Next Windows 10 Update will let you Uninstall pre-installed apps


Microsoft has announced ”Insider Preview Build 18262” to the fast & skip ahead ring on Oct 17 2018.

From the release notes of build 18262: Uninstall additional inbox apps.

In 19H1, we are adding the ability to uninstall the following (preinstalled) Windows 10 inbox apps via the context menu on the Start menu All Apps list:

  • 3D Viewer (previously called Mixed Reality Viewer)
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Groove Music
  • Mail
  • Movies & TV
  • Paint 3D
  • Snip & Sketch
  • Sticky Notes
  • Voice Recorder

I don’t understand why the whole Xbox collection is not removable, but Groove Music, Movies, or Calculator is.

These are basic components every operating system should have, and while I understand, that you may want to replace them with your favorite alternative, they make life a lot easier for the everyday user, who just wants to listen to some music, or watch a video.

But no, at the same time, there are four (!) pre-installed Xbox Apps that literally no Windows user should ever need out of the box.

And don’t come at me with “But I use the Windows 10 Game Bar to stream Fortnite on Twitch, and that depends on these four Xbox apps”, because no, you don’t, and even if, then you should just be able to install a single app from the store that does the same.

It’s about time Windows 10 should have shipped this way. 

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