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How to Remove Uninstall Windows 10 Universal Applications

I’ve installed Microsoft Word (preview) application from Windows store as mentioned in the post “Download Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows 10 TP Users“. However, it’s stopped working and Windows 10 the modern Universal applications are NOT listed in Add Remove Programs. So, how to uninstall or remove Windows 10 modern Universal application from Windows 10 TP machine? OK, As shown in the following picture, I tried to remove from PC Settings–> System–> App Sizes. But the uninstall button didn’t work for me :(. What is next ….. PowerShell?

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PowerShell helped me here to remove or uninstall the modern Universal application Word from Windows 10 laptop. Remember to run the PowerShell with¬†Administrative access. The PowerShell CmdLet “Get-AppxPackage” helped me to export all the modern Universal applications installed in Windows 10 machine with “Get-AppxPackage >C:\appDetails.txt“. Also, you can use “Get-AppxPackage -name *Word” to find only word application details from Windows 10 machine.

Name : Microsoft.Office.Word
Publisher : CN=Microsoft Corporation, O=Microsoft Corporation, 
 L=Redmond, S=Washington, C=US
Architecture : X64
ResourceId : 
Version : 16.0.3601.1023
PackageFullName : Microsoft.Office.Word_16.0.3601.1023_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
InstallLocation : C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.Office.Word_16.0.360
 1.1023_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
IsFramework : False
PackageFamilyName : Microsoft.Office.Word_8wekyb3d8bbwe
PublisherId : 8wekyb3d8bbwe
IsResourcePackage : False
IsBundle : False
IsDevelopmentMode : False

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From the above result, you need to take note of Full name of the package “PackageFullName: Microsoft.Office.Word_16.0.3601.1023_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe” this will be used in the next PowerShell command to remove or uninstall Windows 10 Universal Application called Word. I ran the following command “Remove-AppxPackage -package Microsoft.Office.Word_16.0.3601.1023_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe” this powershell command helped to remove the Word modern Universal application from Windows 10 laptop.

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See the results of the command, the word application removed/uninstalled from Windows 10 TP. There is no Windows 10 application called Word in the Settings-System-App Size list !!

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5 Comments

  1. Ben says:

    Anoop, i’ve been following you for a while, and you’ve helped me resolve a lot of issues.
    I’m having trouble uninstalling baked in apps like onenote and xbox. The powershell commands keep throwing errors like: Remove-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CFA, Removal failed. Please contact your software vendor.
    (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80073CFA)
    Package Manager aborted the Remove operation because an invalid argument was passed:
    Microsoft.Office.OneNote_8wekyb3d8bbwe.

    Any suggestions? Thanks.

    • Anoop says:

      Hi ! – Have you tried

      Get-AppxPackage *xbox* | Remove-AppxPackage

      May be you can get more details at http://blogs.itpro.es/octaviordz/2015/08/03/remover-las-aplicaciones-predeterminadas-en-windows-10/

      • Ben says:

        That site was awesome. Helped me get rid of a lot of the other apps I don’t want. But the message I get when I try to remove Xbox is: “C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI_cw5n1h2txyewy failed. This app is part of Windows and cannot be
        uninstalled on a per-user basis. An administrator can attempt to remove the app from the computer using Turn Windows
        Features on or off. However, it may not be possible to uninstall the app.”
        It appears windows has decided xbox is too “important’ for a user to remove it.

  2. wojtalke says:

    I’ve made simple powershell script to remove this apps:

    $excludeList = “Microsoft.VCLibs.120.00”,`
    “Microsoft.VCLibs.140.00”,`
    “Microsoft.NET.Native.Framework.1.0”,`
    “Microsoft.NET.Native.Runtime.1.0”,`
    “Microsoft.Appconnector”,`
    “Microsoft.WindowsStore”,`
    “Microsoft.Windows.CloudExperienceHost”,`
    “Microsoft.AAD.BrokerPlugin”,`
    “Microsoft.AccountsControl”,`
    “Microsoft.BioEnrollment”,`
    “Microsoft.LockApp”,`
    “Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge”,`
    “Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager”,`
    “Microsoft.Windows.Cortana”,`
    “Microsoft.Windows.ParentalControls”,`
    “Microsoft.Windows.ShellExperienceHost”,`
    “Microsoft.WindowsFeedback”,`
    “Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI”,`
    “Microsoft.XboxIdentityProvider”,`
    “Windows.ContactSupport”,`
    “windows.immersivecontrolpanel”,`
    “Windows.MiracastView”,`
    “Windows.PrintDialog”,`
    “Windows.PurchaseDialog”,`
    “windows.devicesflow”
    # packages that cannot be removed + store, here you can add your exceptions

    $packages = Get-AppxPackage | Where-Object {$_.Name -notin $excludeList}

    foreach ($package in $packages) {
    Remove-AppxPackage $package.PackageFullName
    }

    $provisionedPackages = Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -online | Where-Object {$_.displayName -notin $excludeList}

    foreach ($provisionedPackage in $provisionedPackages) {
    Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online -packageName $provisionedPackage.PackageName
    }

  3. Ben says:

    I do not like the thought of just accepting that I don’t have control over my own computer any more.

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