Windows 10 Lets Users Ditch Bloatware

Windows 10 Lets Users Ditch Bloatware
It will soon be much easier for any user to remove unwanted Windows 10 components.

(CCM) — Windows 10 users will be able to uninstall many unwanted built-in apps easily when the next significant update, codenamed 19H1, which will be released next spring.

The new capability is already offered in the latest Windows Insider preview version of the operating system made available to some Windows 10 enthusiasts, according to a How-To Geek report.

It enables users to remove ten built-in Windows 10 apps including 3D Viewer, Groove Music, Paint 3D, Snip & Sketch, and Voice Recorder. To remove the apps users simply right-click on their shortcuts in the Start menu and select "Uninstall."

These apps are in addition to the seven existing built-in apps, including My Office, OneNote, Skype, and Print 3D, which users can already uninstall. Microsoft also allows users to uninstall the apps which Windows 10 "automatically installs" on users' PCs, including Bubble Witch 3 Saga, Candy Crush Soda Saga, and Farmville 2: Country Escape.

The benefits of uninstalling unwanted apps include freeing up storage space and reducing the risk that hackers can compromise a computer by exploiting a coding error in one of the unwanted apps. All these apps can be reinstalled at a future date from the Microsoft Store if the user needs them.

Almost all of the apps above can be uninstalled today, by running commands from Microsoft's PowerShell command-line interface. However this requires a degree of proficiency with PowerShell which is beyond the skill-level of the average Windows 10 user.

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