Windows 10: How To Remove Built-In Apps To Save Space

  1. pepanee's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Professional
       30 Jun 2018 #1

    How To Remove Built-In Apps To Save Space


    Hello,

    So I noticed that this folder: C:\Program Files\WindowsApps
    is 3.08 GB (3,318,742,747 bytes) big.

    There's a bunch of apps in here that I don't use. I read a few articles online that you can uninstall apps through Windows PowerShell, and I can figure out how to do that, yet there's also ways to reinstall those apps again through PowerShell (which technically means that they don't get removed from the computer, hence keeping their "installers" on here and still taking up space).

    Is there a way to permanently remove the apps in order to save space?

    Thanks
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  2.    30 Jun 2018 #2

    1. Right-click on Start icon
    2. Select Windows Powershell (Admin) from the menu
    3. Copy and Paste one of the following commands into Powershell

    Code:
    Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –notlike “*store*”} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
    This remove all apps except the Windows store.

    To remove all Apps and the Windows store

    Code:
    Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage
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  3.    01 Jul 2018 #3

    Just right click on the app and uninstall it from all accounts where it is shown. Or do so from Settings / Apps / Apps & Features.
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  4.    01 Jul 2018 #4

    Another easy optio is to use cleaner if you only want remove certain ones.

    CCleaner
    http://filehippo.com/download_

    How to use. Important stay away from the the registry clener options.
    How to Use CCleaner Like a Pro: 9 Tips Tricks
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  5.    01 Jul 2018 #5

    Since the occupied space in that folder is only 3 GB there's not much to be gained by deleting some (or even all) of its contents.
    3 GB just isn't very much!

    If you're so cramped for space that you need to free up 3 GB, then you really have a bigger problem.
    Get a bigger drive. You'll be glad you did.
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  6.    01 Jul 2018 #6

    Since the occupied space in that folder is only 3 GB there's not much to be gained by deleting some (or even all) of its contents.
    3 GB just isn't very much!


    Totally agree ! Many of these would be re-installed with the next Upgrade so unless you're bumping up within 10% of your available hard drive space, why introduce potential issues, like breaking a dependency, unnecessarily ?
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  7. pepanee's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Professional
    Thread Starter
       01 Jul 2018 #7

    Techjourney:
    I skimmed over that command when I was searching online, and still thought to myself that this wouldn't permanently remove them, yet I tried that command anyways just now.

    Before running that command,
    WindowsApps Folder Size: 3.08 GB (3,318,742,747 bytes)
    Hard Drive Free Space: 47.6 GB

    After running that command,
    WindowsApps Folder Size: 2.40 GB (2,579,496,387 bytes)
    Hard Drive Free Space: 48.4 GB

    Which is cool! It actually worked! Yet it saved about 800 MB only, and that folder size is still too unnecessarily big.

    Thanks for everyone else for their comments.
    Steve C: Uninstalling them that way doesn't save space. I've done that method before.
    Techjourney: Your CC comment. I've been there before, and that doesn't save space
    margrave & mrgeek: Yes, you right. It's not a lot of space, yet if there's a simple process to save up 3 GB, then why not do that?
    (Even though the command didn't work the way I expected it to).

    So check this out, I went back in that folder and tried looking for folders that are big. I found:
    A278AB0D.MarchofEmpires_3.2.0.9_x86__h6adky7gbf63m
    which is 200 MB big.

    I never play that game. It's a waste of space on the computer. So what else can I do to remove unnecessary folders/files that are still there?

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  8.    01 Jul 2018 #8

    To save some more space.

    How to Save Space By Cleaning Windows WinSxS Folder

    Also run disk cleanup.

    To see what is using most space run
    WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics
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  9. pepanee's Avatar
    Posts : 1,079
    Windows 10 Professional
    Thread Starter
       02 Jul 2018 #9

    Thanks for the reply. Good methods. Do you suggest more methods to save hard drive space?
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  10.    03 Jul 2018 #10

    pepanee said: View Post
    Thanks for the reply. Good methods. Do you suggest more methods to save hard drive space?
    Clean Your System and Free Disk Space | BleachBit
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