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Uninstall Universal Apps From Your User Account In Windows 10 Using PowerShell [NEW]

This app is part of Windows and cannot be uninstalled on a per-user basis. An administrator can attempt to remove the app from the computer using Turn Windows Features on or off. However, it may not be possible to uninstall the app.

Uninstall Universal Apps from your User Account in Windows 10 using PowerShell

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As Ryakna said in the comments below, using either two of these options can cause problems later down the road, however from my experience I have yet to run into any issues, including updating. But its still recommended to uninstall by official means, either by using powershell if you are familiar with it or through the programs and features option or menu option. The SystemApps folder should not be renamed or deleted, as if you do this, you will most likely encounter problems than if you were to rename or remove a folder inside the systemapps folder.

You need to specify -allUsers for both Get-AppXPackage and Remove-AppXPackage. That's why the error says you can't uninstall an AllUsers package from a user account; you got the reference for AllUsers, but then tried uninstalling it for a single user.

Ever since Windows 8, Microsoft has shipped a set of Universal (UWP) apps with the OS which are not really suitable for use with the mouse and keyboard. When you first sign in, Windows 10 installs those apps for your user account. If you have no use for those UWP apps, here is how to remove them.

You can remove preinstalled apps after deploying Windows 10 to user computers (for example, by running a PowerShell script through Group Policy and mandatory filtering by Windows 10 build number using GPO WMI filters). However, you can remove appx from the reference Windows image that you use to deploy to workstations (assume the path to the mounted image is c:\offline).

I haven't found a way to uninstall an app for a different user, though. Remove-AppxPackage works only for the current user. This makes everything even more interesting if you delete a user having apps installed. At least in prerelease versions of Windows 8 this made it impossible to delete an app he had installed. I managed to successfully avoid such a situation since final release therefore I can't confirm the problem is still present, i.e. apps aren't uninstalled when a user account is deleted.

CCleaner, the very popular tool for cleaning your PC to protect your privacy and makes your computer faster and more secure, released a new version 5.11.5408 that allows you to uninstall easily these universal apps that come from Windows 10 or 8.1 installations.

This is the main advantage of the Windows 10 App Remover. It even allows you to uninstall the Windows Store app. The author of the program warns you to remove the Windows Store app because you will no longer be able to install apps. However, perhaps this is just what you want for your end-user PCs.

I know of no way to reinstall the Windows Store app. If you change your mind later and want to install Windows apps, you have to create a new user account. Whenever a new user logs on to a Windows 10 machine, all provisioned apps will be automatically installed.

Hi, Thanks.Quick Question, As I saw in your video also, some of the apps are not removed, they just show in start menu but are not listed in GUI from where v can remove it.You just unpinned them from start. How to make sure that they will not come in new user profile ?

There is a difference between what is provisioned (i.e. will be installed to a new user) and what you have installed into your profile. New provisioned apps are sometimes added, obviously the user can uninstall them as well. They should be safe to remove.

If you are unable to remove an app from the Settings app or Control Panel, try removing it using Command Prompt. You can use the Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line tool to find and uninstall apps in Windows 11.

You can remove Windows 11 apps from the Start menu, the settings app, the classic Control Panel, and even using the PowerShell and Command Prompt terminals. If the built-in apps fail to uninstall an app, consider using a third-party dedicated app uninstaller. These tools can remove not only stubborn apps but also clean leftover files.

The third method contains instructions on how to remove Apps (Installed or Built-in) from the current account or from all user accounts by using PowerShell commands in Windows 10 or Windows 8, 8.1 OS.

Tips: You can copy the package name by click the beginning of the name and drag your mouse to the end to highlight it then right click. Next right click to paste the package name you copied into the Command Prompt. Fortunately, the Remove-AppxPackage command also allows you to use the wildcard characters (such as *) to find the package. So you can simply type the keywords of the app to uninstall it. Here is a list of PowerShell commands to uninstall the universal apps that are pre-installed in Windows 10:

^^ Some modern/metro apps continuously run in background and consume system resources. Also uninstalling modern apps will disable them from default programs list and Windows will not waste your Internet bandwidth in updating those apps. If you are not going to use these apps, uninstalling them would be a wise choice.

This is an easy method for removing undesired apps from your Windows 10. However, there is no real use for uninstalling these, except to reduce the number of apps from your start menu. This is because the space freed from uninstalling these apps is not very significant.

Are you running the script as the logged on user? (user rights in configmgr terms). If so, this will fail, as the uninstall is relying on coming from SYSTEM context. You should run this with administrative rights, and if run manually directly on your computer, you should run this with PSEXEC.EXE ?

From a security point of view, restricting the WindowsApps folder makes sense. By sandboxing Microsoft Store apps from the rest of Windows, and limiting ownership of the files to a hidden TrustedInstaller user account, Microsoft Store apps have limited access to the rest of Windows compared to standard desktop apps.

If you are using Windows 11 and you are logged in to your Microsoft account, and you attempt to start ESET Uninstaller tool from your Desktop, a "This file cannot be accessed by the system" error message will appear.

Google Chrome apps and extensions are a special case of installed applications. Chrome exposes JavaScript APIs to allow your Chrome apps and extensions to perform various operations. Some of these APIs rely on knowing the identity of the user who is signed in to Chrome. If you're writing a Chrome app or extension that calls APIs that need to know the user's identity, and you want your app or extension to get user authorization for these requests using OAuth 2.0, then choose Chrome as the platform when you create your credentials. You will need to enter your Chrome app or extension's Application ID. For more information about these APIs, see the User Authentication documentation.

Client secrets or credentials should be treated with extreme care as described in the OAuth 2.0 policies, because they allow anyone who has them to use your app's identity to gain access to user information. With the client secret rotation feature, you can add a new secret to your OAuth client configuration, migrate to the new secret while the old secret is still usable, and disable the old secret afterwards. This is useful when the client secret has been inadvertently disclosed or leaked. This also ensures good security practices by occasionally rotating your secrets without causing downtime of your app. In addition, Google started to issue more secure client secrets recommended by RFC 6749 in 2021. While apps that were created earlier are able to continue using the old secrets, we recommend that you migrate to the new secret with this rotation feature.

As you may know, Windows 10 comes with many apps preinstalled. Some of these preinstalled apps (also known as built in apps), can be easily uninstalled from the system, by right clicking on them and choosing uninstall, but many built in apps cannot be uninstalled by using this way, and you have to uninstall them by using PowerShell commands.

To Remove all the built in apps from the current user account in Windows 10:Info: The below command, will simply uninstall all the built in apps, from the active user account, without removing the installation files. *

To Remove all the built in apps from all the user accounts in Windows 10:Info: The below command, will completely uninstall all the built in apps from Windows 10 (from all user accounts), and will remove their installation files. *

* Note: In Windows 10 version 1809 and later, the above command doesn't work anymore (doesn't remove the apps in other accounts). So, if you want to uninstall all the built-in apps from all the other user accounts, login in separately to each other account and give the command: "Get-AppXPackage Remove-AppxPackage".

To Simply Uninstall a Specific Built in App from the current user account in Windows 10:Info: The below command, will uninstall the selected built app from the active account, without removing the app's installation package and its leftovers.

To Completely Remove a Specific Built in App from Windows 10:Info: Use one of the below commands to remove a specific built in app from all the user accounts, and to delete the installation files and the leftovers of the uninstalled app.

* Note: If you want to reinstall the removed app, open the Microsoft store app on your PC, search for the app, and download and install it from scratch! (you have to do that, for every user account on the PC).

For ownership changing purposes, you need a user account with administrative rights. If you are a non-admin user of your computer, you need to log out from that account. Then login again using the administrator account.


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