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Bloatware10 - how to remove bloat from clean installs

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 Since the glory days of XP and Windows 7, Microsoft has been consistently been pushing more consumer-friendly bloatware on their OS images to ensure the average PC user has an enjoyable experience by having all their Facebook applications all on the start menu. If you decide to reimage your PC or by a new one from any vendor around the world, then 9 times out of 10 this will be similar to what you would find in the programs list:

Windows 10 built in apps

While they collectively only take up a modest side of a GB or two it is still useless programs that will never be run or looked at. This is unacceptable when the OS could be as clean as:

windows_10_unwanted_ware_3-1024x576.jpgIn order to clean the OS you will need access to PowerShell as Admin to list and uninstall these applications.

Here is a blog including a list of all the bloatware and a Pastebin as a backup: https://pastebin.com/vnfEVduC

The link above includes an interactive list where you can pick and choose the bloatware you wish to install, I personally chose "ALL" and pasted the result into the PowerShell:

An example would be if I wanted to remove:

  • "Candy Crush Soda Saga"
  •  March of Empires: War of Lords
  • Bubble Witch 3 Saga
  • CookingFever
  • Dragon Mania Legends
  • Hidden City

Then I would paste the following code into my PowerShell terminal

Get-AppxPackage *skypeapp* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *keeper* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *empires* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *candycrush* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *bubblewitch* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *cookingfever* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *dragonmania* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *hiddencity* | Remove-AppxPackage
 

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You will no longer have these games/apps on your machine.

Uninstalling OneDrive can be done by typing the following into RUN by hitting Windows key + R:

%SystemRoot%\SysWOW64\OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall

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