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These run when you don't want them to. At least on W8.1 they do. Weather, Maps and Store all have been caught transmitting data trying to get my location and other things. If you don't need them (which you don't) get rid of them. Bloatware can still be called bloatware if it's running a process.

Exactly. A good rule of thumb is that if you don't need something, why take the added security risk that comes with every added app that may be running in the background on your system and that you have to look out for and keep updated because it will invariably have a bug here and there and where updates for apps you don't use may introduce new bugs?

By the way, is the Camera app removable with this method?

What about Onedrive? It doesn't even let you remove it from the left pane in the File Explorer as far as I can tell.

And the bing search ? I guess not since it's part of Windows search. I wouldn't be surprised if a bug popped up where you set it to local searches only and it turns out it's sending the search queries to Bing. It's baffling in the first place why they would include online search into the Windows core, but it's more baffling that you can't remove it from the system (you could with Windows 7, and that didn't even have on-line search).

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I've removed Photos, OneNote, Groove Music, XBox App, Maps, Movies & TV, Weather, People, Camera, Alarm & Clock, Zune Music, Zune Video, and Sound Recorder with no problems. Nice and tidy. thumb.gif
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I'm guessing many of these apps aren't actually going to give you much disk space back. Last night I went through the list and removed everything I could (everything that had an uninstall option) but the elements that I couldn't remain.

Now, had these apps taken up a lot of space, I'd bust out Powershell and rip them out, but look at the below, I'm going to get a few hundred KB back for each. As I've already customised the start menu and rarely ever look at 'all installed apps' (search is just so much quicker) what's the point? It's good if you're majorly OCD I suppose?

they run on the background taking up some processing power, if you have a power-house PC then maybe it'd be irrelevant, but i can see it's use on mobile devices.
though on that note, even if you had a power-house as a PC i still think it'll be worth a bit in cleaning up these resource drain.
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Yup, just did a clean install of 10 and this is what I'm doing now. If I don't need it, then it doesn't need to be on my system.
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These run when you don't want them to. At least on W8.1 they do. Weather, Maps and Store all have been caught transmitting data trying to get my location and other things. If you don't need them (which you don't) get rid of them. Bloatware can still be called bloatware if it's running a process.

Exactly. A good rule of thumb is that if you don't need something, why take the added security risk that comes with every added app that may be running in the background on your system and that you have to look out for and keep updated because it will invariably have a bug here and there and where updates for apps you don't use may introduce new bugs?

By the way, is the Camera app removable with this method?

What about Onedrive? It doesn't even let you remove it from the left pane in the File Explorer as far as I can tell.

And the bing search ? I guess not since it's part of Windows search. I wouldn't be surprised if a bug popped up where you set it to local searches only and it turns out it's sending the search queries to Bing. It's baffling in the first place why they would include online search into the Windows core, but it's more baffling that you can't remove it from the system (you could with Windows 7, and that didn't even have on-line search).

To disable OneDrive to prevent it from showing up in File Explorer (requires W10 Pro): search > gpedit.msc > computer configuration > administrative templates > all settings > double-click "prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage" > click "enabled" > click OK. Change will be applied the next time you open File Explorer or maybe reboot
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Is there a way to forcefully remove some of the apps like windows feedback and microsoft edge and all the other apps that it doesn't allow you to remove I would rather not have such junk running in the background frown.gif

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you might be able to remove the packages from the install WIM but you dont know what u might break.
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I can't get this to work, when I tried to remove Cortana I got this:
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PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Remove-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_1.7.0.14393_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy
Remove-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CFA, Removal failed. Please contact your software vendor.
(Exception from HRESULT: 0x80073CFA)
error 0x80070032: AppX Deployment Remove operation on package
Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_1.7.0.14393_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy from:
C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_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.
NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] c87042e5-f932-0001-bf29-73c832f9d101 in the Event Log or use
the command line Get-AppxLog -ActivityID c87042e5-f932-0001-bf29-73c832f9d101
At line:1 char:1
+ Remove-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_1.7.0.14393_neutral_neut ...
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : WriteError: (Microsoft.Windo...l_cw5n1h2txyewy:String) [Remove-AppxPackage], IOException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.RemoveAppxPackageCommand


I get the same message when I try to remove other core apps too.

Is it now impossible to get rid of "core" apps, am I doing something wrong or is there another workaround?
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