May 30, 2014

How to Uninstall Preloaded Apps From Windows 8 and 8.1

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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are mainly focused on Modern Apps, So if you brought a new PC or just upgraded your existing system to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 then you will see lots of preloaded apps are available in your computer such as: File Brick, Work Notes Pro, Goals, Custom Tiles Maker, Format Converter X, Type Speed, Digital Diary, AccuWeather, Hyper for YouTube, MetroTwit etc.

How to Uninstall Preloaded Apps From Windows 8 and 8.1

The only problem with these apps is, most of them are completely useless and this is the reason most of the people want to remove these pre-installed modern apps from their Windows system. I am not saying that all users of Windows want to uninstall these apps but maximum users don't like to keep these unwanted apps. 

So, if you are also one of those who want to uninstall preloaded apps from their system then this article is going to help you a lot. Follow the below mentioned Windows tips and tricks and you will be able to do so.


Note: If you are trying to uninstall preloaded app from usual options, then please stop because the app is removed temporarily but it goes to a staged condition and when you will create a new user account on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 then the app will be installed again automatically.

To completely remove or uninstall preloaded apps, you will have to login as Administrator of your Windows Account and then you need to remove the apps from two places:
  • First, you will have to remove the provisioned package.
  • Second, you have to remove the “installed” package from the administrator account.

How to Completely Uninstall Preloaded Apps
Step (1) At first, press Windows Key + Q and type "powershell" in the search box. From the results, make a right click on Windows PowerShell and select Run as administrator option from the bottom options.

How to Uninstall Preloaded Apps From Windows 8 and 8.1

Step (2) In the Windows PowerShell, type following command to enlist all the preloaded apps installed on your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.

Get-AppxPackage –AllUsers

How to Uninstall Preloaded Apps From Windows 8 and 8.1

Step (3) Now, run the following command to remove all the preloaded apps from Windows system.

Get-AppXProvisionedPackage -online | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage –online

You are done! From now, if you will create a new user account on your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 then preloaded apps will not available there again.

Step (4) If you wish to remove all preloaded apps for the current account only, run following command:

Get-AppXPackage | Remove-AppxPackage

Step (5) To remove all preloaded apps for a specific user then use following command:

Get-AppXPackage -User | Remove-AppxPackage

Step (6) To remove all the preloaded apps from all the accounts on your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, run following command:

Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage

That’s it! All the preloaded apps have uninstalled. Now your system is completely free from preloaded apps.


How to know preloaded apps has uninstalled completely
When we uninstall preloaded apps, the status displays as ‘Staged’ in PowerShell window as shown in below screenshot. The meaning of Staged status is the preloaded apps still available in Windows. Or, the app is prepared for automatic installation when a new user account will be created.

How to Uninstall Preloaded Apps From Windows 8 and 8.1

So after uninstalling preloaded apps from Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, if you see the PowerShell window status as 'Staged’ then it means preloaded apps are not completely removed from your system. And if PowerShell window is not displaying status as ‘Staged’ means your system is completely free from preloaded apps.


I hope you liked this step by step tutorial of uninstalling preloaded apps from Windows 8 and 8.1, Feel free to share your view with us via comments. If you are looking for more useful  or interesting tips and tricks, tech support tutorials, how-to guide,  related to Windows then you must check out our Windows tips section.

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