Windows 10: Unwanted Apps in Start, Need help with script Solved

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  1.    17 Jun 2018 #1

    Unwanted Apps in Start, Need help with script


    I Created a few scripts that removes all bloat preinstalled and unpins everything, but some items remain...

    .Having trouble to create a script that will "uninstall / unpin" the following apps listed below from start


    Candy Crush Soda Saga
    Disney Magic Kingdoms
    Bubble Witch 3 Saga
    Hidden City®: Hidden Object Adventure
    MSN News
    Autodesk Sketchbook
    Dolby Access
    Drawboard PDF
    Minecraft for Windows 10


    The above apps are not exactly installed even tho right clicking gives me the option to "Uninstall"

    I have ran the following below to verify they are not installed anywhere except on start already...


    Get-appxpackage -allusers *king.com.CandyCrushSodaSaga* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Get-appxpackage -allusers *A278AB0D.DisneyMagicKingdoms* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Get-appxpackage -allusers *king.com.BubbleWitch3Saga* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Get-appxpackage -allusers *828B5831.HiddenCityMysteryofShadows* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Get-appxpackage -allusers *Microsoft.BingNews* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Get-appxpackage -allusers *89006A2E.AutodeskSketchBook* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Get-appxpackage -allusers *DolbyLaboratories.DolbyAccess* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Get-appxpackage -allusers *Drawboard* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Get-appxpackage -allusers *MineCraft* | Remove-AppxPackage


    manual uninstall/unpin from start each app one by one works
    ...but would like to have script that does it all in one go

    -Windows1803
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  2.    17 Jun 2018 #2

    Hi, do you mean you have shortcuts to these on your start menu
    Candy Crush Soda Saga
    Disney Magic Kingdoms
    Bubble Witch 3 Saga
    Hidden City®: Hidden Object Adventure
    MSN News
    Autodesk Sketchbook
    Dolby Access
    Drawboard PDF
    Minecraft for Windows 10

    but if you try to run them they don't - because the apps are uninstalled but the shortcuts remain?
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  3.    17 Jun 2018 #3

    Yeah, they are tiles in the start menu like in the picture attached above,
    Recently I have Upgraded windows to version 1803 and they appeared...

    I ran a few scripts to remove all the unwanted bloatware pre-installed but,
    ...these items didn't get removed I even ran a command to unpin everything

    If I left click it will launch Microsoft store and download if its free.
    When I right click it gives me the option to uninstall and also unpin.

    After it downloads I could use the Remove-AppxPackage command only.
    That is if i left click and wait for each one to download which is a hassle.

    It's easier to just right click and uninstall/unpin each one by one...
    ...but even then, that requires it to be done Manually for each item.


    What I'm looking for is a script that I could run that just removes them all.
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  4. Posts : 925
    Windows 10 Home x64 and Pro x86
       17 Jun 2018 #4

    Right-click on these unwanted tiles then hover over More then select Open file location.

    That will reveal what these items are so that you can understand how to remove them. They might consist of nothing more than shortcuts to the Store so you could install them if you wanted to. So, as long as you do not install them, you are merely talking about adding the deletion of some shortcuts to your script.

    Denis
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  5.    17 Jun 2018 #5

    Hi Denis

    Thanks for the Suggestion, but only if it were that easy...There is no such option as you can see by the image below.

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  6. Posts : 897
    Windows 10
       17 Jun 2018 #6

    All I do is uninstall as you show, and that deletes the icon in All Programs list & the Start Tile, don't see your problem.
    All those you have listed that is all I have ever done. None are now in the All Programs list.

    There is no right click to Open program locations with these UWP/Apps.

    You have to do a lot of updating of UWP or Apps after the 1803 update.
    I would ensure everything is updated including MS Store before doing the uninstalls.

    I don't run any scripts at all. Very few of these re-appear after one of those 6 monthly version updates.

    I don't see the point in making a meal out of a 1 minute job.
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  7.    18 Jun 2018 #7

    The whole purpose of this is to complete a unfinished script I have set in place already that I'm using which works well without any integrity violations...but

    The point is that I'm trying to come up with a simple script addition, that automates this such described manual 1-minute job, and to turn that in to a 1-second script...

    In the original post I explain that I have a script that removes everything pre-installed already except for these few unwanted items which are left behind listed as tiles on start.

    The only pre-installed apps I have included to stay in my current script i'm working on are listed in my photo below, but the problem still remains as I have unwanted tiles listed in start I would like remove via a script so that could be included in the final one I'm working on.
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  8. Posts : 925
    Windows 10 Home x64 and Pro x86
       18 Jun 2018 #8

    If the shortcuts appear in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs you could delete them from there. You might need to restart Explorer for this to take effect.

    Denis
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  9.    18 Jun 2018 #9

    Try3 said: View Post
    If the shortcuts appear in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs you could delete them from there. You might need to restart Explorer for this to take effect.

    Denis
    I actually have looked under:
    %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

    I even went as far to peek a bit around as well under:
    %ProgramFiles%\WindowsApps
    %SystemRoot%\SystemApps

    to no avail I do not see anything for these listed anywhere but start :/
    I did how ever read somewhere that the tiles on start info is stored in a Database in Windows 10 no clue how to access that or where its location is tho

    I was tho able to obtain the full package names for some of the tile shortcuts listed as follows:
    AppUserModelID="89006A2E.AutodeskSketchBook_tf1gferkr813w!App"
    AppUserModelID="DolbyLaboratories.DolbyAccess_rz1tebttyb220!App"
    AppUserModelID="Microsoft.BingNews_8wekyb3d8bbwe!AppexNews" AppUserModelID="828B5831.HiddenCityMysteryofShadows_ytsefhwckbdv6!App" AppUserModelID="king.com.CandyCrushSodaSaga_kgqvnymyfvs32!App" AppUserModelID="king.com.BubbleWitch3Saga_kgqvnymyfvs32!App"
    AppUserModelID="A278AB0D.DisneyMagicKingdoms_h6adky7gbf63m!App"

    Still unable to find any location reference as I'm afraid it might be in a hidden DB somewhere per current user login ?
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  10. Posts : 925
    Windows 10 Home x64 and Pro x86
       18 Jun 2018 #10

    %UserProfile%/AppData/Local/TileDataLayer/Database

    But I have not noticed any method for manipulating anything in the edb database.

    If you have found the package names, could you not remove them manually this time and add them to a Deprovisioning list so that they do not get added when you next update [Ver 1809 etc].
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx\AppxAllUserStore\Deprovisioned
    How to keep apps removed from Windows 10 from returning during an update - Microsoft Docs
    This would be an experiment at first as you'll only see the results later i.e. if deprovisioning includes their Start menu shortcuts.

    Denis
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