How to Uninstall [Some] Windows 10 Apps
You can uninstall Windows 10 desktop programs from Control Panel > Programs and Features > Uninstall or change a program. You can also use a program like Revo Uninstaller, Geek Uninstaller or another 3rd-party uninstaller to uninstall desktop apps/programs.
But what if you want to uninstall a Windows 10 Store App that came with Windows 10 (or any Windows Store app you installed)?
We are going to use Skype as an example. It’s a Windows Store app that comes preinstalled on Windows 10. If you want to uninstall it, you’ll find that it’s not in Control Panel. You can use a newer version of Geek Uninstaller or Revo Uninstaller to remove some Windows apps… but we’re going to show you how to get rid of some Windows apps without using any 3rd-party software.
For this example. we’re going to uninstall the Skype app which comes pre-installed on Windows 10.
Open the Start menu and find Skype. Right-click on Skype and choose “Uninstall”. See?
Right-click on Skype. Click on Uninstall…
Then verify you want to uninstall it by clicking “Uninstall” a second time. And that’s all there is to it.
You can install many preinstalled Windows 10 Store Apps this way, but not all. For example, you can’t remove Alarms & Clocks, Windows 10 Mail App, Calculator, Maps, or Groove Music, and several others. But besides Skype, you can remove Money, News, Paid WiFi and Cellular, Phone, Phone Companion, Sports, Sway, Twitter and more. The best way to find out if you can uninstall a preinstalled Windows 10 Store App is to open your Start Menu, right-click on the name of the app you want to remove and see if ;you have the option to uninstall it.
While we’re on the subject of right-clicking on an app listed in the Windows 10 Start menu, it does not only apply to Windows 10 store apps. Did you know you can uninstall any desktop program that you installed, by opening the Start menu, and right-clicking on the name of the program you want to remove. In the example below, I’m going remove a program I installed called “Speedtest”; I don’t need it, I can just use the Speedtest site to check my Internet connection speed.
And that’s all there is to it. You’ll need to close the Start menu and reopen it to see that the program is gone.
Note: This tip was written using Windows 10 version 1703 [Creators Update].