Like its predecessor Windows 8, Windows 10 also ships with a bunch of universal or modern apps. Weather, OneNote, People, Money, Windows Store, Phone companion, Groove Music, Camera, Get Office, Get Skype, Calendar and Mail, Calculator, Alarms & Clock, Movies & TV, and Voice Recorder are some of the apps preinstalled in Windows 10.
Some of the preinstalled apps like Calculator, Weather, and Mail are super useful for most users, while some of them are not so useful. Apps like People, Sports, Photos, and 3D Builder might not be useful for a large percentage of PC users as there are better alternatives available to them. For instance, the classic Windows Photo Viewer is way better than the new Photos app.
Uninstall preinstalled apps in Windows 10
You may have observed by now that these pre-installed apps can’t be removed via Control Panel or Settings app in Windows 10. One needs to either use the native PowerShell or third-party utilities to uninstall apps that ship with Windows 10.
If you don’t like one or more preinstalled apps in Windows 10, you can get rid of them by following our use PowerShell to uninstall built-in apps in Windows 10 guide. While using the PowerShell to remove native apps is the easiest and best method around, not all users are familiar with PowerShell and prefer using an easy-to-use tool to uninstall preinstalled apps in Windows 10.
Windows 10 App Remover
Windows 10 App Remover is a free utility designed to uninstall or remove preinstalled apps in Windows 10. With Windows 10 App Remover, you can uninstall the following apps:
# 3D Builder
# Alarms & Clock
# Calendar and Mail
# Get Office
# Get Skype
# Get Started
# Groove Music
# Movies & TV
# Phone Companion
# Windows Store
# Voice Recorder
To uninstall an app, download Windows 10 App Remover (link available at the end of this article), run it and then click on the app name to uninstall it. As simple as that. Note that you don’t need to run this software as administrator. In fact, the tool fails to work when you run with admin rights!
As you can see, the app doesn’t support uninstalling Edge browser and Cortana, as these features are crucial for the smooth operation of Windows 10. However, these apps can be removed by taking ownership of the folder where these apps are installed in the system drive. We will come up with a guide for that soon.