to remove any of the preinstalled applications that they put on there, so you no longer need to see them anywhere on the operating system. Once you have deleted the apps from the Settings, they are gone everywhere in sight until you choose to install them again—if that day ever comes.
There are two types of apps or programs that you can find on the operating system: desktop apps for all users and apps or programs that you installed from the Windows Store. If you are uninstalling an application from the Windows Store, the app is only deleted from the user account that you are using at the time of deletion. It used to be that only Microsoft accounts could install apps from the Windows Store, but in a more recent update to Windows 10 they changed that rule and had since allowed the local user accounts to install apps from the Windows Store also. (I guess there must’ve been more people option for the local user account over the Microsoft account that they initially had predicted.)
How to Uninstall Desktop Apps and Windows Apps in Settings
Before getting stuck into removing the apps that you want going, it’s important not to remove any of the purchased apps or else they are gone for good. So, you ought to double check that no one you live with has purchased the apps that you intend to remove soon. Also, if you remove the Windows Store app, it is gone for good too, which means there will be no way for you to get access to any of the rest of the apps that are available to purchase from the Store, and that’s a bad thing.
Click on the “Start” button that is available on the left side of the taskbar, so you get access to the Start menu.
Click on the “Settings” gear icon from the left side pane in the Start menu.
Naturally, it opens up with the first Display option open. Change that by clicking on the “Apps & features” link in the left pane to get access to your applications and programs that are already installed on the Windows 10 operating system.
It’s in here that you’ll find all of the programs and apps that are already installed. You’ll also find the apps that are showing up as suggested apps from the Start menu if they are games.
Click on the app that you want to be removed (in my case Royal Revolt 2), and then you get a couple of other options to choose from. The one you want to click next is the “Uninstall” button that becomes available. Now it will walk you through the steps for getting the application completely uninstalled from the Windows 10 operating system.
How to Uninstall Desktop Apps and Windows Apps in PowerShell
Users can also remove apps and programs from the Windows PowerShell also instead. For that to happen, you need to open up the PowerShell by typing “PowerShell” into the search field in the taskbar and then clicking on the PowerShell desktop application when it becomes available under the Best match section.
Once you have PowerShell open on your desktop, type “Get-AppxPackage | Select Name, PackageFullName” and hit the Enter key to reveal all packages installed on the computer.
Now all you need to do is find the package that you want to be uninstalled. (You can see in my example that I have highlighted the line for the Xbox application. I know this is for the Xbox because it says that it is the Xbox app in the line.)
Once you have found the name that you want to be removed, type “remove-appxpackage FullPackageName” substituting the “FullPackageName” foe the entire line of code from Powershell for that package. So, in the example I have done with the Xbox app, it would be “remove-appxpackage Microsoft.XboxApp_27.27.28010.0_x64_8wekyb3d8bbwe” to remove the Xbox app.
Microsoft has aimed at making everybody happy enough to enjoy every version of the Windows 10 operating system that has become available, all the way up until the creator’s update that is rolling out now. It’s no secret that some people take great offense to ads being shown because they know it offers a way for someone else to make some money at their expense. Thanks to the new Windows settings available, you can always uninstall your apps from there. However, if you really wanted to, you also have the option of getting it done from the PowerShell too.
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