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  1.    07 Sep 2018 #430

    Brink, is it normal for SFC /Scannow to show corrupted files after removing apps?
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       07 Sep 2018 #431

    Hello Barefoot,

    I wouldn't think that uninstalling an app would cause corrupted system files. It most likely may have been caused by something else.
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       4 Weeks Ago #432

    Which method to use?


    Now and forever I am the only person who will use this computer. I have an offline/local account that is an administrator account. However, I may in the future make an additional, standard user account for myself so I can switch between them. And I've never touched it, but Public is also listed under Users.

    I want to wipe away all vestiges of the apps I uninstall, so which method would be appropriate in my circumstances?

    Thanks for your help!
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       4 Weeks Ago #433

    Hello @SM2911, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Option One would be the easiest method to uninstall apps from the Store.
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       4 Weeks Ago #434

    Thanks @Brink for the quick reply.

    I tried uninstalling some of the apps from the Apps & features menu, but they still appear on the apps and programs lists for All Users when I run them inside PowerShell.

    I understand how to use Get-AppxPackage -name "appname" | Remove-AppxPackage, just unsure if I should be using that or Get-AppxPackage -allusers "appname" | Remove-AppxPackage in order to completely remove the apps from the PC. As I mentioned, "Public" (which will never be used) and I are the only user accounts on the machine, though I may add a standard user for myself at some point.

    Thanks!
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       4 Weeks Ago #435

    In that case, sure you could use Option Three to completely remove an app for all users on the PC.
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       4 Weeks Ago #436

    Uninstall not working


    Hello again,

    I opened the PowerShell as Administrator and entered the command string, first using the name of the package, and when that didn't work, entering the full name of the package, but neither worked to uninstall the app.

    This is the command I used:

    Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers *Amazon.com.Amazon* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers *Amazon.com.Amazon_2016.829.2800.0_x64_343d40qqvtj1t* | Remove-AppxPackage

    The ones I uninstalled have disappeared from the Apps & features window, however they still appear when I run a list of installed apps in PowerShell and and their populated folders remain in C:\Program Files\WindowsApps.

    I tried it for all the usual apps, like Microsoft.WindowsCamera. Often a message flashed across the top of the window after I it return, but it came and went so quickly I couldn't read it.

    I'm running Win 10 v. 1709 right now. There have been no new Win updates since I tried the uninstalls yesterday, so Windows couldn't have put them back. (I'm unsure--Windows may not have stopped re-installing deleted Microsoft apps until v. 1803.)

    Any suggestions? There are 28 apps I don't intend to use, however in aggregate they only take up a few MB of space. I've spent what amounts to a couple of full days trying various ways to uninstall them myself and with two third-party uninstall apps. I've always believed what I was told, that leaving unused programs on your PC can interfere with efficient processing and even lead to bugs in the system down the road. However, I've read advice in several recent articles that it's better to leave the Microsoft apps where they are, eliminate the tiles and icons so they don't annoy you, and just forget about it.
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       4 Weeks Ago #437

    If the app has been removed from the All apps list in the Start menu, then the app has been uninstalled.

    Only the packages for apps are in the "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps" folder.
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       3 Weeks Ago #438

    This seems very odd. . . what is the point of uninstalling an app if it leaves all of its files behind on my hard drive?? For instance, the Bing Weather app has left behind 88 folders and 322 files, 121 MB worth, including the .exe file, in its package folder. The reason I didn't use a third-party uninstaller software was because I thought doing it manually in PowerShell would clean every bit of the program off the hard drive.

    Should I manually delete the folders and their contents from the WindowsApps folder? Is there anything else I need to do to find and clean up residual files?

    Thanks, Brink.
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       3 Weeks Ago #439

    This is normal for the default apps included in Windows 10, and you would also have separate folder in the user account's profile folder to store its settings and data for that specific account.

    Other apps should be completely removed though.
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