How To Get Rid Of Bloatware In Windows 10?

How To Easily Get Rid Of Unwanted Pre-installed programs In Windows 10?

When you buy a new PC, you expect it to be fast and efficient. This is generally the case, however, there is one problem: bloatware. Bloatware is a unnecessary software pre-installed on your computer at purchase. Although not dangerous, it slows down your computer, uses RAM and hard drive space. It is difficult to say how much bloatware will affect your PC, but PCs without third party software will certainly start and shut down faster.

Manufacturers often include their software on PCs they sell. In some cases, you can uninstall it, but in others, it is not so easy. In many cases, these utilities are already present in Windows 10. You will often find antivirus programs informing you that your PC is at risk, games you do not want to play filled with advertisements, and various trial programs. Most of this stuff is useless, however, there are some tools worth keeping, such as Nvidia Control panel, which helps your hardware and settings. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to avoid bloatware. Probably the easiest is to buy a PC with "Signature Edition" Windows with almost no difference in price. If, however, you already have a PC and want to get rid of existing bloatware, this article will guide you through the process.

how to easily get rid of bloatware in windows 10

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Uninstall Applications Manually

Select unwanted applications manually and uninstall them. Click the Start menu and look for applications you do not need. Right-click on the application and select "Uninstall". This may not work with all applications, but you can give it a try.

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Use "Refresh Windows Tool"

Here is a link where you can download this tool from the Microsoft webpage:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10startfresh

The tool removes all the applications that do not come as standard with Windows (such as Microsoft Office) and will also remove most pre-installed apps. Download this tool and open it. Click "Accept".

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You can choose whether you want to keep personal files only or delete everything. In both cases, your installed apps will be removed. Click "Start" and the tool will automatically start downloading Windows 10 installation files. When finished, you will have a clean Windows system.

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Use PowerShell

With PowerShell you can uninstall most pre-installed apps, even those which do not provide an "Uninstall" option, however, it will not let you uninstall apps such as Cortana or Microsoft Edge. Depending on how up-to-date your Windows 10 operating system is, PowersShell may not be available and you will have to use Command Prompt instead. To launch PowerShell, type "powershell" in Search and run it as administrator.

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Windows opens the PowerShell window. To start uninstalling apps you need to enter commands. Type your command, press Enter, and PowerShell will remove the app for you. If it cannot be uninstalled, you receive a notification about the error. To uninstall an app, use the app name within the command. Here is an example: "Get-AppxPackage *windowsalarms* | Remove-AppxPackage". In this case, the application is "Alarms and Clock" - you can see it in the command as "*windowsalarms*". To remove an app, copy this command, change application name and press Enter.

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Here is a list of apps with associated names, which you may wish to uninstall:

3dbuilder (3D Builder)
windowsalarms (Alarms and Clock)
windowscalculator (Calculator)
windowscommunicationapps (Calendar and Mail)
windowscamera (Camera)
officehub (Get Office)
skypeapp (Get Skype)
zunemusic (Groove Music)
getstarted (Get Started)
solitairecollection (Microsoft Solitaire Collection)
windows maps (Maps)
bigfinance (Money)
zunevideo (Movies & TV)
onenote (OneNote)
bingnews (News)
windowsphone (Phone Companion)
people (People)
soundrecorder (Voice Recorder)
photos (Photos)
windowsstore (Store)
bingsports (Sports)
bingweather (Weather)
xboxapp (Xbox)

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Tomas Meskauskas

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