Unsure which apps can be removed safely, which ones better stay


  1. Posts : 618
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    Unsure which apps can be removed safely, which ones better stay


    I don't play games
    Have separate tools to view/edit images and videos and for taking notes.
    Use Outlook 2016
    Don't use Skype

    am thinking of removing the yellow marked apps.

    Is there a chance of running into issues some time in future?
    Probably not, but better safe than sorry.


    stuff like:

    App InstallerFeedback HubGet HelpMicrosoft Edge Microsoft CorporationMicrosoft OneDriveMicrosoft Store Microsoft Corporation

    should better left untouched, I guess.

    =

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    Feel free to remove the yellow highlighted ones, but you will only save a little disk space. Background activity related to apps includes their updates (quite frequent) and possible data updates. Most of this can be disabled in Settings.
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    It seems hardly worth the effort just to save a MB ... in a TB world, eh?
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  4. Posts : 618
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    dalchina said:
    Feel free to remove the yellow highlighted ones, but you will only save a little disk space. Background activity related to apps includes their updates (quite frequent) and possible data updates. Most of this can be disabled in Settings.
    As always dalchina, thanks!

    Frankly, it isn't a space matter. It is just that some 20+ apps are running in the background whereas I don't use them. It is more a matter of 'tuning'.

    About disabling: I considered that, but one way or the other I am probably misunderstanding things: it seems that disabling doesn't mean an app won't launch(?)

    Example: I disabled Groove Music, when double clicking on a .mp3 file, Groove Music is launched nonetheless.
    Same goes for mail: when I click on an email address on a webpage, Mail and Calendar is launched instead of Outlook, altough Mail&Calendar has been turned off.
    So I copy paste the email into Outlook.

    That's background of considering to remove the apps entirely.

    Take it it is a file association matter.
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    Take it it is a file association matter.
    You can reassociate players, extensions etc - but MS has removed some features in moving this out of the Control Panel, and so this presents new problems where a needed feature has been removed.

    Associations and their management predate MS's UWP apps like Groove by decades.
    There's an absolute difference between changing background and update settings for apps (which are still there) and reassociating file types with a program (say VLC player, AIMP, GOM player, even Winamp for music).

    These are two utterly and completely different things.

    Uninstalling a program associated with an extension would leave the file type undefined- or perhaps even remove the file type.

    Associations:
    Choose Default Apps in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
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