AKA “Crap that I uninstall immediately after a fresh installation of Windows 10.” It’s frankly mind-boggling how ridiculous it is that Microsoft continues to include junk like this with what is supposed to be “their best OS ever”. Granted, past versions of Windows came with their own fair share of bloatware/junk, but some of that stuff was REALLY amazing and useful, like the DVD Creator in Windows 7.
Here is my list of apps that I remove immediately with a fresh install.
- 3D Viewer
- Candy Crush whatever-the-hell-flavor-of-the-year-it-is
- Farm Heroes kill-me-now-with-these-stupid-games
- Feedback Hub – because Microsoft does not actually care what you think (or I wouldn’t be writing this, would I?)
- Mixed Reality Portal
- Mobile Plans
- Paint 3D
- Print 3D (notice a pattern yet?)
- Skype – dear god please kill this already. Unless you still use it… then you’re the reason MS keeps this arcane thing around, and you should #stopit.
- Tips – this may be a personal preference, but I find the built-in tips annoying and useless, so unless you’re brand-new to Windows 10, I say remove it.
- Weather – because that’s what your phone is for, silly. Do you really check the weather on your PC/laptop?
- Xbox Live
Honorable mention: the ‘Game Bar’ (possibly sometimes called ‘Xbox Game Bar’), is not on this list (i.e. I leave it installed), because what it actually is, is a very useful screen-capture tool for recording a video (and/or stills) of your desktop and what you’re doing on it. So I could have, for instance, recorded a real live video of me going into the Settings page and uninstalling all these apps, and you could watch said video after I uploaded it to YouTube, instead reading all this boring text! What a world, eh?
Hit the key-combo ‘Windows+G’ to see it in action on your own PC. Hit Escape to dismiss it after panicking “omg wth did I just do to my computer?!?”.
The Tolerable (but Unnecessary)
And here are a few optional ones — I typically remove these from a “business-purpose” or “low-end” machine, but for an average end-user, they’re OK(ish).
- Groove Music – it’s not a great music player, but it’ll do if you don’t know any better.
- Microsoft Solitaire Collection – well, if there’s one thing everybody has ever done since the dawn of the PC, it’s play solitaire. So sure, I get it, it’s hard to let go. Fine, keep it if you must. I just don’t see the point anymore.
- Movies & TV – again, if you have nothing, this is a half-decent media player (think of it like old Windows Media Player’s love-child), but if you’re seriously into video watching on the computer, you’ll probably replace it with something better.
- Office – unless you’re actually planning on buying into their ecosystem with Office 365. Which I don’t disagree with – it’s a fine product, if you’re ok with paying the monthly/annual fees.
- Spotify – I’m not sure if this is always here, or if it was just on the machine I was working with at the time. But again, great, if you’re a Spotify user. Otherwise, why?
In case you’re not sure how to uninstall apps — what used to be called programs, in the ‘Add & Remove Programs’ page of the Control Panel in Windows-past — simply hit Start, Settings, and go to Apps. In the ‘Apps & Features’ screen, scroll down the list of installed apps, select one, and click the ‘Uninstall’ button. On some of them, this button will be grayed-out (disabled), which means good ol’ Microsoft doesn’t let you remove it. Which is ludicrous for something like the ‘People’ app, that does god-knows-what and frankly should never have existed.
And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go shake my fist at the empty air and scream into the void. =P
Disclaimer: this was written in May 2020, as of Windows 10 version 1909. The native/built-in app list could change at any time if MS releases a major feature update. Which will cause more screaming. Welcome to OSaaS (Operating Systems as-a-Service).