Complete Removal of all Pre-installed Windows 8 Apps

Windows 8 has not only changed the user Interface to Metro style but has added latest features in the OS. The metro apps have already been appreciated by many users, but the added App store has also caught a lot of attention. The App store includes some pre-installed Modern Apps to help the users get started with Windows 8. But, there are users who are not fond of the Apps and want to uninstall them. Here is the tutorial how you can remove all the pre-installed Apps completely from the disk.

complete removal pre installed apps windows 8
However removal of all the Apps completely from the disk is not an easy task. You can try uninstalling any App from usual options, but it gets removed temporarily that can be seen when you create a new user account on Windows 8 and you are again with all the pre-installed apps, as those Apps were not removed completely from the system.
To completely remove all default pre-installed apps, you must log in as Administrator or with Administrator privilege on your Windows 8 Account and remove it from two places that are mentioned below.

  • Remove from the provisioned package
  • Remove the installed package from the administrator account.

Steps to Completely Uninstall & Remove all Pre-Installed Apps in Windows 8

  • Hold down Windows Key + Q to search within Apps using the new Search pane and in the search box type powershell
  • From results that appear on the left pane, choose Windows PowerShell
  • Next, right click on it and select Run as administrator from the options at the bottom of the screen

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  • When you are in the PowerShell window, type the command Get-AppxPackage –AllUsers to enlist all the apps pre-installed on your Windows 8

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  • Now, run the following command to remove all Modern Apps from your system account
    Get-AppXProvisionedPackage -online | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
  • Now whenever you create a new user account on your Windows 8, you will no longer get thepre-installed apps on that account
  • When we uninstall any App, the status in PowerShell window is marked as Staged, which means that the app still remains in Windows or say the application can automatically get installed when a new user account will be created

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  • To remove all Apps for the current account only, use command Get-AppXPackage | Remove-AppxPackage
  • To remove Apps from a specific user account, then use the command Get-AppXPackage -User | Remove-AppxPackage
  • To completely get rid of all the modern apps from your system hard disk or say completely remove them from the Windows 8 hard disk that is from all accounts on your Windows 8, use the command Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage

Once you have completed all the steps described above you can see that all the apps are completely uninstalled or say removed from your Windows 8 system.

If you are among them who dislike or don’t feel any use for Windows 8 pre-installed Apps, then upon following the tutorial here you can get to know how you can remove all pre-installed Apps from your Windows 8 system disk.


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