Windows 10: what apps should not be removed (breaks installation)?

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  1.    15 Jan 2016 #1

    what apps should not be removed (breaks installation)?


    hi im just wondering what apps should not be removed i have windows installed onto a small ssd and will never use any of the apps besides calculator off the top of my head, and its a laptop so really i don't need apps. i have already uninstalled cortana and it now crashes computer while typing into start so anything like that is what im looking for thanks
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  2.    16 Jan 2016 #2

    Hi, quite agree about ignoring apps mostly. Best to use Classic Shell or similar as a start menu.

    Cortana is not intended to be removed. There is no formal easy way to remove any of the universal apps except with powershell commands. It simply isn't worth bothering, as these will be reinstated in any new upgrade released by MS such as the November build. There will be more to come.

    Note too that the powershell commands to reinstall/repair apps now break them last I knew - we hope MS will fix that.

    This implies fixing your PC now means either
    - you restore a previously created disk image (you do use disk imaging, don't you.. it's a huge advantage
    or
    - you do an in-place upgrade repair install (see tutorial section for full instructions).
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       16 Jan 2016 #3

    c0ryp1 said: View Post
    hi im just wondering what apps should not be removed i have windows installed onto a small ssd and will never use any of the apps besides calculator off the top of my head, and its a laptop so really i don't need apps. i have already uninstalled cortana and it now crashes computer while typing into start so anything like that is what im looking for thanks
    As @dalchina says it is not a good idea to try and uninstall the built in apps. Instead I make sure that none of the apps are running in the background. Turn them off in the background apps section of the Privacy Settings.
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  4.    16 Jan 2016 #4

    You might also wish to consider turning off updating them
    Store Update Apps Automatically - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
    as there's a frequent scheduled task run to do this.
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  5.    16 Jan 2016 #5

    As a general rule of thumb, If it doesn't have the option to uninstall when you right click on it "Don't"
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  6.    16 Jan 2016 #6

    I delete these
    Code:
    		$apps = 
    		@( 	
    			"9E2F88E3.Twitter"
    			"ClearChannelRadioDigital.iHeartRadio"
    			"Flipboard.Flipboard"
    			"king.com.CandyCrushSaga"
    			"king.com.CandyCrushSodaSaga"
    			"Microsoft.3DBuilder"
    			"Microsoft.Appconnector"
    			"Microsoft.BingFinance"
    			"Microsoft.BingNews"
    			"Microsoft.BingSports"
    			"Microsoft.BingWeather"
    			"Microsoft.CommsPhone"
    			"Microsoft.Getstarted"
    			#"Microsoft.Messaging"
    			"Microsoft.MicrosoftOfficeHub"
    			"Microsoft.MicrosoftSolitaireCollection"
    			"Microsoft.Office.OneNote"
    			"Microsoft.Office.Sway"
    			"Microsoft.People"
    			#"Microsoft.SkypeApp"
    			"Microsoft.Windows.Phone"
    			"Microsoft.Windows.Photos"
    			"Microsoft.WindowsAlarms"
    			#"Microsoft.WindowsCalculator"
    			"Microsoft.WindowsCamera"
    			"Microsoft.WindowsMaps"
    			"Microsoft.WindowsPhone"
    			"Microsoft.WindowsSoundRecorder"
    			#"Microsoft.WindowsStore"
    			"Microsoft.XboxApp"
    			"Microsoft.ZuneMusic"
    			"Microsoft.ZuneVideo"
    			#"microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps"
    			"Microsoft.MinecraftUWP"
    			"ShazamEntertainmentLtd.Shazam"		
    		)
    
    		Write-Host "Removing default apps" -f yellow
    		foreach ($app in $apps) {	
    			Write-Host "Removing " -noNewLine; Write-Host $app -f white
    
    			# Need to hide the progress bar as otherwise it remains on the screen
    			
    			$ProgressPreference = "SilentlyContinue"
    			Get-AppxPackage -Name $app -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage
    			$ProgressPreference = "Continue"
    
    			Get-AppXProvisionedPackage -Online |
    				where DisplayName -EQ $app |
    				Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online
    					
    			$appPath="$Env:LOCALAPPDATA\Packages\$app*"
    			Remove-Item $appPath -Recurse -Force -ErrorAction 0			
    		}
    You probably want to leave the store (and calculator) but any of the ones above can be removed with no problem. I leave mail, skype and weather as I use them.

    You can re-install any you want from the store which is why uninstalling the store is probably unwise.

    They do get reinstalled when you upgrade but you can just run the script and uninstall them again. It saves ~ 1GB which depending how small your SSD is might be useful.
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  7.    16 Jan 2016 #7

    the ssd is a 32gb i have windows at 10gb right now with my most used programs(allothers located on secondary) was looking to make it even smaller befor i run the compress os command. i have all ready stopped them all from running just each app is 75-200mb.
    lx07 is that a batch file or PS command
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  •    16 Jan 2016 #8

    c0ryp1 said: View Post
    lx07 is that a batch file or PS command
    It is powershell. You could triple click on it and copy and paste it into an elevated powershell window and press enter if you like. It is just automated way of doing this Apps - Uninstall in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    As well as compressing OS you can also compress program files etc - that will save some extra space (depending what you've got installed).
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  •    16 Jan 2016 #9

    Presumably you've used the Location tab to relocate Desktop, Videos etc.. to get to 10Gb you must have a truly minimal configuration.
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  •    16 Jan 2016 #10

    c0ryp1 said: View Post
    the ssd is a 32gb i have windows at 10gb right now with my most used programs(allothers located on secondary) was looking to make it even smaller befor i run the compress os command. i have all ready stopped them all from running just each app is 75-200mb.
    lx07 is that a batch file or PS command

    Windows at 10 GB including programs is almost certainly in compressed OS format already. Usually is automatic on 32GB drives.

    To check, run following from command prompt with admin rights.

    compact /compactos:query
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