Windows Tips: Completely uninstall Metro Apps from Windows 8/8.1/10 with PowerShell



When you uninstall a Windows Store App from usual options, the app is removed temporarily and goes to a “staged condition”: the app still lies in Windows and is prepared to get automatic installation when a new user account is created.

App Uninstall

To completely remove the app, you must be signed in as Administrator of you Windows Account and you need to remove it in two places:

  1. Remove the provisioned package
  2. Remove the “installed” package from the administrator account.

How?

  1. Open a PowerShell session with administrator privileges
  2. In the PowerShell you can get a list of installed apps with this command:
    Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers
    
  3. With the correct name of the app package (PackageFullName), you can uninstall the provisioned package with this command:
    Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package PACKAGENAME
    
  4. …and the installed package with
    Remove-AppxPackage PACKAGENAME
    

Published: November 17 2014