Uninstalling Built-in Apps on Windows 10

Windows 10 is plagued with uncertain UX, and its store front is definitely not hiding it. While you can delete most of the apps by simply clicking on “uninstall” from the start menu, you don’t have much options for built-in sharewares Microsoft decided to put it. You can delete Skype, but not “Get Skype” app. This tips is on achieving the latter.

  1. Open PowerShell as admin. (e.g. search for PowerShell and right-click to start as admin)
  2. Run any of the following commands.
Get Office:
Get-AppxPackage *officehub* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get Skype:
Get-AppxPackage *skypeapp* | Remove-AppxPackage
Groove Music:
Get-AppxPackage *zunemusic* | Remove-AppxPackage

I am quite puzzled as to why Microsoft decided to bundle a series of adware. Unlike Ubuntu or Mac, Microsoft does have full control over its OS with no possible fallout. It can choose to include Microsoft Office, Skype, and its Zune Music. It can even create a store front dedicated to Microsoft ecosystem. Adding adwares barely worked in the 90s and simply 20 years too late.

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