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    Hide Built-In Windows 10 Apps

    iOS 10 (finally) offers a way to hide some of the built-in apps (this has been an annoyance of mine for years).

    I've noticed with Windows 10, some built-in apps can be uninstalled, but others cannot.

    Is there any way to "hide" built-in apps I won't be using at all, or is it best to just leave them sit there?

    Thanks!

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    If you mean hide them on the Start Menu, just right click on them and click on "unpin from Start"

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    What Rick posted is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for this! Has anyone attempted this in PowerShell, and did it work OK?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Parker View Post
    What Rick posted is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for this! Has anyone attempted this in PowerShell, and did it work OK?
    I did experiment with this and suggest that you just leave them alone and ignore them, for now at least. There are too many unknowns regarding the "cannot uninstall" programs. There's no telling if they will stay removed or what may happen if update tries to put them back.

    It's becoming clear that MS is putting it's foot down to limit some of the carefree hacks that have been common in the past.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Parker View Post
    What Rick posted is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for this! Has anyone attempted this in PowerShell, and did it work OK?
    Yes, Yes I did. See this thread.

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    I did experiment with this and suggest that you just leave them alone and ignore them, for now at least. There are too many unknowns regarding the "cannot uninstall" programs. There's no telling if they will stay removed or what may happen if update tries to put them back
    From the Whats New in the latest Insider Build:
    " Improving your PC upgrade experience: One of the ongoing feedback items we’ve heard is how the apps that come preinstalled with Windows will reinstall after each upgrade – particularly noticeable for our Insiders that receive multiple flights per month. We’ve heard your feedback, and starting with Build 14926, when your PC updates it will check for apps that have been uninstalled, and it will preserve that state once the update has completed. This means if you uninstall any of the apps included in Windows 10 such as the Mail app or Maps app, they will not get reinstalled after you update to a newer build going forward. "

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwitalka View Post
    We’ve heard your feedback, and starting with Build 14926, when your PC updates it will check for apps that have been uninstalled, and it will preserve that state once the update has completed.
    Progress. Now, it they would just make them easier to uninstall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Parker
    Has anyone attempted this in PowerShell, and did it work OK?
    I've done this several times (with mixed results... some commands produce errors) and now have an AutoHotkey script that automates the process.

    It also includes some non-Microsoft apps that aren't included in the article I referenced. For example:

    Code:
        # Remove Candy Crush Soda Saga:
        Get-AppxPackage *candycrushsodasaga* | Remove-AppxPackage
    
        # Remove Candy Crush Soda:
        Get-AppxPackage *candycrushsoda* | Remove-AppxPackage
        
        # Remove DuoLingo:
        Get-AppxPackage *Duolingo-LearnLanguagesforFree* | Remove-AppxPackage
    
        # Remove Flipboard:
        Get-AppxPackage *flipboard* | Remove-AppxPackage
    
        # Remove ClearChannelRadioDigital.iHeartRadio:
        Get-AppxPackage *iHeartRadio* | Remove-AppxPackage
    
        # Remove Shazam:
        Get-AppxPackage *shazamentertainmentltd* | Remove-AppxPackage
    
        # Remove Twitter:
        Get-AppxPackage *twitter* | Remove-AppxPackage
    I suggest you do NOT un-install the Store app, even though you can.

    BTW, the process doesn't actually un-install the apps; it just hides them from the Windows GUI for the person removing them. If you create a new user then the apps are all there again.

    Read the comments in the article I referenced. Some are quite informative. Also, have a look at this article - Remove default Apps from Windows 10 - and the comments too.

    Hope this helps...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsmith-plm View Post
    Progress. Now, it they would just make them easier to uninstall.
    Haven't checked in awhile but in Insider Build 14926, you just right click on the app in the Start Menu and click on uninstall. Works on all the preinstalled apps I tried it on including Mail. Can't get much easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwitalka View Post
    Haven't checked in awhile but in Insider Build 14926, you just right click on the app in the Start Menu and click on uninstall. Works on all the preinstalled apps I tried it on including Mail. Can't get much easier.
    So, even the stuff like Groove Music that didn't used to have an uninstall option now does? Cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gsmith-plm View Post
    So, even the stuff like Groove Music that didn't used to have an uninstall option now does? Cool.
    Yep. Just checked Groove and it has the right click/uninstall option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwitalka View Post
    Yep. Just checked Groove and it has the right click/uninstall option.
    Now THAT is REAL progress. Seems that MS did listen to a few things people were b*ching about.
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    Thanks everyone for the info! I'm not on the Insider Builds on this machine since I use it for mission-critical school work, but I have a Windows VM I need to bring over I could put on the Insider track and begin testing these things. I will probably wait until the official "uninstall" option is added to these apps before tossing them just because it'd be simpler than going through PowerShell.

    I was on a Windows 8 system a while back that had the option to remove just about all of Windows built-in apps like these, but it seems Microsoft tightened their grip with Windows 10. Glad to see the option is returning!
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