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How to Uninstall and Reinstall Windows 10 Default Apps

Windows 10 comes with some pre-installed apps, such as Photos, Music, OneNote, Xbox, etc., that you cannot uninstall in normal ways. You may want to know how to uninstall and reinstall preinstalled apps in Windows 10. So we're going to show you how to uninstall unwanted built-in apps completely, and also, we'll tell you how to reinstall them back in case you change your mind.

Uninstall Windows 10 Built-in Apps
Reinstall Windows 10 Built-in Apps

Uninstall Windows 10 Built-in Apps

As we know, the normal way to uninstall an app is just right-clicking this app in all Apps list and select "Uninstall" option to remove it from your computer. Whereas, the Microsoft's built-in apps can't be removed using this trick. To remove this kind of apps, you'll need to use PowerShell, which is a task-based command-line shell and scripting language program, to get rid of all or specific modern apps that came with bundled with Windows 10. It is worth mentioning that even PowerShell cannot allow you to remove a few of important built-in apps including Cortana and Microsoft Edge. If you try, you'll get an error messages telling you can't uninstall them.

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Here is the way to open PowerShell as Administrator in your PC.
Type PowerShell in Search box, pick Windows PowserShell from the search results, right click it and choose Run as Administrator.

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Part 1. Copy this command below into PowerShell to uninstall all default apps completely

1.Command for uninstalling the preinstalled apps from your current user account only.
Get-AppxPackage | Remove-AppxPackage

2.Commands for uninstalling the preinstalled Windows 10 apps for all user accounts.
Get-AppxPackage -allusers | Remove-AppxPackage



Part 2. Copy one or more of the commands below into PowerShell to remove specific app(s)

Uninstall 3D Builder: Get-AppxPackage *3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Alarms and Clock: Get-AppxPackage *windowsalarms* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Calculator: Get-AppxPackage *windowscalculator* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Calendar and Mail: Get-AppxPackage *windowscommunicationsapps* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Camera: Get-AppxPackage *windowscamera* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Get Office: Get-AppxPackage *officehub* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Get Skype: Get-AppxPackage *skypeapp* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Get Started: Get-AppxPackage *getstarted* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Groove Music: Get-AppxPackage *zunemusic* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Maps: Get-AppxPackage *windowsmaps* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Microsoft Solitaire Collection: Get-AppxPackage *solitairecollection* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Money: Get-AppxPackage *bingfinance* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Movies & TV: Get-AppxPackage *zunevideo* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall News: Get-AppxPackage *bingnews* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall OneNote: Get-AppxPackage *onenote* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall People: Get-AppxPackage *people* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Phone Companion: Get-AppxPackage *windowsphone* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Photos: Get-AppxPackage *photos* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Store: Get-AppxPackage *windowsstore* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Sports: Get-AppxPackage *bingsports* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Voice Recorder: Get-AppxPackage *soundrecorder* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Xbox: Get-AppxPackage *xboxapp* | Remove-AppxPackage

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Reinstall Windows 10 Built-in Apps

If you change your mind and want to reinstall default apps in Windows 10, just with a single PowerShell command. Type PowerShell in Search box, pick Windows PowerShell from the search results, right click it and choose Run as Administrator.

Copy the following command to PowerShell and press Enter.
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers| Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

It will take some time to execute this command and get all your uninstalled Windows 10 default apps back. Ignore if any error message pops up. Restart your PC and you'll find all preinstalled apps back again.

The Bottom Line

In this article we show you how to uninstall and reinstall the default apps in Windows 10. With so many default apps and other applications that we install from Windows Store, the computer performance might be getting sluggish over time. We suggest you give your PC regular checkup and clean hidden junk files to make the computer run like new.

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