Remove most of Windows10-Build-10061 x64 apps without breaking Start Menu.

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  1. Ace2

    Ace2 MDL Senior Member

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    #1 Ace2, Apr 24, 2015
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    POSTED AS IS, USE AT OWN RISK.

    Remove most of Windows10-Build-10061 x64 apps without breaking Start Menu.

    0.Install TakeOwnership, and Take Ownership of C:\Program Files\WindowsApps. / Hint - Enable Show hidden files, folders and drives.

    1.Backup C:\Program Files\WindowsApps

    Code:
    Microsoft.Cortana_1.4.3.156_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    Microsoft.Cortana_2015.411.1537.4386_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    Microsoft.VCLibs.120.00_12.0.21005.1_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    Microsoft.VCLibs.120.00_12.0.21005.1_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    to Desktop\WindowsApps folder.


    2.Use Powershell cmds to remove apps.

    Code:
    Get-AppXProvisionedPackage -online | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage –online
    Get-AppXPackage | Remove-AppxPackage
    OR

    Download RemoveWindowsStoreApp. / Hint - RemoveWindowsStoreApp is for Windows 8 but can be used on windows 10.

    Settings:

    Code:
    55,54,53,52,51,50,49,48,47,46,45,44,43,42,41,40,39,38,37,36,35,34,33,32,31,30,29,28,27,26,25,24,23,22,21,20,19,18,17,16,15,14,13,12,11,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1

    3.Copy Desktop\WindowsApps folder to C:\Program Files.


    4.Use Powershell cmds to install apps.

    Code:
    cd "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps"
    
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "Microsoft.VCLibs.120.00_12.0.21005.1_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\AppXManifest.xml"}
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "Microsoft.VCLibs.120.00_12.0.21005.1_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe\AppXManifest.xml"}
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "Microsoft.Cortana_1.4.3.156_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\AppXManifest.xml"}
    
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
    NOTES:
    Repeat step 4. until Start Menu Works.

    Works for me.;)
     
  2. WardocsRevenge

    WardocsRevenge MDL Expert

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    it gone done broke windows even more lool
     
  3. TheMarine

    TheMarine MDL Novice

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    Why would I want to do this? There will be another build in 3 or 4 weeks, after it is a Technical Preview. :rolleyes:
     
  4. WardocsRevenge

    WardocsRevenge MDL Expert

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    because breaking stuff is fun haha
     
  5. Ace2

    Ace2 MDL Senior Member

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    #5 Ace2, Apr 24, 2015
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    This Is A Joke, Right ? :p
     
  6. sevenacids

    sevenacids MDL Addicted

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    Cortana is really required to use the Start menu? I remember uninstalling it in an earlier build and all that happened was just that search didn't work anymore.

    I'm waiting for someone who is curious enough (I am, but I don't have the time) to figure out a way to remove the system apps (they live in C:\Windows\SystemApps, as far as I remember) too, and how it affects the operating system. I wouldn't mind if I just lose the Start menu, the Notification center and some flyouts in the process if the system remains usable. Like people who want to disable the DWM. Anyone tried to block the ShellExperienceHost.exe from running?
     
  7. Ace2

    Ace2 MDL Senior Member

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    Yes Cortana is needed.;)
     
  8. Foreseenothe

    Foreseenothe MDL Novice

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    Hey Sergey, it didn't work for me. Kept throwing a bunch of errors "Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CF6, Package could not be registered."
     
  9. Ace2

    Ace2 MDL Senior Member

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    #9 Ace2, Apr 25, 2015
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    See if these cmds work for you, (Use Powershell to run cmds).

    Code:
    cd "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps"
    
    powershell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register Microsoft.VCLibs.120.00_12.0.21005.1_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\AppXManifest.xml
    
    powershell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register Microsoft.VCLibs.120.00_12.0.21005.1_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe\AppXManifest.xml
    
    powershell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register Microsoft.Cortana_1.4.3.156_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\AppXManifest.xml
    
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
    OR

    Code:
    Open Regedit, and goto
    
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppModel\Repository\Packages
    
    And change owner of registry key to system for
    
    Microsoft.VCLibs.120.00_12.0.21005.1_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    Microsoft.VCLibs.120.00_12.0.21005.1_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    Microsoft.Cortana_1.4.3.156_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
     
    then run commands again.
     
  10. Foreseenothe

    Foreseenothe MDL Novice

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    No luck. i.imgur.com/lujcVkp.png
     
  11. jnz2008

    jnz2008 MDL Novice

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    have removed most apps....But still got shortcut in start menuo_O
     
  12. curley

    curley MDL Junior Member

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    Might be a completely dumb ? But why would anyone want to remove the x64 apps from the menu ?
     
  13. Ace2

    Ace2 MDL Senior Member

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    unpin them, :rolleyes:
     
  14. Ace2

    Ace2 MDL Senior Member

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    #14 Ace2, Apr 26, 2015
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    Because they are CRAP, and unwanted by some Users. :rolleyes:
     
  15. sevenacids

    sevenacids MDL Addicted

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    It's really annyoing that you have to use PowerShell and cannot remove some apps (like Music and Video) via the Start menu (right click and choose Uninstall), I didn't recheck on the most recent builds but it didn't work in 10041 and earlier. Even uninstall via the Settings app didn't work if I remember right.

    Why remove the apps? Because I don't need any of those, except for the Calculator app maybe since the old one is gone. Mail, Calender, and People are useless to me because I use Outlook on the desktop. Music and Video are useless to me because I prefer the Zune software for audio and VLC for Video. OneDrive is almost useless - I currently have some stuff in the cloud, but I'm gonna pull all that down gradually to my local network cloud. What else? The Photos app is pretty useless to me because I ain't got that many pictures and the few I have are already sorted via file system. The Alarms app is pointless to me on a laptop. The Xbox app is completely useless to me because I'm not a gamer. Cortana requires an MS account and since I'm planning to move back to a local account for Windows 10, I cannot use it (and probably won't because I don't really need an assistant to mind my little business). Spartan works with a local account but it has yet to prove to be an alternative to IE. The Weather app is pretty nice, but it doesn't get its data from my preferred online service (that provides more accurate results for my region) so it won't work out for me...

    But that's just my point of view. I guess there are people who find all the named apps useful, but personally, I don't care for them.
     
  16. curley

    curley MDL Junior Member

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    ok there crap wh ygo to the hassle of removing them when you cna clearerly just ign:biggrin:ore them
     
  17. Ace2

    Ace2 MDL Senior Member

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    Because when you remove them, and all unneeded folders, you will save a good bit of hdd space.:p
     
  18. T-S

    T-S MDL Guru

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    Iobit uninstaller can remove most of the crap with a mouse click.
    BTW, some "half metro", apps like the new mail and calendar are not uninstallable this way.
     
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  19. Ace2

    Ace2 MDL Senior Member

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    Tested Iobit uninstaller, and Iobit uninstaller only removes a few apps, the method i have posted, removes a great deal more apps, yes you can't remove every app as this would break the OS.;)
     
  20. Espionage724

    Espionage724 MDL Addicted

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    I don't prefer having useless apps on my computer. I don't sign-in with a MS account, and I disable UAC; those two things alone make most Modern UI apps useless. Meanwhile, those apps will take up space on my computer, make defrags take longer, and clog up my start menu.

    Hopefully this becomes "easier" to accomplish with RTM. I like being able to run a single command on 8.1 to uninstall the Modern UI apps :p