How to Uninstall System Apps on Windows

Windows has a wide array of pre-installed applications to help with your productivity. However, some of these apps may not be useful for everyone and end up consuming storage space and resources on your computer. Such apps cannot be deleted directly. However, we have a few workarounds to help you uninstall system apps in Windows.

how to uninstall system apps in Windows

The safest way to delete system apps in Windows is by using Windows PowerShell. This can be done by entering a single command, and the rest clean-up will be done by Windows itself. Let’s have a look.

Remove Pre-installed Windows Apps Using PowerShell

Windows PowerShell gives you complete control over your Windows computer allowing you to delete any pre-installed app. You can either delete selective apps one by one or even choose to remove all system apps at once. We have shown both ways below.

Note: You can use both Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt for this process. 

Method 1. Uninstall Windows Built-in Apps One by One

Step 1: Press Windows + S on your keyboard and search for PowerShell. Select ‘Run as administrator’.

open powershell and run it as administrator

Step 2: In the PowerShell Window, paste the command given below. This will show you all the installed applications on your computer along with their package names.

Get-AppxPackage | Select Name, PackageFullName

Step 3: From the left side, search for the app name that you want to delete. Now, copy the corresponding package name for that app from the right side.

copy full package name

Step 4: Scroll down in the PowerShell Window, and enter the below command. Replace <PackageFullName> with the app name that you copied. Press Enter after entering the full command.

Remove-AppxPackage <PackageFullName>

Here we have shown an example of how to delete the YourPhone app from your Windows machine.

example of how to uninstall yourphone app

Method 2: Delete Apps From a Local User on Windows PC

You can also delete system apps from a specific local account on your Windows computer while keeping those apps active on other user profiles. Here’s how you can do that.

Step 1: Open Windows PowerShell on your computer. Since you are using a local account, you need not run PowerShell/CMD as an administrator here.

Step 2: Enter the command given below to get a list of all the apps. This will give us the complete package name we need.

Get-AppxPackage | Select Name, PackageFullName

Step 3: Copy the app name you want to delete from the left side.

copy app name

Step 4: Use the command below to delete that app from a local user account. Replace <UserName> with the name of the local account, and <AppName> with the name of the app which we had copied.

Get-AppxPackage -user <UserName> <AppName> | Remove-AppxPackage

Here’s an example of how to use this command to uninstall the Microsoft ZuneMusic app from a local account.

example to uninstall zune music app

Step 5: Restart your computer once the process is complete.

Method 3: Remove All Pre-installed Windows Apps in One Go

Step 1: Search for PowerShell by pressing Windows + S on your keyboard. Run it as administrator.

open powershell and run it as administrator

Step 2: Enter the command given below. This will remove all the pre-installed apps from your Windows computer.

Get-AppxPackage | Remove-AppxPackage

Note: Some apps like the Microsoft Edge browser may not be deleted using this bulk-uninstall method. In such cases, you will have to manually uninstall it by using the single app deleting method.

Step 3: Restart your computer to clean the residue of icons and shortcuts of the deleted apps.

If you want to reverse the changes made by bulk-deleting system apps, you can use Windows PowerShell for that as well. Here’s how you can do that.

Restore Deleted System Apps in Windows

Note: You need to have an active internet connection to restore system apps. This process takes around 10 minutes, during which you are required to keep the PowerShell Window open.

Step 1: Open Windows PowerShell and run it as administrator.

open powershell and run it as administrator

Step 2: Copy and paste the command given below in PowerShell. This will re-install all the deleted or missing system apps in Windows.

Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers| Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
restore deleted system apps in windows

Step 3: Close Windows PowerShell and restart your computer.

FAQs on Deleting System Apps in Windows

1. Is it safe to uninstall system apps in Windows?

Yes, it is completely safe to uninstall system apps in Windows that you do not need. However, it is advised to use Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt to delete them. If you are planning to use a third-party app to remove apps from your Windows computer, ensure that the app is coming from a reputed source. Otherwise, it could harm your Windows file system.

2. Will deleted apps get restored after Windows updates?

If you delete a system app in Windows, it will get restored if it’s a major Windows update. However, if the update only includes patches or bug fixes, your deleted app won’t be restored automatically. There’s no clear way to check whether an update will restore an app. So, you need to be prepared to delete the app manually again if you are planning to update your Windows machine.

Delete Apps on Your Windows PC

Removing system apps that you do not use can free up storage space on your Windows computer. If you are paranoid that you might accidentally delete an important app and put your system into a boot loop, you need not worry as Windows is smart enough to prevent that from happening. However, if you feel that you have messed up your Windows settings, follow our guide on restoring Windows on your computer.

Last updated on 30 May, 2023

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